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Preview: Plymouth Argyle

25 December 2021

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There's Boxing Day action on Sunday at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium when Cheltenham Town host Plymouth Argyle (kick-off: 3pm).

It's going to be a bumper crowd for the visit of the Pilgrims as the Robins look to end 2021 on home soil on a high in the last home fixture of the calendar year.

Plymouth represent tough opposition as they aim for promotion to the Championship in what is the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

With the capacity less than 10,000 and less than 4,000 of standing capacity at the stadium, there's no requirement to carry out Covid certification to attend the game, though we are advising fans to take a lateral flow test before attending. If you're suffering from COVID-19 symptoms do not attend.

We are also asking fans to wear face masks in indoor areas, on public transport when travelling to the game and in busy areas.

Tickets for Sunday's fixture are on sale online. Buy before midnight on Saturday to save £2 on matchday prices.

Please read our information match guide for details about attending the game.

Team news

It's too soon for Will Boyle to be considered fit to play. Conor Thomas though could be involved in the squad once again after returning from injury.

Wolves loanee Taylor Perry (pictured) is definitely out, while Guyana international midfielder, Elliot Bonds, could be back in the squad after his recent successful loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers.

Media talk

Assistant manager Russell Milton spoke to the press ahead of Sunday's match and he was full of praise for the way Plymouth look to get the ball down and play.

"They are a really good side. We don't really pay attention to the a team's recent runs, we look at where they are in the League and they are doing well. Right from the start of the season they've been on a really good run," he said.

"Obviously Steve Schumacher has gone in and taken over from Ryan (Lowe) so I wouldn't expect much to change from them - they are a good football team. They like possession and like to move you about. It'll be a good test for us."

Watch Milton's pre-match press conference on iFollow where you can also see Alfie May discussing this weekend's game and his recent form.


All season Plymouth have been in and around the promotion spots in League One. They suffered a dip in the final week of November when they lost three consecutive games against Charlton Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, though they beat Charlton 1-0 when the two sides met again last weekend.

They have an eye on returning to the Championship and have a squad boasting plenty of experience.

The likes of Gloucester born skipper Joe Edwards, talented attacker Danny Mayor, central defender Dan Scarr and former MK Dons man in midfield, Jordan Houghton, can all be relied upon to bring the League One experience that has no doubt helped them across the pitch this season.

Robins fans will be familiar with Ryan Broom with the Welshman on a season-long loan at Home Park from Peterborough United.

Scottish striker Ryan Hardie will be one to watch, while also in attack they include the threatening Kieran Agard and Wales under-21 international Luke Jephcott, who is a product of their youth academy.

The manager: Steve Schumacher

Only just appointed manager at the beginning of the month, Steve Schumacher has made the step up from assistant manager to lead Argyle following Ryan Lowe's move back north to become the boss at Championship side Preston North End.

The 37-year-old had also worked as number two to Lowe at Bury when they helped the Gigg Lane side get promoted from League Two, achieving the same with Plymouth when they made the trip down south.

Schumacher was a midfielder in his playing days who turned out for the likes of Bradford City, Crewe Alexandra, Fleetwood Town, Stevenage and Southport.


Make sure you buy your tickets in advance online before midnight on Saturday to save £2 on matchday prices.

The Colin Farmer Stand has completely sold out for the game. There are very few seated tickets left in the Autovillage Stand. There's still plenty of standing terrace tickets for the Optmising IT Stand, Paddock and Tunnel.

Pre-paid tickets for the Autovillage Stand, Paddock, Tunnel and Prestbury Road End can be collected from the matchday collection point in the car park next to the bowling club. Tickets for the Colin Farmer Stand can be collected from the new ticket booth located just outside the Parklands turnstiles.

If choosing to buy on the day, the matchday sales point next to the bowling club is where you can buy tickets for the terrace. Very limited Autovillage Stand seated tickets are on sale from the ticket office.

Match programme

The match programme will be available to buy around the stadium and club shop at a price of £3.

Matty Blair is the big interview as he reflects on how the team's League One campaign has gone so far.

There are also features with Lewis Freestone, Michael Duff, chairman David Bloxham, Andy Williams and plenty more to read.

The programme is also available to purchase online.


Social media: @CTFCofficial on Twitter is the best place to keep tabs on the game. You can also view team news and goal updates on the club's Facebook page and Instagram account.

Radio: Full match commentary is available to listen to on iFollow and on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

Website: Visit the club website after the match to read the match report and to watch reaction from inside the camp on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch highlights on iFollow, Quest, Sky Sports and YouTube.

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Match Reports

Report & highlights: Robins 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

26 December 2021

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Cheltenham Town slipped to a disappointing League One defeat by ruthless Plymouth Argyle, shipping a goal in each half at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

It wasn't a classic with few chances created over the 90 minutes but the Devon side made their moments count to extend the Robins' winless run in the league to five games.

Panutche Camara and Jordon Garrick grabbed the goals, both fine team efforts in front of a bumper crowd at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Michael Duff was isolating so Russell Milton took charge from the sidelines, overseeing four changes to the side that were defeated by Shrewsbury Town eight days earlier.

In came Lewis Freestone, Conor Thomas, Callum Wright and Elliot Bonds with a return to a 3-5-2 formation. Liam Sercombe, Ellis Chapman, Kyle Joseph and Dan Crowley dropped to the bench.

Former boss Keith Downing was in the opposition dugout after joining the club prior to the match. Ryan Broom came off the bench in the closing stages for the Devon side, who carried the advantage into the interval after a pretty uneventful opening 45 minutes.


Chris Hussey had been called into the first meaningful action of the match, hooking away a 16th effort by Joel Edwards from a tight angle down the right that had beaten Owen Evans.

Cheltenham though had aquitted themselves well and had restricted their visitors to a couple of long range efforts, one by Danny Mayor with a bending effort that flashed past the right post and another by Panutche Camara which sailed well over.

At the other end, Alfie May was presented with his side's only effort of the half but it was deflected wide after some pressure on the Plymouth defence.

But Steve Schumacher's side made the breakthrough with half-time approaching, turning defence into attack to convert a sweeping moving from one end of the pitch to the other involving as many as eight players. Camara finished it off from close-range, sweeping home Edwards ball from the right.

Wright fashioned a great opportunity after the restart, chesting down Thomas' ball out to the left and crossing for Matty Blair but the defender missed it. Andy Williams picked it up, turned and got away an effort but it was blocked and cleared to safety.

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It was the striker's final action of the afternoon, replaced by Kyle Vassell for the final 35 minutes of the game. Kyle Joseph also came on in place of Bonds.

The double switch seemed to hand the Robins the impetus. Blair went close almost immediately when he stretched for May's low delivery from the right, putting it wide. He barged through the centre moments later but Michael Cooper, the Plymouth goalkeeper, got down well to his left to push it away.

However Plymouth doubled their advantage with quarter of an hour to play, catching Cheltenham with a slick counter-attack. Jordon Garrick swapped passes with Camara before beating Evans with a lovely low finish inside the right post.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (3-5-2): Evans; Long (c), Raglan (Crowley 77), Fresstone; Blair, Thomas, Wright, Bonds (Joseph 55), Hussey; Williams (Vassell 55), May. Subs not used: Sercombe, Chapman, Flinders (Gk), Horton.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (3-5-2): Cooper; Wilson, Scarr, Gillesphey; Edwards (c), Camara, Houghton, Mayor (Broom 77), Grant; Agard (Ennis 66), Garrick (Jephcott 87). Subs not used: Bolton, Broom, Hardie, Randell, Burton (Gk).


ATTENDANCE: 5,703 (1,512 from Plymouth Argyle)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale for Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day

21 December 2021

Make sure you get your match tickets for Boxing Day as Cheltenham Town host Plymouth Argyle at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

There's sure to be a great atmosphere at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for the final home fixture of 2021.

Kick-off on the day is at 3pm and tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or online.

There is a very limited number of seating tickets on sale for the fixture but there is plenty of room in the standing areas at the stadium.

It's the first League meeting between the club since they met on Boxing Day in 2019.

Tickets are available from £18 for adults, £13 for seniors/students and £7 for under-18s when bought in advance.

Make sure you buy before midnight on Christmas Day to save £2 on matchday prices.

You can collect your tickets on the day or from the ticket office in the days leading up to the game. With a large crowd expected it's advised that you leave plenty of time on the day for getting into the stadium with cashless turnstiles in operation.

Get your tickets by buying online or in person at the ticket office.

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