Footballers, Chris Holland and Sam Rawlings might be teammates on the pitch every weekend, but during the week they have a very different working relationship.\r\n\r\nLecturer Chris and student Sam are both members of the University’s Faculty of Applied Science with Chris set to mark some of Sam’s coursework in the coming weeks, but at the weekend they don their team shirts to play for Gloucester City AFC.\r\n\r\n

Chris Holland and Sam Rawlings (pic courtesy of University of Gloucestershire)

Chris Holland and Sam Rawlings (pic courtesy of University of Gloucestershire)

\r\n\r\nThe pair, who are both defenders, are set to be part of the City squad which will face League One side Leyton Orient in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday (KO 3pm).\r\n\r\nAnd Chris, who joined the University at the beginning of term, explained once they set foot inside Whaddon Road, where Gloucester play their games, their lecturer/pupil relationship is forgotten.\r\n\r\nHe said: “On Sunday we will both be hoping for a win, we don’t go out there thinking we will lose.\r\n\r\n”It would be nice to see some students in the crowd on Sunday, hopefully I’ll have a good game, otherwise I’ll be reminded how badly I’ve played all week. We are playing Leyton Orient at the right time of the season and if we play well we can give anyone a game.”\r\n\r\nSam, who is in the second year of a Sports Therapy degree, said: “I’ve been really looking forward to the game since the draw was made, it’s a great chance for us to test ourselves against a League team and I think we’ve got a good chance of upsetting them with the support of the fans behind us. It was a great feeling when we won, I could see it meant a lot to all the players.”\r\n\r\nGloucester City plays Leyton Orient on Sunday, November 4 at Whaddon Road,\r\nCheltenham.\r\n\r\nTickets are £15 for adults/ £6 concessions and free for children Under 11.

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