The Robins kick off the 2012-13 campaign in the Capital One Cup against MK Dons
Date: Saturday 11 August, 2012
Competition: Capital One Cup (round one)
Venue: Abbey Business Stadium
Cheltenham Town kick off the 2012-13 campaign with a Capital One Cup fixture versus league one side MK Dons in a repeat of last season's first round clash. This is the first time a cup fixture has ever kicked off before the league season gets underway for the Robins and they'll be looking to start in style with a cup upset over Karl Robinson's Dons.
Tickets for this Capital One Cup match are now on sale both online and from the ticket office here at the Abbey Business Stadium. Tickets for the fixtures are priced at normal matchday rates for both home and away supporters. Full information and prices for both home and away supporters can be found in the links below.
Full information: home supporters
Full information: away supporters
A limited amount of spaces are available at the Abbey Business Stadium on a first come, first served basis for only £5 payable at the entrance. Advanced bookings are advised and you can make book your spot by calling Jennie Thomas on 01242 588101 or via email@example.com.
Park and Ride
The FREE matchday park and ride service will operate as normal between Cheltenham Racecourse Park & Ride & the Off Licence located near the junction of Whaddon Road and Prestbury Road (250 metres from ground). Timings for this Sunday's Park and Ride service are: Journey to the Abbey Business Stadium departing Racecourse at: 10.20am; 10.40am; 11.00am; 11.20am and 11.40am. After the match, return from corner of Whaddon Road and Prestbury Road (next to the convenience store on the corner) at: 2.00pm; 2.15pm 2.30pm and 2.45pm.
Cheltenham Town kick off their season with no injury or suspension problems and Mark Yates will have a full squad to choose from ahead of this cup fixture. Jeff Goulding suffered a deep cut on his ankle in the 2-1 friendly victory over Solihull Moors in the week but he has now trained and will be available for this match. New signings Billy Jones, Sam Deering, Chris Zebroski and Shaun Harrad could all be handed their competitive debuts for the club this weekend. New goalkeeper Connor Roberts is also set to be named on the bench.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson is monitoring the fitness of Jon Otsemobor, Mathias Doumbe, Daniel Powell and Jabo Inehre having rested them against Fulham in midweek but it's expected that all four will be fit to face the Robins this weekend.
Steven Rushton - Referee
Lee Swabey- Assistant Referee
Ollie Yates - Assistant Referee
Wes Linden - Fourth Official
There will be full commentary on Robins Player and BBC Radio Gloucestershire this weekend for supporters that cannot make the game. Robins Player is guaranteeing full commentary for EVERY competitive game this season as we understand fans can't always make every game. Robins Player is an affordable way to access exclusive commentary and interviews as well as match highlights throughout the season.
Cheltenham Town supporters seated in the Main Stand or In2Print Stand will be able to use the Abbey Business Stadium bar facilities during half-time. Fans watching the game in the Main Stand will be able to access the Main Bar at half time whilst the new In2Print Bar will be open for supporters who buy tickets for the In2Print Stand. Both bars will be serving alcohol, soft drinks and confectionary.
2011-12 League Positions
Cheltenham Town: 6th, 77 points (league two)
MK Dons: 5th, 80 points (league one)
Fixtures for 2012-13
Thoughts Of Mark Yates
"This week has been about putting the flesh on the bones that we have already started to build."
Thoughts Of Karl Robinson
"I'm like a kid at Christmas again. I'm so excited and all the lads are exactly the same."
August 9, 2011 (League Cup)
Cheltenham 1 (Summerfield 29), MK Dons 4 (Baldock 41, Ibehre 46, Lewington 61, Balanta 64)
January 31, 2009 (League One)
Cheltenham 3 (Spencer 68, 75, pen 81), MK Dons 5 (Johnson 17 & 71, Wilbraham 44, 45 & 59)
October 25, 2008
MK Dons 3 (Gerba 9 & 80, Baldock pen 55), Cheltenham 1 (Caines 21)
Recent form (past ten competitive games)
Cheltenham Town: LWLWLWWWWL
MK Dons: LLDWWWWLLW
The second issue of the new look matchday programme goes on sale tomorrow afternoon in all four corners of the Abbey Business Stadium. The programme, which will be a reduced size, will retail at £2.50 and includes interviews with Robins number one Scott Brown and MK Dons club captain Dean Lewington.
Also in this issue:
• Mark Yates looks ahead to a tough start to the new season.
• The best pictures from our pre-season friendly matches.
• All the information you need on our opponents MK Dons.
• The latest from in and around the Abbey Business Stadium.
• The chance to win big with the Programme Raffle.
PA Jim Haggin will be announcing the winning number of the programme raffle at half-time this weekend so keep an ear out. If you do miss the number, don't worry - the number will be published here on www.ctfc.com. If you are our lucky winner then please contact James Brown here at the club on 01242 588105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't make the game?
Remember you can keep up to date with all the latest news even if you aren't here at the Abbey Business Stadium. As normal there will be full match commentary on Robins Player and a match report plus reaction on www.ctfc.com just after the final whistle at the Abbey Business Stadium. There will also be updates on both Twitter and Facebook throughout the day. Make sure you're following @CTFC_Official on Twitter, or you're a member of our Facebook Fan Page to get the latest word from inside the camp before anyone else.
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