Transcripts from the Minute Book of the Gloucester Football & Athletic Ground Company Ltd

Historic minutes dating from their earliest meetings, and in many cases complete with reports from local newspapers

Transcribed by John Cowen

Background

(by Malc King)

In January 1891, Gloucester had a home fixture at the Spa against Swansea, but on the morning of the match the ground was found to be frozen. Faced with the prospect of losing a major and lucrative fixture, officials and members fetched tons of salt in carts and spread it liberally across the pitch. Initially this seemed like a master stroke – the ground thawed, the match was played, and Gloucester won a famous victory. Thereafter the real cost became apparent – the grass died, the ground was described as having “the appearance of a newly ploughed piece of arable land”. The cricket club, which held the lease, were aghast, and it was agreed that the Rugby Club should leave the Spa. The Club had previously considered the desirability of having its own ground, but the idea had been shelved because it was thought to be beyond their means – now it was a necessity.

Four sites for the new ground were considered but one at Kingsholm was selected, and 7 acres of the Castle Grim estate were purchased for £4,400. A company was formed – the Gloucester Football and Athletic Ground Co Ltd – to make the purchase. It was registered on 12 Aug 1891, 3,000 £1 shares were issued, most being taken up by officials and supporters of the Rugby Club, and a £2,500 mortgage was taken out. For more than a century afterwards, these two bodies operated separately, but in close collaboration, one owning the ground and the Club leasing it. Many of the same people served as officers on the board/committee of each. The arrangement came to an end when Tom Walkinshaw bought out both.

The complete minutes for the Gloucester Football and Athletic Ground Co Ltd have been preserved and the originals can be viewed at the Gloucestershire Archives. We have also transcribed them so that they can be viewed on this website - see below.

Some of the minute books of the Rugby Club have also been preserved, and can also be viewed in the Gloucestershire Archives. We are in the process of summarising them into soft copy, and those completed so far can be viewed elsewhere on this website.

Downloads

Minutes_Book_Pt_104.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_104.pdf (234k)
An introduction and digest, compiled by John Cowen

Minutes_Book_Pt_1.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_1.pdf (92k)
1891 Certificate of Incorporation

Minutes_Book_Pt_2.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_2.pdf (200k)
Undated "History of the Club"; 1891 problems at The Spa; the search for a new ground; the opening of Kingsholm

Minutes_Book_Pt_3.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_3.pdf (54k)
1891 General Meeting of Shareholders

Minutes_Book_Pt_4.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_4.pdf (52k)
1891 Statutory Meeting of Shareholders

Minutes_Book_Pt_5.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_5.pdf (137k)
1892 Calling Notice for 1st AGM; 1st Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_6.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_6.pdf (165k)
1893 Calling Notice for 2nd AGM; 2nd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract from Citizen report

Minutes_Book_Pt_7.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_7.pdf (185k)
1894 Calling Notice for 3rd AGM; 3rd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract from Citizen report

Minutes_Book_Pt_8.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_8.pdf (190k)
1895 Calling Notice for 4th AGM; 4th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; newspaper report

Minutes_Book_Pt_9.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_9.pdf (194k)
1896 Calling Notice for 5th AGM; 5th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Gloucestershire Echo report; Citizen report

Minutes_Book_Pt_10.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_10.pdf (181k)
1897 Calling Notice for 6th AGM; 6th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Citizen report

Minutes_Book_Pt_11.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_11.pdf (207k)
1898 Calling Notice for 7th AGM; 7th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extracts from Gloucestershire Echo, Citizen, unknown periodical

Minutes_Book_Pt_12.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_12.pdf (193k)
1899 Calling Notice for 8th AGM; 8th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; 2 extracts from unknown periodicals

Minutes_Book_Pt_13.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_13.pdf (186k)
1900 Calling Notice for 9th AGM; 9th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Citizen extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_14.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_14.pdf (155k)
1901 Calling Notice for 10th AGM; 10th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Citizen extract; U/I periodical

Minutes_Book_Pt_15.pdf
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1902 Calling Notice for 11th AGM; 11th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; 2 U/I periodical extracts

Minutes_Book_Pt_16.pdf
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1903 Calling Notice for 12th AGM; 12th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; two U/I periodical extracts

Minutes_Book_Pt_17.pdf
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1904 Calling Notice for 13th AGM; 13th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Citizen extract; Gloucestershire Echo extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_18.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_18.pdf (263k)
1905 Calling Notice for Special General Meeting re the building of a gymnasium, training quarters, football club office, committee room, etc. Minutes of the meeting; extracts from U/I periodical and Cheltenham Chronicle & Gloucester Graphic.

Minutes_Book_Pt_19.pdf
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1905 Calling Notice for 14th AGM; 14th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract from U/I periodical

Minutes_Book_Pt_20.pdf
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1906 Calling Notice for 15th AGM; 15th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract from U/I periodical

Minutes_Book_Pt_21.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_21.pdf (196k)
1907 Calling Notice for 16th AGM; 16th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extracts prob from Citizen and Echo

Minutes_Book_Pt_22.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_22.pdf (179k)
1908 Calling Notice for 17th AGM; 17th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract from U/I newspaper

Minutes_Book_Pt_23.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_23.pdf (138k)
1909 Calling Notice for Special General Meeting re reduction of rent and other aspects of the terms of the tenancy; Minutes of the meeting; extract from the Citizen

Minutes_Book_Pt_24.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_24.pdf (226k)
1909 Calling Notice for 18th AGM; 18th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extracts from 2 U/I periodicals

Minutes_Book_Pt_25.pdf
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1910 Calling Notice for 19th AGM; 19th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extracts from 2 U/I periodicals

Minutes_Book_Pt_26.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_26.pdf (225k)
1911 Calling Notice for 20th AGM; 20th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extracts prob from Citizen and Echo

Minutes_Book_Pt_27.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_27.pdf (145k)
1912 Calling Notice for Special General Meeting re application for a reduction in rent and revision in other aspects of the terms of the tenency; Minutes of the meeting; extract prob from The Echo

Minutes_Book_Pt_28.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_28.pdf (225k)
1912 Calling Notice for 21st AGM; 21st Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; extract prob from The Echo

Minutes_Book_Pt_29.pdf
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1913 Calling Notice for 22nd AGM; 22nd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; U/I newspaper extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_30.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_30.pdf (202k)
1914 Calling Notice for 23rd AGM; 23rd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Echo extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_31.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_31.pdf (203k)
1915 Calling Notice for 24th AGM; 24th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; Special General Meeting re the effect of the War; prob Citizen extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_32.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_32.pdf (202k)
1916 Calling Notice for 25th AGM; 25th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Citizen extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_33.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_33.pdf (203k)
1918 Calling Notice for 26th AGM; 26th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Citizen extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_34.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_34.pdf (216k)
1918 Calling Notice for 27th AGM; 27th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; U/I newspaper extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_35.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_35.pdf (229k)
1919 Calling Notice for 28th AGM; 28th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; U/I newspaper extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_36.pdf
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1920 Calling Notice for 29th AGM; 29th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Echo extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_37.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_37.pdf (244k)
1921 Calling Notice for 30th AGM; 30th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Citizen extract

Minutes_Book_Pt_38.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_38.pdf (262k)
1922 Calling Notice for 31st AGM; 31st Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; prob Citizen and Echo extracts

Minutes_Book_Pt_39.pdf
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1923 Calling Notice for 32nd AGM; 32nd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_40.pdf
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1924 Calling Notice for 33rd AGM; 33rd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

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1925 Calling Notice for 34th AGM; 34th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

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1926 Calling Notice for 35th AGM; 35th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_43.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_43.pdf (306k)
1927 Calling Notice for 36th AGM; 36th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_44.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_44.pdf (293k)
1928 Calling Notice for 37th AGM; 37th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_45.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_45.pdf (295k)
1929 Calling Notice for 38th AGM; 38th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting; letter criticising the Balance Sheet

Minutes_Book_Pt_46.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_46.pdf (362k)
1930 Calling Notice for 39th AGM; 39th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_47.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_47.pdf (365k)
1931 Calling Notice for 40th AGM; 40th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_48.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_48.pdf (365k)
1932 Calling Notice for 41st AGM; 41st Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_49.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_49.pdf (359k)
1933 Calling Notice for 42nd AGM; 42nd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_50.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_50.pdf (324k)
1934 Calling Notice for 43rd AGM; 43rd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_51.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_51.pdf (284k)
1935 Calling Notice for 44th AGM; 44th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_52.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_52.pdf (284k)
1936 Calling Notice for 45th AGM; 45th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_53.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_53.pdf (303k)
1937 Calling Notice for 46th AGM; 46th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_54.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_54.pdf (373k)
1938 Calling Notice for 47th AGM; 47th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_55.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_55.pdf (371k)
1939 Calling Notice for 48th AGM; 48th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_56.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_56.pdf (373k)
1940 Calling Notice for 49th AGM; 49th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_57.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_57.pdf (372k)
1941 Calling Notice for 50th AGM; 50th Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_58.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_58.pdf (375k)
1942 Calling Notice for 51st AGM; 51st Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_59.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_59.pdf (387k)
1943 Calling Notice for 52nd AGM; 52nd Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_60.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_60.pdf (149k)
1945 Calling Notice for AGM; Annual Reports for 1944 & 1945; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_61.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_61.pdf (146k)
1946 Calling Notice for AGM; Annual Report; Minutes of the meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_62.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_62.pdf (20k)
1947 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_63.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_63.pdf (145k)
1948 Calling Notice for AGM; Annual Report; Minutes of Meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_64.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_64.pdf (148k)
1949 Calling Notice for AGM; Annual Report; Minutes of Meeting

Minutes_Book_Pt_65.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_65.pdf (18k)
1951 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_66.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_66.pdf (19k)
1953 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_67.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_67.pdf (64k)
1954 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_68.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_68.pdf (19k)
1955 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_69.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_69.pdf (18k)
1956 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_70.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_70.pdf (18k)
1957 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_71.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_71.pdf (18k)
1958 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_72.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_72.pdf (64k)
1959 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_73.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_73.pdf (63k)
1960 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_74.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_74.pdf (18k)
1961 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_75.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_75.pdf (18k)
1962 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_76.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_76.pdf (18k)
1963 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_77.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_77.pdf (65k)
1964 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_78.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_78.pdf (63k)
1965 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_79.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_79.pdf (62k)
1966 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_80.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_80.pdf (63k)
1967 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_81.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_81.pdf (62k)
1968 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_82.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_82.pdf (62k)
1969 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_83.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_83.pdf (62k)
1970 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_84.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_84.pdf (65k)
1971 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_85.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_85.pdf (62k)
1972 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_86.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_86.pdf (61k)
1973 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_87.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_87.pdf (64k)
1974 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_88.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_88.pdf (64k)
1975 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_89.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_89.pdf (64k)
1976 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_90.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_90.pdf (60k)
1977 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_91.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_91.pdf (64k)
1978 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_92.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_92.pdf (64k)
1979 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_93.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_93.pdf (64k)
1980 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_94.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_94.pdf (64k)
1981 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_95.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_95.pdf (65k)
1982 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_96.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_96.pdf (64k)
1983 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_97.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_97.pdf (64k)
1984 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_98.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_98.pdf (64k)
1985 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_99.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_99.pdf (64k)
1986 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_100.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_100.pdf (64k)
1987 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_101.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_101.pdf (64k)
1988 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_102.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_102.pdf (64k)
1989 AGM Minutes

Minutes_Book_Pt_103.pdf
Minutes_Book_Pt_103.pdf (64k)
1990 AGM Minutes

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