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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 Vanarama National League 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 Sam Avery, midfielder powerhouses Tom Webb and Joe Hanks plus forwards Luke Hopper 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 Darlington 1883 (21/08/16)
City v's Harrogate Town (03/10/15)
City v's Kidlington (27/09/15)
City v's AFC Fylde (05/09/15)
   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)

The latest news and events from Tiger Roar

Saturday August 27th 2016  
Calvin Dinsley
first City goal

Luke Hopper
his goal

Zack Kotwica
made it safe

This has been a victory that has been a long time coming.

I've been to all but one of these fixtures. The first time we went was in midweek and we'd combined it with a trip to the Trafford Centre, Old Trafford and The City of Manchester stadium. Click the links to see the jokes that Penno told outside of the latter two. Laughing at those jokes might help with some of the defeats we've suffered there. Today's result certainly raised a smile.

City took off down the hill, whilst overheard jets took off from Manchester Airport.

Stalybridge had the ball in the net first but the man who put the ball in the net after Jas had saved superbly was offside and it didn't count. Calvin Dinsley's effort did though when he took his turn to plunder his way through the penalty area before firing past a motionless keeper. Dinsley had started the move, breaking away from a corner and it was superb to see Jas cover the length of the pitch to celebrate with his carpool mate. I wonder if James Corden would be interested?

The indomnitable Chris Knowles, smallest man on the pitch but one that leaps like a salmon put one wide from a free kick before Ed Williams, with the whitest teeth in the league centred for Luke Hopper to rifle home. It may or may not have been an own goal but the league has given it to Luke so TR has too. He sits third in the goalscoring chart now with Danny Rowe from Flybe and Tom Denton of North Ferrifax above him. I bet he wishes he was on their money too!

Why is it though with City 2-0 up I'm still nervous? If we were 0-2 down I'd be thinking of going home yet when we're in the lead it's just so different. And so it proved as Steve Tames scored when his shot deflected off of Jack Deaman and looped over Jas in the City goal.

Shenanigans on the far side saw Sam Avery elbowed in the face. The referee took no action. Protestations from the City bench drew a reaction from the crowd behind them. One shouted "At least we've got a ground". Well done you prick.

It became nervy. Stalybridge play direct football and that proved to almost be our undoing when Worcester did it to us but we held firm and got the killer third goal.

This time Hopper turned provider when a defender took a tumble trying to connect with a lofted pass over him and Luke got his head up and crossed for the unmarked Zack Kotwica who smashed the ball into the back of the net. He ran to the corner to celebrate but not for long because there was a dreadful smell in that area emanating from the toilet block.

That reminded me of the time we drew 2-2 there and Joe Parker scored. I had a dodgy guts that day and at the time of the goal I was on the throne, one of which opened straight out to a view of the pitch. I was so tempted to sit there with the door open. I hate being at games and missing goals.

The result was too much for their manager Liam Watson. He must've known they were going to lose because he'd quit before the game.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Avery, Deaman, Knowles, Dinsley, Webb, Hopper (Reid 90), Parker (Kotwica 59), Williams (Hanks 84) Subs n/u : Hamilton, Dale

Report - Photos - Goals

This is the pinnacle of all the hard work that Tim Harris puts in for Gloucester City
This is the pinnacle of all the hard work that Tim Harris puts in for Gloucester City

Sunday August 21st 2016  
Keiran Thomas
crunching tackles

Lewis Hall
crossed for OG

OK, so, after our blistering start to the season it seems like we're not going to win the league!

Darlington were decent, sorry, Darlington 1883 or whatever their called. Their four at the back were too much for our three up front and their four in midfield had the boss hand over our three. Is there a lesson to be learned here?

Added to the rest of the team were a Peter Crouch / Tom Denton / Rodney Trotter type up front alongside Liam Hardy, the player who'd sued the club after Matt Coupe had run him through when he played for Harrogate at Whaddon back in 2011. Not sure how the litigation ended up.

He didn't score. Or maybe he did. Who cares. The main concern was that for the second time in two home games Jas was beaten by one of those awful inswinging crosses that could get a touch off of an attacker and could go in the far post. It did the latter.

Rodney got the other, another that Jas won't want to see too many times when he got between two defenders and flicked the ball goalwards with the City keeper seemingly in no mans land.

They'd given us the lead too when a defender sliced a Lewis Hall cross into his own net. It felt as though it was met with muted celebrations being an own goal. We certainly didn't have much to cheer about.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Avery, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 81), Webb, Hopper, Parker (Kotwica 60), Williams (Reid 60) Subs n/u : Chambers, Richards

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Sam Avery made his return to the heart of the City defence
Sam Avery made his return to the heart of the City defence

Tuesday August 16th 2016  
Luke Hopper
hat trick

Joe Hanks
free kick saved

Do you know what really irks me? It's that sodding 0-1 loss to Worcester at Whaddon Road last Christmas.

Up until then and since we've lorded it over them. It's ace when you can do that to another team, especially a local rival.

Tonight's encounter took place at a different venue; The Victoria Ground, home of Bromsgrove Sporting, the club formed from the ashes of another club that we had a great record against, Bromsgrove Rovers, so we were always going to win!

To be fair to Worcester they defended well in the first half and we reduced them to the odd counter attack, their only real chance came from a header from a corner. Joe Hanks had three efforts for the Tigers, but just the one on target. Luke Hopper should've had a penalty when he was dragged down in the area by a defender from behind but the referee bottled it.

The game really came to life in the second half when Hopper scored a hat-trick.

His first was just two minutes in when he took advantage of a lapse in concentration from a defender; the second ten minutes later when two defenders were caught napping in pretty much the same position on the field. Both yielded fine finishes, first with the right foot and the second with the left.

City were cruising, passing the ball around the full backs and knocking it long into the channels and almost pinched a third when the goalkeeper spilled the softest of efforts from Hopper inside the far post. Inevitably they pulled one back through a player who I won't name. But Hopper restored the lead and grabbed his trio with ten minutes left.

But former Tiger loanee Colby Bishop turned in a centre in injury time to give the hosts a chance which they really didn't deserve, so the onomatopoeic peeeeeeeep peeeeeeep peeeeeeeep of the final whistle was a great relief.

Can we play them every week?

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 65), Webb, Hopper, Parker (Kotwica 85), Williams Subs n/u : Avery, Reid, Richards

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Hat-trick hero Luke Hopper is mobbed by City fans from both sides
Hat-trick hero Luke Hopper is mobbed by City fans from both sides

Saturday August 13th 2016  
Joe Parker
4 games 4 goals

Ed Williams
two goals

The sun was shining and City were scoring. What a perfect way to welcome football back to Whaddon Road for a new season!

Gainsborough have assembled a decent side over the summer and the 4-1 scoreline might've surprised some people but City were clinical and punished the Lincolnshire side at good intervals.

After Nathan Jarman had skied a penalty over the crossbar City took full advantage when Joe Parker fired home his second of the season, and fourth in four consecutive games including friendlies. The scores were levelled when a free kick from the left flew straight in with an onrushing opponent putting Jas Singh off.

The brilliant Ed Williams put City back in the lead when he reached out and prodded a sumptuous lobbed pass from Chris Knowles past the keeper. He took a quick glance towards the linesman but was delighted with his first ever goal for the club.

Second half substitute Luke Hopper made an immediate impact when he held off the challenge of a burly defender to power his way into the box and score from a ridiculously acute angle.

After a raft of yellow cards for both teams City centre back Spencer Hamilton became the first player to collect two and was given his marching orders. But the Tigers held firm and even added a fourth when Hopper set up Williams to fire home and compete the rout.

City : Singh, Thomas, Odiero (Hall 54), Hamilton (s/o 72), Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 75), Webb, Reid (Hopper 64),Parker, Williams Subs n/u : Kotwica, Richards

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Luke Hopper scores from an acute angle against Gainsborough Trinity
Luke Hopper scores from an acute angle against Gainsborough Trinity

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Page last updated : 28th August 2016

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