Gloucester City Council has unanimously passed a motion to support the club’s planned return home and called on local people and businesses to back the club, in a move which was welcomed by all at Gloucester City AFC.
A motion was proposed by City Council Leader Paul James at the Full Council Meeting of 27th September as follows:
- welcomes the progress made by Gloucester City Football Club in working towards a return to playing at Meadow Park, including groundworks to raise the level of the pitch and the relocation of the telecommunications mast;
- supports the Club’s ambition to be playing back in Gloucester for the 2019/20 season;
- will support funding applications by the Club to the Football Association and other funders to help finance the new stadium;
- calls upon businesses, individuals, the local media and other key stakeholders in the city to get behind the club to finally bring an end to its years in exile.”
Cllr Paul James (Con. Longlevens) said: “I have long said that it is an embarrassment to Gloucester that our football club has been playing outside the city for so long. That said, it is important that we don’t dwell on what has happened in the past but unite behind the club to get it back playing at Meadow Park as soon as possible. I have never pretended to be a huge football fan, but I know how much it means to people in the city to have their club back home.
I have been impressed with the energy and enthusiasm displayed by the board in recent times and the progress the team has shown under Marc Richards management. Fans have been extremely patient and I understand and share their frustration, but I really believe things are happening now and we all need to do our bit to get this project over the line.”
Gloucester City AFC Chairman Rod Jenner said: “Everyone at the club is grateful and appreciative of the support shown by the council’s motion. Cllr James has clearly seen the progress we have made and it is a testament to the hard work which has been going on behind the scenes that they have confidence in us to deliver the stadium.
We wholeheartedly agree with the call for local people, businesses and influencers to support the club and we are always looking for new supporters and sponsors to be part of our journey home. This Club has been through a whirlwind of change in the past year, with many people doubting us bouncing back from such a position. However, we’ve worked hard to install procedures of best practice and are now looking ahead instead of just treading water. With the additions made to the Club infrastructure in recent months and even this past week with Alex Petheram’s appointment to the board, this Council motion shows the faith that the City leaders have in the club.
We are really gathering tangible momentum now and with progress at Meadow Park coming along every day, it’s plain for all to see that Gloucester City is definitely coming home and that’s the bottom line.”
The Club will be releasing the plans for the amended scheme to its supporters and the general public next week.
The First team is in National League South action tomorrow against Eastbourne Borough at our temporary home at the Jubilee Stadium, Evesham. Kick off 15:00