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Gloucester City confirmed in Conference North

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: May 29, 2009

Gloucester City have been placed in Blue Square North next season

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GLOUCESTER City will play in Blue Square North after the Football Association confirmed the league structure for next season.

The decision means that David Mehew's men face 500 mile round trips to northern outposts such as Blyth Spartans and Workington Reds.

The increased travelling costs involved of operating in the northern division will seriously impact a club who are still without their own home ground.

A spokesman for the Football Association confirmed that Gloucester would be placed in Blue Square North while Worcester City, 30 miles to the north of Gloucester, will remain in the Blue Square South.

He said: “The league committee has agreed that a complete review of the current league boundary will take place during the course of next season.”

Gloucester City manager Dave Mehew said: "We hoped common sense would prevail but it hasn’t. Nobody wanted us to be in the North but now we are.

"There is a credit crunch going on and the league should have been sorted out this year."

The Tigers, who won promotion via the Southern League play-offs, were originally placed in the BlueSquare North owing to the complicated non-league pyramid structure.

Three of the four teams relegated from the Blue Square Premier are southern-based teams, creating an imbalance in the pyramid.

Because of that imbalance and due to the fact that there are two southern-based leagues feeding into Blue Square South, there is no space for Gloucester in Blue Square south.

In total there are five places created in each of the North and South divisions by promotion and relegation each season.

Relegated trio Woking, Weymouth and Lewes, along with Isthmian League champions Dover Athletic and play-off winners Staines Town, have been placed in Blue Square South.

All five teams are geographically south of Gloucester, resulting in the Tigers being placed in Blue Square North.

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    Shaun, Gloucester  |  June 03 2009, 12:46PM

    I can't believe it. The more shocking thing is what will happen next season? Imagine if 4 Southern Teams go down from the conference and 2 (Midland based) teams playing in Conference North get promoted. The M4 will be dividing line between North and South. Will Worcester still not move then? The only advise I can give Gloucester City is that we need to start looking north for our players now. There is enough quality players playing in teams in the South Midlands who would want to be promoted. Maybe we could do a deal with Worcester and trade some players for a season i.e. Bristol based players playing for Worcester and Birmingham based players playing for Glos?

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    Dave, Worcester  |  June 01 2009, 12:13PM

    Sorry guys but we are shunted from North to South last season and therefore are protected from being moved for 3 seasons. Without that stability we could not build a squad and be competative in either league. By the way I do not believe it would have made any difference if Farnborough had come up. Worcester could not be forced to move and did not want to change divisions again so soon so the F.A would have had no choice. It is a long way to Blyth and Workington I know, but if you aspire to play at a higher level then you will need to get used to travelling longer distances to support your team. I know it appears farcical that Gloucester will be in the North and Worcester in the South, but this situation was always going to happen when you have clubs in the middle of the country playing in a league divided into North and South. The best thing Gloucester City fans can do is stop complaining and get behind your team, because they will need all the support you can give them to make the step up. Also with teams having to travel a long way to play games at your place, you have a real opportunity to take advantage of their travel fatigue and make your home ground a fortress. Finally I wish you luck in your efforts to return to playing in Gloucester itself.

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    Rich, Gloucester  |  May 31 2009, 8:11PM

    When are we applying to join the Scottish 3rd Division

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    Brian, chelt  |  May 29 2009, 10:39PM

    Absolute joke. Worcester should have been moved.

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    THE FAMOUS FOREST BOY, GLOS  |  May 29 2009, 9:19PM


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    Caz, Chucklepoke  |  May 29 2009, 9:12PM

    Great - they were already risking losing players if they went in the South due to the trip times - now they definitely will be losing players. Football Association? Clucking Atrocious more like.

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    TIM BATEHUP, Tunbridge Wells kent  |  May 29 2009, 8:35PM

    my worst nitemare i wish they hadnt gone up now.fa dont give a toss about glos,if farnboro had gone up & not us they would have had 2 put worcs back in the north.i just hope u stay up & hopefully they will come 2 their senses & put us in the south.

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    Paul, Churchdown  |  May 29 2009, 7:10PM

    Pathetic decision by the FA which does not do the environment a favour but let's hope City do well and get into the Blue Square Premier at the end of it all.

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    Adam, T-Ender, Longlevens  |  May 29 2009, 5:40PM

    Ps -last comment of course is not aimed at the gracious and dignified john of cheltenham, who is obviously the exception - thank you john. My comment is aimed at the moronic messages that crop up below and against other articles.

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    Adam, T-Ender, Longlevens  |  May 29 2009, 5:32PM

    Firstly, how comical and unfortunate is it that there is such little interest in ch£lt£nh@m town that their 'fans' have to resort to adding needless comments against our stories. I guess they'd rather take interested in a promoted club than one that's on it's way down! Now to the important matter, the decision is a shame, especially if it impacts our income through less fans travelling with their northern clubs to our 'home' games. However, I am happy to settle for promotion and as usual we'll do it the hard way. That will only make our future success more rewarding and with boris at the helm I have every confidence there is more of that in store for the tigers!