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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 Children of 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Directions to the ground can be found here.

The Tigers won promotion from the Southern League in May 2009 and under the guidance of ex-Bristol Rovers striker David "Boris" Mehew will look to consolidate their position this season.

With a team made up of the best players from the Gloucester and Bristol area including defender Michael Green, midfielder powerhouses Lewis Hogg and Adam Connolly plus forwards Charlie Griffin and Adam Mann come and support your local team to glory in the Conference North.


Photo Galleries of recent Gloucester City matches

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)
Guiseley v's City (31/08/14)
Oxford City v's City (25/08/14)


The latest news and events from Tiger Roar
 

Saturday January 24th 2015  
Nathan Modest
acrobatic finish

Just two games ago there was a four point gap between City and safety. Two wins later we're easily out of the relegation zone. Life is like a pendulum at the bottom of the table.

New signing Sahr Kabba wasted no time in introducing himself to the City faithful, he opened the scoring with his first touches in just the second minute, however Hyde pegged us back with an equaliser just ten minutes later.

Both sides had goals ruled out for offside before Harry White forced the ball home on the stroke of half time to nicely bookend the half for Tim Harris' team.

Instant hero Kabba grabbed his second and City's third when he capitalised on a mistake from the Hyde defender who failed to deal with what turned out to be a perfectly weighted long pass from Sam Avery.

It got better as Femi Orenuga was fouled for the second time in two games to give City *another* penalty, which Billy Jones despatched with aplomb, that despite Kabba wanting it for his hat-trick. Didn't he watch the Everton game the other night?!

Four goals. Only the second time we'd recorded that scoreline this season, both away from Whaddon Road.

Did it matter that they pinched one back at the end? Nah.

Watch out Hednesford, we're coming to get you!

City : P.White, Green, Jones, Harris, Avery, Knowles, Orenuga (Griffin 80), Webb, H.White (James 86), Kabba (Connolly 76), Hall. Subs n/u : Richards, Diop

Report - Tim H Interview - Kabba Interview - Highlights

Sunday January 18th 2015  
Femi Orenuga
new signing


Nathan Modest
acrobatic finish

"Penalty, Penalty, we're the famous Gloucester City and we've got a Penalty".

Not referring to our favourite mishap prone supporter, we actually got a spot kick, our first since the opening day of the season.

It came at a good time too, with City a goal up against local rivals Worcester City, because when Billy Jones coolly slotted it past Nathan Vaughan it pretty much meant that the three points were in the bag.

As well earned as they were it's written that we always beat Worcester isn't it!

Tim Harris men had taken the lead in the first half when Nathan Modest finished like an acrobat and new signing Femi Orenuga won the penalty, well, was stupidly scythed down by Vaughan giving the referee no option but to point to the spot.

Those three points put us back in touch with the pack of clubs chasing relegation now and a victory at Hyde on Saturday would be simply wonderful.

City : P.White, Green, Jones, Harris, Avery, Knowles, Orenuga (Connolly 86), Webb, H.White (Griffin 90+2), Modest (Griffin 90+3), Hall. Subs n/u : Richards, Rivers

Report - Tim H Interview - Knowles Interview - Goals


Saturday January 10th 2015  
Nathan Modest
sent off



City : P.White, Green (Modest 82), Jones, Harris, Avery, Connolly, Hall, Webb, Griffin (James 66), Parker, White. Subs n/u : Knowles, Richards, Rivers

Report - Interview - Goal & Red Card


Sunday January 4th 2015  
Chris Knowles
stuck in the mud

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not normally one to wank off over attendances, I believe that you can only affect a crowd by being +1 and bringing yourself. I know for a City the size of Gloucester ours are beyond appalling, this isn't about that.

Generally we have a decent travelling support, even when we're doing badly, which is more often than not the case at the moment, we took around about a hundred supporters to Brackley on New Years Day, that was after they brought maybe a quarter of that to Cheltenham a week earlier. No complaints there, they tried.

However, today North Ferriby brought no paying supporters. None.

We took a coach up there last season. They put no money over our turnstiles today. You'd think for a team with aspirations of Conference Premier football they'd have people willing to give a shit enough to follow them, but no, they're just a pointless bankrolled village team financialled aided by someone with too much money.

Other than the lack of support, there was a game on too. Young Harry White scored his first goal at home with a skillful turn and shot but the day was marred by a late, late equaliser when Jas Singh, with probably his last act in a City shirt was caught off of his line by a looping header that was bundled home after it had come down off the crossbar.

You could hear a pin drop in the ground.

City : Singh, Green, B.Jones, Harris, Avery, Connolly, Hall (Groves 82), Webb, Griffin, Parker (Modest 89), White (Lucas 71). Subs n/u : Richards, Hamilton

Report - Photos - Interview - Goals

Harry White scores for City against North Ferriby today
Harry White scores for City against North Ferriby today

Thursday January 1st 2015  
Jamie Lucas
stuck in the mud



City : Singh, Green, B.Jones, Harris, Williams (Avery 46), Miller (Connolly 46), Webb, Knowles, Griffin, Parker, Modest (Lucas 62). Subs n/u : Hall, White

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Chris Knowles clears his lines at Brackley
Chris Knowles clears his lines at Brackley

Friday December 26th 2014  
Chris Knowles
great signing


Jamie Lucas
stuck in the mud

It can be a tough life being a Gloucester City fan, this season is no exception with the sceptre of relegation hanging over the club so every victory is welcomed with open arms, no matter how it arrives.

People don't leave City games early but if anyone did they'd be kicking themselves because the culmination of Tim Harris' men bombarding the Brackley penalty area was a last gasp winner from Joe Parker. It should've been Jamie Lucas' goal but the shot from the Bristol Rovers loanee stuck in the mud on the goalline and where everyone had stopped Parker was sharp enough to dive in and claim the three points.

It was one way traffic because the big spenders from Northamptonshire were reduced to ten men just before the break when Tom Sharp tripped a goalbound Charlie Griffin. I would say he was beaten by Charlie's pace, but, as the big striker would say, "maybe fifteen years ago". To add to the comedic effect of the sending off Sharp just turned and walked towards the tunnell barely even glancing at the red card as it was shown.

At that stage Jon Brady's men were a goal up, another own goal thanks to Jack Harris doing a spot of Irish dancing in the six yard box and backheeling the ball beyond Jas Singh. I think that Brackley only had one shot on target during the whole game.

City's equaliser came ten minutes into the second half when Chris Knowles connected with Billy Jones' inswinging corner. What a find Knowles has been, he has really given the team a boost.

We were even treated to an indirect free kick for a backpass. Didn't score mind. Quite why someone doesn't just blast the ball at head height hoping for a deflection and in is beyond me.

City : Singh, Green, B.Jones, Harris, Williams, Miller, Hall (Webb 46), Knowles, Griffin, Parker, Modest (Lucas 78). Subs n/u : Richards, Avery, Groves

Report - Photos - Interview - Highlights

Chris Knowles rises highest from a pack of players to equalise for City today
Chris Knowles rises highest from a pack of players to equalise for City today

Saturday December 13th 2014  
Joe Parker
goalscorer

Having detatched myself from any hopes of a win and taken the "Wouldn't it be funny if..." type of approach to this game, we only went and won!

It was fully deserved too, everything seemed to go right even after an impressive display in the first half which only lacked a goal and at the start of the second when Barrow missed a free header in front of goal the Tigers took advantage with an unassailable two-goal lead.

Joe Parker had looked sharp all afternoon and was in the right place at the right time to place a shot inside the post after a gift from a Barrow defender. It was a good job that we'd scored because moments earlier Charlie Griffin had been pulled back as he tried to connect to a cross, but as ever not penalty was given.

It was Griffin who got City's second when Parker found him after good work by Nathan Modest. The Barrow keeper set himself badly and gave the City striker ample room to slot the ball home. One would suspect that Charlie enjoyed that one given the history he has with that club.

Such was City's dominance, eminating from the solid midfield display from Adam Connolly and Chris Knowles that even though the clock in the corner read almost five o'clock when the final whistle was blown the only incident of note was a header from Joe Green in the sparsely populated T-End!

City : Singh, Green, B.Jones, Harris (Avery 25), Williams, Connolly, Hall, Knowles, Griffin, Parker (White 78), Modest (Miller 90). Subs n/u : Lucas, Groves

Report - Interview - Highlights


Monday December 8th 2014  
Joe Parker
goalscorer

These summaries are starting to all sound the same now aren't they? Another defeat, plenty of effort, no luck, punished for mistakes etc etc.

A poor showing in the first half where City struggled to find the way to goal was marred by the loss of Tom Webb, injured when he was rough housed by a Tamworth attacker in the corner. It was a half where they scored twice; once a shot through Mike Green's legs which did for any Jas Singh chance of stopping it and a poor touch by Jack Harris which he couldn't recover from before a smart finish gave the silent Lambs a two goal lead.

Silent because they brough little more than a dozen fans. We took a coach up there. Maybe it's about time we staretd to boycott these away games and started to feed our cash into our own clubs coffers?

The second half was much, much better. City came to life, mainly thanks to Joe Parker's tidy finish off a route one move. Chris Knowles almost diverted Lewis Hall's shot in before Harry White wasted a great chance to lob the Tamworth keeper.

Other than a few half chances that was it, although the referee Amy Fearn let us down when keeper James Belshaw put his head into Knowles after the pair had clashed going for a high ball. That was a penalty and a red card in the Coventry v's Worcester City FA Cup tie the other week. Not for us though. Never for us.

City : Singh, Green, Hall (Lucas 86), Harris, Williams, Knowles, Richards, Webb (Griffin 21), White (B.Jones 62), Parker, Groves. Subs n/u : Avery, Connolly

Report - Photos - Interview - Highlights

Harry White spurns a great chance to equalise for City
Harry White spurns a great chance to equalise for City

Tuesday December 2nd 2014  
Matt Groves
lucky strike

Despite a decent effort at Twerton Park tonight City's inability to score goals has cost the club a decent payday and the fans a good away day at Bristol Rovers following this bitterly disappointing 1-3 defeat in the freezing cold at Bath.

Tim Harris' men started well enough and probably dominated for the opening twenty minutes, then Bath had one shot and we were behind.

Nathan Modest was looking good up front but was forced out of the game when goalkeeper Jason Mellor clattered him. Mellor then pulled off a great save from a Marc Richards header before letting a Matt Groves shot through his legs for an equaliser which probaly saw the Tigers use up their quota of luck for the rest of the season in a heartbeat.

I'd like to tell you about the second half but I spent about half of it in the gents sat on a freezing cold toilet staring at a door listening to the Bath fans hoping and hoping not to hear them cheer a goal. They didn't, it went to extra time and City wilted with two goals from pint sized winger Ross Stearn.

The team worked hard but it was the same old story. You can't miss chances if you aren't making them. Now we just have the league to concentrate on and only the most hardy of City fans will look forward to the rest of the season.

City : Singh, Green, Hall, Harris, Williams, Knowles (Miller 105), Richards, Webb, White (Griffin 100), Modest (Lucas 46), Groves. Subs n/u : Avery, Connolly

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A Bath defender dives in bravely at the feet of Nathan Modest
A Bath defender dives in bravely at the feet of Nathan Modest

Sunday November 30th 2014  
Harry White
improving

This was a vast improvement on the terrible performance against Stalybridge but we still couldn't score a goal.

Bath looked good for the opening fifteen or so minutes but other than a series of corners midway through the second half and a dipping volley from David Pratt at the end they were probably the worst Bath side to face us since, well, ever.

They say that decisions even themselves out over the season but we all know that that's horseshit. Phil Walsh deserved to be sent off for this horrendous challenge on Adam Connolly but one would suspect that our man, being ex-Bath knew Walsh well enough not to make a meal of it when others teams would. Without Walsh we'd have beaten Bath today. BTW did you know his brother in law is Kelsey Grammer?

City had two new players in their line up today, left back Lewis Hall and striker Jamie Lucas. It was the latter who had a great chance to score in the first half but he seemed to try to flick the ball home with his instep and made a right hash of it. He was either trying to hard or not communicating with Harry White as they were both going for the same balls.

White was excellent though and seemed to want to take the game by the scruff of the neck with some of the penetrating runs he was making in the second half.

City pretty much dominated the game after the break yet failed to really test the goalkeeper and it was Pratt's effort that came closest to breaking the deadlock. A replay at Twerton Park beckons, never a happy hunting ground for the Tigers.

City : Singh, Green, Hall, Harris, Williams, Connolly, Richards (Modest 62), Webb, White (Griffin 73), Lucas (C.Jones 62), Miller. Subs n/u : Knowles, Avery

Report - Photos - Interview


Tuesday November 25th 2014  
Jack Harris
gave hope

A relegation six-pointer in November? And we lost!

There have been games down the years during our time in the Conference North which seemed to follow a script and this was one of them. They suggest that City huff and puff but were never able to blow the, well, score a goal. Then the opposition pinch one and never really look like letting our lead go.

The most annoying thing is that we've had games where we've held onto leads and time has stood still and my hearts skips skips a beat. Those times are the hardest to be a football fan yet we seem to make things easy for opponents in a way that they never, never reciprocate.

Stalybridge scored through a mistake from Jas Singh, his second costly one in two games, although it's not fair to pin it on him because he made two or three other great reaction saves that would've given the Manchester team the scoreline which they probably deserved.

For the Tigers Harry White looked decent and had the only real chance in the first half when he scuffed a volley from the penalty spot. His strike partner Charlie Griffin showed his frustrations when he was substituted by blamming a ball into the dugout causing a few quids worth of damage.

Things really need to improve. We need to get better. Give us something to cheer about please.

City : Singh, Avery (Nkunga 88), Green, Harris, Williams, Connolly, Miller, Webb, White, Griffin (Modest 65), C.Jones. Subs n/u : Richards, B.Jones, Rivers

Report - Photos - Interview - Goal


Saturday November 22nd 2014  
Jack Harris
own goal


Tom Webb
gave hope

My first away trip in what seems like an actual age, the last league game away that I saw was Guiseley. I expected more of the same today even though we've never beaten the north Wales team.

By all accounts they've been shite at home so isn't it typical that we become their patsy's.

Bay raced into a two goal lead. Jack Harris poking home a low cross at the near post for our second own goal in a week then Jas Singh failed to hold a cross and despite having three City players between him and the goal Seagulls' player Tom Buckley shot low to make it 2-0.

We've had some absolute wankers for officials this year, they say the bad decisions level themselves out over the season but that's just nonsense. A Bay player had two hands above his head and deflected Chris Jones' cross to the keeper right in front of the linesman. Wasn't handball though according to the prick.

After Tom Webb (who else?) drilled home from the right wing inside the keepers near post Obi Anoruo beat the offside trip because he was well offside but the other linesman was useless too and bent a shot around the advancing Singh.

This came after a period of City dominance where the next goal was always going to be key. As expected it was their and not ours.

We had all of the second half to force our way back into it but despite putting the home team on the back foot one goal, let alone two or three never looked likely.

A striker of the caliber of Charlie Griffin just isn't getting the service. We have a group of good players there but we just don't look like a team that can create chances and score goals.

Who knows what the answer is because I don't.

City : Singh, Avery, B.Jones (Groves 58), Harris, Williams, Connolly, Miller, Webb, White, Griffin (Modest 66), C.Jones. Subs n/u : Richards, Green, Rivers

Report - Photos - Interview

Yes that's right, it's a dog watching the Colwyn Bay v's City game!
Yes that's right, it's a dog watching the Colwyn Bay v's City game!

Saturday November 15th 2014  
Nathan Modest
his goal


Matt Williams
own goal catastrophe


Billy Jones
saw red

There are times when football fans must wonder why they put themselves through the stress of supporting their teams.

Looking at our attendances versus the population of Gloucester or wondering why five figure crowds go to Kingsholm to watch rugby when there is so little entertainment value in the game and then considering those who "support" the best of the best when they're actually doing little more than cheering on a number on a TV screen, it's times like these when you see why.

Gloucester City are a hard working club without the resources that village teams like Guiseley have to throw at talented players. Yet we have to face off against them and their kin like AFC Fylde (Kirkham & Wesham) or North Ferriby. They sound like towns that were sold a monorail.

It can be demoralising.

It was cold and wet and we went behind to an own goal, created by a player with Premiership experience. Oli Johnson looked good today but he wasn't the only one, they all looked good and at times City's players were chasing shadows. Tim Harris admitted after the game that he got the team selection wrong but it's hard to put a finger on what he could've done to stop such a rampant force.

Unbelievably the scores were level at half time. Adam Mann struggled to make an impact in what looked like a lone striker role. I still think he's better served on the left wing and not up front but it's a game of opinions isn't it? His telling contribution was a clever flick to send Nathan Modest away on the right wing. Nathan's low centre took a deflection and wrong footed Guiseley keeper Steve Drench and went in at the near post.

The goal was given as an own goal. Even though this website has the influence of fart in a colander I'm giving it to Nathan.

Some might say that we were haunted by that early goal in the second half syndrome when right back Ryan Toulson powered a shot at the impressive Jas Singh. Singh parried it and Spencer Hamilton was guilty of ball watching as Toulson followed up his shot to scuff home the rebound.

Having tried to rectify his poor selection with a double substitution at the break, including one for the injured Sam Avery, Harris replaced Mann with Charlie Griffin before Hamilton hurt himself making an impressive run out of defence. We had to endure the final half hour with ten men.

Well, nine men. Billy Jones earned a second booking when Wayne Brooksby made an absolute meal of a late tackle. That said, the referee couldn't wait to get his yellow and then red cards out of his pocket. I reckon that clip from the highlights will be going straight into his wank bank.

Adam Boyes put the result beyond doubt in injury time after he'd had several attempts to score.

We actually dicked this lot 1-4 on their own pitch back in August. That seems a long, long time ago now.

City : Singh, Avery (Green 46), B.Jones, Hamilton (injured 70), Williams, Connolly, Miller, Webb, Modest, Mann (Griffin 57), Groves (White 46). Subs n/u : Richards, C.Jones

Report - Photos - Interview - Highlights

City's mascots welcome their team onto the pitch before the Guiseley game
City's mascots welcome their team onto the pitch before the Guiseley game


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