Since 2010 the Non-League game has offered an annual day of celebration for clubs outside the top levels of the game and as the 2019 event arrives Tuffley Rovers will be looking to build on their recent good form and celebrate in style, as they entertain Holmer Green FC in the uhlsport Hellenic League.
Having been handed a home fixture to accompany the international break - which is used as to determine the scheduling of Non-League Day - the Glevum Park outfit will go into their latest league game full of confidence, after a comprehensive win over high-flying Binfield last weekend.
Rovers have bolstered their squad by adding former Cheltenham Town Academy player Ollie Price (pictured left) to their squad - on a transfer from Herefordshire club Westfields - whilst they will also welcome back Ben Prictor and Jake Rhodes, as 12th host 17th in the league.
Manager Mark Pritchett was particularly pleased to secure Price’s signing, with leading scorer likely to return to Yate Town after a spell with Tuffley. “I’m delighted to get Ollie on board”, he confirmed. “Coxy [Assistant Manager, Richard Cox] has worked with him before and has had some great things to say about him. He will fit straight into what we’re try to do here and he’s scored goals at this level with Westfields so he has experience, meaning he is not someone we are taking a gamble on”.
Having completed the move from another Hellenic League side, Price has confirmed, he is looking forward to getting started with his new club. “I can't wait to get started and enjoy my football. I believe I have a lot to offer and looking forward to be part of this young and exciting Tuffley squad.”
The club are keen to encourage a good attendance to help celebrate all that is good about the Non-League game, so are offering ‘Pay What You Want’ admission to all visitors to Glevum Park on Saturday afternoon. This means that the entry fee is determined by the spectator, so they can gain free admission or contribute as much as they like; or anything in-between!
“We’d have liked to consider some different arrangements for Non-League Day, but the fixture came through at fairly short notice so there wasn’t the opportunity” Football Chairman Neil Spiller (pictured right) explained. “However, in a week when we’ve had local newspaper reports confirming that Podsmead, the community area adjoining our ground, is amongst the most deprived in the UK, it seems right to offer people the opportunity to watch one of our games and make the financial contribution which is within their means. We want to offer the opportunity for everyone to be a part of the club and enjoy football at this level.”
The visitors will make the long journey to Gloucester with just one league victory to their name this season, on a run of eight consecutive defeats in all competitions and without a victory in any competition since 3 September, although they appear to have been buoyed by the appointment of a new manager and have added several new players to their squad.