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FPA: Mark Boyland and Andy Gallinagh return against Grimsby Town

4 December 2018

Club News

FPA: Mark Boyland and Andy Gallinagh return against Grimsby Town

4 December 2018

Cheltenham Town is delighted to announce that the latest Former Players Association guests returning ‘home’ are Mark Boyland and Andy Gallinagh.

Prolific striker Boyland and defender Gallinagh, who played in different decades for the Robins, will be FPA special guests at this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two match against Grimsby Town.

Regarded as one of the best forwards to ever play for the club, Boyland had three spells at Whaddon Road between 1984 and 1992.

The Swindon-born forward is one of only five players to have netted over 100 goals for Cheltenham Town, as his 101 scored in 225 appearances puts him in good company with Gerald Horlick, Jason Eaton, Dave Lewis and Jimmy Smith.

After consistently hitting over 20 goals in his first three seasons – Boyland had a habit of hitting the ground running – netting a hat-trick against Folkestone Town in his first spell.

Following spells with Wycombe and Aylesbury, he announced his return to Gloucestershire by netting all four goals against Chorley in 1989 before coming back again for one more brief stint in 1992.

Andy Gallinagh played much more recently for the Robins, establishing himself as a popular player between 2004 and 2012.

The versatile defender, who played in a variety of positions but mostly at right-back or centre-back – graduated from the youth team to become an ever-present figure in the Football League for Cheltenham.

He almost instantly became a fan favourite for his hard-working displays at the back and also appeared in central midfield on a few occasions.

In 2007-08 he was voted as the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ and went on to make 123 appearances in all competitions – scoring four times.

Both former players will be present in the club bar, hospitality and on the pitch at half-time so make sure you give them a warm welcome back.

Keep an eye on our social media channels early next week for our exclusive interview with both following their appearance at the Grimsby Town game on Saturday.

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