Guernsey FC: 'No-one believes we're amateur', says boss Vance

Guernsey FC
Guernsey FC are in their fourth year of existence, having won back-to-back promotions in their first two seasons

None of Guernsey FC's opponents believe the club is totally amateur, according to boss Tony Vance.

The island's perception as a tax haven means rival teams in the Isthmian League Division One South think the football team is rich as well.

And Guernsey have to pay the transport costs of all teams coming to the island to play, as well as travelling to their own off-island matches.

"No-one believes that we're amateur, as much as you tell them," Vance said.

"There are some full-time managers, certainly everyone's part-time. After the game they (opposing teams) all get their brown envelopes with their money, we're just in there buying our own drinks."

Guernsey FC's recent good form
13 December: Beat Whitstable Town 4-3 (a)17 December: Lost to Worthing 4-3 (a)
20 December: Beat Sittingbourne 2-0 (a)27 December: Beat Redhill 3-1 (h)
10 January: Beat Corinthian Casuals 3-0 (h)17 January: Beat Walton and Hersham 3-0 (a)
24 January: Beat Tooting and Mitcham United 3-2 (h)7 February: Lost 3-0 to Burgess Hill Town (a)
14 February: Beat Horsham 2-1 (h)21 February: Beat Carshalton Athletic 2-0 (h)

Guernsey were formed in 2011 and won back-to-back promotions in 2012 and 2013 to get out of the Combined Counties League and into the Isthmian League Division One South.

Last season, they reached the play-offs, only to be knocked out at the semi-final stage.

The Green Lions have won seven of their last eight games ahead of Saturday's clash with Hastings United at the island's 'national' stadium, Footes Lane.

"They come to Footes Lane and see the stadium and everybody believes that we are the money bags of the league. Nothing could be further from the truth to be honest," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"We try and do things as professionally as we can. Being an amateur club we try and look the part and give everyone the best experience.

"When we come to Footes Lane, there's a bigger crowd than when we're away and the other teams rise to that.

"They like to be able to spoil it, so whilst the home games can be a significant advantage for us, it can be a side track as they're coming to a fantastic stadium, playing in front of a big crowd and they up their game."