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Gloucester City and Cheltenham Town agree extension to Whaddon Road groundshare

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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GLOUCESTER City have agreed a deal with landlords Cheltenham Town that will see the Tigers groundshare at Whaddon Road for a fifth successive season.

As revealed in the Citizen last month, the Tigers were keen to press ahead with an agreement to stay at the Abbey Business Stadium regardless of what division they are in next season.

Football Conference rules state that any groundshare agreement must be signed-off by March 31 for a team to keep its place in the league for the following season.

So despite the Tigers currently being embroiled in a battle to avoid the drop from Skrill North, an extension to the £45,000 per-year deal has been agreed by the two clubs.

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Welcoming the move, Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker said the business case for the extended deal made it an easy agreement to sign.

“I am delighted to have agreed an extension for a further season,” Baker said.

“It makes very good business sense for the club to maximise its assets in this way and despite the additional wear and tear the extra revenue generated is very welcome indeed.

“The relationship between the two clubs has never been better and I am pleased that we have been able to work together for our mutual benefit.”

Baker shook hands on the deal with new Gloucester chairman Stuart Pike before City’s 2-0 win against Histon at the Abbey Business Stadium on Tuesday night.

Pike hopes that by having everything sorted off the pitch, the Tigers can now throw all their energy into their on-pitch battle to avoid the drop.

“I wish to put on record a big thank you to Paul Baker and Cheltenham Town for their assistance,” Pike said.

“With this agreement signed and in place Gloucester City can move forward and concentrate on the rest of this season and feel confident we have a home at the Abbey Business Stadium for next season.

“The positive relationship between our two Gloucestershire clubs has shown that football is the winner here and both clubs will benefit.”

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