With Gloucester City’s final pre-season friendly against Newport County coming up on Monday 1 August, former Newport and current Tigers manager Tim Harris gave his thoughts on his time in Wales.\r\n\r\nHarris started his managerial career with Cinderford Town before moving onto Newport in 1997, where he stayed for six years.\r\n\r\n“I have so many memories of my time at Newport County that I could honestly write a book on it if I wanted to!” Harris said.\r\n\r\n“During my playing days as a young goalkeeper, the bottom line is I wasn’t good enough. But I thoroughly enjoyed my time there – Somerton Park just felt so homely.\r\n\r\n“My goal, when I went back there in 2011 though, was to get the club back into the Football League and to achieve that at Wembley against Wrexham is a moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”\r\n\r\n“[Current Tigers assistant manager] Matt Rose scoring against Blackpool in the FA Cup was a terrific moment and there were many other moments like it, but none more magical than Aaron O’Connor and Christian Jolley scoring at Wembley to send us back to the Football League. It was a delight and a privilege to play a small part in it.”\r\n\r\nOver both of his spells at Newport, Harris tasted success with two Wembley appearances and three promotions, and he reflects fondly on those times and those who shared the success.\r\n\r\n“There were plenty of great times at Newport and I can’t speak highly enough about the people at the club and the close bonds and relationships I have formed with those associated with Newport County.\r\n\r\n“You hear the term ‘proper football club’ a lot but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that that term applies to Newport in every aspect, from the fans to the players.\r\n\r\n“I would put the passion of the Newport supporters in the same vein as the passion shown by Gloucester City supporters, there really is nothing like it.\r\n\r\n“You look at the Cheltenham Town friendly match, not just when our goals were flying in but throughout the whole game, our fans were much louder than theirs and they created a really good atmosphere, it was absolutely brilliant to hear.\r\n\r\n“Maintaining our status in the National League North is always a great achievement for Gloucester City and having the fans able to play their part by supporting us all over the country is fantastic.\r\n\r\n“Obviously we want them to continue travelling to home and away matches with us and we hope to see them all there on Saturday 6 August when we travel to Salford City to kick-off the new season!”\r\n\r\nThere are still places available on the coach to Salford next Saturday. The coach leaves Meadow Park at 10:00 and is priced at £15 return, with family deals available.\r\n\r\nContact Dave Jones on 07540 257464, tweet us @GCAFCofficial or leave a comment on the City Open Forum.

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