Gloucester City v Forest Green Rovers
\r\nDate: Saturday 25th October\r\nCompetition: FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round\r\nVenue: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\nPrices: Adults £12, Concessions £6, Under 18’s free.\r\nOpponents: Gloucester City and Forest Green Rovers are certainly no strangers to each other; first meeting all the way back in 1899.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1889, the club were founders of the Gloucestershire County League, in 1981-82 Rovers saw promotion to the Southern League for the first time and were winners of the FA Vase at Wembley.\r\n\r\nThe Nailsworth outfit were promoted to the Football Conference in 1998 and have remained their ever since, becoming the longest serving members in the division.\r\n\r\nForest Green are currently owned by Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, whose input has led the Rovers surge up the Conference Premier, where they currently lie fifth.\r\n\r\nPast Results: The two clubs have a 115 year history against one another, although early fixtures were quite one sided, seeing the Tigers win 6-1, 10-0, 4-1 and 5-0 in the first four games.\r\n\r\nThe two competed in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League for 10 years from 1923-1933 before a 48 year gap until the club’s were drawn in the FA Cup (City winning 2-1) and Rovers were promoted into the Southern League system bringing 15 years of derbies.\r\n\r\nThe head-to-head is extraordinarily close, with the club’s equal on victories. That’ll change by Saturday at 5pm.\r\n
\r\nLast meeting: The two clubs met in an very entertaining 5-3 victory for Rovers in pre-season, but the last competitive meeting was in 1998 which saw a convincing 4-1 victory for promotion chasing Forest Green at Meadow Park.\r\n\r\nTeam news: Matt Williams, who was taken off against Barrow after 25 minutes due to sickness, and veteran Billy Jones who took a knock against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday, are both expected to be good to go by Saturday.\r\n\r\nAdam Connolly played 60 minutes on Tuesday, his first action in a fortnight, and should be in contention.\r\n\r\nClub captain Jack Harris will miss the fixture, but is hoped to be returning to full fitness in the next 2-3 weeks.\r\n\r\nDetails: Tigers fans will be based in the main stand and the standing terrace behind the goal, with Forest Green fans taking up the seated stand behind the goal; they will enter through the turnstiles on Whaddon Road itself.\r\n\r\nCar parking is going to be at a premium so we’d advise to use public transport or car share.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch all of the action from Whaddon Road on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial). See you there!\r\n\r\n Gloucester City’s media coverage is sponsored by Baylis Motors.
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