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2767Tristan Football Club

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  • Bob Conrich
    May 10, 2014
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      World’s Most Remote Football Club
      The Challenges for a Team on Tristan da Cunha
      Tomos Knox,
      ‘South Atlantic Ocean Football’ online blog

      Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island in the South Atlan-
      tic, 1510 miles to the south of St Helena, is the most remote,
      inhabited settlement on earth, boasting a population of a mea-
      gre 264, but it does spring a few surprises.

      Firstly, there are only eight different surnames
      on the island, and secondly, the island has its
      very own football club: Tristan da Cunha FC
      or TDCFC as they are known locally!*

      Their player-manager Leon Glass, explains
      why the club was formed: “The Tristan foot-
      ball team was founded in 2002 as the introduc-
      tion of TV increased the interest in football.”

      Leon asked locals from the island who en-
      joyed having a kick-about with visiting ships’
      crews whether they would like to join the club.

      “They all agreed, though they said they would
      love to play in proper kit,” He told Pat’s Foot-
      ball Blog. So Leon then approached the local
      fishing company Ovenstone Agencies, and en-
      quired as to whether they would be interested
      in sponsoring TDCFC kit. Ovenstone agreed,
      and paid for the kit and printing!

      So Tristan da Cunha Football Club, sporting
      their brand new kits, white shirts and blue
      shorts, strode proudly onto the ‘American
      Fence’- a local cattle field used as a football
      pitch, and faced Edinburgh, a South Africa
      fishing vessel. According to a local the final
      score was 6-10 to Edinburgh. It is not known
      who scored.

      Tristan da Cunha FC became a talking point
      for many non FIFA enthusiasts, and many
      people talked of Tristan playing against an
      Ascension Island or St Helena XI. However,
      when asked by the South Atlantic Ocean Foot-
      ball Blog about rumours stating that Tristan da
      Cunha are considering sending a representa-
      tive football team to the Island Games at some
      point, Glass responded by saying, “We have
      discussed this (the Island Games) but the lo-
      gistics and funding makes it very difficult for
      us to travel,” thus dismissing the rumours in-

      Unfortunately, TDCFC have not faced any
      teams in the last few years, and according to
      Leon, it would be impossible to form another
      club on the island, as interest in joining TD-
      CFC has dropped. So it seems that Tristan da
      Cunha will have to rely on the annual 6-a-side
      tournament, and sporadic ship landings to en-
      sure the survival of the remotest football club
      in the world.

      With special thanks to Leon Glass and Pat McGuiness

      ..... ends .....

      *This seems unlikely. When there's only one football club, there's no
      reason to give it a long name. Here in Anguilla we only have one species
      of snake. What do we call it? "Snake."

      I found this in the May 1 issue of the St. Helena Sentinel.


      Robert S. Conrich, ACIArb
      Box 666
      Anguilla bob@...
      British West Indies Tel: 1 264 497 2505