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2014-15: Relegated Opposition

23 May 2014

With the Football League season almost at and end we can look at the relegated opposition we'll face next season.

Four teams were relegated from League One in 2013-14 and the Robins will of course go head to head with them next season.

Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Stevenage Borough all fell victim to the League One relegation battle and they will now take on the Robins home and away in 2014-15.

So what is there to know about next season's relegated opposition?

Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere's relegation on the final day of the season saw them drop back down into the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 1989. At present the Prenton Park outfit are managerless with Ronnie Moore recently departing the club.

Founded in 1884, they only very recently played the Robins in an FA Cup fixture back in November 2011 with Mark Yates' side running out 1-0 winners in an FA Cup win that would see them eventually take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. There has been 9 previous meetings between the two clubs and Cheltenham have ran out victors on 4 occasions whilst Tranmere have 3 wins over Cheltenham.

Tranmere are 9/4 on Sky Bet to win promotion back into League One next season.

Carlisle United

The longest away day of the season for Robins next season and one of the more common matches for the Robins during their 15 years in the Football League.

Carlisle finished five points adrift of safety last season and the Cumbrians will no doubt be looking for a route straight back up into the third tier but at 100/30 they are by no means favourites for promotion. Managed by Graham Kavanagh and founded in 1904, Carlisle United will once again meet the Robins home and away for the first time since 2009. Mark Yates has yet to face the Brunton Park outfit during his Cheltenham career but the Robins do edge the head to head battle.

In 18 meetings Cheltenham Town have won 7, drawn 6 and lost 5. The most recent meeting between the two clubs was in April 2009 in a 1-1 draw here at Whaddon Road. Ian Harte had taken the lead for Carlisle but a late Drissa Diallo penalty handed the Robins a point in a game where Carlisle finished with just 9 men.

Shrewsbury Town

The Shrews are another club that have been a common foe for the Robins over the years. Shrewsbury were eight points adrift when relegated and have made big squad changes following their drop back down into League Two.

They won promotion into League One in 2012 and subsequently snapped up former Robins midfield favourite Luke Summerfield who has since departed the club. The most recent link between the sides is Ashley Vincent who joined the Shrews following his release from Whaddon Road earlier this month. Another promotion in 2015 for Shrewsbury is currently worth 2/1 on Sky Bet.

There has been 19 meetings between the Shrewsbury and the Robins over the years and the Greenhous Meadow club have definitely got the better record. Cheltenham Town have won just 5 of those previous clashes, drawn 5 and have lost the other 9.

Stevenage Borough

Stevenage, led by Graham Westley, finished very much bottom of the League One table last season and it brings an end to their three year spell in the third tier of English football.

Formed in 1976, 'Boro' are relative newcomers to the Football League having been promoted in 2010 and they are currently 9/4 to achieve another promotion at the first time of asking in 2014-15. Much of their success has come under Westley but this forthcoming season may well be his toughest ask yet.

Both Cheltenham and Stevenage have met on 6 occasions and the Robins lead the way head to head with a total of 3 victories, 2 draws and just the 1 win for Stevenage. The last meeting was in February 2011 and it was that one victory for Stevenage. The Robins were well beaten 4-0 away at Broadhall Way in the year that Stevenage achieved promotion up into League One.

If you'd like to see the Robins take on these teams next season then buying a 2014-15 season ticket is the best way to make huge savings on your match tickets. Click here for more details.

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