One thing that has pleased us over the last couple of seasons is that we have expanded our coverage and cover more teams at a number of levels in and around the county – meaning we have become a good source and archive for sporting moments in Gloucestershire.
And this post is going to use that archive to take a look back at the sporting year of 2019 in Gloucestershire, so let’s take a look.
January started with turmoil at Gloucester City, where after a 3-1 defeat at Weston-Super-Mare, Tigers fans called for then manager Chris Todd to be sacked.
Todd was sacked just three days into 2019 and after a number of applicants, including now manager James Rowe, the job was given to Mike Cook for the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere, Brad Martin found himself in amongst the goals to keep Bishops Cleeve in the title picture in the Hellenic Premier – including a winner against Abingdon United in a Severn Sport featured game.
Martin’s then former club Longlevens suffered a major blow in their quest to beat the drop in the Hellenic League, when leading scorer James Campbell departed for title challengers Brimscombe & Thrupp.
And former Cinderford Town and Gloucester City forward Ethan Moore posted on social media that he would be taking a break from football to concentrate on his mental health, and he received support from the local football community.
As everyone began looking ahead to the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse racing meeting in March, Brockworth Albion were keeping the race for the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One title alive by maintaining their unbeaten run at the start of 2019.
Both Longlevens and Tuffley Rovers took giant steps to Hellenic League survival, with Levens bringing back striker Brad Martin from Bishops Cleeve and Tuffley claimed all three points in a local derby against Brimscombe & Thrupp, thanks to Jake Rhodes’ winner.
April began with Sharpness maintaining their lead in Division One of the GNSL with a win at Leonard Stanley whilst Longlevens experienced the agony and the ecstasy of a comeback, with Shaun O’Connor inspiring Levens to come from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Royal Wootton Bassett Town before suffering injury time defeat to eventual Hellenic League winners Wantage Town.
The Hellenic Premier proved an exciting league for us in Gloucestershire, with sides involved at both ends of the table – including Brimscombe & Thrupp who missed out on the league title on the final day.
In the Northern Senior League, Woolaston fended off a late chase from Cheltenham Civil Service to win the Division Two title.
May saw the fallout of the end of the season, with Cirencester Town and Cinderford Town facing off in the Southern League Division One South play-offs, before Yate Town would eventually get promoted.
And Ryan joined online radio station Love Sport Radio to talk all things snooker after the World Championships at the Crucible.
In June we started to see players reveal their intentions for the 2019/20 season, with Kieran Alder confirming his intentions to leave Tuffley Rovers in search of Southern League Football.
But it wasn’t just players who confirmed their intentions, as the FA league shake up of the non-league pyramid taking shape. After AGM meetings in the summer, it was confirmed that Stonehouse Town would be promoted into the Hellenic League and Quedgeley Wanderers would move up from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League to replace them.
Also as the month wore on and the start of pre-season training began, Ryan took a look at how pre-season has changed over the years.
Fairford Town kickstarted July with the marquee signing of Ellis Dunton, but all eyes for us were on the Severn Sport Shield at Glevum Park and the beginning of our pre-season programme altogether.
In one of the earlier fixtures Cinderford Town beat Hereford with a winning goal scored by Ethan Moore, who returned to football after his break.
The Severn Sport Shield was won by Cheltenham Saracens after their 6-5 win in the final against hosts Tuffley Rovers. Longlevens finished third after beating Gloucester City U18s 4-2 earlier on in the day.
After a pre-season friendly against Newent Town, Hardwicke captain Richard Mansell was taken to hospital with chest pains and he was forced to take at least two months off from football due to a heart condition.
Jon Palmer joined us in August to preview the 2019/20 season from League Two down to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.
Ryan was left delighted as he saw a Gloucestershire side win in the FA Cup for the first time since 2013 when Fairford Town beat Enfield 3-2 in their Extra Preliminary Round tie. However in the next round history wouldn’t repeat itself as we saw Bishops Cleeve get knocked out by Kidlington at Kayte Lane.
And on the Bank Holiday a stunning late comeback from Tuffley Rovers denied Brimscombe & Thrupp their first league win of the season having surrendered a 3-1 lead to only leave Glevum Park with a point.
September started with Brockworth Albion making it 20 unbeaten from the back end of the 2018/19 season and the start of the 2019/20 campaign, Bishops Cleeve moved up to 2nd in the Hellenic Premier with an impressive win at struggling Brimscombe & Thrupp and on the same night Longlevens goalkeeper Kane Winman broke his collarbone.
Longlevens would claim a win in the FA Vase in the month though, as player/manager Craig Martin came off the bench to score the winning goal in his side’s 2-1 win against Newent Town.
The first weekend of October saw Kelsey witness Tuffley’s first home league win of the season, against Binfield as Kieran Alder re-joined the club to gain fitness after suffering an ankle injury.
The two sides would meet again in the month as Slimbridge claimed another win against their rivals – this time knocking Tuffley out of the county cup thanks to George Callinan’s penalty.
Meanwhile Brimscombe’s search for a league win this season reached 9 games, after a blistering opening half an hour saw Longlevens run out 3-0 winners at the Meadow.
We kicked off November with a double game Saturday, with Kelsey watching Gloucester City and Ryan heading down to Falmouth Town with Longlevens in their history making FA Vase tie.
And as the rain began to fall in the county, the storm clouds would gather over Ethan Moore once again, with the striker stretchered off with another apparent knee injury during Cinderford Town’s FA Trophy win over Potters Bar Town.
In the County League Hardwicke made it six unbeaten with a 6-2 win over Patchway Town.
Ryan was then off on his travels again, this time heading to Havant & Waterlooville with Cinderford Town for their FA Trophy tie, which saw Cinderford valiantly bow out with a 3-1 defeat.
The main news story in November though saw Gloucester City go in search of their third manager of the season after Mike Cook departed the National League club. After being appointed, James Rowe spoke to Severn Sport about his plans and hopes for his new side going forward.
December saw the rain continue to fall and saw a number of disruptions to the fixture schedule ahead of the Festive period, but we kicked off the month with a 6-3 cup win for Longlevens, who made the quarter final of the Floodlit cup after Brad Martin’s hattrick.
We were then in attendance for John Brough’s first game in charge for Cirencester Town after Charlie Griffin’s departure as the Centurions claimed a 3-0 win at local rivals Slimbridge on the same weekend that saw Brimscombe & Thrupp’s wait for their first league win finally come to an end.
The year ended with a competitive local derby on Boxing Day as Harry Emmett’s equaliser saw Longlevens and Bishops Cleeve play out a 1-1 draw, before a spirited Gloucester City performance wasn’t enough as AFC Telford United somehow pulled off a 1-0 win at the Jubilee Stadium.
There we have it, all of the key moments of 2019 as archived on Severn Sport. Listen to our End of Year podcast (released on Monday evening) for both Ryan and Kelsey’s moment, player and teams of the year.
But also let us know your moment and player of the year on Twitter @SevernSport
Photo copyright – Pictures of Jake Rhodes & Cheltenham Saracens – Brian Rossiter. Picture of Craig Martin – Helen Warwick. Picture of Lewis Adams and Adam Coyle – Slimbridge AFC. Picture of James Rowe’s unveiling – Gloucester City AFC