Gloucester City Football Club would like to extend our best wishes to our loyal supporters for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This year has been one that has seen the club progress in leaps and bounds both on the pitch and off it.

The year started with another Severn Derby victory over Worcester City in the National League North, followed up by some more impressive wins over Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic.

The end of our seventh campaign in the National League North saw us confirm another season in the second tier of non-league football.

Our eighth year at this level has been one of our best ever so far, and we currently occupy ourselves in the top half of the table at Christmas for the first time, with 30 points after 21 games.

Off the pitch we have been granted planning permission for our move back home to Meadow Park and plenty of work is happening at the site.

First team manager Tim Harris said “Firstly I’d like to thank the loyal fans of this fantastic football club for all the support they have given us on and off the field in 2016.

“Nobody ever said being a Gloucester City fan is easy but once again they have stuck by us and rallied around the club not just during the good times but also in the difficult periods as well.

“We thank those that travel to Cheltenham every other week to see us play our home matches, without people like them this club wouldn’t be in the position it is.

“Whether you’re paying your admission price, buying a cash draw ticket, a matchday programme, or attending one of the Supporters Trust’s excellent fundraisers, you have a part to play in this club surviving with one of the smallest budgets in the league.

“With the limited resources we have got it’s remarkable when you look at the league table and the club’s we’ve played in the last few weeks and see that we are in the position we are.

“Naturally it’s a concern for any club when they have a dip in form like we have suffered in the last few weeks but it’s safe to say we’ve been stretched to the absolute limit at times.

“Players like Tom Webb, Joe Hanks and Darren Mullings who have played through injuries, they are real barometers of what it means for these lads to represent their city at a very high standard of non-league football.

“The league this year is the most competitive it’s ever been and to see us with 30 points after 21 league games, with teams like Kidderminster, Stockport County, Darlington and Salford City in the mix, is not an achievement to be glossed over.

“We are determined to give the city of Gloucester a football team it can be proud of at every level, from the first team down to the young Tigers that represent us at youth level.

“A mention must go to Ken Blackburn, Neil Mustoe and every other youth coach that has done an incredible job within the youth setup this year.

“All that’s left is to say from everyone at Gloucester City Football Club, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year!”

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