4553 days ago, 12 hours of constant rain fell across Gloucestershire and with no less than 78 mm of rain causing a series of flash flooding across the county.
The intense downpour saw approximately 350,000 people left without clean, running water and it would see the start of Gloucester City’s long and painful exile from the City.
After spells at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium and Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn, City called neighbours Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road their “home” until the 2017/18 season when they made the opinion dividing decision to move out of the county and play their home fixtures at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium.
But today saw the day that Tigers fans have been dreaming of for nearly 13 years, the beginning of the re-development of City’s Meadow Park.
And here is that very moment as shared on Twitter by BBC Points West reporter Steve Knibbs this morning.
— Steve Knibbs (@Knibbsey) January 6, 2020
The news saw the City fans rejoice on social media, including former Gloucester press officer Simon Clark.
Legitimately almost welled up looking at this.
Homeless since 2007. I had just finished my GCSEs and attended the final game at Meadow Park – a friendly against Salisbury – then the floods came. This has been long awaited. @GCAFCofficial https://t.co/0NNV2MZUmf
— Simon Clark (@SimonClark8) January 6, 2020
As the first day of construction finishes Gloucester City can now look forward to the future and their short term future sees them welcome Gateshead to the Jubilee Stadium this weekend as new manager James Rowe looks for his second win in charge and second home win on the spin.