Gloucester City Press Release – Gloucester City Owner Putting together a Dream Team as Two Big Signings join the Board of Directors.
Gloucester City owner Eamonn McGurk’s commitment to the club had been called into question in the past two years as slow progress over the new Stadium at Meadow Park raised concerns with the clubs fans.
However, with the recent buzz of activity happening at the site as the pitch is raised and levelled before building starts in earnest; Eamonn McGurk’s recent acquisitions at board level will ensure that the first-class facilities on and around the pitch will be supported by a first-class back room team.
Rod Jenner, Managing Director of Dowdeswell Estates, has joined the board after McGurk first sounded him out 18 months ago.
“Eamonn and I have always had a great working relationship and when he first mooted the idea and told me his vision for the club, it was never a matter of ‘If’ but ‘When’” said Jenner.
“I’m now on board to help him not only deliver the stadium but his vision of making Gloucester City the best club in the South West.
“It was talking with Eamonn and meeting Tim Harris, Director of Football & First Team Manager, and seeing the passion and commitment to the club, this made me realise I had to be involved.”
Jenner says that ambition for success can be limitless but must be balanced with realism and a sustainable business model for growth.
“We’ve seen meteoric rises in football in the past 10 years with clubs like Swansea, Blackpool and Hull City go from the fourth tier of English football to the Premier League and we want to emulate that success.
“It might sound like wishful thinking but why can’t it happen for Gloucester City? The first part is to deliver a Stadium that the players, fans, staff and the City of Gloucester can be proud of.
“Then our duty as a board is to find the healthy blend of success on the pitch with the fact that it is a business and it has to be sustainable to allow the investment for the club to grow.”
“This is not a 2-year project, we’re not just building a Stadium, we’re building a legacy”.
Rod Jenner is also joined on the board by Wendy Edwards, previously Company Secretary at Supergroup Plc (Superdry brand), a Director of Spectrum Support Ltd, and has been involved with a number of flotations.
She is Company Secretary at Dowdeswell Estates and consultant to ASOS Plc and personal secretary to several high-profile clients. She has extensive experience in the charity sector and was a trustee of ACP Festivals Limited for several years.
Jenner said, “I can’t highlight enough how valuable Wendy joining the board will be. What Wendy brings is a wealth of business acumen and knowledge of corporate governance.
“She will be vital in helping us to create the sustainable business structure upon which we can build the Club’s successes both on and off the pitch.”
Tim Harris explained how big a boost the acquisitions are to the club, saying “It’s now 10 years on from the devastation and the heartache I witnessed first hand, caused by the floods of 2007 which not only rocked our city but nearly brought down our football club.
“This whole announcement is a massive boost to everyone involved from the management board, supporter’s trust, dedicated supporters and existing businesses that all have been fantastic in keeping this club alive.”
“Rod Jenner and Wendy Edwards committing to our future is certainly hugely exciting.
Their enthusiasm and drive has been palpable during all the positive discussions, with the main aim of having a strategy and structure in place to move the club forward.
“This will, I am sure, see Gloucester City AFC not only at the heart of our City but also embracing other businesses to become involved in our Community, Youth and Ladies projects.”
Club Owner Eamonn McGurk added “Having Rod and Wendy aboard puts us in a great position to take this club forward.
“Their combined expertise means we’re now closer than ever to providing the structure to grow the club but more importantly, building a brilliant new stadium to bring the team back to where it belongs in the heart of Gloucester with the aim of obtaining Football League status.”
Gloucester City AFC start their home pre-season games against Bristol Rovers at Slimbridge FC on the 15th July, kick off 3pm. Admission on the gate is £10 for adults, £5 for Concessions and £1 for Children under 16 years old.