By Noah Woodland
Gloucester City face Bradford Park Avenue this Saturday at the TigerTurf Stadium and will look to bounce back after the 4-0 defeat to Brackley Town last weekend.
City currently sit 10th in the league, four points off the play-offs, although did suffer a 4-0 defeat to Brackley Town last weekend, who are now placed 4th after that result. Steven King introduced two new signings into that game in experienced Iraqi defender Yaser Kasim and attacking midfield/forward man Andry Demira, however Kasim has now unfortunately left the club due to taking a coaching role elsewhere.
The Green Army are yet to win in 2023 and have not won in seven games, with five draws and two losses, sitting 17th and three points above the relegation zone. Their last game was a 2-1 loss away at league leaders King's Lynn, conceding to Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain, the brother of Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
About Bradford Park Avenue
Originally formed in 1863 as a Rugby Union team until 1907, when the club turned to football and officially joined the Southern League.
Home stadium is the Horsfall Stadium (Capacity 3,500)
Nicknames: The Green Army, The Avenue.
Players to Watch: Jacob Blyth, Jordan Preston, Will Longbottom
Manager: Mark Bower
The Tigers' last hosting of Bradford Park Avenue came in October 2021, which ended in a 0-0 draw at the TigerTurf Stadium. However, The Avenue came out on top in the last encounter between the two sides, winning the game 2-1 at Horsfall Stadium, with Jacob Blyth and Bradley Dockerty scoring for the home side on the day and City's goal coming from the recently departed Matt McClure.
Players who have played for both sides
Glen Andrews: Gloucester City 1971 || Bradford PA 1967
George Beattie: Gloucester City 1948-56 (2 spells) || Bradford PA 1953
Ronnie Bird: Gloucester City 1972-74 || Bradford PA 1961
Ken Crowther: Gloucester City 1947-48 || Bradford PA 1948
Jacob Giles: Gloucester City 2006 || Bradford PA 2006
Eddie Parris: Gloucester City 1938-48 (2 spells) || Bradford PA 1928
Daniel Sweeney: Gloucester City 2019-20 || Bradford PA 2019