SUNDAY’S FA Cup with Budweiser meeting with Gloucester City with be the O’s first ever game against the Tigers, so leytonorient.com has done some digging to tell you all you need to know about the non-league club.
GLOUCESTER CITY FACTFILE
Nickname: The Tigers
Ground: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham (groundshare with Cheltenham Town FC)
Manager: David Mahew
HISTORY: Formed in 1883 as Gloucester, they had assumed the name of Gloucester City by 1925. After the Second World War, Gloucester joined the Southern Football League and went on to become the League’s longest serving members.
Their first honour in their new League came in the 1955/56 season when they overcame a 4-1 first leg deficit to defeat Yeovil Town in the final of the Southern League Cup. They moved grounds from Longlevens to Horton Park and then Meadow Park in 1986.
Under the management of Leroy Rosenior they reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy in 1996/97 before losing out to Dagenham & Redbridge, but financial struggles after that saw them almost go under, triggered by severe flooding of their Meadow Park home which had the stadium out of action for six weeks.
They bounced back and gained promotion to the Southern League Premier Division again in 2004, but another flood of the River Severn in 2007 saw them this time have to vacate their home.
First using Forest Green Rovers’ ground in exile, then Cirencester Town, the Tigers gained promotion to the Conference North, where they have remained ever since, despite still being in exile – now at Cheltenham Town.
FORM: The Tigers are currently 16th in Blue Square Bet North, having won four and drawn one of their 13 league games to date. They were defeated 3-2 at Corby Town on Wednesday, but enjoyed a convincing 3-0 win over Hinckley United at the weekend.
Forward Darren Edwards is in fine form in front of goal, having netted in each of the club’s last four matches. A prolific striker at non-league level, Edwards has previously scored goals for Tiverton Town, Mangotsfield United and more recently helped Bath City to promotion.
FA CUP RUN: The Tigers have had to battle through three rounds of qualifying to make it to his stage, securing their berth in the first round proper with a fourth qualifying round victory over Chippenham Town a little over a week ago.
Before that they saw off Eastleigh by the solitary goal and they defeated Thatcham Town 2-1 in the second qualifying round.
This is the first time in 23 years that the club have reached the first round of the FA Cup.
TICKETS: This is a pay on the gate fixture with prices set at £15 adults, £6 concessions (11-16yrs, 65+) and free of charge for under 11s accompanied by an adult.
GETTING THERE:By road – Follow the A40 into and through Charlton Kings, you will come to some lights where the Cirencester Road joins from left. Go straight on, but at next set of lights turn right into Hales Road. This is the B4075 (signposted Prestbury). After half a mile bear right, staying on B4075 as it becomes Priors Road. Take the next left into Whaddon Road, continue over a mini roundabout and the ground is on the right-hand side.
By rail – Cheltenham station is over two miles from the ground.