GLOUCESTER City’s new look will be on display both on and off the pitch tomorrow night when the Tigers throw open their doors and ask supporters to pay what they want.
There will be no admission charge for the Tigers’ game against Histon (7.45pm) with fans only required to donate what they wish to gain entry to the ground.
The Tigers opened their doors for their home game against Colwyn Bay last season as they sought to generate quick funds after being plunged into a financial crisis.
A crowd in excess of 600 clicked through the turnstiles that night, raising £5,500 in much-needed revenue, and the club are hoping for similar tomorrow.
However, this time around the club aren’t in the grip of a cash crisis and the revenue gained from the game could even see boss Dave Mehew’s playing budget swelled.
Mehew has brought in four new players in the past two weeks and every penny raised above a £3,000 threshold it will go straight into the playing budget.
So as well as seeing new boys Charlie Griffin and Nat Jarvis, as well as returning stars Jordan Goddard and Adam Mann in their first games, the fans could make a real difference.
Off the field, sponsors and dignitaries from the city and county council will be given a chance to see the progress the club is making off the field.
The Mayor of Gloucester, Chris Chatterton, city council leader Paul James and a host of other of his other political friends and adversaries will be in attendance to see how their city’s club is coping.
Club consultant Colin Peake said that by throwing open the doors to fans, businesses, sponsors and politicians, the Tigers get the chance to showcase just how much they’ve changed in the past year.
“It’s a chance for us to thank everyone who has helped us over the past year, and also a chance to try and attract new sponsors as well,” Peake said.
“But it’s also a chance for the club to showcase what they are about to businesses and the normal fans around the city too, to show they have a club to be proud of.”
Prior to the game Tigers chairman Stuart Pike will sign a new sponsorship deal with EDF Energy that will see the Barnwood-based company help the Tigers with their travel costs.
Aside from player wages, the costs of transporting the team throughout Conference North represents the largest bill the club have to pay.
Pike who took on the role of chairman from Nigel Hughes at the turn of the year, said that attracting a company such as EDF, showed the positive progress the club has made in the last year.
“Slowly behind the scenes at the club, much has been going on unseen and the addition of EDF is a testament to the hard work, which has seen a transformation over the past 12 months,” he said.
Stuart Crooks, managing director of EDF Energy Generation, said the company was thrilled to doing its bit to help another part of the wider Gloucester community.
And with plans for a scaled-down stadium at Meadow Park nearing the stage where the club can apply for planning permission, EDF are happy to help.
“I am heartened to see Gloucester City Football Club recovering after its recent setbacks,” Crooks said.
“It hopefully means that the club can concentrate its efforts on developing a new home and so secure the club’s long term future.”
City’s game against Barrow on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
The club made the decision early on Saturday morning so as to prevent the Cumbrians a long and wasted journey from the North West.