With 2016 all but over, we are looking back at some of the best Gloucester City moments of 2016 and you can vote for the winner!
It has been a year that has seen significant progress both on and off the field for Gloucester City, with plans for a new stadium at Meadow Park finally being given the go ahead, nine years after the site was flooded in 2007.
On the pitch the team have gelled as a cohesive unit and have made the best start to a National League North campaign since we entered the league in 2009.
In the community, our Young Tigers initiative is absolutely booming, and the club are inundated with requests from local youth football teams to visit us on a match day and be the ball boys/girls for the afternoon. We are grateful to Steve Geddes and Adam Whitmore for the fantastic work they continue to do.
So where does that leave us? Well, we have compiled a list of what we believe were our best moments in 2016 and we want you to vote for the outright winner.
Option A: Lewis Hall’s five goals in two games
The start of the year saw the Tigers continue a rich vein of form that saw us win seven games out of 10 from the 19th December 2015 to February 16 2016. For two of those games, Lewis Hall was completely unplayable, as he struck a fine hat trick against Stalybridge Celtic followed by two more goals three days later against Curzon Ashton.
Those goals contributed towards Hall finishing the season as joint top goalscorer alongside Joe Parker.
During that run of form, the Tigers defence was stellar, conceding just three goals. Naturally that was recognised by the Vanarama monthly awards, as Tim Harris and on-loan Oxford United defender Robbie Cundy were voted as the manager and player of the month respectively for January.
Option C: ‘New’ home kit launched
In April we revealed our home kit for the 2016/17 season. The kit, a flashback to the famous strip of the 1997/98 season, certainly turned heads far and wide. The British broadcasting channel Sky One even featured the kit as part of a segment on their critically acclaimed Saturday morning football talk show Soccer AM.
Option D: Survival emphatically guaranteed
With the end of the season approaching fast, we were yet to guarantee our safety in the National League North. That was until the penultimate game of the 2015/16 season when North Ferriby United were the visitors to Whaddon Road.
The Tigers raced into a 3-0 lead before half time and despite two goals from the Villagers to get back into the game, City never looked like letting their lead slip as they came away with the win against the eventual play-off winners.
Option E: Hat-tricks for Hopper
Luke Hopper was in red-hot form for the Tigers at the start of the season, as he set himself on his way to his 10 league goals so far this season with a stunning second half hat-trick in the Severn Derby against Worcester City at the start of August.
Not content with one hat-trick, Hopper went and bagged himself another one a month later in a 5-0 demolition job of Altrincham. However, this one was even more impressive as it took the striker just 11 minutes to find the net three times.
Option F: Tremendous start to the season
The start of the 2016/17 campaign was one of the best of the Tigers tenure in the National League North. Wins against Altrincham, Boston United, AFC Telford and some impressive points picked up from losing positions at Salford City and AFC Fylde saw us sit third in the table at one point.
Since the campaign started, we have picked up 30 points in 21 games to date – our best ever record at this stage of a National League North season.
Option G: Dominant performance at Broadhurst
We continued our 100% winning record against FC United of Manchester when we visited Broadhurst Park at the end of October with a dominant performance. Despite going behind early on the Tigers rallied to lead 4-1 before conceding right at the death.
However were it not for two disallowed goals and some good saves by Dave Carnell in the FC United goal, the Tigers could’ve had seven or eight that day in what was a truly next level team performance.
Option H: Reserved matters application passed
After over nine years in exile, the road home for the Tigers became a lot clearer in September when Gloucester City Council approved the club’s reserved matters planning application to start work on a new stadium at Meadow Park.
Vote for your favourite moment below, the winner will be announced on New Year’s Day at 13:00.