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Preview: Swindon Town (H)

8 November 2019

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The FA Cup arrives at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday as Cheltenham Town get set to take on Swindon Town in the first round (kick-off: 3pm).

Michael Duff's side take a break from League Two commitments to take on one of the club's own league rivals as Swindon make the short trip from Wiltshire to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

It'll be the second meeting between the clubs this season, and with both teams flying high at the top end of the fourth tier, it's no doubt going to be a tight clash to see which side will progress to the second round.

Save £3 on match tickets by buying in advance online with no booking fee before 11am on Saturday. Tickets are also available at the turnstiles.

Team news

Max Sheaf is set to return to the squad after recovering from an injury that has kept him out since late August.

Tahvon Campbell misses the match through injury, while it's too early for Reuben Reid to return after playing 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday at Reading. Josh Debayo is another who will miss out through injury.

Chris Hussey, Ben Tozer, Connor Thomas and Rohan Ince are all set to play against his old club.

Watch Michael Duff's press conference ahead of the game:

Hull City loanee Sheaf has also been sharing his thoughts with the media ahead of Saturday's game.


Having picked up nine points from their last three games in League Two, Swindon enter this season's FA Cup on a good run of form. Those three victories have seen them go to third in the fourth tier, two points ahead of Cheltenham but having played two games more.

A key man for them this season is striker Eoin Doyle. On loan from league rivals Bradford City, the former Chesterfield and Cardiff City hit man has 14 goals to his name already this season - including two at the Jonny-Rocks when the two sides met in August, and a recent away hat-trick at Crawley Town as well.

Doyle is part of a forward line that will be right up there in terms of the danger they pose at this level. Keshi Anderson's movement is excellent, Jerry Yates has provided a threat on loan from Rotherham United, while Kaiyne Woolery is one of the fastest players in League Two.

German Steve Benda is in on loan from Swansea City in goal, while their back line also includes ex-Manchester United and Standard Liege full back Zeki Fryers.

In midfield the composure of Michael Doughty is important to the way they play. On loan Shrewsbury Town man Anthony Grant could also feature, though Swindon boss Richie Wellens has revealed in his pre-match press conference that two loan players currently in his squad will be unavailable to be involved.

Wellens has been in charge at the County Ground for what will have been a year on Wednesday. The former Blackpool and Leicester City midfielder is in his second role as a manager having previously taken charge at Oldham Athletic.

Last time out

Twice Cheltenham came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium when the clubs last met in League Two back on Saturday 24 August.

Eoin Doyle gave the Wiltshire side the lead after just six minutes, but Chris Hussey drew parity against his former club when he levelled with a well-taken finish on 19 minutes.

Doyle again gave Swindon the lead shortly after the half hour mark, but Luke Varney once again pegged the visitors back when he finished at the near post just before half time.

There were to be no further goals in the second half. Swindon were reduced to ten men though when Michael Doughty was shown a straight red card.

Watch the highlights from the game:

A familiar face returns

The goal scorer of Cheltenham's winning goal in the 2006 League Two play-off final against Grimsby Town returns to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday as the club's special guest.

Steve Guinan will be watching the match and will be meeting with supporters in the Autovillage Stand hospitality areas before the game.

At half time he will be presented to the supporters on the pitch, offering fans the chance to show their appreciation for someone who contributed to a notable moment in the club's long history.

Guinan, who now works for the PFA and Football Association, enjoyed a career that began at Nottingham Forest and then spells with the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Hereford United until he moved to Cheltenham in 2004. 

He went onto help the Robins claim promotion to League One for the second time in the club's history before departing to return to Hereford United.

His final plays days came at Northampton Town and Kidderminster Harriers, as well as a spell here in the county at Forest Green. He also previously worked at Hartpury College.

In remembrance

The club will be honouring the Armed Forces community, past and present, at Saturday's match.

There will be a minutes silence before kick-off, while the Cheltenham branch of the Sea Cadets will be forming a guard of honour for when the teams enter the pitch.



Fans can make a £3 saving on the cost of each of their tickets by buying online before 11am on Saturday.

Otherwise normal match prices apply online after this and at the turnstiles.

The ticket office will be open in the lead up to kick-off and for a short time after the full time whistle selling tickets for the upcoming Trophy home match with Newport County AFC on Tuesday and the League Two fixture at Exeter City on Saturday 16 November.

Supporters can also visit the club shop to purchase club merchandise, including the new CTFC 2020 calendar, with lots to pick up with Christmas just over a month away.

Match programme

Saturday's match programme is available for £2 around the stadium. Goalkeeper Scott Flinders is the big interview as he focuses on the team's reaction this week to last weekend's loss, the day's opponents and the importance of the FA Cup.

Chairman Andy Wilcox and Michael Duff share their pre-game thoughts, while Sean Long is on interview previewing the tie.

There's an in-depth look at visitors Swindon and how they last lined up and updates from the commercial area of the club and the Community Trust.


Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news, photos and match updates for full coverage. You can visit the CTFC Facebook page too for team news and goal updates.

The club website is the best place to go post-match to read the match report and hear from boss Michael Duff.

Listen to commentary with an audio match pass by using the iFollow service.

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Match Reports

Report: Robins 1-1 Swindon Town

9 November 2019

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Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town played out a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in the FA Cup first round.

On a cold, wet day at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, it was Swindon who had the better of the chances, hitting the post and seeing the linesman’s flag deny them before Jerry Yates fired past Scott Flinders late on.

But Alex Addai popped up off the bench to equalise just moments later to force a replay with the local rivals set to lock horns again on Tuesday November 19.

Cheltenham dominated possession in the early stages and after a lengthy spell, Ryan Broom whipped a ball to the far post where Sean Long couldn’t quite connect.

On a very wet Jonny-Rocks pitch, the visitors looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and former Forest Green player Kaiyne Woolery saw a shot blocked on the line by Ben Tozer.

Moments later and Woolery had another one-on-one opportunity but was thwarted by Flinders who made a low save.

Cheltenham threatened again midway through the first half when Luke Varney pulled the ball back to Broom near the penalty spot, only to see his shot blocked.

Swindon left-back Dion Donohoue found lots of space on the left flank on 30 minutes and went close when his shot was blocked by Charlie Raglan.

Varney was denied by a desperate save minutes later after he rounded Steven Benda, but the ‘keeper got up quickly to catch the following effort.

Swindon came back into it towards the end of the half, and Diallang Jaiyesimi’s effort was half-cleared before Raglan did brilliantly to deny Donohue just six yards out.

And Flinders denied Yates from point-blank range after receiving a delicious through ball from Michael Doughty five minutes before the interval.

Rohan Ince had a chance to net his first Cheltenham goal early in the second half when the ball fell to him in the area from Chris Hussey’s delivery, although he couldn’t connect properly and the shot was blocked.

Swindon had a great chance to go in front just before the hour mark, Yates nodding against the post from close range after a ball in from Donohue.

Jaiyesimi looked most likely to break the deadlock and after breezing past Ince, fizzed a powerful shot just over.

As the clock ticked down, the visitors thought they got their deserved goal, Yates turned in Doughty’s weak shot, but he was marginally offside.

Yates thought he had won it moments after the fourth official had announced three minutes of added time, firing home in front of the away end after Doughty’s threaded pass.

But directly from the kick-off, Addai danced past two defenders and fired low into the bottom-left corner, sending the home fans wild.

Conor Thomas’ volley whistled just wide right before the end, after he was found by Hussey, but the game finished as a draw and Cheltenham will travel to Swindon for a replay.

CHELTENHAM TOWN XI (3,5,2): Flinders; Raglan, Tozer (c), Boyle; Long, Thomas, Ince (Doyle-Hayes, 74’), Hussey; Broom (Sheaf, 66’), Smith (Addai, 66’), Varney.

Subs not used: Lovett, Greaves, Clements, Reilly.

SWINDON TOWN XI (4-5-1): Benda, Hunt, Fryers, Buadry (c), Donohue; Lyden, Rose, Doughty, Woolery, Jaiyesimi; Yates.

Subs not used: McCormick, Reid, Broadbent, Iandolo, Twine, Curran, Zakuani.

Referee: Scott Oldham

Attendance: 3,456 (1,162 away)

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Ticket News

Buy in advance for Swindon FA Cup tie

8 November 2019

Today is the final opportunity to save money on ticket prices for Saturday's FA Cup first round tie with Swindon Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Supporters who buy ahead of tomorrow save £3 on their ticket in all price categories.

Michael Duff's side are looking to bounce back from last weekend's loss by securing a place in the second round of this season's competition.

Prices for Saturday's game are as follows:

Completely Motoring Colin Farmer Stand

Adults: In advance: £19 Matchday: £22
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £13 Matchday: £16
Under 18s: In advance: £5 Matchday: £8

Autovillage Main Stand

Adults: In advance: £18 Matchday: £21
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £12 Matchday: £15
Under 18s: In advance: £5 Matchday: £8

Terracing (Speedy Skips Stand/Paddock & Tunnel)

Adults: In advance: £14 Matchday: £17
Concessions (Over 65/Students): In advance: £10 Matchday: £13
Under 18s: In advance: £3 Matchday: £6

Tickets are available to buy from the ticket office today between 10am until 3pm.

They can also be bought online - no booking fee applies for this fixture.

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