Date: Sunday, 27th September 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: The Emirates FA Cup\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 3pm\r\n\r\nLocation: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham\r\n\r\nGloucester City kick-off their Emirates FA Cup campaign on Sunday afternoon as Kidlington FC are the visitors to Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers have fared well in the most prestigious cup competition in the world in recent years, having reached the first round proper in 2 of the last 3 seasons.\r\n\r\nBoth of those occasions saw the Tigers beaten 2-0 at home, first against League One Leyton Orient and then the following year by Fleetwood Town, also of League One.\r\n\r\nLast season the Tigers bowed out of the competition as they fell to a 4-1 home defeat in ‘El Glosico’ against Forest Green, where 2 late James Norwood goals added gloss to a score line that certainly didn’t reflect the way City played.\r\n\r\nDespite Kidlington being three divisions below the Tigers, boss Tim Harris knows all about cup upsets during his time as Cinderford Town manager and is determined his side won’t be victim of one.\r\n\r\n“I’ve had some great memories with the cup. Twenty years ago this season Cinderford got into the hat for the third round against Aston Villa” Harris said.\r\n\r\nHe continues “”We won’t be taking Kidlington lightly because my experience tells me with lower teams you’ve got to be aware of them. I think that the difficult thing is it’s the FA Cup and upsets can happen.\r\n\r\n”It’s about time we had a really good cup run in the FA Cup. We’ve got to take Sunday, deal with that and see where it takes us.”\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nKidlington Football Club was formed in 1909 and joined the Oxfordshire District League in that year.\r\n\r\nIn 1929 Kidlington won their first cup, the Lord Jersey Cup, beating Fritwell 2–1 at Bicester Town. In 1945, the club joined the Oxford City Junior League and six seasons later, in 1951, they entered the Oxfordshire Senior League.\r\n\r\nThey then entered the Hellenic League in 1954 after winning the Oxfordshire Senior League the season before and have stayed in that league ever since.\r\n\r\nIn 1970 the team won the Oxfordshire Intermediate cup, and in 1976–77 they achieved their club record in the FA Vase by reaching the last 16.\r\n\r\nThe club then had to wait until the 2007–08 season to win any more silverware, when manager Paul Lee guided the team to victory in the HPL Hellenic Floodlit Trophy.\r\n\r\nFour seasons later in 2010–11 the team added the Hellenic Supplementary Cup to the club’s honours under manager Gordon Geary. The club also reached the final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup for the first time in 2010–11.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nJonté Smith is set to make his first start for the Tigers after impressing as a substitute against Gainsborough.\r\n\r\nSam Avery is suspended following his sending off at North Ferriby United and he will serve a 1 game ban.\r\n\r\nBoth Joe Hanks and James Bowen have been made available to play for us by Cheltenham Town.\r\n\r\nJack Harris is doing remarkably well in his rehabilitation from injury and should be back kicking a ball in a competitive game within a couple of weeks.\r\n\r\nChris Knowles has been training for the last couple of weeks and a decision on his fitness should be made next week.\r\n\r\nWe have brought in goalkeeper Andrew Hannah as back up to Jasbir Singh. Hannah is a young goalkeeper who has been at Plymouth Argyle, now studies at Hartpury and has trained with us several times.\r\n\r\nThere will be live and full match commentary on Severn Sport from 2:30pm, available online or on their Android and iOS apps, also available on TuneIN.\r\n\r\nLive text updates are available on the club’s social media streams from 2:45pm.
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