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Former players return for FGR clash

1 November 2019

Club News

Former players return for FGR clash

1 November 2019

There will be three popular former Cheltenham Town players joining us at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday for our match with Forest Green Rovers.

Craig Armstrong, Kayode Odejayi and Damian Spencer are the club's special guests for the game.

Both Armstrong and Odejayi also represented Forest Green in their careers and all three will be meeting with fans and will be presented at half time in front of the crowd as they come back to visit a club where they enjoyed lots of success.

Craig Armstrong

Starting his career at Nottingham Forest, Armstrong signed for Huddersfield in 1999 for £750,000 and made over a century of appearances for the Terriers before moving to Sheffield Wednesday and then Bradford City.

He then had the first of two spells at Cheltenham Town in 2005, helping the club gain promotion to the third tier of English football for a third time with a play-off final win over Grimsby Town.

A move to Gillingham came in the summer of 2007, but he quickly returned to Cheltenham for a second spell.

He dropped into non-league football signing for Kidderminster and Mansfield who loaned him out to Forest Green where he eventually signed permanently in Nailsworth.

Spells at Eastwood Town, Hucknall and Boston United came at the end of his playing days and after spells in management at Eastwood and Quorn he has worked in football coaching at a high level including a period spent working back at Nottingham Forest.

Kayode Odejayi

Starting his career at Bristol City, Odejayi signed on loan for Forest Green and then made the move permanent. 

His impact during the 2002/03 season at FGR caught the attention of those here at Cheltenham who swooped to sign him.

He went onto make over 150 appearances for the Robins, helping the club earn promotion to League One through the play-offs.

In May 2007 he left Cheltenham to sign for Barnsley who paid a £200,000 fee for his services.

He helped Barnsley reach the FA Cup semi-finals after scoring the winning goal against Chelsea in the quarter finals in 2008.

Signing for Colchester United in 2010, who he represented over a hundred times, Odejayi had further spells at Rotherham United, Accrington Stanley, Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County before spending time at his last club, Guiseley.

Damian Spencer

Beginning his career in non-league football at Windsor & Eton, Spencer caught the eye of scouts at Bristol City where he moved in 1998.

He eventually found his way to Cheltenham in 2002 and it was the start of a spell at the club that saw him go on to make over 225 appearances for the Robins.

After seven years of service he departed the club to join Kettering Town. Further spells followed at Kidderminster and Aldershot Town, while he spent a part of the 2011/12 season with Grimsby before finishing his playing days back at Windsor.

We look forward to welcoming Craig, Kayode and Damian back to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday. Please give them a warm welcome back as they join us as our guests for the day.

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