Gloucester City Chairman Mike Dunstan is excited at the prospect of a major game against title challenging Salford City on Saturday.
But equally he is excited that the occasion will also showcase the development of the clubs off-field development.
“Salford are a vibrant and progressive club” Dunstan said. “They have a high profile thanks to the involvement of the ‘Class of 92’ and the resulting documentaries around the clubs meteoric rise through the leagues.
“We are looking forward to a huge test and to seeing a decent away following from Salford who will bring a good number of fans I am sure.
“We of course hope to see some of their owners on the terraces as well – our fans loved meeting Gary Neville at the game at their place and he was so generous in posing for photos.
“I am told they try to get to some away games as well, so I hope they can find the time in what must be really busy schedules.”
Dunstan also commented on his enthusiasm for the off-the-field activities taking place at Saturday’s fixture at Whaddon Road.
“I am even more excited that we have three really important events happening on the day that will show that despite all this clubs difficulties we ourselves remain vibrant and relevant to the City” he said.
“Firstly we have, for the first time, in excess of 50 people enjoying hospitality and supporting the club, led by our match sponsors EJ Taylor and Sons, and ball sponsors Paul Beard and Bill Lane.
“Secondly, we have a major cheque presentation from the National League Trust to continue to fund our outstanding community work within the city of Gloucester.
“We are deeply proud that despite our ongoing exile we have an outstanding programme working with children and adults across Gloucester.”
The National League Trust supports community programmes at clubs who are members of the three divisions of the Vanarama National League, and the Tigers have a long and positive association with them and the club is grateful for their support.
The funding is made possible by the generous support of the Trust’s funding partners: the Premier League and the Professional Football Association, who have together already donated £8.6million since 2010.
Dunstan continues, saying “Finally, we are immensely proud that Saturday will be Gloucester City’s ‘Fans for Diversity’ day, where we will welcome over 120 adults and children from Gloucester’s ethnic minorities to enjoy the game with us and get involved with the Tigers.”
Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation jointly launched the ‘Fans for Diversity’ campaign in March 2014, supported by the Premier League’s fans fund, to help promote diversity and inclusion across the professional and non-league game and we are really looking forward to offering a hand of welcome and friendship.
Gloucester City Football Club believes in inclusivity and opportunities for all, both on and off the pitch, so this is an important day for us.
Dunstan urged all that cared about the club to come along on Saturday and support it, commenting “It’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great occasion and I urge as many people as possible to come out, enjoy a great occasion and support Tim Harris and the players who have been absolutely exceptional this season.”