Tag: Gloucester City

Football’s Not Coming Home: Gloucester City’s New Ground Plans Falter

Just a week shy of Gloucester City AFC’s 130th anniversary the club’s future has been thrown into doubt with the news that plans for a return to Gloucester are emphatically on hold until further notice. Safe in the anonymous mid-table of the Conference North the club take on Altrincham tonight at their current adopted home, 11 miles down the road in Cheltenham and while a decent battle is expected on the pitch the thoughts of those in the stands are likely to be elsewhere. After almost six years in exile and five years of promises that ‘the club will be home soon’ the club has come up against a brick wall, without a sod on any new ground being cut. To recap for those who might not know, City’s ground was engulfed in flood water in July 2007, along with much of the county, when the River Severn burst it’s banks. It was the third major flood in a decade and water rose up to the cross bar. Remember that meme when the England game was called off because of the rain – that was Meadow Park. The City Council formed a special cross party group and worked with the club to find some way of bringing them back to the city, guiding them through the planning process. Various sites were mooted and dismissed, ultimately it was back to...

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The Changing Fortunes Of Cheltenham Town

A plum FA Cup tie away at Tottenham Hotspur, an unbeaten run away from home
and whispers of a promotion push – when did all start going so right
 for Cheltenham Town? From the dark months of the Martin Allen era which saw the manager
 leave under a cloud after unproven accusations of racism levelled at him by a nightclub bouncer and a precarious escape from the drop zone the Robins (or the Rubies are they are known this season due to their special 125th anniversary kit) have had a remarkable change in fortunes both on and off the pitch. Where a couple of seasons ago the Robins were in the red, struggling financially, worrying about the ground and the future and recording losses of £826,898 (in 2009) they are now in a position where chairman Paul Baker was able to report that the club should record a small profit in the next year – a week before they were awarded the FA Cup pay-day against Spurs. With the club’s all time record of eight wins away from home on the trot recently matched and nestled comfortably in third place in League 2 it all seems to be going right for Cheltenham Town. So how has a club which was precariously close to administration developed a golden touch in such short space of time? It’s not all down to luck – prudent signings, canny deals and...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 20-11-2011

We have five matches for you this week as our non-league videos of the week. First up is the match from the Blue Square Premier between Ebbsfleet United and a club that has been having renewed difficulties off the pitch again, Darlington. Next up are the goals from the Blue Square North match between Altrincham and Gloucester City. We then have highlights from the Blue Square South match between Salisbury City and another club that has recently been said to be having financial difficulties, Farnborough FC. We then have another round-up of goals, from the Evostik Southern League Premier Division match between Weymouth and Redditch United, and finally we’re off to Division One South of the Ryman League for the match between Maidstone United and Merstham. Our thanks, as ever, go to those that have taken the time to record, edit and upload these matches.           You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round

This weekend, the FA Cup reached its final qualifying round and the introduction of the clubs of the Blue Square Premier adds a little extra spice to the competition as well. Everybody that took to the pitch in this competition at the weekend went into their match knowing that a live appearance on ITV and a sizeable pay day could well be on the cards if they could just get over this hurdle, and this evening we have four matches from this round of the competition. First up is the match between Bishops Stortford and Salisbury City, and this is followed by the matches between Gateshead and Hebburn Town, Dartford and Bromley, and Chelmsford City and Gloucester City. Our thanks, as ever, go those that take the time to record, edit and upload these videos, and you can see the draw for the First Round Proper of the competition – which was made earlier this afternoon – here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Non-League Videos of the Week: 28/08/11

With the leagues in full swing there have been goals galore this week, up near the top of the pyramid Fleetwood were beat by Barrow in the week, finally conceding their first goals of the season. They didn’t quite last as long as Gloucester City, who managed a further ten minutes before Eastwood Town’s Jason Bradley becomes the first player to score against them this season.   That said, AFC Totton lasted longer than both – they didn’t concede a goal until yesterday afternoon when they lost 2-1 to Leamington. Elsewhere in the Isthmian Division One South Folkestone Invicta fought back from a goal down to beat Whyteleafe, with Stewart King netting both goals. The winner was scored from the spot – with one fan in the crowd getting that all important ‘keeper’s eye’ view.   In Evo-stick Division One Central Slough Town move up to fourth after comprehensive victory over Fleet. It was all about the late goals,with Danny Burnell putting Slough ahead in the first half and efforts from Adam Logie and Sean Sonner confirming the win.   And finally a derby and a half from the Evo-stick Southern Premier League; Swindon Supermarine v Cirencester Town.   The score finished 4-4, with brothers Max and Tom Etheridge scoring a goal each for the opposing sides, add into that three red cards and numerous bookings and the repeat...

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