Island Games

No win in 96 years, little Alderney face big Muratti task

In the Muratti Vase, Alderney have only ever won one game. Conveniently for them, that 1–0 victory over Guernsey in 1920 also happened to be the final of the tournament whose third Channel Island participant is Jersey.

The smallest of the three islands finished in last place at the 2015 Island Games football tournament — a fourth, the yet smaller Sark, compete in a handful of other events at those games.

Now, with his team playing regular football in Guernsey’s Priaulx League, Alderney manager Alan Adamson hopes to deliver more at the Gotland 2017 Island Games.

“The step up’s been great, it’s the only way we can improve,” Adamson told BBC Radio Guernsey.

But first they will look to upset Jersey, who visit on March 25, for the Muratti semi-final.

“The community here have been fantastic at supporting us and it’s always been a community thing,” added Adamson.

Jersey and Guernsey have shared all but one Muratti Vase title since 1905. Photo: By Man vie (WikiCommons)