Gloucester City News – May
Despite there being no football on the pitch, business continues for those involved in off the field developments. You will by now have seen our Kit Deal and Sponsorship announcement which went out two weeks ago, which are a combination of developments that have been worked on in the background for sometime now. This is just the first of many long term commercial partnerships the club is working on in order to finally bring forecasting and forward planning to the commercial side of the club rather than season-by-season survival.
It also highlights the hard work put in by all those involved as the Club is now re-engaging with the City and the perception of Gloucester City is changing as big businesses are starting to take notice.
Whilst this update will be short, hopefully you shall see encouraging news with regards to player retention, the mast and the long mooted “rebranded” badge (yes, City is staying yellow!).
With that we shall leave you to read on and hope that you enjoy the World Cup as we all look forward to beginning pre-season.
Meadow Park and the Mast
When working with multiple utilities companies, things are never easy, and through no fault of our own there have been significant delays. However, the new electricity supply has now been installed for one of the mobile network providers (currently on the new mast), and details are being finalised for the remaining provider’s electricity supply and the disconnection of the old mast, which will pave the way for dismantlement, dates to be confirmed ASAP (once we have these dates we will inform you straight away via social media and the Website).
We have a meeting tomorrow ( the meeting took place on Wednesday this week and was very productive) with the Gloucestershire FA which will be our second meeting in our pre-application process for the Football Stadium Improvement Fund and with drawings for the new scaled down Grade B plans almost finalised, we are starting to meet with companies tendering for parts of the stadium build such as the provision of stands (the T-End), pitch barriers and turnstiles etc.
These plans will be released to you upon completion.
As you have seen from our press release yesterday, we are pleased to announce that following discussions with Marc Richards the following players are being retained for next season:
With a few gaps still to fill in the squad and a few more players to talk to Marc Richards had this to say,
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to retain the majority of the lads from last season. The togetherness that this squad has was highlighted by their form in the second half of the season. Yes, there are a few notable omissions from the list but that doesn’t mean to say the possibility for those players to be with us next season is gone.
We are a club that is proud to bring players on and give them a platform and professional coaching support to further their footballing careers and any departure should not be seen as a negative but as an opportunity for younger players to make the step up or for someone new to come in and showcase their talents. There are a few players that we’re looking at but it’s vital that not only do they have the talent but also the character and ethos required to play for Gloucester City.”
Pre Season Fixtures
With all fixtures now confirmed, we can now formally announce the following fixtures which will make up the Pre-Season for 2018/2019.
Sat 7th July (15:00) Evesham United vs Gloucester City AFC
Tue 10th July (19:45) Slimbridge vs Gloucester City AFC
Sat 14th July (From 12:00) Gloucester City AFC vs Tuffley or Longlevens
Wed 18th July (19:45) Gloucester City AFC vs Derby County FC
Wed 25th July (19:45) Cardiff Met University vs Gloucester City AFC
Sat 28th July (14:00) Cirencester vs Gloucester City AFC
Mon 30th July (19:30) Gloucester City AFC vs Bristol City U23 GFA Senior Challenge Cup
These will be placed on the website later today (These are now on the website).
Not a Rebrand…More of a Gloucester City 2.0
Finally we’re pleased to be able to share with you the new badge and a mock up of the kit for next season.
Last season, after talking with lots of supporters and much debate within the management board, it was decided that in the best interest of the Club, a complete over haul of the Club’s identity was not what was needed, however it was agreed it did need a refresh.
The decision was taken to remove the black stripe running through the badge, accentuating the Tiger’s head and to acknowledgement of the heritage of the Club, we’ve incorporated the year of our formation. The updated badge now looks cleaner and more modern. From a commercial stand point this new badge is also more translatable allowing us to put it on new lines of Club merchandise which we currently have in development in order to raise more revenue for the playing budget.
On the back of our partnership with X-Blades, We’re also proud to be able to now share the mock ups of the Home Shirt for next season and we will in due course also share the Away shirt however we are currently in talks with another sponsor who will potentially be sponsoring our shirts on our travels.