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Gloucester City could have gone to Ulaanbaatar and back!

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: May 05, 2010

  • TRAVELS: City's players, including Neil Mustoe inset, could have visited the Genghis Kahn statue and other places of interest in Ulan Bator on their epic travels during the past season

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GLOUCESTER City could have made it to Outer Mongolia and back given the amount of travelling involved in Conference North this season.

The cumulative distance of City's travels throughout the entire season will be a mammoth 8,649 miles – the equivalent distance to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, and back.

The Tigers conclude their season with a trip to Bristol City in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup tonight, with the game offering something of a novelty to Bristol-based manager Dave Mehew.

"The fans have had to endure a lot, but it's been worse for the Bristol based lads like myself," said Mehew.

"We've been adding on 40 miles to every single trip to the North.

"It's cost us the odd player too, Luke Ballinger was one that didn't want to do the travelling. It's been tough but in a funny way we've all really enjoyed it."

Taking the Tigers' home at Meadow Park as a starting point, the suffering supporters have had to endure 43.8 mile round-trips just to watch home games at Cirencester's Corinium Stadium.

Simply to watch their team play in 23 home games in both League and Cup, supporters have racked up an incredible 1,007 miles.

Round trips to both Workington and Blyth both fall just short of 500 miles each, while only one of their away trips comes in at below 100 miles, the 93 mile hop to Redditch United.

Then if you factor in the unfortunate cup trips that have taken City to Lowestoft (462 mile round trip) and Truro (390 miles) twice, the distances soar.

City are still waiting on the final non-League promotions and relegations to be confirmed before the Football Conference decide on league placings for next term.

And Mehew is still hopeful that City will be given the green light to make the much-needed switch to Blue Square South.

"We have been speaking to the Football Association and have been giving them our thoughts," he said.

"Nuneaton have been promoted to Conference North so that helps, but it's all very complicated."

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