This week the dreaded news for those long suffering Gloucester City fans was confirmed. The tigers will be homeless for at least another season, probably two and maybe on to who knows? This time however its a little more controversial as they will be playing not only away from their home city, they will be playing away from their home county. From the 2017/18 season they will be moving to Worcestershire to play at The Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, the home of Southern League Division 1 South & West playoff contenders, Evesham United. The plan is still to move back to their home stadium at Meadow Park in Gloucester, but with no news on even a vague timescale its looking bleak for those fans who will make the effort to travel up the M5.
We’ve had the views on the fans across social media, forums and local press, so we’ve decided to look at the some of the numbers & facts about the move to Worcestershire.
The floods hit Gloucestershire in July 2007 sweeping City’s Meadow Park stadium with more than 8ft of water.
July will mark the tenth anniversary of the floods and of the Tigers becoming homeless.
This will be Gloucester City’s forth ground share in the ten years, sharing with Forest Green, Cirencester Town, Cheltenham Town & now Evesham United.
Local MP and supporter Parmjit Dhanda spoke in the House of Commons regarding the search for a new home for the club in the city hoping for a successful outcome.
City agree a ground share deal with once fierce rivals, Cheltenham Town, to share Whaddon Road for an initial two seasons.
The current distance in miles from City’s Meadow Park stadium to their current “home” at Whaddon Road.
Evesham United’s new stadium is opened in July 2012 by Ron Atkinson and a Manchester United Legends team.
Evesham United spent six years in exile, sharing with neighbouring Worcester City whilst their new stadium was being built.
The amount of community use football pitches at Evesham.
The distance in miles from City’s Meadow Park stadium to their “home” from the 2017/18 season.
The distance in miles from Quedgeley, a busy suburb of Gloucester with a lot of families and the people City would want to build foundations with.
The distance from Quedgeley to the proposed site of Forest Green Rovers ambitious new stadium, surely a concern for City.
The capacity of The Spiers & Hartwell Stadium in Evesham.
The proposed capacity of City’s new stadium.
The distance to the nearest pub to The Spiers & Hartwell Stadium, its a Wacky Warehouse! Also McDonalds & Majestic wines nearby…
The Tigers average attendance for the current season. Third lowest in the National League North.
It costs £20 to get the train from Gloucester to Evesham which takes 1 hour 46 mins and has 1 change.
The amount of buses you’d need to catch to travel from Gloucester to Evesham, but you get a nice stop off in Tewkesbury en-route.
If City’s new landlords don’t gain promotion this season, Evesham could be playing at least four times in Gloucestershire next season with Slimbridge, Shortwood, Bishops Cleeve and all but relegated, Cinderford.
March 31st is the deadline for City to submit their home ground to The National League.