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Gloucester City
Gloucester City A.F.C. logo.svg
Full name Gloucester City Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Tigers
Founded 5 March 1883; 135 years ago (1883-03-05)
Ground Jubilee Stadium, Evesham
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Rod Jenner
Manager Marc Richards
League National League South
2017–18 National League South, 14th of 22
Website Club website
Current season

Gloucester City Association Football Club is an English semi-professional association football club currently based in Evesham, Worcestershire in South West England, via groundshare agreement.

The club was established in 1883 as Gloucester, they became Gloucester City in 1902, but were briefly known as Gloucester YMCA from 1910 to 1925, before returning to their previous name. The club completes in the National League South, having competed in the National League North from 2009 to 2017. Prior to that, it spent a record 70 years within the Southern Football League from 1939 until 2009. The club secured promotion after a playoff final win against Farnborough.

In July 2007, the club was considerably affected by the 2007 United Kingdom floods, which significantly affected Gloucestershire. and left the Meadow Park stadium under eight feet of water. The impact of the flooding has meant that the club has been in exile away from Gloucester ever since. The Tigers have played home games at Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road, after spending three seasons sharing at Cirencester Town's Corinium Stadium and Forest Green Rovers' New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth. For the 2017–18 season, the club will play at Evesham United whilst construction continues on a new stadium on the old Meadow Park site.[1]

The club received full planning permission from Gloucester City Council to build a new 3,060 capacity stadium, raised by several feet, on the site of their former home of Meadow Park with plans to expand to over 4,000.

The current manager is Marc Richards, who took over the manager position after the resignation of Tim Harris. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.

History[edit]

Formation and the early years[edit]

The club was formed on 5 March 1883 as Gloucester,[2] but the first recorded match came during 1883–84 when a scratch team representing Cheltenham played a match against the new Gloucester side.[3] Gloucester's first competitive game in October 1889 was a Gloucestershire FA Junior Challenge Cup 1st Round tie beating Clifton Association Reserves 10–0 at Budding's Field.[3]

The club became members of the Bristol and District League which subsequently became the Western League. During this era the club was noted as 'The Gloucestrians' and 'The Citizens' in local media.

After the end of the First World War in 1918 most of the players who had been with City joined Gloucester YMCA. By 1925 they had assumed the name of Gloucester City once more and had become founder members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. In 1934–35, after winning both the Cup and League, City turned semi-professional, and joined the Birmingham Combination, as well as moving to a new stadium in Longlevens where the club stayed for the next 26 years.

They won the Tillotson Cup for being the best club in the Birmingham Combination, and then had former Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Reg Weaver blow away all records with his stunning tally of 67 goals in the 1937–38 season.

Southern League entry and Cup success[edit]

In 1939 the club played in the Southern Football League for the very first time, albeit in a restricted wartime competition, as they took part in the west section.

After the war City rejoined the Southern League and went on to become the League's longest serving members. For three consecutive seasons, 1948–51, the club reached the First Round of the FA Cup, each time losing to Football League opponents: Mansfield Town (1–4 away), Norwich City (2–3 home) and Bristol City (0–4 away). The club's all-time attendance record was set at Longlevens in 1952 when Stan Myers and Peter Price scored to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 in front of 10,500 spectators, a side which included the superstars of the day such as Alf Ramsey, Ted Ditchburn, Charlie Withers and Les Medley.

It took until the 1955–56 season for Gloucester to taste their first success in the Southern League. A famous Southern League Cup final win against Yeovil Town in which City had lost the first leg 4–1, only to beat Yeovil 5–1 in the second leg, won the club their first major honour.

Horton Road era[edit]

In 1964 the club moved grounds again, from Longlevens to the massive Horton Road stadium, closer to the centre of Gloucester, which could possibly hold over 30,000 people if full. Although Gloucester City were promoted to the Southern Football League Premier Division in the 1968–69 season, it was generally a barren spell.

In the 1981–82 season a sixth-place finish was enough to clinch a place in the reformed Premier Division. They were also runners-up in the League Cup, going down 1–2 to Wealdstone, who included future England captain Stuart Pearce in their ranks.

Despite Kim Casey scoring 40 goals, the club were relegated to the Midland Division in 1984–85, after 3 seasons in the Premier Division.

Meadow Park and a famous FA Cup run[edit]

In 1986 the club moved once more, this time to Meadow Park. The Horton Road ground became a housing estate which now boasts the names of City legends: (Stan) Myers Road, (Dicky) Etheridge Place and (Ron) Coltman Close amongst others.

Former Aston Villa and Wales player Brian Godfrey was appointed manager in 1988 and thus heralded an era of success.

Players such as Lance Morrison, Steve Talboys, Wayne Noble, Chris Townsend and Brian Hughes took to the Southern League Midland Division title in 1989, clinching the crown at King's Lynn's The Walks Stadium on the penultimate day of a tough campaign.

The next big achievement of the Godfrey years was the famous FA Cup run in 1989–90 which has still not been matched. Mangotsfield United (4–0), Barry Town (2–2,2–0), Folkestone (1–0) and Dorchester Town (1–0) all came and went before City suffered heartbreak in the replay against Cardiff City after being 2–0 up at Ninian Park with just five minutes to go. The club were beaten 1–0 in the replay at Meadow Park, missing out on an encounter with First Division side Queens Park Rangers.

In the winter of 1990, Gloucester saw its worst snow in a century and when the thaw came the River Severn overwhelmed all local flood plains. The knock-on effect of the flood saw incredible scenes at Meadow Park as the pitch was submerged under four feet of water, and the whole ground was out of commission for over a month. The first game back at Meadow Park, however, saw City defeat Gosport Borough 9–0.

Last minute promotion heartbreak and debt[edit]

The 1990–91 season was one of the most exciting ever seen at the club. Godfrey added several quality players to his squad as City challenged for the league title. As the season climaxed, the Tuesday before the end of the season Gloucester City had needed to beat VS Rugby at home to go top of the table, but could only manage a 2–2 draw, so it was all on the last day of the season at the Victoria Ground, the home of Bromsgrove Rovers.

Farnborough headed up to Atherstone needing to win, and went 0–1 down to the delight of the thousand travelling City fans. In the final minutes, substitute John Freegard got his head to a long free kick had put The Tigers ahead. In the meantime Farnborough had scored, as City fans were on the pitch celebrating the Championship and promotion to the Conference National, but all they had heard were premature radio reports from Atherstone; Farnborough had actually scored a winner three minutes before the end of the game and they were promoted instead.

In July 1991, the club became the first British football club to venture to the newly independent country of Georgia for a summer tour, playing second division side Napareuli, Mesxti and Umaglesi Liga outfit Shevardeni.

Into the 1991–92 season the bombshell hit City that Chairman Les Alderman had left the club. The squad was ripped apart: major players were released for derisory sums, some went unpaid and took the club to the FA, and forced a transfer embargo. Brian Godfrey was sacked and replaced by his assistant Steve Millard. Millard only lasted three months in what was a disastrous spell. In February Godfrey was re-appointed to the hot seat and started to turn things around again. The club survived the next few seasons under the guidance of Chairman George Irvine. The club had crippling debts and were about to fold when Keith Gardner stepped in.

The glory years and FA Trophy run[edit]

Gardner brought razzmatazz to the club and appointed former Cheltenham Town boss John Murphy as the club entered the most exciting period in their history. Gardner wanted to make the whole 'Meadow Park' area into a footballing centre, with all-seater stadium, a leisure centre, ice rink and an all-weather pitch. His ambitions were matched on the field too, after seeing the club get by with local players, talent was brought in from further afield and the Tigers became a force to be reckoned with. A memorable game during the period was when Dave Porter scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over rivals Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road in 1994.

It soon became apparent that Murphy didn't have what it took to turn a good side into Champions and was sacked in March 1996. Former West Ham United striker Leroy Rosenior took over and had to virtually rebuild the team from scratch after most of the players walked out in the wake of Murphy's dismissal.

Adie Mings scoring against Dagenham and Redbridge

Dale Watkins, Adie Mings and record signing David Holmes formed one of the most potent front lines in non-league football and it was no surprise to see the Tigers battling on all fronts. Despite having to play manager Leroy Rosenior in goal against Kingstonian in their first game in the FA Trophy, City managed to reach the semi-final before being beaten by Dagenham & Redbridge after a dramatic replay.

The cup run proved to be a thorn in the side for City as they had to play three games a week to claw back games in hand and eventually lost out to Cheltenham Town in the race for second spot (after Champions Gresley Rovers ground was deemed ineligible for promotion).

Relegation and almost bankrupt[edit]

The failure to secure promotion cripped the club as City struggled to keep their heads above water. A managerial merry-go-round ensued as first Brian Hughes tried his luck, but a diminishing playing budget and poor performances meant the club was relegated.

To exacerbate the situation, just before Christmas 2000 Meadow Park was struck another hammer blow when the River Severn burst its banks for the second time in a decade, the flood water did more damage than before because it reached just under seven feet high, and also managed to get inside the changing rooms ruining whatever stood in its way. The club was unable to hold matches at the ground for more than six weeks. The lack of revenue for the club almost saw it go under and it meant that due to non-payment of players several walked out on the club

Tommy Callinan took over in a player-manager role, and left at the end of the 2000–01 season. Next to try his hand was Chris Burns, who was tempted back from Forest Green Rovers and brought with him a largely untried bunch of young players to fit in with the limited wage structure.

In November 2001, ex-director Colin Gardner returned to the club to take over the chairmanship. Working hand in hand with the Supporters' Club, together they steadied the ship. On the pitch things were looking up with new manager Chris Burns moulding his former City youth team into a force to be reckoned with.

Bouncing back[edit]

The 2002–03 season saw the club bounce back. Off the field, a deal was struck between the club and local entrepreneur Eamonn McGurk, who bought the ground and took on the majority of the clubs debts. Financially, the club made a trading profit for the first time and were within reach of wiping out all of the historical debts. To add to the upturn, on the field Burns' young team upset a lot of the more fancied challengers and reached the quarter finals of the FA Trophy. The run included memorable victories away at league leaders Merthyr Tydfil, then two wins at Conference sides Woking and Southport. Aylesbury United of the Isthmian League proved to be too big of a challenge, however, and City bowed out. In the league, a fifth-placed finish was a remarkable achievement.

The 2003–04 season saw further progress with the Tigers finishing second in the Western Division and gaining promotion to the Premier Division. At the end of the season, Colin Gardner stepped down as the highly respected chairman. Chris Burns resigned as manager in January 2006, Neil Mustoe took over as caretaker-manager until the permanent appointment of Tim Harris from Merthyr Tydfil was made.

Flooding, promotion and exile[edit]

In July 2007, Gloucester City's home, Meadow Park, was affected by the Gloucestershire flooding that engulfed the county. The club was hit with almost 8 feet of water, almost submerging the crossbar. This astonishing picture, featured in The Sun, Sky News and the BBC shot the club to national attention both in the media and football supporters across the country. This caused many of the club's supporters to start a donation fund to help the club.[4]

The club's first season of exile was at Forest Green Rovers New Lawn Stadium,[5] despite the loss of a stadium and revenue stream the club finished a creditable 6th in the league, just outside the Playoffs.[6]

The club's second season of exile at Cirencester Town proved to be one of the greatest in the history of the club. The club finished 3rd in the Southern Premier League thus qualifying for the Playoffs. In the Southern League Playoff semi-final Cambridge City were beaten 3–1 at the Corinium Stadium. They went on to play Farnborough in the final at Cherrywood Road and won 1–0 with Matt Rose scoring the crucial goal, ending a 70-year continuous association with the Southern Football League, and gaining promotion to Conference Football for the first time.[7] A quite remarkable achievement considering the club's predicament.

In a controversial decision, the F.A. placed Gloucester City in the Conference North for the 2009–10 season.[8] The reason given was that Worcester City, despite being considerably further north than both Gloucester and Cirencester, was given a guarantee after being moved to the Conference South the previous year against its will that it would not be moved back to the North for three seasons without its consent. Worcester City refused to consent to an early move back to the North, thus forcing Gloucester to take their place. The club finished 18th in its maiden Conference North season.

Near the end of the club's maiden Conference North season, new F.A. ground regulations meant that Cirencester Town's Corinium Stadium would not be suitable for use in the following season meaning if the club failed to find a suitable new home, it would be forcibly relegated.[9] It was announced in March 2010 that the club would be groundsharing with major rivals Cheltenham Town for the forthcoming two seasons.[10] Gloucester City Council provided £20,000 towards helping this agreement,[10] heralding a new era in co-operation between the club and the council, and with Cheltenham Town.

On 21 November 2010 against Chelmsford City, midfielder Tom Webb became the club's all-time appearance holder,[11] beating Stan Myers who had broken the record 50 years previously.

In 2012–13, the club reached the FA Cup 1st Round proper for the first time in 23 years, drawing Football League One outfit Leyton Orient at home. They eventually lost 2–0 to two late goals. The club repeated this success the following season, drawing Football League Two side Fleetwood Town at home, they also lost that one 2–0.

For the 2017–18 season, the club was moved back to the National League South.[12] Manager Tim Harris and Chairman Mike Dunstan both expressed their disappointment at the decision.[13][14] Furthermore, the club was forced to play home games outside Gloucestershire for the first time in their history. After the conclusion of the groundshare deal with Cheltenham Town, the club's only viable option was to groundshare with Southern League side Evesham United, in Worcestershire, whilst construction on the new stadium continues at the old Meadow Park site.

On 30 November 2017, manager Tim Harris resigned from his position citing that the club "needs some investment, some structure and business acumen if it is to maintain any hope of returning home at this level."[15] Harris was soon followed by Chairman Mike Dunstan, first team assistant manager Marc Richards, kit man and assistant to the physio Lee Randall, media officer Kelsey De Maria and club accountant Nick Priest, who all cited the same reasons for leaving as Harris.[16][17][18] Player/coach Will Morford became acting manager until 15 December 2017 when former player and assistant manager Marc Richards was appointed, with Morford becoming player/assistant manager.[19]

Grounds[edit]

Dates Ground
1883–1895 Buddings Field
1895–1896 Avenue Road Ground
1896–1897 Co-operative Field
1897–1898 Buddings Field (2nd)
1898–1902 Avenue Road Ground (2nd)
1902–1913 Buddings Field (3rd)
1913–1925 Llanthony Ground
1925–1926 Avenue Road Ground (3rd)
1926–1927 Buddings Field (4th)
1927–1933 Sutgrove Park
1933–1936 Bon Marche Ground
1936–1964 The Ground at Longlevens
1964–1986 Horton Road Stadium
1986–2007 Meadow Park
2007–2008 The New Lawn, Nailsworth[5]
2008–2010 The Corinium Stadium, Cirencester[20]
2010–2017 Whaddon Road, Cheltenham[10]
2017–present Jubilee Stadium, Evesham

Throughout its history, the club has played at many grounds in Gloucester, the surrounding region of Gloucestershire and currently in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The T-End at Meadow Park

In the late 19th century the club played at Buddings Field near the city centre for 16 non-consecutive seasons, they then moved to the Avenue Road Ground on Tuffley Avenue for another non-consecutive 6 seasons. During this period the club also played at Co-operative Ground on India Road.

In 1910, Gloucester YMCA played at the Llanthony Ground in Hempsted for, believed to be only a stones throw from Meadow Park. During this period the club played multiple games at Gloucester R.F.C. and the Kingsholm Stadium.

In 1928 the club moved to Sutgrove Park, which is now the site for the Ribston Hall High School. They moved once again in 1934 to the Bon Marche Ground on Estcourt Road for two seasons.

In 1935, the club moved to The Ground in Longlevens. It spent the next 26 seasons at the stadium, where the club's all-time record attendance was set: 10,500 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly.

In 1964 the club moved to the massive Horton Road stadium, a huge bowl which if fully developed could've held over 35,000 spectators. The club stayed here until 1986 until the move to Meadow Park in Hempsted.

The club had played at Meadow Park since 1986. The ground had a total capacity of 4,500 with a 560-seat stand.

Following the floods of summer 2007, on 22 July, Meadow Park was almost 8 feet under water. A combination of a lack of insurance due to previous flooding, this was the third time in seventeen years that the stadium had been flooded, and contamination by sewage water, the club had no choice but to abandon the ground for the foreseeable future.

Exile from Gloucester[edit]

During the club's exile period away from the City it played at Forest Green Rovers the New Lawn in Nailsworth for one season.[5] They spent the following two seasons at Cirencester Town's ground The Corinium Stadium.[20]

The New Lawn, home to Gloucester City during the 2007/08 season.

The club's attempts to relocate back to the city have been scuppered on multiple occasions. A groundshare with Northern Senior League division two side Quedgeley Wanderers, who play around 4 miles outside the city boundaries in Quedgeley, was rejected in November 2007 after the Wanderers' board and the local parish rejected the proposal.

Hopes of any groundshare with Gloucester Rugby Club's Kingsholm stadium have been deemed too expensive. Gloucester Rugby Club had also earlier rejected plans to move to a new purpose built 15,000 capacity community stadium in a derelict area of the city nicknamed "The Triangle" near to the railway station. Both the rugby and football club were earmarked to use the facility and it could have been extended to hold 25,000 people.[21]

Other options spoken about for a ground was at Blackbridge, a former athletics ground in an area around 3 miles outside the City centre called Podsmead. Any news regarding this possible switch soon went quiet, with the main area of concern being poor access roads and a spate of vandalism already occurring in that district.[22]

Another option was a shared new purposely built stadium in Javelin Park, an area in-between Gloucester and Stroud off Junction 12 of the M5 motorway. The ground was to be used by the football club and Stroud Rugby Club. However, in the end the rugby club decided not to pursue the proposal and the area is now being lined up to have an incinerator instead.[23]

In November 2008, local MP and supporter Parmjit Dhanda spoke in the House of Commons regarding the search for a new home for the club in the city hoping for a successful outcome.[24]

After the one season stay at Forest Green, the club moved to Cirencester Town and spent two seasons there, culminating in promotion to the Conference North.

For the 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, the club played its home games at rivals Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road stadium,[10] due to League legislation meaning Cirencester Town's Corinium Stadium was not up to a good enough standard. Not finding a stadium suitable would have meant immediate relegation for the Tigers.[9]

Plans to return to Meadow Park were now the forerunner for the clubs return to Gloucester in the future.[25] On 16 February 2011 it was announced that the club would be applying for planning permission in early March 2011 for a brand new stadium at Meadow Park, incorporating flood defence measures and an adjacent business park.[26] On 29 December 2011 Gloucester City Council formally validated plans for a new stadium in Gloucester, but the scheme collapsed in September 2012 when the Council advised it could not approve the plans without more detailed flood risk assessments. This was deemed too costly by the club and with the exile away from the City getting longer the club decided to abandon the plans.[27]

For the 2014–15 season, the club once again played in Cheltenham however new plans had since been drawn up, using the same architects who designed AFC Telford United's and Forest Green Rovers' new stadium. The plans were for a "Category A" 4,000 capacity stadium. Outline planning was submitted to Gloucester City Council in June 2014.

On 7 October 2014, After seven years in exile, the club plans for a new stadium at Meadow Park were approved by Gloucester City Council subject to completing 45 planning conditions.[28]

After a long push for a return home, confirmation that outline planning permission had been granted by the council came on 22 September 2015. This was followed by a full reserved matters application for a 3,060 capacity category B stadium being validated by the council on 26 May 2016. The plan has an additional phase of work to take the stadium to over 4,000 capacity and meet FA category A requirements to enable the club to take part in the National League. Finally, the club received full planning permission from Gloucester City Council to build the stadium on 4 October 2016. Work is currently underway to raise the level of the ground, away from any possible future flooding, prior to construction work beginning on the new stadium.

After the conclusion of a seven-year groundshare agreement with Cheltenham Town for the 2017–18 season, Gloucester will be ground-sharing with Evesham United at the Jubilee Stadium, Evesham. This would be the first time the club will have played its home fixtures outside Gloucestershire and uniquely makes it the only club at National South level or higher playing outside its own County.[29]

Honours[edit]

  • Southern Football League
  • Birmingham Combination Tillotson Shield
    • Winners – 1935–36
  • Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
    • Champions – 1933–34
    • Runners-up – 1925–26, 1932–33, 1934–35
  • North Gloucestershire League
    • Division One Champions – 1907–08,1908–09
  • Gloucester and District League
    • Division One Champions – 1897–98, 1899–00, 1903–04
    • Division One Runners-up – 1898–99, 1906–07
  • Cheltenham and District League
    • Division One Champions – 1906–07
    • Division One Runners-up – 1909–10
  • Mid Gloucestershire League
    • Champions – 1898–99, 1899–00, 1900–01
  • Gloucester City Hurrans Cup League [War-time League]
    • Runners-up – 1942–43
  • Gloucestershire FA Senior Professional Cup
    • Winners (18 Times) – 1937–38, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1957–58, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1990–91, 1992–93.
    • Runners-up (34 Times) – 1936–37, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Worcestershire FA Senior Professional Cup
    • Runners-up – 1983–84
  • Gloucestershire FA Senior Amateur Cup
    • Winners – 1931–32
    • Runners-up – 1929–30, 1932–33
  • Gloucestershire FA Junior Cup
    • Winners – 1902–03
    • Runners-up – 1892–93, 1906–07
  • Godsman Cup [War-time Cup]
    • Runners-up – 1942–43
  • City Cup [War-Time Cup]
    • Finalist – 1942–43

Club records[edit]

Player records[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

(Bold = Presently at club)

# Name Career Appearances Goals
1 England Tom Webb 2000–present 702 38
2 England Stan Myers 1950–1960 413 26
3 England Neil Mustoe 2002–2014 380 9
4 England Gary Kemp 1990–1999 368 28
5 England Lee Smith 2000–2011 364 76
6 England Rob Coldray 1954–1969 348 108
7 England Frank Tredgett 1949–1959 328 2
8 England Chris Burns 1996–2005 315 41
9 Scotland Bobby McCool 1965–1974 297 57
10 England Neil Griffiths 1998–2005 274 22

Most goals[edit]

(Bold = Presently at club)

# Name Career Goals Appearances Goals/Game
Ratio
1 England Jerry Causon 1930–1936 201 194 1.036
2 England Rob Coldray 1954–1969 108 348 0.31
3 England Reg Weaver 1937–1946 103 84 1.226
4 England Jimmy Cox 1999–2006 96 245 0.392
5= England Karl Bayliss 1985–2004 92 243 0.379
5= England Doug Foxwell 1972–1988 92 264 0.348
7 England John Evans 1976–1982 85 265 0.321
8 England Enos Drew 1931–1938 79 252 0.313
9 England Lee Smith 2000–2011 76 364 0.209
10 England Andy Hoskins 1997–2004 74 170 0.435

Seasons[edit]

For a full list, please visit List of Gloucester City A.F.C. seasons.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 February 2018 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK James Hamon (on loan from Exeter City)
England DF Sam Avery
England DF Robbie Cundy
England DF Spencer Hamilton
England DF Isaac Kelly
England DF Kieran Parselle
England DF Keiran Thomas (Club Captain)
England DF Will Tunnicliff
England MF Jamie Edge
No. Position Player
England MF Lewis Hall
England MF Joe Hanks
England MF Chris Knowles
England MF Tom Webb
England MF Ed Williams
England FW Rhys Kavanagh
England FW Will Morford
England FW Ethan Moore
England FW Joe Parker
England FW Harry Williams

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England MF Reece King (on loan to Hednesford Town)

Notable former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Gloucester City A.F.C. players.

Former international players[edit]

Notable other internationals[edit]

Notable other sportsmen[edit]

Management[edit]

Management Team[edit]

Job title Name
Manager Marc Richards England
Assistant Manager Will Morford England
Goalkeeping Coach Kevin Phillips England
Head Physiotherapist Charlotte Wigmore England
Assistant Physiotherapist Ade Tandy England
Kit Man Mike Nash England
Head of Youth Development Manager Kenny Blackburn England
Youth Team Manager Neil Mustoe England

Managerial history[edit]

Pre 1931, the term Manager was interchangeable with the term Secretary, thus the difference is noted.

Secretaries[edit]

1883–84 W.H. Clarke England
1884–86 A.J. Smith England
1888–89 Algernon S. King England
1889–90 Rev. Henry L. Brereton England
1890–93 William H. Benfield England
1893–97 Henry T. Robins England
1897–98 James G. Washbourn England
1898–02 Randolph Lewis England
1902–03 Henry W. Arkell England & Henry Sherwood England
1903–04 Frank R. Crawley England& Henry Sherwood England
1906–09 J.E. Palmer England
1909–10 Oliver J.A. Carter England
1910–11 A.J. Hayward England
1911–14 H. Barry England
1919–31 Lemuel A. Beddis England

Managers[edit]

1931–38 Maurice Hukin England
1938–40 Albert Prince-Cox England
1940–43 William S. Blunn England
1946–48 Cyril Dean England
1948 Jack F. Whiting England & Bill Carver England
1948–52 Douglas Hunt England
1952–54 Jimmy Buist Scotland
1954–59 Harry Ferrier Scotland
1959–60 Ollie Norris Northern Ireland
1960 Frank Tredgett England
1960 Phillip Friel (Temporary) Scotland
1960–62 Maurice Hukin (2nd) England
1962–63 Ron Humpston England
1963–65 Tommy Casey Northern Ireland
1965–66 Robert Grant Scotland
1966–67 Cyril Williams England
1967 Dick Etheridge England
1967–68 Harold Fletcher England
1968–70 Ian McIntosh Scotland
1970 Rob Coldray England
1970 Dick Etheridge (2nd) England
1970–71 John Preece Wales
1971–72 Ian McIntosh (2nd) Scotland
1972–73 Dick Etheridge (3rd) England
1973–76 Bobby Etheridge England
1976–77 Colin Moulsdale England
1977–80 Bob Mursell England
1980 Dick Etheridge (4th) (Caretaker) England
1980–82 Bobby Campbell Scotland
1982 John Layton England
1982–84 Bob Murcell (2nd) England
1984–85 Tony Freely England
1985 Bobby Etheridge (2nd) England
1985 Paul Richardson England
1985–87 Steve Scarrott England
1987–91 Brian Godfrey Wales
1991–92 Steve Millard England
1992–94 Brian Godfrey (2nd) Wales
1994 Gary Goodwin England & Brian Hughes England
1994–96 John Murphy England
1996–98 Leroy Rosenior Sierra Leone
1998–00 Brian Hughes (2nd) England
2000–01 Tommy Callinan England
2001–2006 Chris Burns England
2006 Neil Mustoe England & Adie Harris England (Caretaker)
2006–08 Tim Harris England
2008–14 David Mehew England
2014–17 Tim Harris (2nd) England
2017 Will Morford England (Caretaker)
2017–date Marc Richards England

Rivalries[edit]

Main rivals[edit]

Cheltenham Town – The near proximity of Cheltenham to Gloucester has led to the rivalry being competed for more than a century, in local and regional divisions. The first of these matches were played in 1898 and since then 212 matches have been contested between the clubs. However, the most recent league game between the two was in 1997 and since then, competitive matches between the clubs have stopped due to Cheltenham Town's rise up the English football league system. This could have been Gloucester City if they had beaten Salisbury City on the final day of the 1996–97 season, however City lost 3–1 and Cheltenham were promoted due to champions Gresley Rovers' ground not being to a sufficient standard for Conference football. From 2010 to 2017, Gloucester City ground-shared at Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road stadium.

Worcester City – Gloucester City and Worcester City contest the Severn Derby, as the game has recently been named. The rivalry has blossomed in the 2000s due to both clubs participating in the Conference North and the close proximity between the two cathedral cities. The two sides have met 99 times during their history.

Forest Green Rovers – The rivalry between the two clubs has only become a recent phenomenon. For the majority of both club's history, Gloucester City were in a higher league. In 1998, Forest Green Rovers achieved promotion to the Football Conference after only a couple seasons in the Southern League. However, in 2007, Gloucester City began groundsharing at Rovers' New Lawn Stadium, which ended acrimoniously between the clubs, forcing the Tigers further into exile at Cirencester Town. In 2014, the club's met in the FA Cup; their first competitive meeting in a generation.

Other rivals[edit]

Historically Barry Town were rivals of the club, however a move to Welsh Football caused a stop in matches between the two.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Directions - Gloucester City Football Club". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  2. ^ Clark, Timothy R.D.; Kujawa, Rob (2009). The Complete Record of Gloucester City AFC 1883–2009. Gloucester: Tiger Timbo Publications. ISBN 978-0-9557425-1-4. 
  3. ^ a b Clark & Kujawa (2009), p1
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  7. ^ "Promotion delight for Gloucester". BBC. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
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  10. ^ a b c d "Gloucester City move to Cheltenham Town for two years". BBC Sport. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Landmark looms for Gloucester City Skipper". BBC Sport. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Gloucester City moved to National League South for 2017/18 season". Gloucestershire Live. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Gloucester City boss Tim Harris unimpressed by move South". The Non-League Football Paper. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  14. ^ "Reaction: Mike Dunstan on moving south". Gloucester City A.F.C. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  15. ^ "Harris steps down as First Team Manager". Gloucester City A.F.C. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Mike Dunstan steps down as Chairman". Gloucester City A.F.C. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  17. ^ "RECAP: Tim Harris quits as Gloucester City manager, staff members follow and fans react". Gloucestershire Live. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  18. ^ "Club's current structure unsustainable, say Gloucester City fans". Gloucestershire Live. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "Marc Richards appointed as Gloucester City Manager". Gloucester City A.F.C. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  20. ^ a b "Press Release: City Secure Corinium Ground Share For Next Season". Gloucester City F.C. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2008. 
  21. ^ "New masterplan approved for Gloucester's Railway Triangle". Gloucester Citizen. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Gloucester News – Gloucester City new ground site- Western Daily Press – Bristol Post". Bristol Post. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  23. ^ http://iwc2.labouronline.org/164625/pledge_one
  24. ^ https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2008–11–10b.610.0
  25. ^ "MPs discuss return to Meadow Park". This is Gloucestershire. 27 May 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "weston". gloucestercityafc.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  27. ^ Chapman, Caroline (6 November 2013). "Gloucester City: The non-league nomads who can't go home". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "Gloucester City's plans for a new stadium are approved by the city council". Gloucester Citizen. 7 October 2014. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Gloucester to play first game at new home in February". Gloucester Citizen. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. [permanent dead link]

Further reading[edit]

Clark, Timothy R. D in collaboration with Kujawa, Rob (2009). The Complete Record of Gloucester City AFC 1883–2009. (566 pgs) Tiger Timbo Publications. ISBN 978-0-9557425-1-4.

External links[edit]

Official[edit]

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