Cheltenham Town negotiate new Gloucester City ground share

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Cheltenham have let Gloucester City share their Whaddon Road home for five years

Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City have agreed to renew their groundshare until the end of next season.

Gloucester's Meadow Park home was destroyed by flooding in 2007 and the non-league club moved into Whaddon Road three years later, after time playing at Cirencester and Forest Green.

Re-development work has not yet started on the Tigers' old ground.

Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker said he was reluctant to continue to share but had agreed an "improved deal".

Gloucester City's flooded ground
Gloucester City's Meadow Park home was destroyed by flood water in 2007

The Robins are currently second-bottom in League Two and are on their third management team of the season.

"We have to be pragmatic and make sure we get the maximum revenue we can," Baker told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"Financially it's a good deal for us. Everyone will have their opinions on the affect it's had on our pitch, which used to be our pride and joy, but we have to run it as a business.

"Had we been sure of our Football League status, we wouldn't be having these discussions."

"But we don't know what division we're going to be in next season. If we do get relegated, finances will be a critical issue."

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