Club Profile

Cheltenham Town

Kind of a “while you’re out there” way to add some football to a Cotswolds visit.

LOCATION: Cheltenham is two hours west of London’s Paddington Station.

CONTACT: ctfc.com, 01242 573558, #CTFC

NICKNAMES: The Robins

History

The club was formed in the 1880s and spent 50 years in regional leagues before turning pro in the 1930s and spending the next 50 years in the Southern League. They made the fifth tier (now National League) in the 1980s and then, under manager Steve Cotterill, made the Football League in 1999. In 1998 they won the FA Trophy and had their best-ever…

Rivalries

These days it’s mainly about Forest Green Rovers, some 20 miles away in Nailsworth. For this season, Rovers are also in League One. In older times it would have been local neighbors Gloucester City and Hereford, now three leagues below them in the

Women's Team

Cheltenham Town Ladies are unfortunately called the Robinesses, but they had a big season last year. They won their league and regional cup, so this year they are in the FA Women’s National League at tier 3. See ctlfc.com for…

Songs

A few years back the team recorded one called “Cotswold Pride” for an FA Trophy run, but everybody seems to act like that never

Stadium

Their ground is called Whaddon Road—officially the fantastic Jonny-Rocks Stadium, named for a local limo service—and holds 7,066, most of it seating but with a couple of terraces. The main stand is the Jelf Stand, where you find the ticket office, bar, and club shop. The away fans will be just to the right of this stand, in the all-seated…

Going to a Game at Cheltenham Town

GETTING THERE: It’s about two miles from the station, so a taxi may be the best bet. The walk is just over an hour, adding a swing through Pittville Park on the way (see Around Town). PUBS: There’s a bar in the ground, but a steward in the car park recommended the Sudeley Arms as a proper pub. It was closed, so we can’t report on it, but it…

Cheltenham Town Tickets

Last we saw it was £16 to stand and £21 to sit.

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