Gloucester City striker Joe Parker says that it will be a very proud moment for him, should he make his 100th appearance for the Tigers in their Emirates FA Cup clash with Hemel Hempstead tomorrow afternoon.\r\n\r\nParker, 21, was part of the clubs Development XI from an early age scoring goals at a ridiculous rate and was in and around the first team during that time.\r\n\r\nHe broke into the first team in 2013 and scored two hat-tricks in that season, one of which earned him a move to Newport County, when he was subsequently loaned back to the Tigers.\r\n\r\nFollowing an 18-month spell with Newport, Joe rejoined City ahead of the 2015/16 season and has gone on to make 99 appearances so far, with his 100th potentially coming on Sunday.\r\n\r\n”It’s a very proud moment for me” Parker said. “Making 100 appearances at this level of football is great, I tend to just take every game as it comes but I did sort of have an idea that I was coming up on it due to the stats in the matchday programme.”\r\n\r\nParker has had some great moments in a City shirt during his time with the club, but none more so than the moment that earned him a professional contract.\r\n\r\n”On a personal level, my favourite moment for City would have to be my first hat-trick for the club against Yate in the FA Cup.\r\n\r\n”As a club, my most memorable moment would be getting through to the first round proper of the FA Cup on two separate occasions.”\r\n\r\nHaving played under several different incarnations of the Tigers squad, Parker compares this year’s side to previous teams he’s been involved with.\r\n\r\n”Wer’e a much younger side to other City teams I’ve been involved with” he said. “Sometimes we lack that experience at this level, but the togetherness of our squad is second to none and everyone’s working hard for the team.”\r\n\r\nThe Tigers face Hemel Hempstead Town in the Emirates FA Cup at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, on Sunday 2 October, kick-off 15:00.

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