Gloucester City v Worcester City

\r\n\r\n\r\nDate: Tuesday 20 August, 2013\r\nCompetition: Skrill North\r\nVenue: Abbey Business Stadium, Cheltenham\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\n\r\nOpponents: Worcester City are one of Gloucester City’s biggest rivals with the Tigers having played the Worcestershire side the third most in our history (only Cheltenham Town and Merthyr Tydfil rank above), the first meeting coming on 30th December 1939, with Worcester winning 3-2.\r\n\r\nLike the Tigers, Worcester City are currently exiled from their home city after moving from their long-term home of St Georges Lane at the end of last season; they now play at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1902, the club flirted around the Southern League system for many years, much like us, before cementing their place in the Football Conference in the mid-2000’s.\r\n\r\nTheir greatest moment came in 1958-1959 when they beat the mighty Liverpool on the FA Cup Third Round, thus becoming the only non-league side to ever knock the Anfield side out of the cup; they were knocked out in the following round by Sheffield United in front of a club record 17,000 fans.\r\n\r\nMany bookies have dubbed Worcester City as their favourites for relegation this season; however, they will be out to prove a point.\r\n\r\nForm Guide: Both sides started the season with defeats, the Tigers losing 3-1 away to North Ferriby United (who demolished Bradford Park Avenue 4-0 last night, they look like real contenders), and Worcester City losing at ‘home’ to Altrincham 3-1.\r\n\r\nHistory: One of the most historic fixtures in Gloucester City history, the record currently stands heavily in favour of our opponents:\r\n\r\nGloucester City wins: 28\r\n\r\nDraws: 18\r\n\r\nWorcester City wins: 49\r\n\r\nThe peak of the rivalry came in the 1950’s with crowds of over 5,000 packing the Longlevens Ground and St Georges Lane for matches between the two, the crowds may have dwindled in the intervening years; but the rivalry is all the same.\r\n\r\nIn recent years the fixture has taken a new lease of life with multiple players switching between the clubs, including new City signing Tyler Weir who played at the Blues last season, with Shabir Khan returning with Worcester.\r\n\r\nLast season the Tigers completed a memorable double with a 1-0 win at Worcester and a storming 4-2 victory at Whaddon Road, so Carl Heeley’s side will be looking for revenge.\r\n\r\nTeam news: The big news for City will be the returning Lewis Hogg, who was suspended against North Ferriby United.\r\n\r\nWill Morford is also expected to be involved after missing the trip to Humberside with an injury.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch full coverage of Gloucester City v Worcester City on Severn Sport, on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial) from 7.45pm tonight.

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