Stuart Andre - credit Peter Frankland

Andre’s contribution to be celebrated as Jersey face Exeter City in pre-season clash

Stuart Andre handed JFA "match of recognition" and will captain the island side against the Grecians.

One of Jersey’s greatest players of the past two decades will be celebrated and honoured at this week’s fixture against EFL side Exeter City.

Stuart Andre, a former island captain, is being handed a “JFA match of recognition” as he makes what could be his final Jersey appearance more than 17 years on from his Muratti debut as a substitute against Alderney.

Andre, 35, was crowned footballer of the year in 2008 and was part of the gold-medal winning squad at the 2009 Island Games in Aland. He has been a regular at the heart of the Jersey defence and will skipper the side on Friday night.

“It’s only right that we celebrate one of our standout players over such a long period of time with this game,” said Jersey manager Martin Cassidy.

“Stuart has shown great dedication to the island side, he’s a role model and a true leader.

“We hope the football community will come out to make this a big Springfield crowd, to show Stuart our appreciation and support the team.”

Andre will continue to play for St Paul’s next season in the new Jacksons Premiership.

Exeter City are the first professional English first team to take on the island side in more than a decade. Friday night’s match at Springfield kicks off at 6.30pm, with entry just £5 for adults and free for children under 11 if accompanied by an adult.

Photo credit: With thanks to Peter Frankland.