Crest of Gloucester City AFC

Gloucester City AFC

The Tigers

Gloucester City AFC, nicknamed “The Tigers,” is a non-league football club based in Hempsted, Gloucestershire.

Established in 1883, they currently compete in the Pitching In Southern Football League Premier South, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls New Meadow Park their home ground.

Founded in 1883 following Thomas H. Coleman’s initiative, Gloucester City has a storied history. Initially struggling, it reformed several times in the late 19th century, becoming officially known as Gloucester AFC in 1889. The club joined the Bristol and District League (later the Western League), influenced by player Percy Stout.

The ‘City’ title was adopted in 1902, and after a brief disbandment in 1910, the club re-emerged through Gloucester YMCA, maintaining a historic link to its origins. Gloucester City turned semi-professional in 1934-35 and relocated to new stadiums over the years, including Longlevens and Horton Road Stadium, before settling at Meadow Park in 1986.

The club experienced its best FA Cup run in the 1990s but faced challenges like the 2007 flooding of Meadow Park. This disaster led to seasons in exile but culminated in a triumphant promotion to Conference Football in 2009.

In 2010, a ground-sharing agreement with Cheltenham Town began, symbolizing a new cooperation era. By 2020, the club returned to its renovated TigerTurf Stadium.