Gloucester City fans will bid farewell on Saturday to the man whose vital goal took the club out of the Southern League after more than 60 years.\r\n\r\nMidfielder turned defender (and occassional goalkeeper) Matt Rose will leave the Tigers after more than 240 appearances and manager Dave Mehew is calling on fans travelling to Colwyn Bay to give him a great send off.\r\n\r\nHe said: “I wanted this to come out before the Colwyn Bay game so the fans, many of whom are going in fancy dress, can make it a bit of a Matt Rose Day to celebrate all he’s done for the club.\r\n\r\n”Matt was one of, if not the biggest and best signings made by the club since Tim Harris came back to turn the club around six years ago.\r\n\r\n”Had he not got injured in the first year after the floods then I am certain we would have reached the play-offs.\r\n\r\n”He also scored the goal we will always remember against Farnborough and he will go down in Gloucester City folklore because of that.\r\n\r\n”And this year he has been a vital member of the squad, not just for his attitude and influence in the dressing room, but also when we’ve needed him on the field.”\r\n\r\nAlthough Matt hinted that this could be his last season wearing the yellow and black stripes, his gaffer admitted it was hard to bring the subject up with him.\r\n\r\nHe said: “I had been dreading having the conversation with Matt, but it’s a credit to him that he responded in such an adult manner and made it an easy conversation.\r\n\r\n”He has work commitments that prevent him from committing to conference football, and he understands that I have to move on with the squad too.”\r\n\r\nMatt leaves the club after a season which has seen him play in defence, midfield and a 40 minute cameo in goal against Hinckley, watch a selection of his best moments below. Good bye and good luck Rosey!\r\n\r\n

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