When Gloucester City face Newport County in pre-season on Saturday afternoon, it is likely that Kieran Parselle will play against his former club – but did you know how many players have worn the colours of both Gloucester City and Newport County
When Parselle made his Gloucester City debut against Evesham on Saturday 8 July, he became the 127th player to play for both the Tigers and the Exiles.
Of the other 126 to have worn the yellow and black of City and the amber and black of County, notable names include Joe Parker, Karl Bayliss, Jason Eaton, Gary Kemp, Matt Rose, Gary Thorne, Chris Townsend and Reg Weaver.
Besides Parselle, Joe Parker is the most recent of the list mentioned to have played for Newport, where he made his Football League debut as a second half substitute against Cambridge United in January 2015.
The livewire front man has been part of the Tigers setup since his youth days, breaking into the first team as an 18 year old. He has since gone on to make 131 appearances across five seasons with the club, contributing 26 goals in that time.
Karl Bayliss, a fellow striker, is joint-fifth on Gloucester City’s all-time record goal scoring list. In 244 games for the Tigers he netted 92 times to put him level with Doug Foxwell, who scored the same number of times in 21 more games than Bayliss.
Bayliss was an instrumental part in Newport’s promotion season of 1999/2000 – their first back under the name of ‘Newport County AFC’ – scoring 31 goals in just his second season with the Welsh side.
The season was notable for being 20 years after Newport’s ‘Season of Triumph’, when Len Ashurst guided them to promotion from the Football League Third Division to add to their win in the Welsh Cup.
Jason Eaton and Chris Townsend are a tandem of strikers who possess fantastic goal-to-game ratios for the Tigers. Eaton was a key fixture for Gloucester City during the 90s and throughout his career at Meadow Park, the ex-Newport man scored 44 times in 97 games.
‘Towner’, as he was affectionately known by the T-End faithful, found the net 66 times in 91 games over four years for the Tigers and is widely regarded by many fans as one of the best and most complete strikers seen at Gloucester City in the club’s history.
However, when you talk about goal-to-game records for Gloucester City, the list would be incomplete without a mention for Reg Weaver.
A legend of the club’s history, Weaver has by far the best goal-to-game record for Gloucester City, scoring 103 times in 83 appearances from 1937-1946.
During one of the most devastating periods of world history, Weaver brought joy to the football fans of Gloucester with his goalscoring prowess and complete forward play.
Gary Kemp is one of few players to have made over 300 appearances for Gloucester City. The legendary defender turned out 368 times for the Tigers over eight years with the club before moving on to link up with Tim Harris at Newport County, alongside Jason Eaton and Matt Rose.
Rose is a bonafide Gloucester City legend. Having started his first spell with us in 1999, Rose was quickly snapped up by Harris at Newport where he went on to become a firm favourite with the fans.
The defensive midfielder made 159 appearances and scored 21 times for the Exiles before coming back to City via Weston Super-Mare.
Rose scored on his second debut for the club away at Cheshunt and whilst his goals that season weren’t plentiful, they were important as he also headed the last minute winner against Team Bath at the New Lawn. He also showed his versatility that year when he replaced Kev Sawyer who’d been sent off at home to Banbury and kept a clean sheet.
In 2008/09 it looked as if he would go for the whole campaign without finding the net – that was before he scored the goal that sealed promotion for the Tigers at Farnborough in the play-off final.
In 2014 Rose took up the role of Assistant Manager to Tim Harris, before leaving the position in 2017 due to work commitments.