Tim Harris’ Gloucester City side face Newport County tomorrow afternoon and the Tigers gaffer has been speaking to gloucestercityafc.com recalling his time with the Welsh club.
Harris spent time with Newport as both a player and a manager, enjoying successes off the field and on it. Read what he had to say in our exclusive interview below.
“If I was to talk you through my time at Newport County we’d be here all night that’s for sure!
“I was there as a young goalkeeper before I came to Gloucester City in the late 70s. I wasn’t good enough to make the grade at Newport unfortunately and so I spent some time around the Southern League.
“Fast forward several years and I’d done quite well at Cinderford as manager and I had the opportunity to go back there [to Newport] and in my six years in charge there we had some great times.
“We had a promotion, a couple of decent cup runs – I remember going to Blackpool in front of the TV cameras where Matt Rose scored – and when I was asked to again go back there in 2009, I looked at the situation with Gloucester and realised I had to take the opportunity to finish what I started.
“To achieve our goal of getting back into the Football League in those five years with two Wembley appearances thrown in was a magnificent achievement.
“When I think back to gaining promotion against Wrexham at Wembley it was very similar to Gloucester City whereby there were so many people that put so much effort into the club and it was so pleasing for them to have their moment too.
“The fans, I liken them to Gloucester City; they’re so passionate, they love their football club and I can’t speak highly enough of them and everyone else involved with a club that’s been a part of nearly 13 years of my life.”
Harris then went on to speak about the importance of developing contacts and links with all clubs across the football pyramid and not just limiting yourself to a sparse pool.
“As a manager or director of football it’s important that you develop links with every club and not just one you’re familiar with.
“Over your career you build up a lot of contacts and I think I’ve proved that over the last couple of years with the likes of Lewis Hall coming from Bristol City and last year with Luke Thomas from Derby County.
“So it’s important you get a balance of contacts from across the leagues and not just limit yourself to one pool of players as I’ve tried to do in the time I’ve been back.”
Harris’ Tigers side welcome Newport County to the Jubilee Stadium at 15:00 on Saturday 22 July. Admission prices are £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 Children Under 16.