Tag: Gloucester City

The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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The (Conference) North/ South Conundrum

When is Worcester further south than Gloucester? When did Bishops Stortford become a northern town? How is it right for a part-time football team to travel 8,000 miles a season? Welcome to a geography lesson, Conference style. The outpouring of angst over Bishops Stortford being shifted from the Blue Square North from the South has been so great it has almost overshadowed the other news from the Conference AGM, the bit about Rushden and Diamonds being expelled. The Hertfordshire-based club are now appealing being swapped from one Step 2 league to the other, or to use the words of the Conferences bigwigs “transferred from Conference South to Conference North on a geographical basis,” just weeks before pre-season. Obviously the town has not been uprooted and shifted up towards Sheffield, but Bishops Stortford is officially in the north now, subject to the club’s appeal. If they win the appeal or decide to resign from the league – the two options currently on the table – a number of things could happen, Stafford might be reprieved or it could be Lewes or maybe the Conference North will run with fewer teams, its not especially clear and as we shall see, clarity and common sense doesn’t really seem to come into it at any point. And aside from the shock and anger from the club ,the Bishops Stortford situation has once again...

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In Exile: Gloucester City’s Lessons In Groundsharing

As part of 200%’s series about Britain’s lost football grounds we look at Gloucester City, a club without a home ground since 2007. Unlike many other club’s in their league Gloucester City own their own ground, its just they can’t use it at the moment. They haven’t been able to play at Meadow Park for almost four years. The Tigers weren’t the victims of property developers, megalomaniac chairmen or greedy landlords. It was the might of the River Severn, which forced them from Meadow Park in July 2007 Four years on and Gloucester are still enjoying a nomadic existence with their third groundshare about to enter its second year, after a season at the Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn and two at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium the Tigers are now playing at the Abbey Business Stadium, home of Cheltenham Town. A planning application for a new ground back in Gloucester is in but realistically the Tigers won’t be home for a year or so yet (I covered the plans a bit here and since then the update is, well…there is no update really.) Hayes and Yeading fans, preparing for a year of groundsharing as Beaconsfield Road’s revamp is finished will have transport laid on to Woking’s ground to encourage them to keep the faith during the season away, the Tigers’ Supporters Trust has done the same for City fans...

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Daylight (Bank Holiday) Robbery: the cost of policing a non-league game

A £3k policing bill looks set to spoil Gloucester City’s weekend but is it justified? Football hooligans, they are on the rise in parts of Europe (some of the blogs about Russia are particularly scary) but in the Blue Square North? Really? There have been a few well documents ‘issues’ this year – Nuneaton v Telford, Stafford v Telford – but nothing outside the realms of two former giants meeting at a lower level or what is essentially a local derby. Tyres have been thrown, windows smashed but no massive hooligan riots, no significance violence on the terraces. The Association of Chief Police Officers’ figures for last season show that 11 AFC Telford United fans are currently the subject of banning orders and none were handed out last season. Although it’s fair to note a few have been dished out this season albeit for unsavoury behaviour at a local derby, mainly due to the Stafford game. Its hard to remember the last time someone was arrested at a Gloucester City home game, the gate is rarely over 350 and has dropped below 200 on a couple of occasions this year, its normally home fans with a handful of hardy northerners who’ve braved the motorway to the most southern outpost of the league. So what would prompt Gloucestershire Police to possibly hand GCAFC a rumoured £3,000 bill for the Easter...

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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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