Gloucester City v Newport County
\r\n\r\nDate: Saturday 19th July\r\nCompetition: Friendly\r\nVenue: Causeway Stadium, Cinderford\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\nPrices: Adults £10, Concessions £5, Under 18’s free.\r\n \r\n\r\nOpponents: Gloucester City and Newport County are certainly no strangers to each other; the two club’s shared the Tigers home of Meadow Park during the latter’s exiled years from 1992-1994.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1912, County have an illustrious history in the Football League, even reaching the second division and the FA Cup Fifth Round during the 1940’s and 1950’s.\r\n\r\nThe 1980-81 season was an eventful one for Newport, reaching the European Cup Winners Cup Quarter final, losing to eventual finalists Carl Zeiss Jena from East Germany, who the club also play in their pre-season fixtures this season.\r\n\r\nThe Welsh side went out of business in 1989 with debts of £300,000 but were re-formed shortly after.\r\n\r\nAfter their exiled years and the spell in Gloucester the club moved onwards and upwards under the familiar name of Tim Harris who managed Newport from 1997-2002 and took the club to the FA Cup First Round in 2001.\r\n\r\nThe 2012-13 campaign saw the club return to the Football League after 25 years away, beating Wrexham at Wembley Stadium; they finished a creditable 14th in their first season back.\r\n\r\nFixture History (including friendlies): \r\n
\r\nOur first meeting against Newport County came in March 1955, seeing a 1-1 draw at Longlevens; incidentally that was the same scoreline when the sides last met in 2010, Darren Mullings with the goal in one of the Tigers’ first ‘home’ matches at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nThe last competitive meeting between the two in 2002 saw a decisive 4-0 FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round replay victory for the Welsh side, after a 1-1 draw in the first contest, Andy Hoskins the Tigers scorer.\r\n\r\nTeam news: The Tigers should have a full squad to pick from, apart from the knee injury to Jack Harris ruling him out of the rest of pre-season and the opening few weeks of the league campaign.\r\n\r\nThe game will be particularly special to City manager Tim Harris who has a long association with Newport, playing for the club as a young goalkeeper, managing from 1997 to 2002, a spell as caretaker boss in 2011 and as director of football oversaw a wildly successful period with County promoted twice, a move to Rodney Parade and two Wembley appearances.\r\n\r\nHarris has said: “I am delighted to welcome them on Saturday after having spent well over a decade at Newport County and shared some truly remarkable moments at the club; I look forward to the fixture.”\r\n\r\nStrikers Charlie Griffin and Nat Jarvis also enjoyed spells at Newport County and will be looking to score against their former side.\r\n\r\nTigers fans will also see the return of striker Joe Parker, who moved to the South Wales side in January, but was loaned back for the remainder of the 2013/14 season; Parker has already made an impact for Newport, scoring and assisting against Cirencester Town.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch all of the action from the Causeway Stadium 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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