Wanted to add, a couple of England internationals have been from Guernsey and Jersey (Matt Le Tissier and Graeme Le Saux respectively). But they may have been eligible through ancestry. Anyone know?
My OP appears to have disappeared. In summary I was asking whether Manx nationals can play in international competition in soccer or rugby since the IOM is not part of England Wales or Scotland.
I live in the Isle of Man so I should know the answer to this. But I don’t (maybe because I’ve only lived here for a few months). I will try to find out though.
As far as I know the Isle of Man is in a very strange situation. It has it’s own Govornment (the oldest in the world). It is ‘sort of’ part of the UK. English money is legal tender here (and there’s quite a lot of it) IOM money is not legal tender outside the IOM, But is identical to the English Money (tenners, quids, ten p, all the same shapes, but with different pictures on them. The only difference being - IOM still has those bloody pain in the arse one pound notes!). We drive on the left here, it appears like England. blah blah blah.
I’d be surprised if the answer to your question was no. The England ‘Soccer’ Team has quite a few non-English players.
The Isle of Man has its own national side in football, since my lot often play them in a pre-season tournament with other lower-league clubs. Legendary Oldham and Man City winger Rick Holden was the manager/physio/star player, and may still be.
But its national side is not a member of FIFA or UEFA.
Their government website isn’t much help on this question, unfortunately.
Maybe the Isle of Man’s been excluded from UEFA and FIFA on account of having three legs an’ all ?
they have their own national soccer team, that is for sure. they are holding a tournament out there this year including some of the lower league english teams like tranmere (i think) and luton (yay)
Nonsense. You just have to know where to look. The obvious place to discuss football is on the Post Office page.**
Apparently the Isle of Man National team just plays friendlies. They don’t directly say there could be no Manx team in the World Cup, nor that Manx players are assuredly eligible for the English side, but they imply as much:**
**And London_Calling, while a sizable third leg may impress the female fans, it’s not clear that it would be an advantage on the pitch.
Ah. The Post Office page. Silly me, that should have been the first place I checked.
lobley, at risk of hijacking my own thread, I don’t think you’re right about this. To the best of my knowledge, the IOM is a crown colony, subject to the Queen in her capacity as heir to the Lordship of Mann, but not part of the UK. But then, you live there, whereas I’ve only spent a few days there, so I won’t say you’re definitely wrong.
Thanks everyone for all the info.
This site suggests hibernicus has done you up like a kipper, lobley. Ho ho. I don’t suppose any posters to this thread need telling it’s a pretty place, but the link would tend to confirm that.
You are probably right. It’s why I said ‘sort of’. Not part of the UK but sort of connected with it in some way.
Nice link, I’d follow your point and look more at the website if I hadn’t been awake for 27 hours. I know it’s pretty. Today I saw a very pretty thing in it - It had 2 legs, a face and a restraunt order book.