Gloucester City confirmed in Conference North
GLOUCESTER City will play in Blue Square North after the Football Association confirmed the league structure for next season.
The decision means that David Mehew's men face 500 mile round trips to northern outposts such as Blyth Spartans and Workington Reds.
The increased travelling costs involved of operating in the northern division will seriously impact a club who are still without their own home ground.
A spokesman for the Football Association confirmed that Gloucester would be placed in Blue Square North while Worcester City, 30 miles to the north of Gloucester, will remain in the Blue Square South.
He said: “The league committee has agreed that a complete review of the current league boundary will take place during the course of next season.”
Gloucester City manager Dave Mehew said: "We hoped common sense would prevail but it hasn’t. Nobody wanted us to be in the North but now we are.
"There is a credit crunch going on and the league should have been sorted out this year."
The Tigers, who won promotion via the Southern League play-offs, were originally placed in the BlueSquare North owing to the complicated non-league pyramid structure.
Three of the four teams relegated from the Blue Square Premier are southern-based teams, creating an imbalance in the pyramid.
Because of that imbalance and due to the fact that there are two southern-based leagues feeding into Blue Square South, there is no space for Gloucester in Blue Square south.
In total there are five places created in each of the North and South divisions by promotion and relegation each season.
Relegated trio Woking, Weymouth and Lewes, along with Isthmian League champions Dover Athletic and play-off winners Staines Town, have been placed in Blue Square South.
All five teams are geographically south of Gloucester, resulting in the Tigers being placed in Blue Square North.
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