The application from the newly formed Jersey Bulls FC to join the CCL next season was unanimously approved by the CCL Management Committee at their meeting on 17 December subject to some minor ground improvements being completed by 31 March 2019 and approval by the Football Association.
It is now for the FA Leagues Committee to agree that the club should be allowed to enter the National League System at Step 6, due to the special circumstances and, of course, to direct the club into the CCL. Jersey Bulls would be flying into Gatwick and there would be a similar arrangement to that originally evolved with Guernsey FC whereby the visiting club would be flown out and back at Jersey’s expense with a night in a hotel as required. Some matches may be played on a Sunday subject to agreement.
A League spokesman said “it is an exciting development for the League and its clubs as well as for Jersey Bulls. When Guernsey came in it was very much a step in the dark. It went well though and we now have that experience which should serve us in good stead if it all comes to fruition which certainly looks likely, especially as the Bulls have the support, not only of the Jersey Government but also the local Jersey League and the Jersey Football Association.”
The League has also received an application from Westside FC who are currently riding high in the Surrey Elite League. They ground share at AFC Croydon Athletic so it may be that they will be directed to the Southern Counties East League. That, of course, would be a decision for the Leagues Committee of the Football Association to make.
Enquiries have also been received from two other clubs but they are not firm applications as yet.