Gloucester City Supporters Trust celebrated a fantastic milestone this week, as they have now raised over £1m since their formation in 2001.
Fundraising efforts for the Supporters Trust over the years passed the seven-figure landmark on Friday, having started in 2001 when it was previously known as the Supporters Club.
From race nights to raffles and programmes to presentation evenings, the Supporters Trust has been providing additional income to the club for nearly two decades now and has seen a number of different supporters take up the role as Chairperson.
Current Supporters Trust Chairman, Ian De Maria, spoke to Severn Sport about the milestone, hailing it as a great reward for the hard work of all the Trust’s members and volunteers.
“This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and we would like to thank every single person who had supported us over the last 19 years” he said. “The amounts we have raised have helped keep the club alive and to build the foundations for a bright future.
“We have had difficult periods in our history but this is a great achievement for all those who have been associated to the Trust since our formation. The years in exile are now over and whilst we can’t get our amazing fans into our new home, we cannot wait to welcome you to New Meadow Park. Here’s to the next million!”
Phillip Warren was Chairman of the Board when the Trust formed as the Supporters Club back in 2001, he said “I can remember at the outset how others on the Board asked if I thought we could make £50,000. I was sure that we could! A million is a huge achievement for a fan base of our size. We should all feel proud today.
“Looking to the future, bigger crowds in a new stadium should encourage further achievement.”
Gloucester City co-chairman Alex Petheram said “The club are very grateful for the love, kindness and support showed by the Supporters Trust and its members since their formation in 2001. There has been some dark days within the club since 2001, but now we can hopefully start to look forward and maybe even enjoy the future.”
Gloucester travel to Guiseley this afternoon for their National League North fixture, with the Tigers currently atop the division by four points over AFC Fylde. Guiseley are 20th with four points from as many games.