CLOSE UP: Cheltenham Town

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Cheltenham Town

Most recent campaign:

A mid-table finish for Cheltenham Town who recovered from a shaky start that saw Gary Johnson replaced by Michael Duff to finish in 16th position with 15 wins, 12 draws and 19 defeats. They reached the second round of both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Head Coach:

Michael Duff – The Burnley legend made his return to Gloucestershire to take up his first managerial position on September 10. He made over 300 appearances at Cheltenham Town as a player but found the adjustment to management initially difficult, failing to win in his opening nine league matches but 13 wins and seven draws followed in the next 30 matches to show a clear improvement.   


Star Man:

Luke Varney – The veteran forward didn’t join the Town until September 28, following a trial, but the former-Leeds United man impressed with 14 league goals in 30 appearances as he was named Player of the Season. At 36, Varney will be looking to use his experience to fire Cheltenham Town further next season. 


Transfer Business:

It has been a quiet start to the window so far for the Robins but Charlie Raglan has completed his permanent move to Whaddon Road. The 26-year-old defender joined on loan from Oxford United in January and made 26 appearances in the latter half of the season and has subsequently earned a full-time move. 


Whaddon Road is a 7,066 mixed terrace and seating stadium. Two stands – Hazlewoods Stand and Colin Farmer Stand – are all-seated while the Liberty Mutual Insurance Stand and Jelf Stand are terraced. The away fans are usually located in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is located behind one of the goals and can hold up to 1,100 people.

Last Meeting:

Leyton Orient 0-1 Cheltenham [League Two – February 25, 2017]

The O’s fell to a Carl Winchester strike in the first half when they last welcomed Cheltenham Town to the Breyer Group Stadium. 

A frenetic opening period saw Nigel Atangana go close for the O’s on two occasions before a Winchester snapshot beat Sam Sargeant in the home goal. Callum Kennedy missed a second-half penalty that could have seen the O’s level.