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FPA: Damian Spencer and Ashley Vincent return on Good Friday

15 April 2019

The Cheltenham Town Former Players' Association will welcome back former teammates Damian Spencer and Ashley Vincent for Good Friday's home match with Oldham Athletic (3pm kick-off).

Signed by Graham Allner in 2002, powerful front-man Damian Spencer would go on to become a popular figure with Robins fans during his seven year spell at Whaddon Road. 

With a steady goal return in his first few seasons, often scoring with some spectacular long-range shots, Ascot-born Spencer reached double figures in 2003/04 and matched that total the following year. 

He was the only player to appear in every game during the successful 2005/06 League Two play-off winning campaign, becoming the first player in the club's history to make over 100 substitute appearances. 

Spencer even made appearances in midfield following that promotion season and remained a hard-working crowd pleaser that continued to score some great goals - including hat-tricks against Hull City and MK Dons at the start and end of his time in Gloucestershire. 

In total, between 2002 and 2009, Spencer made 263 appearances and found the net 39 times. 

Ashley Vincent joined the Robins in 2004 and spent a total of six seasons with Cheltenham Town in two seperate spells.

Signed by John Ward, Vincent had to bide his time and impressed for the youth and reserve teams before breaking into the first team with showings of great pace and directness as a winger or striker. 

Another member of the 2005/06 play-off winning side, Vincent particularly came to life in the semi-finals against Wycombe Wanderers and the final against Grimsby Town following an injury to JJ Melligan. 

Injury forced him to miss most of the next campaign but he soon returned to form before being played sporadically during the struggles of 2008/09 - eventually joining Ward at Colchester for three years.

After winning another promotion with Port Vale in 2012, Vincent came back to Cheltenham for one final season, finally winning another promotion from the fourth tier with Shrewsbury Town following his departure. 

Vincent made 152 appearances and scored 15 goals in total for the Robins, like Spencer he was a long-serving player which was slowly becoming a less frequent accolade in the 21st century. 

Please give both former players a warm welcome back against Oldham as Michael Duff's side play their penultimate fixture at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium this season.

Help the Robins make it a Good Friday by buying your tickets for the game, which can be purchased online by clicking here.


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