The Start Of Gloucester Citys Long March Home Begins Here

After four years in enforced exile following the catastophic floods of 2007, Blue Square North club Gloucester City could be heading back to their home town. Jenni Silver brings up to date with the latest developments. It’s the news Gloucester City fans have been waiting for – a planning application for a new ground is on its way, set for submission in the next two weeks. A public consultation event is planned for next week to reveal the design for the new stadium and the complex project to protect a whole community from flooding. For almost fours years the Tigers have been exiled from the city of Gloucester, banished by the waters of the River Severn. The club had been flooded before and was pretty much uninsurable by the time the waters started rising on July 23, 2007. The iconic picture of water lapping at the cross bar went worldwide (Have a look at TigerRoar for all the heartbreaking snaps). The human cost from the 2007 floods was huge, hundreds homeless, hundreds of thousands left without drinking water for weeks on end but the cost to Gloucester’s football team has been almost as dear. Meadow Park, the lovely old ground in Sudmeadow Road (the name should’ve been a clue when they moved there really) wasn’t just home to the first team, the successful ladies team and the many youth teams played there,...

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