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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 Vanarama National League 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 Sam Avery, midfielder powerhouses Tom Webb and Joe Hanks plus forwards Luke Hopper and Joe Parker come and support your local team to glory.

Photo Galleries of recent Gloucester City matches

City v's AFC Telford United (13/09/16)
City v's Altrincham (10/09/16)
City v's Boston United (29/08/15)
Stalybridge Celtic v's City (15/08/15)
City v's Darlington 1883 (21/08/16)
   City v's Harrogate Town (03/10/15)
City v's Kidlington (27/09/15)
City v's AFC Fylde (05/09/15)
Stalybridge Celtic v's City (15/08/15)
City v's FC United of Manchester (08/08/15)

The latest news and events from Tiger Roar

Tuesday September 20th 2016  
Joe Hanks
bagged a brace

At one point during the game tonight we were in third place.

A 2-0 victory would've cemented our highest league position for about eighteen years, but first a stunning volley that seemed to defy physicis and then a heartbreaking last minute of injury time equaliser put paid to our lofty ambitions.

To be fair, Nuneaton were worth their point. They put on the kind of second half display that we'd done at Tamworth a few weeks earlier, however, instead of us breaking and scoring a third like their A5 neighbours it was the full timers of Nuneaton that got the goal thanks to a low ball across the penalty area which was tapped in.

Zack Kotwica gave City the most fortuitous of leads just before a break that had seen both him and Luke Hopper miss chances that strikers of their caliber should convert, and more worryingly it also saw the loss of Chris Knowles, now confirmed that we won't see him again before Christmas.

Zack's goal was really soft, he shot from distance and the ball went through the legs of Warren Dibble, a near identical goal that he'd scored against Boston against the same goalkeeper on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Both City goals came a couple of minutes either side of the break; Sam Avery powering home a superb header from Joe Hanks' corner.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Deaman, Avery, Knowles (Dinsley 32), Hanks, Webb, Hopper, Kotwica (Parker 65), Williams Subs n/u : Hamilton, Reid, Fitzgibbon

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Tuesday September 13th 2016  
Joe Hanks
bagged a brace

Did I say it's a good time to be a City fan? It really is, so where is everyone? Less than 300 City fans at Whaddon as the Tigers comfortably dealt with AFC Telford 3-0.

"I'll come when they're back in Gloucester". Of course you will.

"I'm not going to Cheltenham Town". My fucking hero.

Success breeds success, we all know that. I started watching City when we were winning the Midland Division, most people follow a winning team so as much as we have the good will of lots of people, it needs to turn into bums on seats. Shiny new plastic five pound notes over the turnstile. Woeful.

City weren't woeful mind. It was a steady start interuppted by a thumping header from Chris Knowles. He's great. He doesn't the unnoticed work yet these past two games has scored twice, this time with a flying header from Joe Hanks' corner.

Hanks usurped him though. His two second half goals took the wind out of any Telford comeback. The first was an absolute peach, receiving the ball from a throw in and turning to volley into the top corner. We put a video camera behind the goal and this slowed down clip shows why!

Joe's second was a well worked corner routine, he recieved a back hell from Zack Kotwica and fizzed a curling effort across the heads of the busy penalty area beyind the grasp of the Telford keeper.

We're upto sixth now.


City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Deaman, Avery, Knowles, Hanks, Williams (Webb 46), Hopper, Kotwica (Reid 87), Parker (Alcaraz 79) Subs n/u : Hamilton, Fitzgibbon

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Who needs choreographed goal celebrations when you can just pile on?!!
Who needs choreographed goal celebrations when you can just pile on?!!

Saturday September 10th 2016  
Chris Knowles
opened scoring

Joe Parker

Luke Hopper
nine games nine goals

What a wonderful time to be a Gloucester City fan.

I'm pretty sure you're like me in that we all go to watch football to see our team score goals. It's hard to explain that moment of esctacy that you feel when the ball hits the back of the net when it's someone else that's done it, but after such a barren season last time around the fact that we've now scored almost two thirds of the goals we did then and now have the leagues second highest goalscorer makes us want more.

Altrincham are one of the teams that might've been expected to do well this year, they haven't started well and have already parted company with their manager. Apparently they are beset with injuries and played with a goalkeeper hampered by another but to be fair a fully fit keeper would've done well to stop all but the fifth of the goals today.

They still had Damian Reeves up front, once prolific, now just looking a bit long in the tooth. I stand to be corrected but I only think they had one attempt goalwards in the whole of the first half, and that was a corner!

For a time it looked as though we might struggle to get a breakthrough so when we did it had a bit of good fortune. Zack Kotwica stung the keepers hands with a powerful shot and as the ball pinged around a crowded penalty area both Chris Knowles and defender attacked the loose ball, the latter got there first and despite getting the ball Knowles' follow though fired it home.

It was two just before the break. Knowles again involved when Tim Deasy in the Altrincham goal did well to get a hand to his header only for it to fall invitingly for Joe Parker to smash home when the away defence stood and watched.

Half time probably came at the wrong time for City and it showed as the Manchester team upped their game after the restart. But for all their possession Tim Harris' men were comfortable for twenty minutes or so until Luke Hopper got one chance and took it, slamming an angled volley past the keeper into the far corner.

Ten minutes later he'd bagged another two; the simplest of volleys dispatched with aplomb and a run down the left wing, shrugging off a defender before shooting between his legs beyond the grasp of the unsighted keeper.

It turned out he'd been carrying an injury and was finally replaced whilst Altrincham themselves were given a breather when Hopper was replaced, with new Spanish signing Antonio Alcaraz given a chance and within second of coming on he'd hit the bar!

It's still a great time to be a City fan!

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Deaman, Avery, Knowles, Hanks, Webb, Hopper (Fitzgibbon 85), Kotwica (Alcaraz 77), Parker (Reid 77) Subs n/u : Hamilton, Dinsley

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Luke Hopper celebrates the second of his hattrick goals against Altrincham
Luke Hopper celebrates the second of his hattrick goals against Altrincham

Tuesday September 6th 2016  
Zack Kotwica

It's fair to say that it's been a long time since we've gone to an away game with more expectation than hope but this buoyant start that City have had has given us that belief.

Sadly things didn't go to plan as Tim Harris' men were second best in the first half. Maybe it was the new artificial pitch at the Lamb but the home side were good value for their lead, both goals coming from striker Daniel Newton. Jas won't want to recall either strike in a hurry although Zack Kotwica would've been pleased with his dipping effort that was just turned over the bar by the Tamworth keeper.

Second half we came out with a different formation and both Calvin Dinsley and Craig Reid replaced by James Fitzgibbon and Joe Parker.

Parker was pulled down as he ran onto a through ball and defender Stephan Tommassen pulled him down. Originally the referee didn't want to know but the linesman flagged straight away and the centre-half was shown a red card.

We dominated but it took an age to finally get back into the game when Jack Deaman stole in around the back to head a corner in, although the man on the line made an absolute pigs ear of his clearance. City upped the pressure, even Jas came up for a late corner but Tmworth hit us with a sucker punch to run out 1-3 winners.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks, Dinsley (Fitzgibbon 46), Hopper (Dale 85), Kotwica, Reid (Parker 46) Subs n/u : Avery, Webb


Jack Deaman heads home for City at Tamworth
Jack Deaman heads home for City at Tamworth

Saturday September 3rd 2016  
Joe Parker
late equaliser

If you think City's start to the season has been impressive then this result just underlines it.

We may have ridden our luck and relied on Jas Singh but that's what he's there for.

Goal machine Danny Rowe gave Flybe the lead which they failed to build on and were pegged back when Craig Reid scored his first for the club midway through the second half. Defender Steve Williams put the home side ahead before Joe Parker combined with James Fitzgibbon to earn City a point.

There's a lot not to like about AFC Fylde. 2023, try and stop us? We did our best.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Avery, Knowles, Dinsley (Reid 46), Webb, Hopper, Kotwica (Parker 83), Hanks (Fitzgibbon 83) Subs n/u : Deaman, Dale


City players and fans celebrate their last minute equaliser (not my pic)
City players and fans celebrate their last minute equaliser (not my pic)

Monday August 29th 2016  
Ed Williams
poked home

Zack Kotwica
nutmegged keeper

Boston always seem a strange team to me. Stuck out there in the arse end of nowhere, a motorway away from a motorway, the main industry is picking fruit and all the Poles do that yet year upon year they have a strong football team.

This year might be different though. They've lost three big players during the summer and on this showing haven't replaced them. I won't get too cocky though, we have a semi-decent record against them at Whaddon (and an appalling one at Boston) so this 3-1 win was no real upset.

Manager Dennis Greene must get his pre-match talk out of the way early doors because he's always in the dugout well before kick off. Here he even got involved with the Tigers' guard of honour trying to get the youngsters to shout "Come on United" instead of City!

The first half was pretty even and although Ed Williams poked one home just before the break it was just that their powerful centre-forward levelled matters before the half time whistle was blown.

Within minutes of the restart City were ahead, Zack Kotwica raced onto a long ball, shrigged off the attention of a defender and powered a shot between the keepers legs. Then ran to his mum to celebrate!

Zack was involved again when he was brought down in the penalty area, Luke Hopper stepped up to score, and saw his spot kick saved! It didn't matter though because he killed the game with another goal scored from a ridiculously narrow angle. The keeper had motioned for Luke to keep his chip up after the penalty so the City man returned the favour.

A great win. It's really good being a City fan right now!

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Dinsley (Hanks 86), Webb, Hopper (Dale 90), Kotwica, Williams (Parker 68) Subs n/u : Avery, Reid

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650 games for Gloucester City Captain Tom Webb
650 games for Gloucester City Captain Tom Webb

Saturday August 27th 2016  
Calvin Dinsley
first City goal

Luke Hopper
his goal

Zack Kotwica
made it safe

This has been a victory that has been a long time coming.

I've been to all but one of these fixtures. The first time we went was in midweek and we'd combined it with a trip to the Trafford Centre, Old Trafford and The City of Manchester stadium. Click the links to see the jokes that Penno told outside of the latter two. Laughing at those jokes might help with some of the defeats we've suffered there. Today's result certainly raised a smile.

City took off down the hill, whilst overheard jets took off from Manchester Airport.

Stalybridge had the ball in the net first but the man who put the ball in the net after Jas had saved superbly was offside and it didn't count. Calvin Dinsley's effort did though when he took his turn to plunder his way through the penalty area before firing past a motionless keeper. Dinsley had started the move, breaking away from a corner and it was superb to see Jas cover the length of the pitch to celebrate with his carpool mate. I wonder if James Corden would be interested?

The indomnitable Chris Knowles, smallest man on the pitch but one that leaps like a salmon put one wide from a free kick before Ed Williams, with the whitest teeth in the league centred for Luke Hopper to rifle home. It may or may not have been an own goal but the league has given it to Luke so TR has too. He sits third in the goalscoring chart now with Danny Rowe from Flybe and Tom Denton of North Ferrifax above him. I bet he wishes he was on their money too!

Why is it though with City 2-0 up I'm still nervous? If we were 0-2 down I'd be thinking of going home yet when we're in the lead it's just so different. And so it proved as Steve Tames scored when his shot deflected off of Jack Deaman and looped over Jas in the City goal.

Shenanigans on the far side saw Sam Avery elbowed in the face. The referee took no action. Protestations from the City bench drew a reaction from the crowd behind them. One shouted "At least we've got a ground". Well done you prick.

It became nervy. Stalybridge play direct football and that proved to almost be our undoing when Worcester did it to us but we held firm and got the killer third goal.

This time Hopper turned provider when a defender took a tumble trying to connect with a lofted pass over him and Luke got his head up and crossed for the unmarked Zack Kotwica who smashed the ball into the back of the net. He ran to the corner to celebrate but not for long because there was a dreadful smell in that area emanating from the toilet block.

That reminded me of the time we drew 2-2 there and Joe Parker scored. I had a dodgy guts that day and at the time of the goal I was on the throne, one of which opened straight out to a view of the pitch. I was so tempted to sit there with the door open. I hate being at games and missing goals.

The result was too much for their manager Liam Watson. He must've known they were going to lose because he'd quit before the game.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Avery, Deaman, Knowles, Dinsley, Webb, Hopper (Reid 90), Parker (Kotwica 59), Williams (Hanks 84) Subs n/u : Hamilton, Dale

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This is the pinnacle of all the hard work that Tim Harris puts in for Gloucester City
This is the pinnacle of all the hard work that Tim Harris puts in for Gloucester City

Sunday August 21st 2016  
Keiran Thomas
crunching tackles

Lewis Hall
crossed for OG

OK, so, after our blistering start to the season it seems like we're not going to win the league!

Darlington were decent, sorry, Darlington 1883 or whatever their called. Their four at the back were too much for our three up front and their four in midfield had the boss hand over our three. Is there a lesson to be learned here?

Added to the rest of the team were a Peter Crouch / Tom Denton / Rodney Trotter type up front alongside Liam Hardy, the player who'd sued the club after Matt Coupe had run him through when he played for Harrogate at Whaddon back in 2011. Not sure how the litigation ended up.

He didn't score. Or maybe he did. Who cares. The main concern was that for the second time in two home games Jas was beaten by one of those awful inswinging crosses that could get a touch off of an attacker and could go in the far post. It did the latter.

Rodney got the other, another that Jas won't want to see too many times when he got between two defenders and flicked the ball goalwards with the City keeper seemingly in no mans land.

They'd given us the lead too when a defender sliced a Lewis Hall cross into his own net. It felt as though it was met with muted celebrations being an own goal. We certainly didn't have much to cheer about.

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Avery, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 81), Webb, Hopper, Parker (Kotwica 60), Williams (Reid 60) Subs n/u : Chambers, Richards

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Sam Avery made his return to the heart of the City defence
Sam Avery made his return to the heart of the City defence

Tuesday August 16th 2016  
Luke Hopper
hat trick

Joe Hanks
free kick saved

Do you know what really irks me? It's that sodding 0-1 loss to Worcester at Whaddon Road last Christmas.

Up until then and since we've lorded it over them. It's ace when you can do that to another team, especially a local rival.

Tonight's encounter took place at a different venue; The Victoria Ground, home of Bromsgrove Sporting, the club formed from the ashes of another club that we had a great record against, Bromsgrove Rovers, so we were always going to win!

To be fair to Worcester they defended well in the first half and we reduced them to the odd counter attack, their only real chance came from a header from a corner. Joe Hanks had three efforts for the Tigers, but just the one on target. Luke Hopper should've had a penalty when he was dragged down in the area by a defender from behind but the referee bottled it.

The game really came to life in the second half when Hopper scored a hat-trick.

His first was just two minutes in when he took advantage of a lapse in concentration from a defender; the second ten minutes later when two defenders were caught napping in pretty much the same position on the field. Both yielded fine finishes, first with the right foot and the second with the left.

City were cruising, passing the ball around the full backs and knocking it long into the channels and almost pinched a third when the goalkeeper spilled the softest of efforts from Hopper inside the far post. Inevitably they pulled one back through a player who I won't name. But Hopper restored the lead and grabbed his trio with ten minutes left.

But former Tiger loanee Colby Bishop turned in a centre in injury time to give the hosts a chance which they really didn't deserve, so the onomatopoeic peeeeeeeep peeeeeeep peeeeeeeep of the final whistle was a great relief.

Can we play them every week?

City : Singh, Thomas, Hall, Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 65), Webb, Hopper, Parker (Kotwica 85), Williams Subs n/u : Avery, Reid, Richards

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Hat-trick hero Luke Hopper is mobbed by City fans from both sides
Hat-trick hero Luke Hopper is mobbed by City fans from both sides

Saturday August 13th 2016  
Joe Parker
4 games 4 goals

Ed Williams
two goals

The sun was shining and City were scoring. What a perfect way to welcome football back to Whaddon Road for a new season!

Gainsborough have assembled a decent side over the summer and the 4-1 scoreline might've surprised some people but City were clinical and punished the Lincolnshire side at good intervals.

After Nathan Jarman had skied a penalty over the crossbar City took full advantage when Joe Parker fired home his second of the season, and fourth in four consecutive games including friendlies. The scores were levelled when a free kick from the left flew straight in with an onrushing opponent putting Jas Singh off.

The brilliant Ed Williams put City back in the lead when he reached out and prodded a sumptuous lobbed pass from Chris Knowles past the keeper. He took a quick glance towards the linesman but was delighted with his first ever goal for the club.

Second half substitute Luke Hopper made an immediate impact when he held off the challenge of a burly defender to power his way into the box and score from a ridiculously acute angle.

After a raft of yellow cards for both teams City centre back Spencer Hamilton became the first player to collect two and was given his marching orders. But the Tigers held firm and even added a fourth when Hopper set up Williams to fire home and compete the rout.

City : Singh, Thomas, Odiero (Hall 54), Hamilton (s/o 72), Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 75), Webb, Reid (Hopper 64),Parker, Williams Subs n/u : Kotwica, Richards

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Luke Hopper scores from an acute angle against Gainsborough Trinity
Luke Hopper scores from an acute angle against Gainsborough Trinity

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