Last Saturday, I discovered a new love for Guernsey Football Club. 

I’m Sajidur Rahman, 20, from the sunny coast of Bournemouth. I currently study Sports Journalism at Solent University and I came across the Green Lions after seeing an email that Guernsey were looking for a commentator for the match away at Ashford Town. 

I decided to throw myself in the deep end and offer my services to commentate on the match, I had written numerous articles and match reports for various websites at various levels ranging from the Premier League to the National League, however this was the first time that I had done live commentary of any sort. 

The opportunity came around so quickly and I did not want to be overwhelmed by the occasion. I spent the night ahead of the game researching the team and the history of the club and with the help of Nic Legg I felt fully prepared heading into the match. 

Previously, Guernsey had been a destination that I knew of due to the YouTuber Harry Lewis, however, I soon discovered the passion that the island has for football too. It was made even more evident to me as I arrived at the Robert Parker Stadium. I was fortunate enough to meet some of the die- hard Green Lions fans who showed unbelievable dedication to the club to catch an early flight across the English Channel in order to support their team. 

The whistle blew for kick off and it did not take long for me to realise why they were so attached to the club. Tony Vance’s side had me gripped. Jamie Dodd was superb at the back and showed exactly why he is the skipper with a cool head to play out from the back. Meanwhile, Ben Acey epitomised the direction the club are travelling in: young, talented and hungry for success. Acey might be small in stature but showed so much heart linking everything together in midfield. Then there was Mr. Inevitable. Ross Allen popped up with his 260th goal in 264 matches. Was it ever in doubt? 

Despite the result, the Green Lions are on the up and with a new stadium in the making, it is an exciting time to be a Guernsey fan. 

It may have been my first game at the club, but it will definitely not be my last and I will keep a keen eye out for the Green Lions every weekend. 

The club will now always be a part of what I hope to be a successful career in Sports Journalism and I will forever remember Guernsey FC as the club I first commentated on.