Leamington v Gloucester City
\r\nDate: Monday 26 August, 2013\r\nCompetition: Skrill North\r\nVenue: New Windmill Ground\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\n\r\nOpponents: Leamington were founded as Leamington Town in 1891, and have had a rather convoluted history to say the least!\r\n\r\nThe club has had names ranging from Lockheed Borg & Beck, to Automotive Products Leamington, all stemming from partnerships with local works. The club are just known as Leamington since 2000 when the club was reformed after going out of business in 1988 when the club sold their old Windmill Ground.\r\n\r\nSince reforming the Brakes has seen great success, winning successive promotions in their first two years after reformation. It took another three years to gain entry into the Midland Football Alliance before winning promotion into the Southern Football League in 2007 before becoming champions of the Southern Premier League last season.\r\n\r\nThe club play at the very tidy New Windmill Ground in the village of Whitnash, just south of the town.\r\n\r\nForm Guide: Like City, Leamington have had a rather mixed start to their Skrill North campaign. After an opening day victory against Bradford Park Avenue, the Brakes succumbed to fellow promoted side Hednesford Town in midweek before losing to Boston United 2-0 on Saturday.\r\n\r\nHistory: Monday will be the 28th meeting between Gloucester City and Leamington, the first of these occurring shortly before the Second World War with the Tigers coming away with a 2-1 victory in the Birmingham Combination.\r\n\r\nDespite the long fixture association, the large bulk of these contests happened in the 1970’s and 1980’s when the sides met on numerous occasions in the Southern League and cup competitions.\r\n\r\nMonday’s match will be our first meeting with Leamington since 11th April 1987, when City took a 1-0 victory from the Windmill Ground.\r\n\r\nLeamington Wins: 15\r\n\r\nDraws: 4\r\n\r\nGloucester City wins: 8\r\n\r\nTeam news: Matt Coupe will return to the side after missing Saturday’s match versus Telford with work commitments. Tom Hamblin will also likely be in the defence, and despite picking up slight knocks Lewis Hogg and Tyler Weir are expected to take part.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch full coverage of Leamington v Gloucester City on Severn Sport (@SevernSport) with commentary from Tigers Radio, on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial) from 3pm Monday.
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