Cheltenham Town

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Factfile…

Nickname: The Robins

Founded: 1887

Manager: Michael Duff

Stadium: The Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Current league position: 3rd

Last season’s finish: 4th (League Two Play-Off Semi-Finalists)

Current top scorer: Alfie May (9 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Lewis Freestone

INTRODUCTION…

Founded in 1887, the club spent much of its early history competing in local football circles, before moving to the Birmingham Combination in 1932 and then the Southern League in 1935.

They spent the next 50 years in the Southern League, winning the Midland Division in 1982–83 and then claiming the Premier Division title in 1984–85.

They were subsequently promoted into the Alliance Premier League in 1985, where they remained for seven seasons until they were relegated in 1992. They finished as runners-up of the Southern League Premier Division for four of the next five seasons, and were promoted into the Conference in 1997.

Under the stewardship of Steve Cotterill, Cheltenham won the 1998 FA Trophy final and then secured promotion into the Football League for the first time after winning the Conference title in 1998–99.

He left the club after the 2001–02 season, having guided them to the FA Cup fifth round and promotion with victory in the 2002 Third Division play-off final.

Immediately relegated after one season in the Second Division, they secured another promotion as manager John Ward coached them to victory in the 2006 League Two play-off final.

Relegated after three seasons in the third tier, the club’s 16-year stay in the Football League ended with relegation back to the Conference in 2015. However, manager, Gary Johnson led Cheltenham to the Conference title with a 101 point tally in 2015–16, making them the first club in 26 years to secure an immediate return to the Football League as champions of the Conference.

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