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Gloucester City to submit stadium plans within weeks

Flood pitch: photo by Neil Phelps
Meadow Park was hit by floods in 2007, shortly after ground renovations

Gloucester City will submit their planning application for a new stadium within two weeks.

The planned development will be set within the boundaries of the club's former stadium, Meadow Park, which was hit by floods in 2007.

Since then, the club have been without a home, forced to play fixtures at grounds all across Gloucestershire.

"There's still much work to be done but this gives us all a big lift," said Tigers chairman Nigel Hughes.

The Blue Square Bet North side initially moved to Forest Green Rovers' ground at New Lawn for a season after the extensive flooding in 2007 wrecked renovations to Meadow Park.

Manager David Mehew then found his side relocated to Cirencester Town's Corinium Stadium, before being forced to move to their current temporary base of Whaddon Road, home of Cheltenham Town, due to league restrictions on the Cirencester ground.

"It is something to work towards," added Hughes. "After almost four years of uncertainty about the club's future, and having to play our fixtures away from our city, I am delighted at this news.

"I am especially pleased for our supporters, who have throughout this very difficult time, been wonderfully supportive and extremely patient with us.

"It is also incredible to think that during this testing time we have managed to not only gain promotion, but have maintained our status at the highest level since the club was formed over 127 years ago."



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