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What The Papers Say - 1997
Back in the day we used to have fantastic coverage from the Gloucester Citizen and in these pages you can see how good it was with a digested version of their headlines. This was 1997.
January XXst 1997




January 20th 1997
Yeading 0-3 City - Citizen report
January XXst 1997




January 27th 1997
City 2-0 Cambridge City - Citizen report
January XXst 1997




January 30th 1997
Atherstone 0-0 City - Citizen report
February XXst 1997




February 3rd 1997
Sudbury Town 2-1 City - Citizen report
February XXst 1997




February 10th 1997
City 3-0 Halifax Town - Citizen report
February XXst 1997




February 17th 1997
City 2-0 Hastings Town - Citizen report
February XXst 1997




February 18th 1997
Worcester City 0-0 City - Citizen report
February XXst 1997




February 24th 1997
Gravesend & Northfleet 2-3 City - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 3rd 1997
City 3-1 Runcorn - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 10th 1997
City 3-3 Sudbury Town - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 11th 1997
Chelmsford City 1-3 City - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 17th 1997
Crawley Town 1-1 City - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 19th 1997
City 6-1 Ashford Town - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 24th 1997
Bishop Auckland 0-0 City - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




March 26th 1997
City 4-3 Bishop Auckland - Citizen report
March 27th 1997
City Reserves 1-0 Worcester City Reserves - Rutter strike is decisive
Tom Rutter's stunning fifth-minute volley gave Gloucester City reserves victory at Meadow Park last night to keep them in third place in the Central Conference.

The win extended the Tigers' unbeaten run to five matches and was only Worcester's second defeat of the season.

City included first teamers Andy Tucker and Andy Kirkup in their line-up and gave a debut to Evesham United centre-half Richard Clark, a former Cheltenham Town player.

Rutter's goal came from the Tigers' first attack

Player-coach Don O'Riordan played a perfect through ball and the Shortwood striker first time volley from eighteen yards flashed in off the post. Steve Norris should've equalised in the 60th minute after an unintentional flick-on from Clark but Harvey Willetts parried his shot and Norris scuffed the rebound.
March XXst 1997




March 31st 1997
City 1-1 Worcester City - Citizen report
March XXst 1997




April 1st 1997
Cheltenham Town 1-1 City - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 7th 1997
Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 City - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 14th 1997
City 2-2 Dagenham & Redbridge - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 17th 1997
Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 City - Citizen report
April 18th 1997
City Reserves 2-4 Hereford United Reserves - Reserves lose
Gavin Williams grabbed all four goals as Gloucester City reserves were beaten 2-4 by Hereford United at Meadow Park last night.

Williams put the visitors ahead in the 23rd minute but City equalised within two minutes through Tom Rutter.

In the 36th minute Hereford retook the lead when Williams curled a shot past Harvey Willetts, and he made it 1-3 midway through the second half.

Andy Tucker quickly reduced the deficit with a deft lob over Medford and Paul Milsom and Rutter both went close to equalising.

But Williams wrapped things up in the 86th minute when he rifled in his fourth.
April XXst 1997




April 21st 1997
City 3-1 Gravesend & Northfleet - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 24th 1997
Dorchester Town 2-2 City - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 25th 1997
City 0-0 Atherstone United - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 28th 1997
Gresley Rovers 3-1 City - Citizen report
April XXst 1997




April 30th 1997
City 3-1 Dorchester Town - Citizen report
May XXst 1997




May 2nd 1997
Baldock Town 2-3 City - Citizen report
May XXst 1997




May 5th 1997
City 1-3 Salisbury City - Citizen report
May XXst 1997




May 7th 1997
City 1-2 Cheltenham Town - Citizen report
May 9th 1997
No back door entry for City
Gloucester City's hopes of sneaking into the Vauxhall Conference through the back door have been thwarted after plans to regionalise the Football League Third Division were scrapped yesterday.

A report published on Tuesday, proposed inviting sixteen Vauxhall Conference clubs into the League to form seperate North and South sections of the division could've meant the Tigers being asked to fill one of the vacancies in the Conference.

But at a meeting the majority of the 72 Football League club Chairmen were against the idea.
May XXst 1997




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June XXst 1997




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July XXst 1997




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July XXst 1997




July 21st 1997
Evesham United 1-1 City - Citizen report
July XXst 1997




July 23rd 1997
City 3-1 Tuffley Rovers - Citizen report
July XXst 1997




July 25th 1997
City 4-1 Bristol City - Citizen report
July XXst 1997




July 28th 1997
Barnstaple 2-2 City - Citizen report
July XXst 1997




July 30th 1997
City 1-4 Hereford United - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 4th 1997
Harrow Hill 0-3 City - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 7th 1997
City 2-2 Chelsea - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 11th 1997
City 0-7 Hednesford Town - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 18th 1997
City 1-1 Hastings Town - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 19th 1997
City 1-5 Derby County - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 25th 1997
Crawley Town 3-1 City - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




August 26th 1997
City 1-0 Merthyr Tydfil - Citizen report
August XXst 1997




September 1st 1997
City 0-1 Rothwell Town - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 2nd 1997
Weston Super Mare 0-2 City - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 6th 1997
Tamworth 1-3 City - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 10th 1997
City 1-0 Weston Super Mare - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 15th 1997
City 3-0 Mangotsfield United - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 17th 1997
Halesowen Town 0-1 City - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 22nd 1997
City 1-1 St Leonards Stamcroft - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 24th 1997
Bath City 1-0 City - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




September 29th 1997
City 2-1 Newport IOW - Citizen report
September XXst 1997




October 1st 1997
Cinderford Town 0-3 City - Citizen report
October 2nd 1997
City Reserves 1-0 Cheltenham Town Reserves
Gloucester City reserves beat arch rivals Cheltenham Town 1-0 at Meadow Park last night to go five points clear at the top of the Central Conference.

Jody Bevan's 64th minute winner gave Doug Foxwell's side their fourth win out of four in the league.
October XXst 1997




October 6th 1997 - Boss keeps press-up promise
Gary Thorne had manager Leroy Rosenior on his hands and toes after scoring his first Gloucester City goal in the 3-0 win over Kings Lynn at Meadow Park. Rosenior had agreed to do twenty-five press ups outside the dugout if Thorne netted this season and he was true to his word after the defender hit the target in the sixty-seventh minute.

"As soon as I scored my main objective was to make sure he did them," said Thorne. "It was brilliant to finally get my first goal after having one taken away last season and great to do it in front of the home supporters."
City 3-0 Kings Lynn - Citizen report
October XXst 1997




October 13th 1997
David Elsey (number 3) opens the scoring for City against Waterlooville
David Elsey (number 3) opens the scoring for City against Waterlooville
City 2-0 Waterlooville - Citizen report
October XXst 1997




October 15th 1997
Merthyr Tydfil 1-0 City - Citizen report
October 18th 1997
Tom Radcliffe in action for City's reserves as they beat Worcester City 2-0
Tom Radcliffe in action for City's reserves as they beat Worcester City 2-0




October 20th 1997
City 1-2 Dorchester Town - Citizen report
Rovers snatch striker from City's grasp
Forest Green Rovers have dealt a blow to arch rivals Gloucester City by beating them to the signature of former Halesowen striker Evran Wright.

City manager Leroy Rosenior had been hoping to sort out a deal today to bring the 32 year old marksman to Meadow Park and sharpen the Tigers blunt attack. But Rovers' managing director Colin Peake raced up to Wright's home in Wolverhampton yesterday to snatch the player from under City's nose for an undisclosed fee.

"It is slightly disappointing because the player had given us his word that he would join us," said Rosenior. "But then Forest Green came in with an offer that we could not match."

"I am still looking for a striker and hope to get one on loan after Saturday's FA Cup tie."

Wright, who is currently a Telford United player, may not be able to make his Rovers debut tomorrow at Bromsgrove because he is halfway through a months loan spell with Dr Martens Midland Division side Bilston Town. Telford have applied to the Football Association to have him recalled so that he can officially be transferred to the Lawn.
October XXst 1997




October 27th 1997
Jon Holloway is mobbed by Adie Mings and Steve Fergusson after giving the Tigers the lead against Wisbech
Jon Holloway is mobbed by Adie Mings and Steve Fergusson after giving the Tigers the lead against Wisbech
City 1-1 Wisbech Town - Citizen report
October XXst 1997




October 28th 1997
Free cup trip coach offer to fans
Gloucester City fans are being offered the chance to travel to tomorrow night's FA Cup replay at Wisbech free of charge. Renault dealership Hartland - City's major sponsors and run by chairman Rob Thomas - are paying for two free fifty-three seater coaches to Cambridgeshire for the fourth qualifying round replay.

If the Tigers beat Wisbech they will face either Billericay or Camberley, who replay tonight, in the first round proper. The coaches are expected to leave Meadow Park at around 3.30pm tomorrow and anybody interested in taking up the offer should ring the club on Gloucester 311060.

Meanwhile, City manager Leroy Rosenior has snapped up former Bristol City defender Darren Hobbs and is also poised to take a striker on loan. Hobbs (19), who can also play in midfield, impressed the Tigers boss when he played for the reserves in their 1-0 Central Conference win over Cheltenham Town on October 1st.

"Darren can play centre-back, left-back or on the left side of midfield which gives us a lot of options," said Rosenior. "He will officially put pen to paper on Thursday."
October 30th 1997
Wisbech Town 3-2 City - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 3rd 1997
Rothwell Town 1-1 City - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 5th 1997
Cinderford Town 0-1 City - Citizen report
November 6th 1997
Striker Smith signs for City
Gloucester City have signed former Bristol City trainee striker Dwayne Smith after his impressive performance in last nights 2-3 reserve team defeat by Hednesford Town at Meadow Park. Player-Manger Leroy Rosenior said : "He did really well, is quick and very young at 18 or 19."

"He scored and set up a goal, but most importantly showed a lot of pace, which is something we have been lacking recently."

"I have signed him, and he will be involved against Halesowen on Saturday."

Rosenior believes Smith is exactly the kind of player City need. "He showed enough last night for me to sign him, his attitude was good and he worked hard for ninety minutes."

"The main thing about him is that he has pace, and he is local, which is the way that we are going to go using local talent."

Fellow trialist Michael Vanes is to train with City, with Rosenior saying "He's not fit, as he hasn't played for a couple of months, but he will train with us to get fitter."

Smith's arrival will go some way to helping ease City's injury crisis, which will still deprive them of a few first choice players for the Halesowen clash. "The situation hasn't eased too much, but I don't want to harp on about the injuries," Rosenior said. "There's nothing we can do about it, and we just have to get on with it."

The most pressing problem is in goal, where Steve Mokler and David Coles are both injured, which led to seventeen year old youth team goalkeeper Ben Lambert playing in the 1-0 GFA Cup win over Cinderford on Tuesday. "He did really well and I would have no worries about putting him in if required," said Rosenior.
November XXst 1997




November 10th 1997
City 1-0 Halesowen Town - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 11th 1997
City 2-0 Cinderford Town - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 13th 1997
Johnson added to transfer list
Gloucester City defender David Johnson has been put on the transfer list. The 29-year old former Northampton Town and Rushden & Diamonds player has recently started a new job and now has further to travel to the club which is causing him problems. Already two clubs from his local area, who play at a standard a division below the Dr Martens Premier Division, have made enquiries about him.

City have had no enquiries yet for goalkeeper David Coles, who is now available on a free transfer.

Manager Leroy Rosenior is keeping on Merthyr Tydfil midfielder Mark Evans for a month to have a good look at him. Evans played a trial game for the Tigers against Cinderford in the Dr Martens Cup on Monday and showed enough to impress Rosenior. He will train with the first team squad tonight.
November 17th 1997
Hastings Town 1-1 City - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 19th 1997
City 4-2 Bromsgrove Rovers - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 24th 1997
Sittingbourne 2-0 City - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 26th 1997
Forest Green Rovers 2-1 City - Citizen report
November XXst 1997




November 28th 1997
City 2-2 Newport AFC - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 3rd 1997
City 1-1 Salisbury City - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 8th 1997
St Leonards Stamcroft 0-0 City - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 15th 1997
Worcester City 2-1 City - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 17th 1997
Nuneaton Borough 3-1 City - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 22nd 1997
City 0-0 Crawley Town - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 27th 1997
Forest Green Rovers 1-1 City - Citizen report
December XXst 1997




December 28th 1997
City 1-0 Gresley Rovers - Citizen report
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