It will be a history making day for Gloucester City as they host League Two side Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup First Round on Saturday; as for the first time since 1950, the Tigers have qualified for the FA Cup First Round back-to-back.\r\n\r\nThe club will also be able to celebrate its greatest servant, Tom Webb, who will be playing his unprecedented 550th game for the club against the Lancashire side.\r\n\r\nRemarkable that Webb hasn’t even reached his 30th birthday yet, but fitting that such a milestone should come on FA Cup 1st Round day for a club that, for some reason, has seen it as an unattainable goal for much of its history.\r\n\r\nSince Gloucester City’s first taste of FA Cup action in 1928, a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Cheltenham Town, the world’s most famous cup competition hasn’t been kind; with City only progressing past qualifying six times in their history.\r\n\r\nThe first came after a twenty year wait, with Mansfield Town defeating City 4-0 at Field Mill, then like London buses a second came, a home tie to Norwich City and a 3-2 home defeat in front of 9,500 Gloucestrians at the old Longlevens Stadium.\r\n\r\nNot settling for two, the club qualified for a third consecutive year but another 4-0 defeat, this time to Bristol City in front of 18,000 at Ashton Gate, started generations of hurt for the club.\r\n\r\nIt would be nearly 40 years until the club tasted the First Round again, but when they did in 1989, it would prove to be the best run in the Tigers history.\r\n\r\nA 1-0 win over Dorchester Town at Meadow Park set up a tie against Cardiff City at Ninian Park and despite going into a 2-0 lead after Steve Talboys and Chris Townsend scored; the Bluebirds netted twice late to take it to a replay.\r\n\r\nIn front of a sold out Meadow Park, City lost the replay to a solitary goal and their chance of the FA Cup Third Round was gone.\r\n\r\nAnother 23 years would pass before Darren Edwards’ 93rd minute strike against Chippenham Town placed the Tigers in the First Round against League One Leyton Orient; two late goals denied City a replay but the FA Cup hoodoo was broken.\r\n\r\nCity boss David Mehew believes this could be City’s time to ‘make history’, and under the scrutiny of the ITV cameras and a potential global audience; it could be Gloucester City’s moment.

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