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Phil Austin: we owe it to Island Games to go to Gotland

Jersey FA President, Phil Austin, has told ITV News they owe it to the integrity of the NatWest Island Games to send a strong men's and women's team to Gotland.

The sport's commitment to next summer's competition was outlined at a meeting last night, with the JFA set to stump up £6,000 towards the cost of sending two squads to the Swedish island.

That will mean the players have to raise about £1,000 each themselves with various fundraising initiatives earmarked.

Although the meeting in St Helier was well attended by the women, just three male players turned up.

Islanders' reaction to England's Euro 2016 exit

'Total rubbish from a bunch of school boys...'

That's how England's footballing performance has been described by islanders in Jersey.

Many were left disappointed by a 2-1 defeat to Iceland - the smallest nation ever to grace a major tournament.

The country's early exit from the contest saw manager, Roy Hodgson, resign.

But while England fans mourn the loss, Jersey's icelandic community is still celebrating making the semi-finals.

Brian Little steps down as Jersey manager

Brian Little has confirmed he is stepping down as Jersey manager after five months in the role.

The former Aston Villa boss took over on an interim basis following the resignation of Jimmy Reilly in January. He guided his side to victory in the 100th Muratti at Springfield last month.

But there has been some disquiet over his reign, stemming from him being based in the UK and only meeting and training the players a handful of times a month.

Minutes after lifting the Muratti trophy last month, captain Luke Watson called for Little to be replaced by a coach who could spend more time with the players and watch domestic matches.

Now, following Little's departure, Jersey are facing their second search for a manager within six months.

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Can you help find Muratti Veterans from the 50's and 60's?

The Jersey FA is looking for Veteran Muratti players who represented Jersey in the annual matches between Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney in the 50’s and 60’s.

They are being invited to take part in the celebrations for the 100th Muratti which will be played at Springfield on May 14th.

We believe there are between 20 to 30 players from that era who are still alive, we hope they are able to join us at the match on the 14th of May, where they will be introduced to the crowd before the game.

– Gavin Fraser JFA Commercial Director.

A Vin d'Honneur will also be organised for the veterans on Friday 13th May, at 11.00 am, the day before the big match.

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