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Gloucester City look at groundshare with Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town's Whaddon Road ground
Cheltenham's Whaddon Road home has a current ground capacity of 7,000

Cheltenham Town are in talks with near neighbours Gloucester City over a possible groundshare at Whaddon Road.

City, who have been homeless since Meadow Park was flooded in the summer of 2007, are due to complete their second season at Cirencester in May.

But Robins chairman Paul Baker told BBC Gloucestershire: "It's early days. I've had a meeting with Gloucester's Eamonn McGurk and it was a good conversation."

"Gloucester approached us and we can both see positives out of it."

Cheltenham, who last played in the same league as Gloucester since 1997, almost became landlords to Bristol Rovers in 2008.

But the proposed redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium was deferred. And Baker confirmed that the club explored the possibility of either Evesham or Gloucester City sharing Whaddon Road at that time.

Now, with Cheltenham's crowds having dipped below 3,000, Baker feels it is an option that has to be looked at, even though the historical rivalry between the clubs runs deep.

"Clubs have got to look at revenue streams and we have got to get our sums right," added Baker.

"There will be a lot of discussion amongst the supporters. My heart is with Cheltenham and always will be but I wish City well.

"I don't take the negative view and, if they can't see a positive, then that's sad.

"It's a better stadium and better pitch to play on, and it's only a temporary situation."

Blue Square North side City, who played the 2007-08 season at Forest Green, are due to complete a second season at Cirencester.

At that stage, their agreement at the Corinium Stadium comes to an end.

But their long term hope remains a return to play in Gloucester, possibly on a Meadow Park site redeveloped to take account of the possible flood risk.

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