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Tiger Roar - An unofficial Gloucester City AFC Website

City of Gloucester
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Welcome to Tiger Roar, an unofficial website that aims to promote everything good about Blue Square North side Gloucester City.

Online since the summer of 1998 the website has grown beyond belief and includes close to a thousand pages encompassing past and current player profiles, historical articles, videos clips, match reports, top quality photographs and in the City Open Forum, one of the most vibrant discussion boards around.

Following the catastrophic floods of July 2007 the club were forced to abandon their stadium at Meadow Park and play for a season at Forest Green. Two seasons followed at Cirencester Town before the club moved again for the 2010/11 campaign. Admission costs are 12 for adults, 6 for concessions, and free for under 18's. Directions to the ground can be found here.

The Tigers have competed in the Vanarama National League North since 2009 and continue to improve under the guidance of manager Tim Harris.

With a team made up of the best players from the Gloucester area including defender Michael Green, midfielder powerhouses Tom Webb and Adam Connolly plus forwards Obi Anorou and Joe Parker come and support your local team to glory.

Photo Galleries of recent Gloucester City matches

Stalybridge Celtic v's City (15/08/15)
City v's FC United of Manchester (08/08/15)
AFC Fylde v's City (25/04/15)
City v's Stockport County (18/04/15)
City v's Brackley Town (26/12/14)
   City v's Guiseley (15/11/14)
City v's Solihull Moors (28/10/14)
City v's Forest Green Rovers (25/10/14)
City v's Staines Town (14/10/14)
Paulton Rovers v's City (27/09/14)

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Saturday August 29th 2015  
Joe Hanks

Connor Thompson
best game yet

"How on Earth did we win that?" was the bemused response from some City fans after this 1-0 win against AFC Telford United.

Hard work, luck and Jas Singh would probably answer that.

The only goal of the game came on the stroke of half time when Joe Hanks sent in one of those free kicks that leaves a goalkeeper wondering if he should go for the ball or leave it as attackers run in and almost connect. On this occasion Telford stopper James Montgomery was beaten and City scored.

The Shrewsbury team had only scored once so far this season and that was a penalty and they were probably hard done by with their response bringing the best out of Singh on occasions whilst the tale of two goalkeepers gathered pace with Montgomery, grandson of ex-Sunderland keeper Jim emulating his opposite number as City sought to increase their advantage.

Telford should've been reduced to ten men early doors when Mark Lees went in late on Jim Bowen but was only booked. The same foul had been committed in the Newcastle vs Arsenal game on TV at dinnertime and was a straight red. Bowen limped on for ten more mintues but was replaced by Lewis Hall.

City might've added to their woeful goals tally had a penalty been awarded when Mike Symons was tripped whilst Connor Thompson missed a sitter when he headed over an open goal, although that miss aside he had what was probably his best game for the club to date.

City : Singh, Hamilton, Jones, Williams, Avery, Hanks, Liddiard, Thompson (Connolly 84), Anorou (White 66), Symons, Bowen (Hall 22) Subs n/u : Parker, Hicks

Report - Photos - Tim H Int - Hanks Int - Highlights

City striker Harry White goes in where it hurts against AFC Telford
City striker Harry White goes in where it hurts against AFC Telford

Tuesday August 18th 2015  
Spencer Hamilton
sent off

Marc Richards

This draw actually felt more like a win.

Relegated Alfreton looked a decent outfit and certainly deserved their lead when they eventually got it but they should've killed us off before Marc Richards, of all people headed home an equaliser with a few minutes to go.

The Nottingham outfit thought they'd taken the lead in the first half when Jas Singh's kick was blocked by a retreating Alfreton man and the rebound slotted home by another. However the lino interjected and after discussion with the ref it seemed that the goal had been given, well, going by the cheers of the impressive throng of Alfreton fans. It wasn't though.

You thought you had scored. So did we, so did we!

The Mansfield side bossed the half and took the lead minutes before the break when Tom Allen nodded home a second phase cross after a corner had been cleared.

It got better for the Derby team when City were reduced to ten men with a very harsh straight red for Spencer Hamilton. Yes he nudged over their winger but was he the last man? Was there a clear goalscoring opportunity? Or was the ref just a cunt? Who knows!

Having ten men doesn't really seem that much of an advantage these days but seeing as we'd been overrun in midfield the introduction of Richards into the heart of the side turned out to be a masterstroke by City boss Tim Harris as his side battled hard and eventually earned a valuable point.

We now have a point for every game we've played. If thats the case at the end of the season will it be enough? One things for sure, we have to get better because battling alone isn't going to win matches.

City : Singh, Hamilton (s/o 45), Jones, Williams, Avery, Connolly, Liddiard, Thompson (Richards 46), Anorou (Green 46), Symons, Parker (White 70) Subs n/u : Hicks, Hall

Report - Photos - Tim H Int - Highlights

Adam Connolly tries an acrobatic shot against Alfreton
Adam Connolly tries an acrobatic shot against Alfreton

Saturday August 15th 2015  
Joe Parker
goal ruled out

Lewis Hall
looked sharp

City : Singh, Hamilton, Jones, Williams, Avery, Connolly, Liddiard, Thompson, Anorou (White 63), Symons, Parker (Hall 81) Subs n/u : Richards, Green, Hicks

Report - Photos - Tim H Int - Highlights

Joe Parker's perfectly good goal is about to be ruled out
Joe Parker's perfectly good goal is about to be ruled out

Wednesday August 12th 2015  
Jas Singh
penalty save

Obi Anorou
consolation goal

Tim Harris said after Saturday's game that he didn't want anyone to get carried away and it was just as well after this disappointing defeat to Corby Town.

Away games against the Steelmen always used to be fun because we had a long run of wins there so they went to the lengths of building a new stadium on the back of their Rockingham Triangle athletics ground and it seems to have done the trick for them.

To be fair to Corby they were better at doing the things that we wanted to do and it was the difference in what was, over the ninety minutes a fairly even contest.

They scored three goals in about ten minutes midway through the first half; the first from a striker with an unpronouncable name on loan from MK Dons. His pace was too much for Matt Williams and he finished high past Jas Singh in the City goal.

The second was a sweet strike from Ashley Sammons as he curled a shot into the top corner after a flag kick had been cleared to him on the edge of the box. Trying not to take anything away from him, it was the kind of finish that every player can do in the warm up but in a game he should never have been given the room to attempt it.

The third was a penalty, a tussle between Williams and the MK Dons man saw the ref point to the spot but the video replay shows very little contact if any. Jas was given no chance by Greg Mills.

An incident before half time makes Corby look bad. Some wanker in the crowd had already deliberately thrown the ball beyond Billy Jones as he waited to take a corner and the same person offered the ball to Ross Staley before purposely sending it back down the line. To his credit the referee ran straight to a steward and one would assume he asked them to take action.

They didn't.

At the World of Smiles Stadium the stewards would've thrown him straight out. Piss poor Corby. Piss poor.

City bossed the second half but again failed to really create telling chances and Corby showed their edge when they won another penalty. Again it was Williams at fault bringing down their speedy winger but this time Jashands was Jasfeet as he blocked Mills' spot kick and then produced a fine save to turn the rebound over the bar.

Those who stayed to the end were rewarded with a consolation goal as Obi Anorou, who'd looked sharp all night was played in by a sumptuous pass from Joe Parker to score.

City : Singh, Hamilton, Jones, Williams, Avery, Connolly, Liddiard, Thompson (Hicks 76), Anorou, White (Symons 64), Staley (Parker 64) Subs n/u : Richards, Hall

Report - Photos - Tim H Int - Highlights

Saturday August 8th 2015  
Ross Staley
two goals

Mark Saunders
class of '94!

City : Singh, Hamilton, Jones, Williams, Avery, Connolly, Liddiard, Thompson, Anorou (Parker xx), White (Symons xx), Staley (Hall xx) Subs n/u : Richards

Report - Tim H Int - Sam Avery Int - Goals +

City striker Obi Anorou is brought down by the FCUM keeper for a penalty kick
City striker Obi Anorou is brought down by the FCUM keeper for a penalty kick

Saturday July 11th 2015  
Ross Staley
two goals

Mark Saunders
class of '94!

Football is back.

I'm never a great fan of opre-season games even if I have seen my fair share of them down the years, although I didn't attend Fairford on our last visit back in 1994 so it was nice to tick off a new ground.

Tim had picked an interesting formation with four strikers filling the attacking roles. Are we seeing round pegs in square holes? Joe Parker played wide on the right and Harry White filled a deeper role so he had more time on the ball. Harry is an excellent prospect and it will be disappointing if he makes way to accomodate Symo.

Nathan Modest played most of the game. By all accounts he's out of term time at Hartpury and is travelling from Sheffield for training and games. That's just the kind of comittment that is great to see. I hope he's rewarded for his effort.

City dominated the game which was played out on a hard pitch on a hot summers day and for a long time it looked as though it was going to be one of those games that ended goalless. But that changed in the second half. Ross staley scored twice and Mike Symons a third although it was ruled out for offside. That fact that he was behind the cross and it was deflected off of a defender seemed lost on the linesman!

It was nice to see former City defender Mark Saunders at the game too, although I think I was the only City fan that recognised him!

City : Singh, Green, Greenwood, Williams, Avery, Connolly, Miller, Modest, Anorou, White, Parker Subs (all used) : Richards, Symons, Hicks, Thompson, Staley, Haswell, Churchley, Wright


City striker Mike Symons sees the funny side of an appalling offside flag that ruled out his goal
City striker Mike Symons sees the funny side of an appalling offside flag that ruled out his goal

Saturday April 25th 2015  
Connor Thompson
opened scoring

Harry White
lovely finish

It's not often you can come away from a game where you've scored six goals and not feel bad about it.

Despite City's decent recent form it was always going to be a tough ask to turn over AFC Fylde, a team who would've won the title with this result had Barrow not won at Lowestoft.

Connor Thompson gave the Tigers an early lead when Mike Green got around the back and sent in a wonderful cross to the near post. The winger got himself between the defender and goalkeeper to bundle the ball in. It was short lived though as the home team scored with a deflected free kick and then a soft penalty which Harry White was booked for pulling their player over.

Chris Knowles thumped in a header at the far post from Billy Jones' sumptuous corner just before the break but within seconds of the restart Fylde were ahead again when a beautiful cross from the right wing travelled across the six-yard box before being tapped in at the far post.

Fylde had scored two quick goals in the first half and City did it in the second; White beat two defenders and curled a lovely shot inside the far post before Nick Wright beat the offside trap but was brought down by a combination of defender and goalkeeper. Jones made no mistake from twelve yards.

Two points of note from that. One was that I was sat next to the worst kind of home fan who described Harry's goal as poor defending, despite his skill and finess to get in a goalscoring position and then put it away. Then there's the fact that Harry has had his critics, but now that he's got his feet under the table at City he must stay next season and make that number nine shirt his own. He'll score twenty goals.

The scoreboard at Kellamergh Park looked good with City ahead but it wasn't going to last. They scored three more, including another penalty but it was for nothing as Barrow won and they had to face the lottery of the playoffs.

City : Rivers, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Thompson (Staley 84), Knowles, Wright (Modest 76), H.White (Kabba 84), Orenuga. Subs n/u : Richards, P.White

Report - Photos - Tim H Interview - Photos - Panorama

Harry White in control at AFC Fylde
Harry White in control at AFC Fylde

Saturday April 18th 2015  
Harry White
two goals

Harvey Rivers

Where did this ridiculous run of form come from? All that stress through the season and now we manage to go unbeaten for over a month and but for a blip at Gainsborough we'd have won our last six games.

In previous seasons it hasn't gone as close to the wire as this one so it was a weird feeling going to Whaddon to watch a dead rubber and the result almost didn't matter to me.

The one thing that I liked about today was our opponents. We've played the likes of Halifax and Chester but those were pheonix clubs. Stockport are THE Stockport County that we remember from the olden days; Kevin Francis, Danny Bergara et al. They've had a remarkable fall from grace and won't be too keen to be reminded that we've now beaten them twice!

That said, they were shite and didn't really up their game until the latter stages of the second half, by which time Harry White had scored two tap in's and spurned at least another couple of chances to grab a hat-trick.

His first came when Billy Jones seemed to mis-hit a cross and with Nick Wright having an air shot at the near post the Stockport goalkeeper was wrong footed and White beat Sam Avery to the ball to bang it into the roof of the net. The second was all about Femi Orenuga and his wing wizardary as he cut in from the touchline and laid off a simple ball for Harry to slot home. When our wingers do their job we win, it's that simple.

They pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go when they scored after two efforts had been cleared off of the line. It was the only blot on debutant goalkeeper Harvey Rivers' long awaited debut.

Onto AFC Fylde to piss on their promotion parade next Saturday!

City : Rivers, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Staley (Thompson 72), Webb, Wright (Modest 81), H.White, Orenuga (Knowles 82). Subs n/u : Richards, P.White

Report - Photos - Tim H Interview - Highlights

Tuesday April 14th 2015  
Harry Williams

There are wins and there are wins but there was more to this one.

It wasn't because it continued our recent excellent form. It wasn't because it secured our place in the Conference North for another year. It wasn't even because Tyler Weir joined the wrong club. It was because it kept up this fantastic record of straight wins against our "local" rivals Worcester.

Backed by around a hundred and fifty travelleing fans City took an early lead when ex-Worcester man Nick Wright found winger Femi Orenuga with a delighful pass behind Weir and as Nathan Vaughan's usual gung-ho style of rushing off his line it gave Femi a perfect opening to roll the ball into the far corner. That said, how both Worcester defender Anthony Charles and Harry Williams failed to get a touch is a mystery.

Both teams had half chances to score but the home side were presented with a perfect opportunity to level matters when Mike Green got a hold of Mike Symons' shirt in the area. It's not like Symo's game is mostly played with his arms but the referee was far too keen to award a spot kick and City keeper Paul White had no chance as Sean Geddes rifled the ball home.

The Tigers had to weather the storm in the second half as Worcester looked to arrest the terrible run they're having against is but they were out of luck as Tim Harris' men netted what turned out to be the winning goal.

White sent a drop kick up field for striker Williams to chase. Another former Tiger, Kyle Haynes couldn't stop him and a clever ball through to Wright saw the shot blocked and as the ball lopped up into the air Williams strode past a static defence to score.

We are staying up!

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 70), H.Williams, Orenuga (Knowles 84). Subs n/u : Staley, Thompson, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Goals

Tom Webb in some high kicking action with ex-City striker Mike Symons at Kidderminster tonight
Tom Webb in some high kicking action with ex-City striker Mike Symons at Kidderminster tonight

Saturday April 11th 2015  
Harry Williams
glanced header

Tom Webb
what more can be said

Most of us who follow this football club are grown adults and whilst there may not have been too many of us at Gainsborough on Monday to feel that absolute dagger in the heart that the late goals thrust into us our wounds were certainly healed by Tom Webb's superb last minute winner against Chorley here today.

It's ridiculous the emotions that "only a game" puts us through.

After Webby's goal there were chants of "We are staying up" from the T-End. It's not mathematical yet but it should be after we beat Worcester at Aggborough on Tuesday evening.

Chorley are decent mind and they came here today with a six-game winning run behind them. To their credit they didn't waste much possession and after they took the lead through a soft penalty when an attacker ran into Sam Avery and went down it looked like it might be a long afternoon for the City fans.

However, lovely skill out wide by Nick Wright made room for a cross which Harry Williams got something on and the ball looped high over goalkeeper Sam Ashton before going in off of the top of the post. I don't know who was more surprised!

Wright had a great chance to give City the lead having got his head to Mike Green's cross but his header glanced narrowly wide of the post.

The Manchester team grew into the game in the second and the Tigers did well to get men behind the ball and restrict them. Former Halifax man James Dean, who'd given them the lead from the spot had their only chance of the half but plundered his shot over Paul White's crossbar.

Jim Bowen smashed a shot into the crossbar and when substitute Harry White was denied by a great block by Ashton late on we thought it was all over, but it wasn't. Tom Webb responded to shouts of "Gamble" from the City bench and beat a host of defenders before hitting a sweet left footed shot low into the bottom corner from outside the box.


City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 70), H.Williams, Orenuga (Staley 77). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Webby Interview - Highlights

Chorley goalkeeper Sam Ashton can only watch as Harry Williams' header goes in off of the post
Chorley goalkeeper Sam Ashton can only watch as Harry Williams' header goes in off of the post

Monday April 7th 2015  
Nick Wright
two goals

I don't think we're going to go down now but if we do we'll look back at these last five minutes at Gainsborough today in the same way that we recalll those at Ninian Park twenty-five years ago.

We were so comfortable. Two goals up going into the games final throes and then Chris Knowles gives away a free kick, their goalkeeper punts it into the area, Paul White is thinking should I stay or should I go and is caught in no mans land when Darryn Stamp pwers a header over him. Two minutes later a cut back from inside the area on the right hand side and Stamp has the ball in the net via a deflection.

I know that they say it's only a game and all that but it's hard to put into words how pissed off that made me feel. And then we had a long trip home.

Both halves had started so well too. Nick Wright might've scuffed his first goal in but they all count. His second was decent mind. Jim Bowen found him with a ball over the top and he ran in from the left hand side before lashing him a shot with the outside of his right foot. The keeper had no chance.

The ending to the story though perfectly sums up why we are where we are.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 82), H.Williams (Modest 88), Orenuga (Knowles 77). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers


Nick Wright looks cool as the City fans celebrate his fifth minute opener
Nick Wright looks cool as the City fans celebrate his fifth minute opener

Saturday April 5th 2015  
Sam Avery

For once we've managed not to foul up a six-pointer!

OK, it might not have been the best spectacle; City didn't play the best football in the first half, even though they did take the lead when Sam Avery powered home a header from Billy Jones' corner. The set piece was perfection itself which leads me to ask why haven't we scored more goals from corners? We get enough!

When we lost 1-4 at Leamington earlier in the season it was Adam Connolly who got our consolation goal. It was fitting then that he got on the scoresheet again. His go up there was a stunning strike, this wasn't as good but it still counted. A free kick was half cleared and he took his time to curl a shot in from the left hand corner of the penalty area.

The third came from youngster Harry Williams. Tom Webb had shrugged off the challenge of a wrong-sided defender and laid the ball off for Williams who took a touch before shooting between his markers legs with the keeper rooted to the spot.

To Leamington's credit they didn't lie down and die, the got one back when Nick Wright made a late run into the box for a defensive corner and haplessly deflected a clearance beyond Paul White. They followed that with an unbelieveable miss from in front of the goal before they were denied a penalty late on.

These three points were very handy indeed.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (Modest 90), H.White (H.Williams 44), Orenuga (Knowles 66). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers

Report - Tim Int - Connolly Int - 2nd Half

On loan youngsters Harry Williams and James Bowen celebrate the formers goal
On loan youngsters Harry Williams and James Bowen celebrate the formers goal

Saturday March 28th 2015  
Femi Orenuga
star man

It's been a good week.

A point at in form Bradford on Monday night followed by all three here at Solihull today has moved City out of the bottom three. Can we just end the season now please?

Solihull barely threeatened. Paul White was called into action a couple of times and did his job well and there was a goalmouth scramble in the second half which caused a few hearts to flutter but overall the Birmingham team were second best as City earned a deserved win.

Inept refereeing created the first goal; Tom Webb had made a surging run when he was fouled. Everyone said it was inside the area but the ref bottled it and gave a free kick outside. Not even a word with the defender let alone a red card owing to him being last man. Billy Jones' free kick was cleared but on the attacks second wave Femi Orenuga went down under the challenge of a defender giving the referee no option but to point to the spot from which Jones made no mistake.

Femi got the second at the start of the second half. He beat two defenders to the ball after a great move involving improving winger Jim Bowen and new striker Nick Wright.

A great win, now we need to build on it by beating Leamington at Whaddon Road on Saturday.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 67), Kabba (H.Williams 70), Orenuga (Knowles 79). Subs n/u : Modest, Staley

Report - Rosey Interview - Goals

Thumbs up for City keeper Paul White as he gathers a Solihull shot
Thumbs up for City keeper Paul White as he gathers a Solihull shot

Monday March 23rd 2015  
Matt Williams
wonder goal

A point is better than nothing I suppose but again having taken the lead City couldn't hold it as Bradford equalised to deny the Tigers a much needed victory.

Defender Matt Williams had given Tim Harris' men a half time lead with a superb strike on the run before Chib Chilaka grabbed the leveller midway through the second half.

The point lifts City out of the relegation zone.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen (Modest 77), Webb, H.White (Diop 84), Kabba, Thompson (H.Williams 77). Subs n/u : Richards, Orenuga

Report - Goals

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