Grant Thornton to sponsor inaugural Bulls Cup

The Bulls Cup will take place on the 16th & 17th July 2022 at Springfield Stadium, Jersey. The Bulls Cup will be an annual event, which this year, in addition to Jersey Bulls FC, will feature FC United of Manchester, Cray Wanderers and Hashtag United who collectively have well over 2m social media followers.

Ian Horswell, CEO, Jersey Bulls, “I am delighted to announce this new competition which will see high quality opposition come to the island. This will be an annual event which we will host, and we are hoping that it will also be embraced by the local community at grass roots level.

We are pleased to have Grant Thornton on board as the Bulls Cup sponsor and we look forward to a successful competition this year and for the foreseeable future.”

Adam Budworth, Managing Director of Grant Thornton Ltd says “We are very pleased to be involved with the Jersey Bulls and the Bulls Cup and look forward to welcoming teams from the UK.  The added dimension of community involvement is very exciting and more on that will follow shortly.”

The Bulls Cup will be played across the weekend (16th & 17th July), with two matches per day. Tickets can be purchased for the entire weekend; day passes and individual matches. All the teams participating this year have interesting pedigrees:

Hashtag United Football Club are based in Pitsea, Essex, England and are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Founded in 2016 by YouTube personality Spencer Owen, the club originally played exhibition matches against professional football clubs’ staff teams, Sunday league teams and non-league teams. The games were filmed and highlights were uploaded to their YouTube channel, where they quickly gained a significant online following. In 2017, Spencer Owen began talks with the FA over the possibility of Hashtag United joining the non-league pyramid. The club subsequently entered the league system at the beginning of the 2018–19 season, joining the Eastern Counties League. They currently have over 800,00 social media followers.
Football Club United of Manchester compete in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of the English football league system, and play home matches at Broadhurst Park. They were founded by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s takeover, F.C. United entered Division Two of the North West Counties Football League, earned three consecutive promotions and were promoted for a fourth time to National League North for the 2015–16 season. In cup competitions, F.C. United reached the second round of the FA Cup in 2010–11 and the fourth round of the FA Trophy in 2014–15. In 2019 they were relegated back to the Northern Premier League.
Cray Wanderers Football Club based in Sidcup, London. The club claim to have been established some time in 1860 in the twin villages of St Mary Cray and St Paul’s Cray, near Orpington. Such a date would make it one of the oldest football clubs in the world.

They currently play their home matches at Bromley’s Hayes Lane ground (capacity 5,000). The club are in the process of building their own stadium at the former Flamingo Park location on the A20 in Sidcup in Kent, which will be opening in time for the 2023–24 season.

Cray Wanderers were Kent League champions four times, and have reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup twice in their history. The club currently play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

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