Brothers Face Off As Captains In World’s Smallest Football League

garrison footballThere have been some famous examples of sibling rivalry in football, with the Charlton brothers, Bobby and Jack, being the best-known example.

And there’s likely to be some friendly competition between two St Mary’s brothers who have been picked to captain each of Scilly’s’ two football teams, the Woolpack Wanderers and the Garrison Gunners.

Joel and Dan Ware will lead their teams out for the Charity Shield match on Sunday 6th October.

And the players will be wearing new kit sponsored by OWS, a Scottish company who met former club secretary Matt Thompson when they came over to work on the island’s water supply.

They wanted to give something back to the community and offered to pay for the clothing.

The first league match will be on Sunday 13th October but before then there’ll be some games against the visiting Mal de Mer sportsmen who’ll be over on the 28th and 29th of this month.

Chairman of the Football Club, Martin Tomkinson, says the captains will have a good selection of players to pick from – at least 16 on both sides, even though this year they’ve lost some players to mainland college courses.

They’ve had as many as 18 in previous years and then had to use a rota to see who got a game, as it was unfair if sub-paying players weren’t picked to play.

Martin was re-elected as Chairman during Monday’s well-attended annual general meeting at the Scillonian Club.

Chris Evans continues as Vice Chairman. Matt Thompson resigned as Secretary and Mark Twynham will take on that role.

But Treasurer Andy Thomas shouldn’t have a stressful time this season. The club has benefited from the fundraising at the recent Sports and Music Festival on August Bank Holiday Sunday.