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Wellwisher
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Went to GCFC last weekend for the first time - lost 3-1 to Warrington Town.

First impressions weren't entirely favourable - got soaked walking from the train station and through the city centre, then couldn't actually find the ground even after passing through the docks and over the river i.e. close by.

Which wasn't just me - three Bristol Rovers groundhoppers were equally lost in the nearby industrial estate, within touching distance of the stadium perimeter, but with no way through. A couple of signs would help.

Anyhow, got in 15 mins in (GCFC already 1-0 down), appreciating that the rain was passing and you could choose where to sit or stand, under cover as well.

I have to say that while WTFC looked something like a football team, GCFC were rather lacking, going in two-nil down (and lucky to have nil?). Tbf, the Tigers' manager seems to have done a good job at H-T, possibly by suggesting novel tactics to his team, like e.g. passing that round leather thing to someone in the same shirt where possible.

The second half was much more competitive, with GCFC getting back to 2-1, before a third WTFC goal by their tubby Centre Forward, Josh "Something's" Amis on 68 mins settled it. Though fair play to GCFC, they kept going to the end.

All in all, not too bad value. At first I was a little bit underwhelmed by the stadium - you expect modern stadia to be reasonably, well... modern, whereas this was mostly a collection of converted shipping containers. But on reflection, and considering the problems the club have had, it's actually a pretty good effort, and certainly adequate for the 755 spectators in attendance. Nice mix of fans, friendly too, with a few WTFC fans sprinkled amongst the home fans in addition to the 50-odd fans in the away end.

They had a good little food hut, with the food cooked to order, while the bar was also well set up (good beer and cider etc). Though it was a little disappointing that the TV screens were showing TNT's Premiership Rugby, rather than SKY's Soccer Saturday. (I'm not sure this was by public demand, since no-one was paying it any attention - SKY too expensive to justify perhaps?).

Anyhow, all told it wasn't a bad day out, which I'd have enjoyed rather more had the weather not been so c!#p (hardly GCFC's fault. Obviously). Hope the Tigers stay up, though on that evidence - and the state of the table - it's going to be a real struggle.

P.S. Liked Gloucester's Roy of the Rovers kit!
paperboy
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Well that didn't last long.

Chairman Pat Chambers and his wife step down as custodians of the club.
The vital thing for Tigers supporters is at least they are back in the city nowadays, but with a much smaller playing budget these days are finding it tough in NLN.
RegencyCheltenhamSpa
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paperboy wrote: 16 Nov 2023, 11:34 Well that didn't last long.

Chairman Pat Chambers and his wife step down as custodians of the club.
The vital thing for Tigers supporters is at least they are back in the city nowadays, but with a much smaller playing budget these days are finding it tough in NLN.
Any idea what happened here?

A lot of debate on the Gloucester forum but nothing clear on reasons for the departure.

https://thecityopenforum.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=1865
paperboy
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Yet another delay in the trial of former City boss James Rowe.
This is just crazy and unfair on everyone.
A delay of 3 years!

Trial of former Chesterfield FC manager James Rowe pushed back to 2024 despite “impassioned plea” to avoid delay to sexual assault case
The trial of ex-Chesterfield FC manager James Rowe will now take place next year after the sexual assault case was adjourned by a judge.
By Tom Hardwick
Published 7th Dec 2023, 13:09 GMT
Updated 7th Dec 2023, 13:09 GMT


The trial of James Rowe, 40, was scheduled to begin today (Thursday, December 7) at Derby Crown Court.

Mr Rowe was charged with sexually assaulting a woman on November 24 2021 - to which he has pleaded not guilty.



The trial was delayed this week due to illness, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that they were unable to find anyone suitable to prosecute the case. The CPS subsequently made an application for the trial to be adjourned.


James Rowe, pictured here arriving at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on November 7 2022.




Peter Eguae, representing Mr Rowe, asked Judge Jonathan Bennett to reject the application for an adjournment.


Mr Eguae said that Mr Rowe’s “life has been on hold” and “his reputation has been tarnished” - adding that Mr Rowe had done “everything to be ready” for the beginning of the trial.

The court heard from Mr Eguae that he believed it was an “injustice" to allow the case to be adjourned through "no fault of Mr Rowe" - due to what he described as “inactivity and inefficiency” on behalf of the CPS.


Judge Bennett rejected what he called an “impassioned plea” from Mr Eguae to dismiss the request for an adjournment.

The Judge told the court that a number of issues had delayed the start of the hearing earlier this week - including a problem with the heating in the courtroom, and a cyber attack that left the prosecution unable to access documents relating to the case.

Judge Bennett added, however, that “sickness is the prime cause why this case cannot proceed. If not, the case would have been opened on Tuesday - that's the fundamental problem.”


The CPS were asked by Judge Bennett to “urgently look at alternative counsel” to ensure the case could proceed today. He said that “numerous efforts” were made to find someone to prosecute, but that these were ultimately unsuccessful.

Judge Bennett said that the "scarcity of people available to prosecute" can lead to delays in hearing cases relating to alleged offences of a sexual nature - along with a lack of judges and courtrooms.

The case has been adjourned until October 7 2024.
paperboy
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asl
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Interesting that the supporter's trust chairman is a Robin! :lol:
paperboy
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Gloucester hosting Truro v Dartford tonight on their artificial pitch.

Good news for Dartford one imagines as it's only a 300 mile round trip as opposed to virtually double that to travel to Truro.
Jerry St Clair
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paperboy wrote: 26 Mar 2024, 16:30 Gloucester hosting Truro v Dartford tonight on their artificial pitch.

Good news for Dartford one imagines as it's only a 300 mile round trip as opposed to virtually double that to travel to Truro.
The big Devon/Cornwall derby at Meadow Park next week. Truro v Torquay.
paperboy
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A new Chairman and words of wisdom from AP.

https://www.gloucestercityafc.com/post/ ... r-the-club
paperboy
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Relegation softened a little one imagines with City placed in Southern League Premier SOUTH next season with less travelling and some nice away days.
Wish them well.

https://twitter.com/GCAFCofficial/statu ... uSbJA&s=19
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