When the Class of ’92 owned Salford City visit Whaddon Road on Saturday afternoon, it will be a match between two of the in-form sides of the National League North.
Both the Tigers and the Ammies have won four of their last five matches, with only FC Halifax Town having better form in that period.
All the media focus, as it so often is with Salford City, will be on the Manchester United legends that own the club – the Class of ’92 – alongside Peter Lim.
That said, then, gloucestercityafc.com brings you a look at some of the Gloucester City team of the 1991/92 season.
Perhaps the most famous name of that squad was Steve Talboys. Originally signed for a four-figure fee by Brian Godfrey in 1987, Talboys went on to become an influential part of the City side that lifted the Midland Division shield in 1988/89.
Talboys went on to make over 200 appearances for the Tigers before he was signed by Premiership side Wimbledon for £11,000 in January 1992 and is perhaps best remembered for a powerful header that sent City past Dorchester in the FA Cup First Round in 1989, still City’s best ever FA Cup campaign.
If Talboys is not the most well-known name of that squad, you’d be hard pressed to find someone that takes that crown who isn’t called Chris Townsend.
Originally signing for £10,000 in 1988/89, Townsend returned for a second spell in November 1991 having already written himself into City folklore by scoring our second goal at Cardiff City in a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup Second Round.
When he returned to Meadow Park in 1991 from Bath City, he struggled to regain his form that had made him such a fan favourite before leaving, despite finding the net nine times in 20 games.
Leading the line for the Tigers at the start of the 1991/92 season was Jason Eaton, who was acquired from Bristol City for £10,000 and is one of few players to wear the colours of both Bristol clubs, Rovers and City.
He quickly settled into the Tigers side and his pace was a vital weapon as City went to within minutes of a place in the Conference in 1991 with heartbreak at Bromsgrove Rovers. Eaton played in what was arguably the finest side to grace Meadow Park and has one of the best goal to game ratios of anyone to play in a City shirt, having scored 44 times in 97 appearances across two spells.
A rock at the heart of defence, Gary Kemp is quite possibly one of the best centre halves ever to wear the yellow and black of Gloucester City.
‘Kempy’ was a sterling central defender for the Tigers, playing with the club for ten seasons and staying loyal despite several circles of financial turmoil. Always an excellent pacey stopper, he matured over the seasons into a formidable reader of the game renowned for immaculately tackles that should have seen him play at a higher level.
Over ten seasons with the club, Kemp made more than 370 appearances for the Tigers and contributed a very respectable 26 goals.