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Report - Gloucester City FC, Gloucester, March 2013

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by PCWOX, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. PCWOX

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    History taken from haifisch's report:
    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 retaining their previous name. The club has competed in the Conference North since 2009, having been promoted from the Southern Premier League at the end of the 2008–2009 season. It spent a record 70 years within the Southern Football League from 1939 until 2009. It secured promotion after a Playoff final win against Farnborough.
    The club moved to Meadow Park in 1986 after Westbury Homes purchased the previous ground at Horton Road, Gloucester and relocated the club to the other side of the City. 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 less than ten 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. Currently the club is trying to gain planning permission to rebuild on the current site - however this is proving difficult due to issues with the proposed flood defences.
    Visited on a bitterly cold day. Sadly, it is not possible to enter the old changing rooms and club offices as there is a live office in those buildings now:

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    terrace behind goal
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    Opposite terrace
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    Game abandoned
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    Old advertising hoardings
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    Fans banner - GCFC - KILLED BY KEYWAY
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    Main stand
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    Press Box
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    Dugout
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    Best seat in the house?
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    Turnstiles
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    Club offices and changing rooms - now occupied by Arriva
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    Bad taste photo. RIP those who passed away
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