A groundshare deal has been agreed that will see Gloucester City remain as Cheltenham Town’s tenants for a sixth, and final, season.
Robins chairman Paul Baker said a deal has been agreed with the Tigers with ‘more stringent conditions’ and an ‘increased rent’.
That increase will allow the Robins to invest in the Whaddon Road pitch in the summer to prevent the wear and tear that has made it look so poor this term… Baker said, ‘This is likely to be the final season of this arrangement. We have all been disappointed at the state of our award-winning playing surface and will be investing quite significantly in the close season. This was something we failed do last season.’
Baker had earlier voiced a number of misgivings about the deal, given the strains it has placed on a pitch. He said that, had the Robins been in the Football League or had the security of banking on promotion this season, they would have ended the agreement at the end of the current campaign. But in terms of the cash boost, not renewing the deal was too risky’