Our club had 33 seasons in the GNSL before going into the County League in 1968. Then came the Hellenic, The Southern League, The Conference and finally the 92, League football. What a proud history!
Back to 2023 and the Centenary. Phil Butterworth (the writer) and Phil Doble were invited to represent the club at a celebration dinner in Cheltenham in early June. There were over 150 present from all over the county and we sat with directors from Cheltenham, the two most senior clubs in the gathering. Colin Peake, FGR’s ex Managing Director, is the current president of the GNSL.
Paul Merson was the guest speaker on the night and he delighted the audience with tales of his very successful career and anecdotes about managers and players he associated with over the decades. There were insights into his days at Arsenal, Middlesborough, Villa and Walsall. His speech was full of humour but the greatest applause was for his conquering of his addiction to alcohol and gambling.
It was a privilege to be present at this centenary event and hear recollections of FGR’s participation in the GNSL before any of those present were born.