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Tiger Roar - An unofficial Gloucester City AFC Website

City of Gloucester
coat of arms
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 Children of 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Directions to the ground can be found here.

The Tigers won promotion from the Southern League in May 2009 and under the guidance of ex-Bristol Rovers striker David "Boris" Mehew will look to consolidate their position this season.

With a team made up of the best players from the Gloucester and Bristol area including defender Michael Green, midfielder powerhouses Lewis Hogg and Adam Connolly plus forwards Charlie Griffin and Adam Mann come and support your local team to glory in the Conference North.

Photo Galleries of recent Gloucester City matches

Cirencester Town v's Chesham United (20/09/14)
City v's AFC Fylde (13/09/14)
Guiseley v's City (31/08/14)
Oxford City v's City (25/08/14)
City v's Hednesford Town (23/08/14)
   Tamworth v's City (12/08/14)
North Ferriby United v's City (16/08/14)
City v's Bradford Park Avenue (09/08/14)
City v's Cheltenham Town (25/03/14)
Cinderford Town v's City (15/07/14)

The latest news and events from Tiger Roar

Saturday September 20th 2014  
Nathan Modest
cleared off line

City : White, Avery, B.Jones, Hamilton (Richards 54), Williams, Connolly, Hogg (Webb 65), Miller, Griffin, Parker, C.Jones (Modest 65). Subs n/u : Chamberlain, Green

Report - Highlights

Saturday September 13th 2014  
Nat Jarvis
City's best chance

Another disappointing result which has sent a number of City fans spinning into the realisation that we may be in for a long, hard season.

What makes it even more galling is that this 0-2 reverse was against a team that came from somewhere that no-one had even heard of. Fylde. No? Kirkham. No? Wesham. No? You get to their ground via a pub car park for goodness sake!

They're another of these bankrolled village teams crossing swords with the Tigers, who represent a City with a population of 135,000. It even has 2022 on their shirt sleeves showing the year by which they want to be competing in the Football League. After this win they went top so might have a chance of getting there sooner then they hope for.

After the disappointment of Leamington there were changes, most notably with Spencer Hamilton replacing Mark Preece at the back however Tom Webb had an injury and Marc Richards came back into the heart of midfield.

It was a game of few chances with the front two suffering from a lack of supply and it was Matt Groves who had City's only shot on target. Fylde went one better as Tom Hannigan tapped in from a second phase corner in first half injury time. The same player headed home minutes after the break too.

City made a few changes including the return of Nat Jarvis from International duty and he might've scored with one of three decent chances but it wasn't to be.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Hamilton, Williams, Connolly, Richards, Michael Green (Wilson 76), Griffin, Mann (Jarvis 56), Groves (C.Jones 61). Subs n/u : Chamberlain, Preece

Report - Photos - Tim H Interview - Jarvis Interview

Adam Mann with some high kicking against AFC Fylde
Adam Mann with some high kicking against AFC Fylde

Tuesday September 9th 2014  
Scott Wilson

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Preece (Michael Green 55), Williams, Connolly, Webb, C.Jones (Wilson 64), Griffin, Mann (Chamberlain 55), Groves. Subs n/u : Richards, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Highlights

Saturday September 6th 2014  
Scott Wilson

City : Mike Green, Avery (Hamilton 90), B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly (Richards 86), Webb, Wilson, Griffin, Mann, Michael Green (C.Jones 64). Subs n/u : Chamberlain, Groves

Report - Tim H Interview - Griff Interview - Photos - Goals

Saturday August 30th 2014  
Scott Wilson
Handball? So what!

Charlie Griffin
top scorer

Chris Jones

That's two successive away games at tough opponents that I've gone to without that sense of impending doom, and I was right after being let down by the lino at Ferriby and now with this fantastic 4-1 win at Guiseley which didn't flatter us at all.

Changes were made to the starting eleven with Scott Wilson and Tom Webb replacing Chris Jones and Marc Richards. Jones would come off the bench and put the icing on the cake with a stunning strike while Webby was an improvement on Ricco going forward on what was his 500th start for City.

It's not all about the money even if it might seem so sometimes when teams field a 900 p/w striker and the likes of Oli Johnson and Ben Parker who have Premiership experience with Norwich and Leeds whilst ours come from Shortwood and Bishops Cleeve!

As we've done on two previous occasions at Nethermoor, we took the lead. Wilson controlled the ball with his hand in front of the home dugout but out of the line of sight of the referee and strode forward to beat goalkeeper Steve Dickinson with a deflected shot. Scott will have been pleased having already had a goal ruled out for offside.

City fans with a long memory will remember Dickinson as Southport's keeper when we beat them 3-1 at Haig Avenue in the FA Trophy in 2003.

We couldn't have had a worse start to the second half; number two (eleven today) Mike Green being penalised for a foul on Johnson even though he got the ball. Number One Mike Green got a hand to Danny Boshell's spot kick but couldn't keep it out. Green (the outfield player) was booked too for pointing at the TV gantry and telling the ref that the game was being filmed and he'd be embarrassed at his decision when he rewatched it.

This could've been the turning point but City grew and went back in front within two minutes with a Charlie Griffin header from a Billy Jones set piece, absolute quality from the pair of them.

That's his fifth goal of the season and he's now the league joint top scorer. He'd be out on his own too if his audacious turn, chest and dipping volley had crept into the top corner but Dickinson did well to push it away.

It was too early to look at watches so it helped when young defender Matt Williams scored again from an identical position again from Jones' wand of a left foot. The look of absolute delight among his teammates showed what a special moment this was for a player who has been a real find.

But whilst Billy had done his bit, it was his namesake Chris who finally showed what he had testing the keeper with two decent shots before firing into the top corner from twenty-five yards to put the result beyond any doubt. Those three shots showcased just what Jones has that your average non-league footballer doesn't. Give him the ball and let him shoot.

City : Mike Green, Avery (Hamilton 90), B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly (Richards 86), Webb, Wilson, Griffin, Mann, Michael Green (C.Jones 64). Subs n/u : Chamberlain, Groves

Report - Tim H Interview - Wilson Interview - Photos - Goals

Mike Green flies in to win an aerial ball at Guiseley
Mike Green flies in to win an aerial ball at Guiseley

Monday August 25th 2014  
Charlie Griffin
bang on form!

Played five, drawn four and we probably should've got a point in the one that we lost at Tamworth too. We are a bookies nightmare!

Oxford might argue that they should've won with the Tigers equalising and the game being restarted only for the full time whistle to be blown but it was the least that City deserved having had the lions share of possession through the game.

A decent referee would've awarded a penalty when Adam Mann was taken out after he'd crossed the ball but it wasn't to be and the officials showed their ineptitude when Chris Jones was simply pushed off the ball by Paul Stonehouse like a hand off in rugby in front of the linesman, no foul was given. That said City benefitted when Oxford captain Liam Malone was fouled by Adam Connolly, how he wasn't booked I'll never know.

Oxford took the lead with their second shot, their first saw a Stonehouse shot hit the angle of post and crossbar and the loose ball was rifled home by Tom Winters. Winters always scores against us.

They were ahead for a long time and when substitute Charlie Griffin bundled home Scott Wilson's cross it looked like we'd go on to win but an Oxford substitute with a name sounding like the noise when you clear your throat was played onside by Sam Avery and stepped around Mike Green to score.

But supersub Griffin earned a point when Billy Jones bananaed in a cross to the far post where the veteran striker stooped to head home a carbon copy goal like the one that Mark Preece scored at Ferriby.

We look forward to the retun match where we might actually beat them for the first time. Hopefully they'll bring more than a dozen fans to that fixture.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly, Richards (Webb 57), C.Jones (Griffin 57), Groves, Mann, Michael Green (Wilson 72). Subs n/u : Hamilton, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos - Goals

Adam Mann is fouled but the ref doesn't think it's a penalty
Adam Mann is fouled but the ref doesn't think it's a penalty

Saturday August 23rd 2014  
Adam Mann
forced save

Charlie Griffin
off form

I work every other Saturday morning and with lots of rushing around can usually get done, home and hosed and over to Whaddon in time for football. Sadly though, as often is the case the fare on offer always seems to be below par. Today's game was a perfect example.

Lots of huffing and puffing but not real end product. We don't do match stats but if we did you'd find that there were hardly any shots on goal as Tim Harris' men struggled to find their way past the two rocks at the heart of the Hednesford defence.

The Birmingham team did have the ball in the net but that was chalked off by a linesman's flag, but after last week's debacle at North Ferriby I wonder if the management team are being brave relying on officials no matter how well drilled set piece defending might be?

Adam Mann was voted man of the match, maybe for the effort he put in or maybe because he was the only played to test Pitmen keeper Dan Crane. Both Charlie Griffin and Matt Groves fired high, wide and handsome while Chris Jones seems to be struggling to find his best form and was substituted for the third time in four games.

Goalkeeper Mike Green, who should make his 150th appearance for the club at Oxford on Monday was excellent and deserved his first clean sheet of the season.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly, Richards (Chamberlain 83), C.Jones (Michael Green 56), Griffin, Mann (Webb 80), Groves. Subs n/u : Hamilton, Wilson

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos

City captain Billy Jones shares a moment with one of the ballboys from Abbeymead Rovers
City captain Billy Jones shares a moment with one of the ballboys from Abbeymead Rovers

Saturday August 16th 2014  
Mark Preece

Adam Mann
two bites

With just two points from the first nine available it probably won't matter to some City fans how well their team has played. At the end of the day it's all about points on the board.

You might get sick of hearing it but City were excellent today. They turned an early setback on it's head first with an instant reply then by taking the lead but Lady Luck never seems to shine on our club and a dreadful call from a linesman handed North Ferriby an equaliser.

The Tigers were on the attack in the first minute with a header turned over the bar and they more than matched their moneyed opponents so it was a sickener to go behind when Nathan Jarman's shot first took a deflection and then was flicked in by Matt Williams, despite Mike Green's best efforts to keep it out.

Defender Mark Preece had an instant reply when he got in behind the defence to power home a curling Billy Jones free kick with a stooping header before Adam Mann gave us the lead burying the ball after goalkeeper Adam Nicklin had saved his intital shot as he ran through onto Marc Richards' perfect through ball.

City looked comfortable into the second half but were stunned when Jarman crossed the ball from a foot behind the line, everyone stopped and lanky ex-scuzzer Tom Denton tapped the ball in. Greener looked at the linesman who was unmoved and the goal was given. No-one could quite believe it, yet they lapped it up. The official will have been paid for his part too, while it cost me 50 to go to the game and that wanker spoiled it.

Preece left the field for what seemed like an age to get treatment for a cut on his head and returned with a big black bandage but was almost sent straight off for a lunge on ex-Derby County star Adam Bolder. He was booked. So was Ferriby sub Russell Fry after a nasty looking leg breaker on Sam Avery.

But it was Bolder who saw a straight red after he went in studs high on Adam Connolly.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly, Richards, C.Jones (Griffin 78), Groves, Mann, Michael Green (Webb 84). Subs n/u : Hamilton, Chamberlain, Wilson

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos - Goals

Ferriby player Adam Boulder is red carded for this high challenge
Ferriby player Adam Boulder is red carded for this high challenge

Tuesday August 12th 2014  
Matt Groves

There can be no worse way to lose a football match than with a goal three minutes into injury time, especially when the team that wins it has hardly desrved it.

Having been relegated last year Tamworth seem to have been installed as one of the favourites to go back up but unless they are going to play badly and win every week they'll have to do a lot better than they did tonight. They had about as much spark as their floodlights which failed at half time!

Tim Harris sprung a surprise by leaving Saturday's two-goal hero Charlie Griffin on the bench and strikers Adam Mann and Scott Wilson failed really to make too much of an impact. It wasn't until Griffin and winger Matt Groves were introduced in the second half that we looked more of a threat.

By then Tamworth were ahead with a cross which deceived Mike Green, it was one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't efforts which arrowed into the top corner with one bounce. They hit the post too, other than that they were poo.

Groves levelled with a lovely turn and shot and the City following almost took the roof off of the tinpot stand with their celebratory roar, but it was left to the home side to break City's hearts with a free kick deep into injury time which ruined the journey home.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Preece, Williams, Connolly, Richards, C.Jones, Wilson (Groves 46), Mann, Michael Green (Griffin 65). Subs n/u : Hamilton, Chamberlain, Webb

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos - Goals

Substitute Matt Groves fires in the equaliser for City at Tamworth
Substitute Matt Groves fires in the equaliser for City at Tamworth

Saturday August 9th 2014  
Charlie Griffin

Billy Jones
free kick ace

Matt Williams
gave away pen

So the new season is upon us and in front of the best opening day crowd for fifteen years both City and Bradford Park Avenue shared a six goal thriller on a sunny afternoon at Whaddon Road.

Tim Harris' team selection might've surprised one or two with the inexperienced pairing of Spencer Hamilton and Matt Williams at the back with Mark Preece left on the bench and given the fact that we lost a lead three times it may have been too much too soon for the youngsters.

Marc Richards rolled back the years to play in the heart of midfield and did well in a defensive capacity while winger Chris Jones struggled to find his feet and when he became more of a threat at the start of the second half he was taken off!

Up front Charlie Griffin could've had a hat-trick before he finally scored and that was from a blind backpass from Bradford's Ryan Qualter. Griffin made no mistake, and as the Bristol Rovers fan exclaimed the other week, "An old man has scored", that old man will score a lot of goals this season.

The scores were even at the break when Matty James scored with a free header. With games now being videoed for tactical purposes there will be plenty for Matt Rose to pour over. One might argue that the goal shouldn't have stood owing to a handball by Chib Chilaka in the build up too.

The second half started well. City had two good openings, then Bradford had two more, followed by another with Chilaka bringing a great save out of Mike Green in the City goal. It was a sign of how the game would progress with the Yorkshire team getting stronger as the game wore on.

City's second came from a Griffin penalty after Welshman Jones had been bundled off the ball and then referee Amy Fearn gave them a spot kick after Matt Williams had tripped an opponent. Richard Marshall finished with aplomb.

The pendulum swung again with a free kick for City after Adam Connolly had been fouled. Griffin had already spurned a set piece trying to get his third goal so it was great to see Billy Jones send in a banana shot which portly Bradford keeper John Lamb just couldn't get down to quickly enough.

An opening day win was too much to hope for though as a simply long ball was lifted into the net by Paul Walker and with Hamilton lame and playing up front after Harris had made three subs I think we were glad to hear the final whistle.

City : Mike Green, Avery, B.Jones, Hamilton, Williams, Connolly, Richards, C.Jones (Chamberlain 70), Griffin, Mann (Wilson 77), Groves (Webb 81). Subs n/u : Michael Green, Preece

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos - Goals

Winger Matt Groves takes an arm in the face during today's game
Winger Matt Groves takes an arm in the face during today's game

Thursday May 8th 2014  
Matt Coupe
Chippenham bound

One in, one out.

City have snapped up 25 year old defender Sam Avery from Shortwood United. A player described by Tim Harris as someone who should've been at City for a few years was a one time City youth player but has played at a number of junior clubs around the county learning his trade.

Sam impressed during Shortwood's FA Cup run last season and his arrival will help to fill the void left by Matt Coupe who has joined Chippenham Town.

Coupe has been a rock at the heart of the City defence but is Marmite to many City fans and his departure will be met with mixed feelings. Good luck to Matt at Hardenhuish Park.

New signing Sam Avery with Stuart Pike, Tim Harris and Matt Rose at Gloucester Docks
New signing Sam Avery with Stuart Pike, Tim Harris and Matt Rose at Gloucester Docks

Saturday April 26th 2014  
Billy Jones
free kick scorer

Nat Jarvis
goal ruled out

When the fixtures were released last summer Guiseley away always looked a tough ask if we had to go there needing points for survival so thankfully that issue had been sorted out before we made the long trek to darkest Yorkshire.

As it happened the Lions were the team needing results to go their way to cement their position in the playoffs, so when Billy Jones expertly placed a free kick into the bottom left hand corner after just three minutes there could've been a number of twitchy assholes among the home crowd.

Adam Mann had a great chance to extend the lead but shot straight at Guiseley keeper Steve Drench and Lewis Hogg's free kick was pushed just wide too. But Hogg had to come off injured and was quickly followed by striker Will Morford who's tried to run off a pulled muscle to no avail.

Substitute Nat Jarvis smashed home a lay off from Mann but the referee had spotted a foul by Mann, like they always seem to against us and that seemed to be it.

Guiseley equalised with a simple goal, a kick from Drench straight to giant striker Adam Boyes who controlled the ball and smashed it beyond Mike Green with no involvement from a City defender. Guiseley's Mr Tannoy sounded as though he was somewhere between an orgasm and a nervous breakdown when he announced the scorer.

Green pulled off a good save from a long range effort and the ball fell to Boyes who put it away to give the home side the lead. Guiseley were bossing midfield now that Hogg had gone off, pretty much the same way that they did in last seasons visit to Nethermoor.

City were playing some good football and didn't give up but when Mann's shot looked to have got over the line before a defender cleared it there was no hope of the linesman awarding a goal as he'd been getting some grief from the fancy dress clad City fans directly behind him.

Guiseley made it three when they broke with a player looking well offside.

And that was it. The end of a disappointing season that saw City flirt with relegation but ended with relative ease as Tim Harris looks forward to another season in the Conference North.

City : Green, Green, Jones, Coupe, Harris, Webb, Hogg (Giglio 17), Groves (Williams 65), Mann, Morford (Jarvis 20), Gosling. Subs n/u : Parker, Williams

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos

Adam Mann's shot was cleared off of the line. Apparently.
Adam Mann's shot was cleared off of the line. Apparently.

Monday April 21st 2014  
Adam Mann
two goals

Will Morford
stroked it home

Matt Coupe
700th game

If I keep pulling my hair out over these crap decisions we keep getting from referees I'll look like John Shaw before long.

Considering Tom Webb was done for handball having his hands across his chest on Saturday how is it that Leamington's Liam Daly can have his arm stretched out to the side of his head and block a goalbound header yet not get punished?

Added to that the Brakes' keeper Tony Breeden raced out of his area chested the ball into the ground and it hit his hand on the way back up. Accidental apparently. How does that make Webby feel?

We all know that the old football saying that they even themselves out over the season is a load of old bollocks but imagine if it's true? Guiseley will have four players sent off and concede six penalties on Saturday!

While the game might've been a dead rubber it would've been nice to have won, and for the most part it looked as though we would, twice being two goals up, but then throwing it all away with an injury time equaliser. They did to use what we did to them, but ours got us three points!

Adam Mann opened the scoring little more than a minute into the game when he fired home a neat chest down from Will Morford. The keeper will probably think he should've done better. He was unlucky for the second after reading Lewis Hogg's shot and blocking it with his foot the ball fell kindly for Morf who rolled it into the slightest of gaps. That said Leamington's Captain Stephan Morley didn't make much of an effort to reach the ball.

They halved the defecit when Ricky Johnson bullied his way past Jack Harris to smash home a shot and they had more luck with those two handballs, but City restored their advantage as the second half wore on when Nat Jarvis beat the offside flag and rolled in a ball for Mann to score the easiest goal he'll ever net.

Then those two late goals lifted their supporters from their incessant din to cheers of celebration. Not a bad bunch Leamington, but I wish they'd learn to put a lid on that crap noise.

Congratulations to Matt Coupe who made his seven hundredth career appearance today but I wonder what he'll think of it being as substitute? Fellow bench warmer Tom Webb cannot now make his five hundredth City start this season, we hope he's kept on next year or us statto's will be annoyed!

City : Green, Green, Jones, Winters (Coupe 63), Harris, Giglio (Webb 85), Hogg, Groves, Mann, Morford (Jarvis 75), Gosling. Subs n/u : Parker, Williams

Report - Tim H Interview - Photos - Highlights

Brave defending from Jack Harris couldn't prevent an injury time equaliser
Brave defending from Jack Harris couldn't prevent an injury time equaliser

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