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We've Met Before - Cheltenham Town

10 July 2014

Cheltenham Town were formed in 1887, the same year as the Chairboys. The Robins play at the Abbey Business Stadium or Whaddon Road as it is more commonly known, which has a capacity of 7,266.

The club spent its first three decades playing local football before turning professional in the 1930s. After briefly flirting with the Conference in the 1980s they were again promoted to the fifth tier in 1997 before gaining promotion to the Football League for the first time in 1997 under manager Steve Cotterill.

The turn of the century then saw the Gloucestershire outfit reach the Third Division (now League One) for the first time in the club’s history but Cotterill left for Stoke City soon after. After troublesome periods under Graham Allner and Bobby Gould, resulting in relegation back to the fourth tier, John Ward was appointed as manager.

The away end that currently stands at Whaddon Road was opened in the 2005/06 season, which was also the year the Robins reached Wembley and beat Grimsby 1-0 after earlier defeating Wycombe 2-1 on aggregate in the League Two playoffs.

Ward left for Carlisle after a disappointing start to the next campaign and Keith Downing also enjoyed a mixed spell in charge. Martin Allen then took charge in his typically enigmatic style before being placed on gardening leave and subsequently replaced by current manager Mark Yates in 2009.

Yates led the club to 17th in his debut season but made an impact after that, taking the Robins to Wembley but Cheltenham were defeated 2-0 by Crewe Alexandra in the League Two play-off final. The following campaign was another successful season but after a twenty game unbeaten home run the club again lost in the play-offs, this time over two legs to Northampton Town.

A disappointing campaign last time out ended with Cheltenham finishing 17th in League Two. Yates has began making changes with Sam Deering, Ed Williams, Connor Roberts and Jamie Cureton leaving the club after the expiry of their contracts. Sido Jombati was also released before joining Wycombe and goalkeeper Scott Brown signed for Aberdeen, while Jason Taylor was transfer listed. Incoming transfers to date are Lee Vaughan, Asa Hall, Paul Black, Andy Haworth and ex-Bury and Portsmouth goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Wycombe travel to Whaddon Road on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

The return fixture at Adams Park is on Saturday 11th April 2015.

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