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Tiger Roar - An unofficial Gloucester City AFC Website

City of Gloucester
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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 under 18's. Directions to the ground can be found here.

The Tigers have competed in the Vanarama National League North since 2009 and continue to improve under the guidance of manager Tim Harris.

With a team made up of the best players from the Gloucester area including defender Michael Green, midfielder powerhouses Tom Webb and Adam Connolly plus forwards Obi Anorou and Joe Parker come and support your local team to glory.


Photo Galleries of recent Gloucester City matches

AFC Fylde v's City (25/04/15)
City v's Stockport County (18/04/15)
City v's Brackley Town (26/12/14)
City v's Guiseley (15/11/14)
City v's Solihull Moors (28/10/14)
   City v's Forest Green Rovers (25/10/14)
City v's Staines Town (14/10/14)
Paulton Rovers v's City (27/09/14)
Cirencester Town v's Chesham United (20/09/14)
City v's AFC Fylde (13/09/14)


The latest news and events from Tiger Roar
 

Saturday April 25th 2015  
Connor Thompson
opened scoring


Harry White
lovely finish

It's not often you can come away from a game where you've scored six goals and not feel bad about it.

Despite City's decent recent form it was always going to be a tough ask to turn over AFC Fylde, a team who would've won the title with this result had Barrow not won at Lowestoft.

Connor Thompson gave the Tigers an early lead when Mike Green got around the back and sent in a wonderful cross to the near post. The winger got himself between the defender and goalkeeper to bundle the ball in. It was short lived though as the home team scored with a deflected free kick and then a soft penalty which Harry White was booked for pulling their player over.

Chris Knowles thumped in a header at the far post from Billy Jones' sumptuous corner just before the break but within seconds of the restart Fylde were ahead again when a beautiful cross from the right wing travelled across the six-yard box before being tapped in at the far post.

Fylde had scored two quick goals in the first half and City did it in the second; White beat two defenders and curled a lovely shot inside the far post before Nick Wright beat the offside trap but was brought down by a combination of defender and goalkeeper. Jones made no mistake from twelve yards.

Two points of note from that. One was that I was sat next to the worst kind of home fan who described Harry's goal as poor defending, despite his skill and finess to get in a goalscoring position and then put it away. Then there's the fact that Harry has had his critics, but now that he's got his feet under the table at City he must stay next season and make that number nine shirt his own. He'll score twenty goals.

The scoreboard at Kellamergh Park looked good with City ahead but it wasn't going to last. They scored three more, including another penalty but it was for nothing as Barrow won and they had to face the lottery of the playoffs.

City : Rivers, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Thompson (Staley 84), Knowles, Wright (Modest 76), H.White (Kabba 84), Orenuga. Subs n/u : Richards, P.White

Report - Photos - Tim H Interview - Photos - Panorama

Harry White in control at AFC Fylde
Harry White in control at AFC Fylde

Saturday April 18th 2015  
Harry White
two goals


Harvey Rivers
debut

Where did this ridiculous run of form come from? All that stress through the season and now we manage to go unbeaten for over a month and but for a blip at Gainsborough we'd have won our last six games.

In previous seasons it hasn't gone as close to the wire as this one so it was a weird feeling going to Whaddon to watch a dead rubber and the result almost didn't matter to me.

The one thing that I liked about today was our opponents. We've played the likes of Halifax and Chester but those were pheonix clubs. Stockport are THE Stockport County that we remember from the olden days; Kevin Francis, Danny Bergara et al. They've had a remarkable fall from grace and won't be too keen to be reminded that we've now beaten them twice!

That said, they were shite and didn't really up their game until the latter stages of the second half, by which time Harry White had scored two tap in's and spurned at least another couple of chances to grab a hat-trick.

His first came when Billy Jones seemed to mis-hit a cross and with Nick Wright having an air shot at the near post the Stockport goalkeeper was wrong footed and White beat Sam Avery to the ball to bang it into the roof of the net. The second was all about Femi Orenuga and his wing wizardary as he cut in from the touchline and laid off a simple ball for Harry to slot home. When our wingers do their job we win, it's that simple.

They pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go when they scored after two efforts had been cleared off of the line. It was the only blot on debutant goalkeeper Harvey Rivers' long awaited debut.

Onto AFC Fylde to piss on their promotion parade next Saturday!

City : Rivers, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Staley (Thompson 72), Webb, Wright (Modest 81), H.White, Orenuga (Knowles 82). Subs n/u : Richards, P.White

Report - Photos - Tim H Interview - Highlights


Tuesday April 14th 2015  
Harry Williams
winner

There are wins and there are wins but there was more to this one.

It wasn't because it continued our recent excellent form. It wasn't because it secured our place in the Conference North for another year. It wasn't even because Tyler Weir joined the wrong club. It was because it kept up this fantastic record of straight wins against our "local" rivals Worcester.

Backed by around a hundred and fifty travelleing fans City took an early lead when ex-Worcester man Nick Wright found winger Femi Orenuga with a delighful pass behind Weir and as Nathan Vaughan's usual gung-ho style of rushing off his line it gave Femi a perfect opening to roll the ball into the far corner. That said, how both Worcester defender Anthony Charles and Harry Williams failed to get a touch is a mystery.

Both teams had half chances to score but the home side were presented with a perfect opportunity to level matters when Mike Green got a hold of Mike Symons' shirt in the area. It's not like Symo's game is mostly played with his arms but the referee was far too keen to award a spot kick and City keeper Paul White had no chance as Sean Geddes rifled the ball home.

The Tigers had to weather the storm in the second half as Worcester looked to arrest the terrible run they're having against is but they were out of luck as Tim Harris' men netted what turned out to be the winning goal.

White sent a drop kick up field for striker Williams to chase. Another former Tiger, Kyle Haynes couldn't stop him and a clever ball through to Wright saw the shot blocked and as the ball lopped up into the air Williams strode past a static defence to score.

We are staying up!

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 70), H.Williams, Orenuga (Knowles 84). Subs n/u : Staley, Thompson, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Goals

Tom Webb in some high kicking action with ex-City striker Mike Symons at Kidderminster tonight
Tom Webb in some high kicking action with ex-City striker Mike Symons at Kidderminster tonight

Saturday April 11th 2015  
Harry Williams
glanced header


Tom Webb
what more can be said

Most of us who follow this football club are grown adults and whilst there may not have been too many of us at Gainsborough on Monday to feel that absolute dagger in the heart that the late goals thrust into us our wounds were certainly healed by Tom Webb's superb last minute winner against Chorley here today.

It's ridiculous the emotions that "only a game" puts us through.

After Webby's goal there were chants of "We are staying up" from the T-End. It's not mathematical yet but it should be after we beat Worcester at Aggborough on Tuesday evening.

Chorley are decent mind and they came here today with a six-game winning run behind them. To their credit they didn't waste much possession and after they took the lead through a soft penalty when an attacker ran into Sam Avery and went down it looked like it might be a long afternoon for the City fans.

However, lovely skill out wide by Nick Wright made room for a cross which Harry Williams got something on and the ball looped high over goalkeeper Sam Ashton before going in off of the top of the post. I don't know who was more surprised!

Wright had a great chance to give City the lead having got his head to Mike Green's cross but his header glanced narrowly wide of the post.

The Manchester team grew into the game in the second and the Tigers did well to get men behind the ball and restrict them. Former Halifax man James Dean, who'd given them the lead from the spot had their only chance of the half but plundered his shot over Paul White's crossbar.

Jim Bowen smashed a shot into the crossbar and when substitute Harry White was denied by a great block by Ashton late on we thought it was all over, but it wasn't. Tom Webb responded to shouts of "Gamble" from the City bench and beat a host of defenders before hitting a sweet left footed shot low into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Scenes!

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 70), H.Williams, Orenuga (Staley 77). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Webby Interview - Highlights

Chorley goalkeeper Sam Ashton can only watch as Harry Williams' header goes in off of the post
Chorley goalkeeper Sam Ashton can only watch as Harry Williams' header goes in off of the post

Monday April 7th 2015  
Nick Wright
two goals

I don't think we're going to go down now but if we do we'll look back at these last five minutes at Gainsborough today in the same way that we recalll those at Ninian Park twenty-five years ago.

We were so comfortable. Two goals up going into the games final throes and then Chris Knowles gives away a free kick, their goalkeeper punts it into the area, Paul White is thinking should I stay or should I go and is caught in no mans land when Darryn Stamp pwers a header over him. Two minutes later a cut back from inside the area on the right hand side and Stamp has the ball in the net via a deflection.

I know that they say it's only a game and all that but it's hard to put into words how pissed off that made me feel. And then we had a long trip home.

Both halves had started so well too. Nick Wright might've scuffed his first goal in but they all count. His second was decent mind. Jim Bowen found him with a ball over the top and he ran in from the left hand side before lashing him a shot with the outside of his right foot. The keeper had no chance.

The ending to the story though perfectly sums up why we are where we are.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 82), H.Williams (Modest 88), Orenuga (Knowles 77). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers

Report

Nick Wright looks cool as the City fans celebrate his fifth minute opener
Nick Wright looks cool as the City fans celebrate his fifth minute opener

Saturday April 5th 2015  
Sam Avery
goalscorer

For once we've managed not to foul up a six-pointer!

OK, it might not have been the best spectacle; City didn't play the best football in the first half, even though they did take the lead when Sam Avery powered home a header from Billy Jones' corner. The set piece was perfection itself which leads me to ask why haven't we scored more goals from corners? We get enough!

When we lost 1-4 at Leamington earlier in the season it was Adam Connolly who got our consolation goal. It was fitting then that he got on the scoresheet again. His go up there was a stunning strike, this wasn't as good but it still counted. A free kick was half cleared and he took his time to curl a shot in from the left hand corner of the penalty area.

The third came from youngster Harry Williams. Tom Webb had shrugged off the challenge of a wrong-sided defender and laid the ball off for Williams who took a touch before shooting between his markers legs with the keeper rooted to the spot.

To Leamington's credit they didn't lie down and die, the got one back when Nick Wright made a late run into the box for a defensive corner and haplessly deflected a clearance beyond Paul White. They followed that with an unbelieveable miss from in front of the goal before they were denied a penalty late on.

These three points were very handy indeed.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (Modest 90), H.White (H.Williams 44), Orenuga (Knowles 66). Subs n/u : Staley, Rivers

Report - Tim Int - Connolly Int - 2nd Half

On loan youngsters Harry Williams and James Bowen celebrate the formers goal
On loan youngsters Harry Williams and James Bowen celebrate the formers goal

Saturday March 28th 2015  
Femi Orenuga
star man

It's been a good week.

A point at in form Bradford on Monday night followed by all three here at Solihull today has moved City out of the bottom three. Can we just end the season now please?

Solihull barely threeatened. Paul White was called into action a couple of times and did his job well and there was a goalmouth scramble in the second half which caused a few hearts to flutter but overall the Birmingham team were second best as City earned a deserved win.

Inept refereeing created the first goal; Tom Webb had made a surging run when he was fouled. Everyone said it was inside the area but the ref bottled it and gave a free kick outside. Not even a word with the defender let alone a red card owing to him being last man. Billy Jones' free kick was cleared but on the attacks second wave Femi Orenuga went down under the challenge of a defender giving the referee no option but to point to the spot from which Jones made no mistake.

Femi got the second at the start of the second half. He beat two defenders to the ball after a great move involving improving winger Jim Bowen and new striker Nick Wright.

A great win, now we need to build on it by beating Leamington at Whaddon Road on Saturday.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H.White 67), Kabba (H.Williams 70), Orenuga (Knowles 79). Subs n/u : Modest, Staley

Report - Rosey Interview - Goals

Thumbs up for City keeper Paul White as he gathers a Solihull shot
Thumbs up for City keeper Paul White as he gathers a Solihull shot

Monday March 23rd 2015  
Matt Williams
wonder goal

A point is better than nothing I suppose but again having taken the lead City couldn't hold it as Bradford equalised to deny the Tigers a much needed victory.

Defender Matt Williams had given Tim Harris' men a half time lead with a superb strike on the run before Chib Chilaka grabbed the leveller midway through the second half.

The point lifts City out of the relegation zone.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen (Modest 77), Webb, H.White (Diop 84), Kabba, Thompson (H.Williams 77). Subs n/u : Richards, Orenuga

Report - Goals

Saturday March 21st 2015  
Harry White
City scorer

Let's just forget that this happened and concentrate on the eight Cup Finals we've got between now and the end of the season eh?

Our destiny is in our own hands, albeit against some very good teams and it might all end with an away game behind a pub in Lancashire with one team needing to win to stay up and the other to win the league!

We took the lead today; Harry White rifled home from close range after a scruffy game of pinball in the six-yard box but Paul White spilled a free kick and was punished before they won the game late in the second half.

Let's just put it all behind us.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Knowles, Bowen (Staley 83), Webb, H.White, Kabba, Thompson (Diop 82). Subs n/u : Connolly, Orenuga, H.Williams

Report - First Two Goals

Saturday March 14th 2015  
Sahr Kabba
hit post

As much as last week's results went our way the precarious nature of our position was highlighted by Colwyn Bay's shock win at home to Tamworth as we fell to an unlucky defeat at the hands of Boston United.

Boston have takken teams apart at their will. They didn't do it to us but they still won. And we lost.

We played well. Worked hard and frustrated a team who always seem to do well and are themselves heading towards a berth in the playoffs.

City pretty much had six at the back to try to cope with them and the offset of this was a lean afternoon for the strikers. The closest we came to scoring was a great turn and shot by Sahr Kabba as half time approached.

Boston were restricted to few chances too but having been denied by a great save from Paul White in the first half Boston striker Mark Jones wasn't going to miss when James Bowen mishit a clearance into his path.

Super. Smashing. Great.

Not.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, M.Williams, Avery, Knowles, Bowen (Diop 82), Webb, H.Williams (White 65), Staley (Orenuga 71). Subs n/u : Richards, Connolly

Report - Tim H Interview - Boston Goal


Saturday March 7th 2015  
Adam Connolly
shot from distance

This could've been so much worse. Harrogate has never been somewhere that we've done well, despite their constant failure in the face of spending loads of money they always seem to beat us up there as they did today.

Despite playing well and creating chances the home side took a two goal second half lead before Sahr Kabba pulled one back as he slotted home the rebound from Adam Connolly's shot.

However, the defeat was effectively rendered meaningless with everyone except bottom placed Hyde losing meaning that we're one game closer to the end of the season with that five point cushion intact.

It does now mean that the game at Stalybridge in a fortnight will define our season!

City : P.White, Williams (Hamilton 69), Jones, Harris, Avery, Knowles, Orenuga (Modest 69), Webb, Diop, Connolly (H.White 46), Staley. Subs n/u : Richards, Rivers

Report

Sunday March 1st 2015  
Ross Staley
consolation goal

What can you say after such an embarrassing scoreline?

The last time we lost 1-7 at home was against Bedworth in 2001. Make noi bones about it, we were shit back then. We aren't now. Before the game there was talk of a win against Oxford taking us back up into fourteenth place. After the game the table just doesn't look at all pretty.

To be fair the omens were bad. I paid 2.50 for a programme and then dropped it into the urinal within minutes. It was a bad start to a bad day.

The team selection was very defensive for a home game, 4-5-1 and to go in 1-4 down at half time probably suggested that it didn't work. We only lost the second half 0-3 and we have goalkeeper Paul White to thank for keeping it to seven. We could've seriously lost by double that.

Ross Staley's glancing header which crept in at the far post saw us equalise within a minute of Darren Pond's unstoppable drive but Tom Winters leathered home an angled drive from the left hand side to put them back in front.

When has Winters not scored against us?

Within a couple of minutes of that goal they scored with a header from a corner, White stayed on his line when in hindsight he might've come out to claim it but what seemed the games turned point happened just before the break. Femi Orenuga was denied by a superb point blank save but really should've scored and they went up the other end and grabbed their fourth when no-one dealt with a centre across the face of goal before it was squeezed in from a narrow angle.

A change of formation at half time probably helped but it still didn't stop them scoring.

However it was the nature of all three goals, each one of them out of the top drawer which would raise concern. Each shot found the top corner giving White no chance and it could've been worse, they had one ruled out for offside too.

We simply have to improve. There are eleven games left and some of those are against better teams than Oxford!

City : P.White, Williams (Hamilton 69), Jones, Harris, Avery, Knowles, Orenuga (Modest 69), Webb, Diop, Connolly (H.White 46), Staley. Subs n/u : Richards, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Highlights


Saturday February 22nd 2015  
Billy Jones
scored again


Ross Staley
impressed

A bit of a disappointing afternoon at Whaddon today with City struggling to create anything against a Colwyn Bay team who seem to have the Indian sign over them, having to eventually settle for a point thanks to another Billy Jones penalty.

Their 1-3 win in Wales in November was the last time that they'd won and when Obi Anouro glanced home a free kick midway through the first half it looked like it might be their next one.

The goal had come minutes after Lewis Hall had been crudely taken out of the game after running three quarters of the pitch by Mike Wilson's body check. Jones' free kick was stright out of the top drawer but hit the bar and bounced down but was cleared away to safety.

Whilst Hall went off nursing a shoulder injury the City fans were given a first look at new signing Ross Staley. He looked good, crossing early with his left foot. We haven't had many wingers who could do that over recent years. Now all it needs is for the strikers to read them!

City improved in the second half and were eventually rewarded when Tom Webb was fouled. It was a strange one because it was simply a kick, with the sound of the challenge accompanying it. Both players went to ground feeling the effects of it as the referee pointed to the spot, from which Billy made no mistake.

Femi Orenuga had a shot turned onto the post late on but some things in life are destined never to be. If Bay fail to improve they'll go down and we'll probably never have the chance to beat them again!

City : P.White, Hamilton, Jones, Harris, Avery, Knowles, Orenuga, Webb, H.White (Connolly 88), Modest (Diop 55), Hall (Staley 36). Subs n/u : Richards, James

Report - Tim H Interview - Goals

Colwyn Bay's Obi Anouro dances around as headless City keeper Paul White claims the ball
Colwyn Bay's Obi Anouro dances around as headless City keeper Paul White claims the ball


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