Tag: Cheltenham Town

Tranmere Rovers & Cheltenham Town Stare Into The Abyss

The lights went out over Prenton Park and Whaddon Road last weekend. After ninety-four and sixteen years respectively, Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town fell through the trapdoor at the bottom of the Football League on Saturday, and both will start next season, quite possibly still a little chastened from the whole experience, in the Football Conference, or, as it will be known after a summer’s worth of rebranding, the National League. The Football League Show will cease to be much of a relevance on Saturday evenings. The League Cup and The Johnstones Paint Trophy will be replaced by the...

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The Changing Fortunes Of Cheltenham Town

A plum FA Cup tie away at Tottenham Hotspur, an unbeaten run away from home
and whispers of a promotion push – when did all start going so right
 for Cheltenham Town? From the dark months of the Martin Allen era which saw the manager
 leave under a cloud after unproven accusations of racism levelled at him by a nightclub bouncer and a precarious escape from the drop zone the Robins (or the Rubies are they are known this season due to their special 125th anniversary kit) have had a remarkable change in fortunes both on and off the pitch. Where a couple of seasons ago the Robins were in the red, struggling financially, worrying about the ground and the future and recording losses of £826,898 (in 2009) they are now in a position where chairman Paul Baker was able to report that the club should record a small profit in the next year – a week before they were awarded the FA Cup pay-day against Spurs. With the club’s all time record of eight wins away from home on the trot recently matched and nestled comfortably in third place in League 2 it all seems to be going right for Cheltenham Town. So how has a club which was precariously close to administration developed a golden touch in such short space of time? It’s not all down to luck – prudent signings, canny deals and...

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In Exile: Gloucester City’s Lessons In Groundsharing

As part of 200%’s series about Britain’s lost football grounds we look at Gloucester City, a club without a home ground since 2007. Unlike many other club’s in their league Gloucester City own their own ground, its just they can’t use it at the moment. They haven’t been able to play at Meadow Park for almost four years. The Tigers weren’t the victims of property developers, megalomaniac chairmen or greedy landlords. It was the might of the River Severn, which forced them from Meadow Park in July 2007 Four years on and Gloucester are still enjoying a nomadic existence with their third groundshare about to enter its second year, after a season at the Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn and two at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium the Tigers are now playing at the Abbey Business Stadium, home of Cheltenham Town. A planning application for a new ground back in Gloucester is in but realistically the Tigers won’t be home for a year or so yet (I covered the plans a bit here and since then the update is, well…there is no update really.) Hayes and Yeading fans, preparing for a year of groundsharing as Beaconsfield Road’s revamp is finished will have transport laid on to Woking’s ground to encourage them to keep the faith during the season away, the Tigers’ Supporters Trust has done the same for City fans...

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Bananas, Banter And Blowtorches – The Julian Alsop Story

Shortly before 5pm this afternoon a 37-year-old man burnt a pair of football boots in a field in Gloucestershire and in doing so brought the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years and almost as many clubs. Julian Alsop headed home a last-minute equaliser in Bishop Cleeve’s Zamaretto South and West season finale against North Leigh shortly before he took a blowtorch to his boots, ending his last game in typically flamboyant style. That he chose to end his playing days at Cleeve is testament to his loyalty to Villagers’ boss Paul Collicut, who encouraged him to up his fitness during his last spell there ultimately leading to Alsop rejoining Cheltenham Town, beating the all time goals record and sealing his position as a Robins legend. Having missed much of this season due to ‘rubbish ankles’ Alsop has called it a day, but what a career it’s been; starting off in non-league in the midlands he can count Bristol Rovers, Swansea City and Northampton Town among his former clubs, although he didn’t turn pro until he was 23. He achieved infamy at Oxford United, after he was sacked for an incident with a youth team player. The incident earned him chants and nicknames, but according to Jules he rubbed the banana in the lad’s face, that was it, end of story. Almost six years later...

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