Gloucester City have been told that ‘the clock is ticking’ as they look to secure a base for next season, following overtures made from current landlords Cheltenham Town that they do not wish to host their home games next season.
The Tigers have been in exile from Gloucester for just short of ten years, and have spent the majority of this time at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road stadium. However, it now looks likely that they will have to find a new temporary home ahead of their move back to Gloucester in 2018 to a fully updated and modernised Meadow Park.
Gloucester City do have options – a possible move back to Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn stadium or a ground-share at Hereford FC are the most likely. Cinderford Town, Cirencester Town and Evesham United have not been completely ruled out as potential temporary homes either, but these would all need substantial work done in order to get them up to the required standard if Gloucester City do not wish to be demoted to the Southern League.
Three grounds which have ruled out, due to prohibitive costs, are Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium, Swindon Town’s County Ground and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium. Smaller local grounds such as Lydney Town, Tuffley Rovers and Longlevens have also been ruled out due to the sheer expense of getting them up to the required standard as well.
Gloucester City will need to inform the National League management of their plans for next season by Friday, 31st March or risk possible demotion to the Southern League. It is hoped that a solution can be found for he Tigers early in the New Year.