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PREVIEW: CHELTENHAM TOWN (A)

22 August 2019

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

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 lost their first game of their 2019/20 League Two campaign on Tuesday night following a bizarre decision to not rule out Northampton’s winner. Andy Williams crashed in off the crossbar despite clearly starting in an offside position.

Before that, Town’s points return from their first three games saw them top the division after an Eoin Doyle debut goa earnt them a draw at Exeter City.

Swindon will be backed, once again, by over a thousand away supporters, selling out their away allocation on Tuesday this week.

The Oppo

Last time these two sides met, Cheltenham’s Michael Duff has steered the (other) Robins clear of relegation to 16th in the division and vastly improved their style and efficiency.

His side’s home form is very positive – their win at Whaddon Road on Tuesday, over Carlisle was their 13th game unbeaten on home soil. Their last loss at the Johnny-Rocks Stadium came back in January against now-promoted Tranmere.

Cheltenham have scored six goals so far this season, the exact same number as Swindon - they have been scored by six different goalscorers.

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

27 Apr 2019        Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town          L              3-2          League Two

The Gaffer

Cheltenham’s Town most successful youth product returned to where it all began last 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 well-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 last season, and he was announced as Gary Johnson’s replacement, returning to Cheltenham to take on his first managerial role in the game. After taking the hot seat, he guided the Robins to 16th place in the table, safe of the predicted relegation battle he inherited.

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Match Reports

REPORT: CHELTENHAM TOWN 2-2 SWINDON TOWN

24 August 2019

Ten-man Swindon were twice pegged after taking the lead as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Cheltenham.

Eoin Doyle scored his second and third in three games for the club in a frantic first half that saw Chris Hussey and Luke Varney equalise twice for the hosts.

The officials were called into question once again, after a terrible decision cost Town on Tuesday against Northampton, with Mathieu Baudry’s second-half header disallowed by the officials for offside.

Michael Doughty was sent off with 20 minutes to play after a rash challenge left referee, Trevor Kettle with no choice but to send the midfielder off.

First Half

Town couldn’t have started the game much better. After not scoring a goal in the first half so far this season, Eoin Doyle decided to put that right six minutes in. Lloyd Isgrove clipped to the back post where the Irishman showed calm and a clinical edge to chest and volley into the back of the net.

However, despite dominating the next 15 minutes, Swindon were pegged back. Chris Hussey was free at the back post after an over-hit cross, and drilled in from the left-hand corner of the area.

What followed was a period of high-temp, high-turnover football. Neither side was allowing the other any time on the ball and chances came more through pinball than possession.

But Town with their next chance on 33 minutes took the lead again and it was the same combination that did the trick. Lloyd Isgrove twisted and turned his man on the right-hand side, curled a vicious cross in to the six-yard box where Doyle hammered home for his and Swindon’s second.

Once again, though, the next chance of the game had the two Robins level again. Luke Varney nipped across the front post and nodded a quick header past Luke McCormick.

Second Half

Town’s first effort of the second period came on 51 minutes – Doughty was fouled and took the subsequent free-kick himself. However, his low, drilled effort was just wide of Scott Flinders’ goal.

And eight minutes later, Mathieu Baudry had the ball in the back of the net. However, Trevor Kettle’s whistle disallowed the goal for offside, disappointing the Robins just as much as the lack of whistle and flag had infuriated them on Tuesday against Northampton.

The real flash point of the second half came with 20 minutes to go – Michael Doughty, rashly, flew into a tackle and caught the Cheltenham midfielder high on his leg leaving Kettle with no choice but to send him off.

The rest of the half past without much goal-mouth action aside from Ellis Iandolo’s diving header late on that he was always stretching to get.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | CHELTENHAM TOWN (A)

5 August 2019

Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town

Saturday 24th August 3pm

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against Cheltenham on Saturday 24th August 2019. We have been allocated the Hazelwood’s stand (behind goal) and Colin Farmer stand (side stand)

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

 

Ticket Category

 

 

 

Pricing

 

Adult

 

 

 

£22

 

Over 65 / Student

 

 

 

£16

 

Under 18

 

 

£8

 

Disabled

 

 

Age related

 

Supporters have until 12pm Friday 23rd August 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

260 + points  – 9am Monday 5th August

General Sale – 9am Monday 12th August

For wheelchair tickets please contact Swindon Town

How to Book

Online @ www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown

In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2

 

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