Gloucester City v Darlington

Saturday 7th September 2019, 3pm
Vanarama Conference North

Gloucester City AFC:
The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium (Evesham United), Cheltenham Road, Evesham, Worcs WR11 2LS
Twitter: @GCAFCofficial

History: First formed in 1883, there were various false starts before the club became members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1925 and later the Birmingham Combination. After World War Two, the club began a long association with the Southern League; it also reached the FA Cup 1st round on three occasions. In 1989, City won the Southern League Midland title while also taking Cardiff City to a replay in the FA Cup 2nd round. They narrowly missed out on promotion to the Conference the following season. The club was not unused to flooding but in 2007 when the River Severn burst its banks, Meadow Park was left under 8ft of water. It found itself in exile, playing at Forest Green and Circencester - and remarkably City managed to win promotion in the play-offs to the Conference North. It also meant a new ground-sharing arrangement in 2010 and a move to Cheltenham Town, where we last played them. There are advanced plans to move back to their old home - with a raised stadium this time - but in the meantime, the nomadic history took another twist with a move to Evesham United's new-ish stadium over the border in Worcestershire. After two seasons in Conference South, they now move back to the North in the cut.
Record Attendance:
Capacity: 3,000 (300 seats)
Last season: 17th (National League South)
Honours: Southern League Prem Div playoff winners 200809; Midland Div champions 198889; Southern League Cup winners 195556. FA Trophy semi-finals 199697.

Record victory: 121 v Bristol Saint George (1934)
Defeat: 014 v Brimscombe FC (1923)
Nickname: The Tigers
Colours: Amber and black
Manager: Mike Cook
Chairman: Eamonn McGurk and Alex Petheram

Famous fans/players/connections:

Click here for Googlemap of the Gloucester City (in Evesham) ground

Admission prices (2019/20) Adults 13; ages 16-18 (student/concessions/OAPs) 8; 12-15 3; under 11s free.

From the North (M5): (From Darlington - 222 miles, approx 4hrs) Leave the M5 motorway at Junction 7 and follow B4084 through Pershore onto Evesham.(

This route avoids Evesham Town Centre) At the traffic lights in Evesham with River Avon and bridge on left, take right hand lane and turn right into Cheltenham Road signposted A46/ M5 Southbound, Oxford and Cheltenham. Continue through two sets of traffic lights passing Tesco garage and ambulance station on the left before reaching roundabout. The stadium is situated on right at roundabout.

Or from the M42: Leave at Junction 3 (A435) signposted Redditch and Evesham. Continue on A435 (Evesham) through Studley then A46 until reaching roundabout on outskirts of Evesham. Take left hand exit onto Evesham by-pass (A46), signposted M5 South, Cheltenham and Oxford. Proceed on by-pass going over three roundabouts before reaching ground, which is situated on 4th roundabout at end of by-pass.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Group, call 01325 250531 or 07951 434731 to book a seat.Details of the supporters' group travel can be found here.

Emerald TaxisTel: 01386 761705
Swift Taxis 01386 48322
Avon 01386 421989
Rainbow Taxis 01386 45000

The stadium is 1.8 miles from the newish, purpose-built out-of-town stadium, which is found at the other end of the High Street and beyond. It takes around 40 minutes to walk but is a straight road.

Evesham station is around 20 minutes by train from Worcester, with connections to Birmingham.

The official site has lots of useful information and is easy to follow.

Cheltenham Echo Cheltenham council

At the ground:

Real ale near ground/town centre:

BCM Alehouse, 64 Bridge Street, Evesham WR11 4RY
Craft beer bar with a decent choice of local beers. About a mile and a half north of the ground

Red Lion, 6 Market Place, Evesham WR11 4RE
A real ale pub, which oddly reopened after being closed for a century. A mix of regular and changing beers, no TV, music or food (but you can BYO grub)

Trumpet Inn, 13 Merstow Green, Evesham WR11 4BD
Locals pub with Hook Norton and a couple of other real ales. Also serves food. It also has a beer garden. It's just over a mile from the ground

The Old Swanne Inn, 66 High Street, Evesham WR11 4HG
Town centre W*****sp**s