Tuktuk Day 109


I am delighted to introduce you to a new guest writer. I have been following Ollie Boletta on social media for a while and he was kind enough to agree to add a post about his beloved Jersey Bulls FC. Welcome, kind sir, your stats are very impressive.

On Saturday they played my local Spelthorne Sports in the Combined Counties, Step 5 with a crowd of ca. 700 and earned a 3-0 win. Their regular season thus ended and they finished runners up to Farnham guaranteeing a home game in the play-off semi-finals. Their next game is in the play-offs against AFC Croydon Athletic on Jersey this Saturday. A crowd of 1000 are expected – incredible on a tiny island at Step 5.

It seems only yesterday that FC Deportivo Galicia hosted them in their first ever away game in Step 6 and it was clear from that day back in August 2019 that this was a phenomenon waiting to happen. Two seasons were voided by Covid but the Bulls eventually made it to the Combined Counties Premier Division South.

As I said, this was the last game of their regular season and it is clear that despite their second spot it has not all been plain sailing. Ollie mused, “There was a certain point in the season where I thought this isn’t looking good. Goals hard to come by, and general performances lacking quality.

I am delighted to introduce you to a new guest writer. I have been following Ollie Boletta on social media for a while and he was kind enough to agree to add a post about his beloved Jersey Bulls FC. Welcome, kind sir, your stats are very impressive.

On Saturday they played my local Spelthorne Sports in the Combined Counties, Step 5 with a crowd of ca. 700 and earned a 3-0 win. Their regular season thus ended and they finished runners up to Farnham guaranteeing a home game in the play-off semi-finals. Their next game is in the play-offs against AFC Croydon Athletic on Jersey this Saturday. A crowd of 1000 are expected – incredible on a tiny island at Step 5.

It seems only yesterday that FC Deportivo Galicia hosted them in their first ever away game in Step 6 and it was clear from that day back in August 2019 that this was a phenomenon waiting to happen. Two seasons were voided by Covid but the Bulls eventually made it to the Combined Counties Premier Division South.

As I said, this was the last game of their regular season and it is clear that despite their second spot it has not all been plain sailing. Ollie mused, “There was a certain point in the season where I thought this isn’t looking good. Goals hard to come by, and general performances lacking quality.

Since that game against Alton when I went home feeling that, we have put 120% effort into every single game, huge or less so.

Couldn’t be more proud of this group of players, from the ‘where do we go from here?’ after Alton at home, to ‘who are we beating in the playoffs?’ after yesterdays brilliant win. What an amazing group. The youngsters that have come in have been stellar week in week out, genuinely think the older players have had their best seasons too. Whatever happens in the playoffs, this group have done the island proud and made us some great memories along the way.

35 matches. 86 goals. Take this game against Croydon as a chance to get a cup final and as a chance to move island football up. Let’s get up to the same level as ‘them’.*

See you in the playoffs. Thank you @jerseybullsfc

Editor’s note: *Them are Guernsey FC who play in the Isthmian League – South Central Division – 2023-2024 which is one step above Jersey Bulls.


He says, “Hi! My name is Ollie Boletta. I am a 17 year old aspiring Sports Journalist from Jersey, Channel Islands. I run a TikTok channel, a Spotify podcast, an X page and an Instagram account documenting my football adventures and getting genuine opinions from genuine fans, mostly following Chelsea and Jersey Bulls. I started social media properly in March. Since then, I’ve hit 140,000 likes on TikTok, 1400 Instagram followers and 300 X followers as an example. I’d really appreciate it if you joined the journey, and followed me on any of these channels. You never know, you could be the next interview I do after a toughly-fought step 5 non-league relegation battle! Thank you, Ollie.

I hope you liked Ollie’s blog. Like Christian and Darren he is doing a great job promoting non-league football. There is NO cost to subscribe to any of their blogs/vlogs. On the other hand, I would like your money, just £1 of it! I am struggling to reach £500 for FC Deportivo and Prostate Cancer at £20 or £50 so this is a bit of a test/a trial if you like. I wonder how many of you would be happy to add just £1? I would be very grateful if you would consider a donation however small to support  Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £5,000 and the charity would continue to fund their great work. Every single penny goes DIRECT to Prostate Cancer UK. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can donate. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. If you prefer to support FC Deportivo Galicia, their link is here

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