West Didsbury & Chorlton will be welcoming back Jack Sergeant and Jamie Coombes from a memorable international break this week.
Jack and Jamie were both members of the Gibraltar squad who bagged back-to-back wins in their UEFA Nations League games away to Armenia last Saturday, and at home to Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Jack played for West last season in a central midfield role, and was nominated the manager’s player of the season at West’s end of season awards.
Jamie is a forward who played in Gibraltar for a number of clubs including Manchester 62 and Lincoln Red Imps, and more recently appeared for Undy Athletic in the Welsh Football League while studying in Cardiff, before joining West a few weeks ago.
Both players had to wait until international clearance was received before they could be considered for the West squad this season, and confirmation came through just as both players joined the Gibraltar squad last week.
It turned out to be a memorable few days for both players, beginning in Yerevan last Saturday night, where, against an Armenia side that included Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan as captain, they were both in the starting line up as Gibraltar recorded a 1-0 win - their first ever victory in a competitive international - thanks to a second half penalty from Joseph Chipolina.
Jack kept his place and Jamie came on as a half time substitute in Tuesday night’s game against Liechtenstein, which turned out to be another unforgettable night, as Gibraltar came from behind to score two goals in an international for the first time, with second half goals from George Cabrera and Joseph Chipolina earning a 2-1 win.
Having added to their international caps tally - Jack now has 16 caps and Jamie has 11 – they will now be available to West manager Steve Settle for selection, starting with the game against FC Oswestry Town in the Macron Challenge Cup on Saturday.
Jack is pictured below playing for Gibraltar against Latvia earlier this year. Photo courtesy of the Gibraltar Football Association.