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PREVIEW: CHELTENHAM TOWN (A)

24 April 2019

Swindon head to Cheltenham looking to end their unwanted record of never having won at Cheltenham.

The Robins head to Whaddon Road having not picked up a single win against their League Two counterparts since they first met in 2002.

Richie Wellens’ side are all but out of the play-off picture with five points to make up on seventh, with two games to go.

The Oppo

Cheltenham are 16th in League Two – safe from relegation and with no hope of making the top half. After their early-season form, many had tipped them for a long season as part of the division’s relegation battle but Michael Duff has pulled them away from the bottom two and comfortably into lower mid-table.

The Robins have not won in April – drawing three times and losing once – that loss came on Bank Holiday Monday, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Jim Bentley’s Morecambe.

Head-to-head

03 Mar 2009       Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town         D             2-2          League One

13 Aug 2011        Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town          L              1-0          League Two

10 Mar 2012       Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town         W            1-0          League Two

08 Nov 2014        Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town          L              5-0          FA Cup

07 Oct 2017         Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town          L              2-1          League Two

10 Mar 2018       Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town         L              0-3          League Two

22 Dec 2018        Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town         D             0-0          League Two

The Gaffer

Cheltenham’s Town most successful youth product returned to where it all began in September when he was appointed as the club’s new manager.

A central defender or right back who made over 600 career appearances, Michael Duff has progressed from life as a youngster in non-league football at Cheltenham, to a career spent playing in the Premier League for Burnley, where he earned legendary status at Turf Moor.

Duff made over 300 appearances in a lengthy stay at Cheltenham at the beginning of his career which saw him help the club gain promotion to the Football League – scoring the winning goal that sealed the Robins promotion to League football.

His stand out form in Gloucestershire caught the eye of clubs from a higher level, and in the summer of 2004 he joined Burnley and again went on to enjoy a highly regarded and lengthy spell.

It was also towards the end of his time at Cheltenham and through his time at Burnley that he gained international honours. In total he made 24 appearances for Northern Ireland – the country of his birth having been born in Belfast.

When his playing days came to an end, after helping Burnley regain promotion to the Premier League, he was appointed to the coaching staff in the Academy set-up, eventually going on to become under-23s manager.

It was a position he held until the Cheltenham role became available in the early part of the season, and he was announced as Gary Johnson’s replacement, returning to Cheltenham to take on his first managerial role in the game. Since taking the hot seat, he has guided the Robins to 16th place in the table, safe of the predicted relegation battle.

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Match Reports

REPORT: CHELTENHAM 3-2 SWINDON TOWN

27 April 2019

Swindon’s late charge was too little, too late as Cheltenham prevailed 3-2 winners at Whaddon Road in Town’s final away game of the 2018/19 campaign.

Theo Robinson and Marc Richards grabbed late goals but a well below par first-half performance put the home side beyond reach.

Luke Woolfenden opened the scoring at the wrong end putting the ball past Luke McCormick on 25 minutes before Billy Waters doubled the Robins’ lead four minutes later.

Kevin Dawson poked home with ten minutes remaining of the first half which ultimately proved to to be the winner.  

First Half

It’d be unavoidable to call this one of, or the, worst halves of football that Town have played this season. Despite pushing the ball around well in the first 10 minutes only Kyle Bennett and Kaiyne Woolery could muster shots – both from outside the penalty area.

On 25 minutes, Luke Woolfenden was the unfortunate man to turn into his own goal to put the home side ahead.

Five minutes later, Billy Waters added a second from close range and Swindon’s poor first half went from bad to worse when Kevin Dawson poked in with ten minutes until the break.

Second Half

The game, after the break, looked set to peter out without much change to the scoreline – there was not much goalmouth action to report on at all in fact.

That was until the 83rd minute when the simplest of lofted passes from Canice Carroll found Theo Robinson 12 yards out, in the penalty area, and he coolly slotted home.

A late charge was in the offing with Town looking to restore some pride – Marc Richards gave the away supporters behind the goal real hope of a result injury time.

After Robinson was denied a second by Flinders in the Cheltenham goal, Richards reacted well to bounce the ball in.

Ultimately, it was too little too late for Town who left Whaddon Road still yet to win there.

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Ticket News

CHELTENHAM TICKET INFORMATION

10 April 2019

Saturday 27th April - 15:00 KO

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against Cheltenham on Saturday 27th April 2019. We have been allocated the Hazelwood’s stand and Colin Farmer stand.

Please note this game is ALL Ticket and no tickets will be available on the day to away supporters.

 

 

Ticket Category

 

 

 

Seating

 

Adult

 

 

 

£21

 

Over 65

 

 

 

£15

 

Under 18 / Students

 

 

£7

 

Disabled

 

 

Age-related

 

Supporters have until 12pm Friday 26th April to purchase tickets for this fixture.

All tickets not collected from STFC will be taken up to Cheltenham by our official coach travel for supporters to collect on match day.

Priority Windows

275 + points  – 9am Thursday 11th April

260 + points – 9am Tuesday 16th April

General Sale – 9am Monday 22nd April

 For wheelchair tickets please contact Cheltenham

How to Book

Online @ www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown

In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2

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