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Reserves kick-off season at Bristol Rovers

5 September 2017

Cheltenham Town Reserves play their first Central League fixture of the season today (Tuesday) against Bristol Rovers.

The match will be played at Lodge Road – the home Yate Town FC – and will kick-off at 1pm.

Updates on the game will be posted on the club’s official twitter account (@CTFCofficial) and a report will appear in the official website later this afternoon.

The Central League was formed in 1911 and is the oldest reserve league in England. For the first decade, it was initially contested between both first and reserve teams. Since 1921, when the senior sides became founder members of Third Division North, it has been for reserve teams only. 

The league has always traditionally been made up of clubs from the Midlands, as well as north Wales and north England, but at the start of the 2014/15 season, it expanded to become a national competition for the first time in its 103-year history. 

The league provides important development opportunities for many young players as they seek to progress from youth football to the first team environment.

Cheltenham Town Reserves finished second behind Exeter City in the South West Division of the league last season, above Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Newport County.

For a full fixture list for Cheltenham Town Reserves click HERE and select Reserve fixture list from the drop down menu.

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