Gloucester City has parted ways with club captain Matt Coupe who will join Southern League Premier Division outfit Chippenham Town with immediate effect.\r\n\r\nCoupe, who first played for the Tigers in a brief spell in 1999, rejoined the club in 2010 from then Conference Premier side Bath City and was quickly made captain due to his presence on the pitch and leadership skills.\r\n\r\nHe was a key component in the side that managed to secure the Tigers’ safety in the Skrill North this season, and in his spell at the club, led City to the FA Cup First Round two years in a row after a 23 year absence.\r\n\r\nOverall, in his two spells at Gloucester City, the defender appeared 164 times, scoring one goal.\r\n\r\nAfter having a long talk with Coupe, Tigers boss Tim Harris and the defender agreed it was in the interest of both to part their separate ways.\r\n\r\n”I have known Matt for many years and for someone to play over 700 games at the level he has is a great achievement,” said Harris.\r\n\r\n“At this stage of his career and in the interest of both parties we have agreed to part company.”\r\n\r\n“Matt’s has put in some really good performances since I returned to the club and has certainly played a part in keeping us in the Conference North.”\r\n\r\n“He has been a pleasure to work with and I sincerely wish him every success with Chippenham Town.”

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