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Groundshare Agreed

28 March 2013

Gloucester City will share the Abbey Business Stadium again next season.

Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City have agreed on a groundshare deal which will see the non-league Tigers play their home matches here at the Abbey Business Stadium next season.

The agreement will be signed later today by chairman Paul Baker and Gloucester City's chairman Nigel Hughes.

A prerequisite of the signing was full settlement of the debt which has arisen in respect of this year’s agreement and that has now been received. The new agreement has been amended in the light of this year’s difficulties to further protect Cheltenham Town next season.

Commenting on the agreement Paul Baker said: "I am delighted that we have been able to extend our groundshare with Gloucester City for a further season.

"It is a good commercial arrangement for Cheltenham Town, especially in a difficult economic climate where the generation of sponsorship and other commercial income has been to say the least challenging. 

"I personally get on very well with Nigel Hughes and was quietly confident that we would be able to move forward in a positive way for the benefit of both clubs."

Gloucester play their football in the BlueSquare North division and are currently challenging for a top half finish. The Tigers have been groundsharing the Abbey Business Stadium for three years now and this new deal will see them through a fourth.

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