‘The island lives in hope’: Alderney out to end 102-year wait for win

Channel Islands’ Muratti Vase kicks off with its smallest team, for whom football is never easy, up for the challenge

One hundred and two years of hurt. Alderney’s losing streak in the Muratti Vase, the annual tournament to decide the champion of the Channel Islands between themselves, Jersey and Guernsey, is something to behold. Their Muratti triumph in 1920 is not just the last time they won the competition, it’s the last time they won a match in it.

Not that it is a particularly fair fight, with Jersey’s population of 112,000 and Guernsey’s 68,000 dwarfing the 1,800 on Alderney. “Winning would be like a non-league team beating a Premier League side,” says the club secretary, Lee Sanders. “The gulf is probably comparable with that. But it is not impossible.”

Continue reading…Channel Islands’ Muratti Vase kicks off with its smallest team, for whom football is never easy, up for the challengeOne hundred and two years of hurt. Alderney’s losing streak in the Muratti Vase, the annual tournament to decide the champion of the Channel Islands between themselves, Jersey and Guernsey, is something to behold. Their Muratti triumph in 1920 is not just the last time they won the competition, it’s the last time they won a match in it.Not that it is a particularly fair fight, with Jersey’s population of 112,000 and Guernsey’s 68,000 dwarfing the 1,800 on Alderney. “Winning would be like a non-league team beating a Premier League side,” says the club secretary, Lee Sanders. “The gulf is probably comparable with that. But it is not impossible.” Continue reading…Football | The Guardian

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