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This, together with a historically good home record, contributes to the ground also being nicknamed 'Castle Grim'. In , the club announced it would be making an extension to Kingsholm, bringing the stadium capacity up to 16, This was mainly to comply with Premier Rugby's minimum seat number requirements.
The old main Grandstand which was both terracing and seating was later replaced by a new all seater structure, while terracing on the Worcester Street end of the ground was developed into an all seater stand, known as the 'Buildbase' stand at the time. In January , the club announced plans to redevelop The Shed terracing to all seater.
This was intended to enable the entire stadium to become all-seating. A large number of supporters did not want to see this happen under the proposals put forward by Gloucester Rugby, and a poster campaign under the name of 'Save Our Shed' or 'SOS' was initiated by the KSM, and sponsored by the Gloucester Citizen newspaper.
Posters were held up by supporters standing in the Shed, on camera during a televised Heineken Cup match against Leinster at Kingsholm.
T-shirts were also made independently by supporters, with the slogan 'Save Our Shed' printed on them. In September , chairman Tom Wilkinshaw confirmed there were plans for the Shed to be redeveloped, but it would remain as a terrace with an increased capacity of , with hospitality units above it.
This was intended to be shared with the local football side. Kingsholm was also suggested in October as a possible temporary home for Gloucester City after their stadium Meadow Park was flooded and then abandoned following the summer floods. In Gloucester Rugby announced that the Kingsholm Stadium will include a megastore and even museum.
According to local legend it was decided that the club's colour was to be entirely navy blue, yet on an away trip they realised they had forgotten to bring sufficient Navy strip for the entire team. Travelling en route via Painswick, they stopped off at the local rugby club and asked to borrow a strip. Painswick RFC loaned them 15 of their cherry-and-white jerseys, the Gloucester side went on to win the away fixture and failed to return the shirts to Painswick, adopting the colours as their own.
For the start of the —02 season the club introduced new shirts which no longer featured the cherry-and-white hoops, instead featuring a largely red shirt with white sleeves.
The hoops returned in the —04 season, with thin white hoops. As of the —06 season, the club moved away from traditional hoops again. The New Jersey was predominantly red, with white panelling on the side in a 'ladder' effect. This was dubbed the 'Spiderman' or 'Arsenal' kit by supporters. The new kit also abandoned the traditional navy blue shorts and socks, with the new design becoming all red. On the release of the —06 shirt there was a degree of disappointment in Gloucester Rugby's decision to move away from the hooped jersey again a design generally associated with traditional rugby shirts , as this was a dramatic move away from the classic Gloucester Rugby design.
On the back of this success, many of the Public Houses in the Kingsholm area also began selling shirts with the classic hoops. Although these shirts do not display the name 'Gloucester Rugby', due to copyright, the Hudson variety were labelled 'Gloucester Rugby Football Club' while the pub versions used the title 'Cherry and Whites'. Both designs used the traditional cherry-and-white hoops, with the title under the Gloucester city coat of arms. As such many of the fans who disapproved of the new original design were able to purchase this classic design instead.
A number of fans commented on the irony that whilst the new crest and shirt design were originally designed in order to prevent unofficial merchandise, they have in fact increased the number of fans turning to unofficial shirts.
Gloucester Rugby released its own, official, supporters shirt displaying the classic hooped design with the new club crest above the date of the club's inception ''.
For the start of the —10 season, the club returned the first team jersey design to the cherry-and-white hoops. In Gloucester revealed new logo. Between the —08 and the —11 seasons RugbyTech supplied their kits, and between the —12 season and the Kooga supplied the kits. Australian kit manufacturer XBlades are the current kit provider, since the season. On the front of the current shirt, Mitsubishi Motors is the main shirt sponsor  while Hartpury appears on each shoulder.
The Peel Group feature on the upper back. Stowford Press feature on the lower back of the shirt. Gloucester are referred to by fans and media alike as the Cherry and Whites , a reference to the club's colours.
Although this is not an official nickname, the club themselves regularly use the nickname in marketing and community messaging, as well as the players through social media.
In the club decided to abandon its "Cherry and Whites" nickname and changed themselves to Lions instead but no official change was made during the year. Another unofficial nickname for the club was "The Elver Eaters',  although that name is a distant memory mused over by the club's oldest and longest supporters. Sport all Most Read Most Recent. Gloucester Rugby Fan's view: Most Read Most Recent. Weather What you need to know as Met Office issues Storm Helene weather warning for Gloucestershire There could be power failures, travel delays and branches coming off trees in strong winds.
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How the Cherry and Whites stack up against their rivals ahead of fixture release day. Gloucester are expected to improve further in the Gallagher Premiership next season if you believe the bookmakers. With the Premiership fixtures for the season due to be released on Friday, a number of betting companies have released the title odds with the Cherry and Whites the fifth favourites. It seems as though the bookies think they will finish in the top half for the first time since the season but miss out on a play-off spot.
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