Gloucester City manager Tim Harris has issued one last rallying cry to the people of Gloucester ahead of his side’s final home game of the 2016/17 National League North season.
The Tigers welcome Chorley to Whaddon Road on Saturday 22 April with a 15:00 kick-off, and the Tigers gaffer wants the people of the City to really get behind his team for what will be the club’s final home match of the Whaddon Road era.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you’ve got to support your football club” Harris exclaimed. “There’s a lot of people that already do and a lot of them have stuck with us through thick and thin – granted it’s been a lot thinner than thicker!
“We’ve always had fans that won’t go to Cheltenham because it’s Cheltenham and that’s life, we have to accept that.
“But it is our last game at Whaddon Road and it is the end of an era there and all I can hope and ask for is that our regular fans get as many extras along as they can because these lads deserve a big support in the last home game for what they’ve achieved this year.”
Harris’ side are currently in the midst of their greatest ever season at National League North level and were only mathematically eliminated from play-off contention after the 2-2 draw with Boston United on Easter Monday.
However, two sides that are still in the mix for the play-offs are the Tigers next two opponents, and Harris knows how tough a challenge they will bring.
“We’ve got two tough games now with Chorley and then Stockport but I think that’s a good challenge for us” said Harris.
“I don’t think we can go into the game fearing anything. We’ve got a great group of lads here and granted they’re learning and will get punished when they make mistakes but they move on.
“Our points haul this year is the best it’s ever been and to have as many points as we do is a great achievement for Gloucester City at the standard we play at.”
With three full time sides currently playing in the National League North and two more set to join the league’s professional outfits next year in Salford and Harrogate, Harris emphasised once again just how well his Tigers side have done.
“There’s some full time sides in this league and a lot of sides who are spending way more than us – fortunes compared to what we’re spending” he said.
The gaffer continued, saying “I looked at it the other day and to put things into perspective there are teams in this league around us who are spending over £200,000 a year more than us and there’s a team below us who have spent over £150,000 more than us this year reportedly.
“So for us to be competing against those sort of figures and resources, it just shows how good we have done this season. We can only dream of that sort of financial backing.”
Kick-off at Whaddon Road this Saturday is 15:00. Admission prices are £13 Adults, £7 Concessions and 12 or under go free.