With the official line-up for the 2013/14 Conference North announced last Friday, it will see Gloucester City compete in the division for a fifth consecutive season.\r\n\r\nAt the end of last season we said goodbye to Corby Town, who were promoted with the Tigers in 2009, Droylsden and Hinckley United who were all relegated. Halifax Town and Chester FC were promoted and Bishops Stortford moved South after two seasons in the North.\r\n\r\nIn their place we welcome former Football League sides Stockport County and Barrow as well as AFC Telford United from the Conference National, also Leamington, North Ferriby United and Hednesford Town were promoted from the Northern Premier League and Southern Premier League.\r\n\r\nWorcester City have moved from their St Georges Lane home to Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium adding another 26 miles on the round trip distance to our potential Boxing Day/New Years Day fixture.\r\n\r\nBut, how will these new sides and stadia affect our travelling distances in 2013/14?\r\n\r\nIn 2012/13 we travelled 6,169 miles back and forth for our home and away matches from Gloucester. That’s the equivalent to driving one-way from Gloucester to Mumbai, or from Gloucester to Damascus and back.\r\n\r\nHowever, this season, the Tigers will only travel a mere 6,138 miles back and forth, a decrease of 31 miles overall, as you can see in the Google Map below.\r\n\r\n\r\nView Gloucester City Conference North trips 2013/14 in a larger map\r\n\r\n2013/14 compares favourably to our four previous seasons in the Conference North, the only mile count that was lower was in 2010/11 when we travelled 5,859 miles overall.\r\n\r\nOur heaviest travel season was our inaugural one in 2009/10, alongside sides like Fleetwood Town and Southport and playing at Cirencester Town adding over 800 miles to the total distance, we clocked up 6,664 miles overall.\r\n\r\n(All distances calculated using Google Maps)
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