Defender Mike Green was waking up after a night out in Las Vegas when he found out Gloucester City had reached the First Round of the FA Cup.\r\n\r\nRight back Mike missed out on the victory over Chippenham after jetting to Sin City for a friend’s wedding, booked 18 months before the game, but he was still in contact with his teammates to keep up to date on the action.\r\n\r\nHe said: “By the time the game had finished it was about 8am Las Vegas time, I was in touch with Webby and he let me know we’d won with a text.”\r\n\r\n\r\nMike, who lives in Westbury-on-Severn, is an electrician by day often travelling as many miles for jobs as he does for away games at weekends.\r\n\r\n“I’ve been working everywhere recently,” he said. “Dorset, Wimbledon, Grimsby, Wolverhampton, everywhere. A lot of the time I stay away on jobs which makes it hard with training.”\r\n\r\nAnd despite the mileage and the long working hours, Mike, who started as a footballer as a teenager with Southampton, relishes the 90minutes on the pitch each Saturday.\r\n\r\n“Football is a release from normal life for me,” he said. “As long as it is feasible I will keep combining work with football.”\r\n\r\nAnd playing for his hometown club makes it even better for the former Newent Community School pupil.\r\n\r\nHe said: “I’ve always supported Gloucester and looked out for the results whatever club I’ve been at.\r\n\r\n“It’s a great achievement and we’ve wanted to get this far in the cup for a long time, the club deserves it and the fans deserve it.\r\n\r\n“We know we are going in as massive underdogs, but that’s the magic of the cup, there are always surprises!”\r\n\r\nDespite being one of City’s most consistent figures, Mike feels he has a lot more to give in terms of performances this season.\r\n\r\nHe said: “Its been up and down for me, it’s been hard missing training because of work and hopefully now I’ve got a few more local jobs I can find a bit more form.”\r\n\r\nAnd although the City fans sing that they dream of a “team of Mike Greens” the defender of the Tigers pair admits that sharing a name with his teammate can cause communication problems.\r\n\r\n“It does get confusing sometimes,” he said. “But we’ve got to get used to it unless one of us fancies a name change.”
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