City came agonisingly close to securing a second consecutive promotion in 1983/84, missing out only on goals scored. Undeterred by narrow failure, and galvanised by the arrival of player-manager Brian Horton, the Tigers moved from the third tier to the second, taking the third and final Division Three promotion spot.
Local lad Andy Flounders made 39 league appearances in 1984/85, and his 14 goals represented his best ever tally for the Tigers. Flounders wore this number 7 shirt and has signed it in biro on the front hem. City’s 1984-86 shirt was an update of the matte amber with red pinstripes 1982-84 jersey, using two tones of amber, one matte and one shiny between the pinstripes.
City’s partnership with Florida based airline Arrow Air, which began with a two leg, home and away tie against Tampa Bay Rowdies for the company’s eponymously named trophy, continued in 1984/85 via shirt sponsorship.