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Head-to-head with Swindon Town

10 April 2020


Head-to-head with Swindon Town

10 April 2020

Today's previously scheduled trip down the A419 to take on Swindon Town may not have gone ahead as previously planned due to the covid-19 pandemic, so we've decided to take a look back at all of the two clubs previous Football League encounters.

Since the clubs first came head-to-head with one another in the 2002/03 campaign, it's been a fairly healthy rivalry for Cheltenham having recorded 10 wins, 5 draws and only 2 defeats in encounters across league, FA Cup and Football League Trophy action.

Take a look back at each game in chronological order to see how the clubs, who are only 30 miles apart have fared against one another in the past.

Swindon Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town

19 November 2019, FA Cup first round replay, County Ground

Alex Addai's stunning individual finish helped Cheltenham into the FA Cup second round with a replay win at the County Ground on 19 November. The forward scored five minutes into the second half to confirm another all-League Two contest against Port Vale at the next stage of the competition.

Earlier, Scott Flinders had saved a penalty from Michael Doughty in the first half. Doughty and Jerry Yates also hit the woodwork for the home team but they couldn't find a way through.

SWINDON: Benda, Hunt, Baudry, Fryers, Iandolo (Reid 88), Jaiyesimi (Twine 82), Rose (Sanokho 75), Doughty, Lyden, Woolery, Yates

Subs not used: McCormick, Broadbent, Curran, Zakuani

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Greaves, Raglan, Tozer, Long (Clements 31), Thomas, Doyle-Hayes, Broom, Hussey, Smith (Reid 61), Addai (Lloyd 80)

Subs not used: Lovett, Ince, Sheaf, Boyle

Cheltenham Town 1-1 Swindon Town

9 November 2019, FA Cup first round, Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Jerry Yates' goal on 91 minutes looked to have sealed Swindon's place in the second round of the FA Cup, only for Cheltenham to go down the other end and equalise on 93 minutes.

Yates hit the post in the second half but eventually did find the breakthrough. However Swindon's celebration were short lived as Addai popped up to hammer in past Steven Benda to set up a replay ten days later.

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Long, Hussey, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Broom (Sheaf 66), Thomas, Ince (Doyle-Hayes 74), Smith (Addai 66), Varney

Subs not used: Lovett, Clements, Reilly, Greaves

SWINDON: Benda, Hunt, Baudry, Fryers, Donohue, Doughty, Lyden, Rose, Jaiyesimi, Woolery, Yates

Subs not used: McCormick, Reid, Broadbent, Iandolo, Twine, Curran, Zakuani

Cheltenham Town 2-2 Swindon Town

24 August 2019, League Two, Jonny-Rocks Stadium

The first of three meetings so far between the Robins and Swindon this season saw Michael Duff's charges twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw in August.

Eoin Doyle's early opener was cancelled out by Chris Hussey against his former club, while after Doyle had restored Swindon's lead it was Luke Varney shortly before half time who again drew Cheltenham level.

Swindon had Michael Doughty sent off in the second half for a late tackle on Chris Clements.

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Long, Hussey (Debayo 80), Greaves, Tozer, Raglan, Broom, Clements, Doyle-Hayes, Varney (Lloyd 45), Reilly (Campbell 86)

Subs not used: Lovett, Bowry, Thomas, Brennan

SWINDON: McCormick, Reid (Iandolo 70), Baudry, Conroy, Hunt, Lyden, Doughty, Isgrove (Rose 79), Anderson, Woolery, Doyle

Subs not used: Hnery, Broadbent, May, Twine, Curran

Cheltenham Town 3-2 Swindon Town

27 April 2019, League Two, Jonny-Rocks Stadium

Despite threatening a late scare, Cheltenham held on for three points in the final home match of the 2018/19 season.

The Robins raced into a first half three goal lead. Luke Woolfenden scored an own goal to break the deadlock, while Billy Waters struck on the half hour mark and then Kevin Dawson shortly after.

Swindon got back in the contest late on when Theo Robinson netted, while Marc Richards also scored but it was Michael Duff's men who held onto three points.

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Long, Pring, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Thomas, Dawson (Tillson 86), Maddox (Clements 71), Varney, Waters (Addai 82)

Subs not used: Lovett, Broom, Lloyd, Bingham

SWINDON: McCormick, Knoyle (Anderson 45), Conroy, Woolfenden, Taylor, McCourt, Carroll, Doughty (Richards 69), Woolery (Lancashire 45), Robinson, Bennett

Subs not used: Henry, Dunne, House, Diagouraga

Swindon Town 0-0 Cheltenham Town

22 December 2018, League Two, County Ground

The first meeting between the two clubs in the 2018/19 season proved largely uneventful as both teams settled for a point three days before Christmas.

Matty Taylor's free kick saw Scott Flinders forced into a save but there was otherwise little to report with James Dunne also firing off target for the hosts.

SWINDON: Vigouroux, Knoyle, Nelson, Woolfenden, Iandolo, Woolery, Dunne, Taylor, Doughty (Alzate 76), Adebayo, Twine (McGlashan 65)

Subs not used: McCormick, McCourt, Smith, Conroy, Pryce

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Thomas, Hussey, Forster, Tozer, Boyle, Atangana, Clements, Jones, Addai (Mooney 82), Varney (Barnett 66)

Subs not used: Lovett, Mullins, Alcock, Duncan, Brennan

Swindon Town 0-3 Cheltenham Town

10 March 2018, League Two, County Ground

Cheltenham made it three straight wins over Swindon with a 3-0 away win.

Jake Andrews free kick set Gary Johnson's side on their way. Mo Eisa then doubled the score line shortly into the second half, while the forward capped the win when he added a third midway through the half.

SWINDON: Moore, Purkiss, Robertson, Menayese, Knoyle (Gordon 56), Anderson (Mullin 80), Elsnik, Dunne, Taylor, Norris (Woolery 68), Richards

Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Hussey, Iandolo, Twine

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Moore, Boyle, Grimes, Chatzitheodoridis (Cranston 85), Andrews (Odelusi 69), Winchester, Atangana, Morrell, Dawson (Lloyd 80), Eisa

Subs not used: Lovett, Wright, Graham, Rodon

Cheltenham Town 2-1 Swindon Town

7 October 2017, League Two, LCI Rail Stadium

Danny Wright made up for his seeing a second half penalty saved by scoring a stoppage time winner in the first meeting between Cheltenham and Swindon for three years.

Scottish striker Brian Graham finished off Harry Pell's cross to give Gary Johnson's men the lead, however Swindon drew parity in the second half via Matt Preston.

Wright was then denied from the spot by Reice Charles-Cook's diving save, but he made up for his penalty error with the winner in stoppage time.

CHELTENHAM: Flinders, Winchester, Moore, Grimes, Cranston, Pell, Storer, Morrell, Sellars, Graham (Wright 63), Eisa

Subs not used: Flatt, Atangana, O'Shaughnessy, Boyle, Bower, Davey

SWINDON: Charles-Cook, Purkiss, Preston, Lancashire, Taylor, Dunne, Linganzi, Gordon (Goddard 45), Anderson (Mullin 81), Woolery (McDermott 45), Norris

Subs not used: Henry, Robertson, Smith, Knoyle

Cheltenham Town 5-0 Swindon Town

8 November 2014, FA Cup first round, Abbey Business Stadium

A League One Swindon side made the visit to the Abbey Stadium for a first ever FA Cup tie between the two clubs and were soundly beaten.

Swindon, under the management of Mark Cooper, fell behind when Byron Harrison scored his first of his three goals on the day. Terry Gornell made it 2-0 before half time.

After the break Harrison got his second, midfielder Matt Richards added a fourth and Harrison wrapped up the win with Cheltenham's fifth and his third in the last ten minutes.

CHELTENHAM: Carson, Brown, Elliott, Black, Vaughan, De Vita (Hanks 85), Taylor, Richards, Braham-Barrett (Kotwica 92), Harrison, Gornell (Marquis 77)

Subs not used: Gould, Haworth, Deaman, Sterling-James

SWINDON: Foderingham, Stephens (Rossi Branco 62), Thompson, Turnbull, Byrne, Kasim (Gladwin 81), Luongo, Thompson, Toffolo, Williams, Obika (Smith 56)

Subs not used: Belford, Reeves, Barthram, Rodgers

Swindon Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town

10 March 2012, League Two, County Ground

Future Cheltenham striker Paul Benson inflicted the club's only ever League Two loss to Swindon with his first half goal at the County Ground.

Swindon were flying at the top of the division under the management of Paolo Di Canio and could have gone behind had Daryl Duffy not seen his spot kick saved by Wes Foderingham.

Benson then stabbed home on 35 minutes for the matches only goal. The striker almost grabbed a second in the second half but on loan future England goalkeeper Jack Butland made a great save.

SWINDON: Foderingham, Cibocchi, Devera, McCormack, Risser, Ferry, Ritchie, Rooney (De Vita 83), Smith (Cox 58), Bodin (Tehoue 50), Benson

Subs not used: Kennedy, Murray

CHELTENHAM: Butland, Lowe, Bennett, Elliott, Jombati, McGlashan (Goulding 84), Pack, Penn (Spencer 64), Summerfield, Duffy, Mohamed (Graham 58)

Subs not used: Garbutt, Low

Cheltenham Town 1-0 Swindon Town

13 August 2011, League Two, Abbey Business Stadium

Paolo Di Canio suffered his first loss as the new Swindon manager when experienced defender Steve Elliott's header earned Mark Yates' Cheltenham all three points.

Alan McCormack hit the post early on for the visitors but Elliott (pictured) scored the games only goal shortly into the second half.

James Spencer was red carded for an elbow on Aden Flint in the final ten minutes but despite that Cheltenham held on.

CHELTENHAM: Brown, Andrew, Lowe, Bennett, Elliott, Low, Pack, Penn, Duffy (Goulding 61), Mohamed (Smikle 77), Spencer

Subs not used: Jombati, Graham, Summerfield

SWINDON: Smith, Caddis, Devera, Flint, Kennedy, McCormack (Connell 73), Risser, Thompson (Esajas 56), Ritchie (Ferry 79), Bodin, De Vita

Subs not used: Bedwell, Comazzi

Swindon Town 2-2 Cheltenham Town

3 March 2009, League One, County Ground

Struggling at the bottom of the League One table, Cheltenham collected a point on the road at Swindon who themselves were looking to pull away from relegation trouble.

Future Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu gave them the lead just after the half hour mark, only to see Elvis Hammond (pictured) immediately level.

Hammond then doubled his tally to give Cheltenham the lead, however Swindon hit back when Kevin Amankwaah netted on 66 minutes, heading in from a Robson-Kanu corner.

SWINDON: Brezovan, Jack Smith, Ifil, Greer, Vincent (Amankwaah 64), Robson-Kanu, Timlin, Peacock (Allen 46), McNamee, Paynter, Cox

Subs not used: Phil Smith, Marshall, Jean-Francois

CHELTENHAM: Brown, Bird, Duff, Gallinagh, Ridley, Low, Finnigan, Westlake, Vincent (Bignall 45), Connor (Spencer 76), Hammond

Subs not used: Puddy, Durrant, Hemmings

Cheltenham Town 2-0 Swindon Town

16 August 2008, League One, Whaddon Road

Ben Gill scored and was then red carded seven minutes later as Cheltenham earned an opening month of the season League One victory over Swindon.

The midfielder slid in a Barry Hayles assist to break the deadlock, while Jennison Myrie-Williams' header from an Alex Russell cross sealed victory.

CHELTENHAM: Higgs, Jeremy Gill, Townsend, Duff, Wright, Vincent (Connor 58), Bird (Ben Gill 39), Russell, Armstrong (Gallinagh 84), Myrie-Williams, Hayles

Subs not used: Scott P Brown, Lindegaard

SWINDON: Brezovan, Jack Smith, Morrison, Aljofree, Casal, McGovern, Nalis, Timlin (Marshall 75), McNamee, Paynter (Peacock 34), Cox

Subs not used: Phil Smith, Easton, Amankwaah

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Swindon Town 3-0 Cheltenham Town

12 February 2008, League One, County Ground

Swindon earned their first ever win over Cheltenham with a comprehensive home performance as they scored three times without reply.

Their first was scored by Simon Cox, while Billy Paynter made it 2-0 when he got in on the end of a cross.

It was 3-0 when Christian Roberts, appearing as a substitute, found the bottom corner.

SWINDON: Brezovan, Comminges, Ifil, Aljofree, Vincent, McGovern, Pook, Peacock, McNamee (Roberts 79), Cox (Sturrock 86), Paynter (Corr 83)

Subs Not Used: Kanyuka, Ashikodi

CHELTENHAM: Higgs, J Gill (Connor 72), Caines, Gallinagh, Wright, D Agostino, Bird, Russell, Lindegaard (Scott Brown 67), Gillespie, Brooker

Subs not used: Scott P Brown, Connolly, Armstrong

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Swindon Town 1-3 Cheltenham Town

9 October 2007, Johnstones Paint Trophy, County Ground

The two teams one and only Football League Trophy meeting saw Cheltenham claim victory, with the current Robins skipper scoring an own goal for Swindon having just broken through the ranks of the Wiltshire club.

Jennison Myrie-Williams broke the deadlock in the first half and the lead was double three minutes later when Craig Reid made it 2-0.

Blair Sturrock pulled a goal back for Swindon, but an own goal from Ben Tozer secured Cheltenham's win.

SWINDON: Brezovan, Adams, Comminges, Blackburn, Tozer, Zaaboub, Easton (Allen 46), McGovern, Cox (Pook 78), Mohamed (Roberts 78), Sturrock

Subs not used: Scott, Kennedy

CHELTENHAM: Higgs, S Duff, Townsend, Gallinagh, Wright, Connolly (B Gill 87), Sinclair, Bird, Myrie-Williams (Yao 73), Connor (Caines 63), Reid

Subs not used: Brown, Wylde

Cheltenham Town 1-1 Swindon Town

25 August 2007, League One, Whaddon Road

Blair Sturrock saw his first half goal for Swindon cancelled out by a fine Ashley Vincent strike.

Sturrock got on the end of a cross from Sofiane Zaaboub to give Swindon the lead in this League One tussle, however Vincent ensured the game ended level when he hammered in from 25 yards during the second half.

CHELTENHAM: Higgs, J Gill, Townsend, S Duff, Ridley, Lindegaard, Finnigan, Bird, Myrie-Williams, Gillespie (Spencer 66), Connor (Vincent 66)

Subs Not Used: Puddy, Connolly, Gallinagh

SWINDON: Phil Smith, Jack Smith, Ifil, Aljofree, Vincent, Roberts (Comminges 70), Easton, Pook, Zaaboub, Sturrock (Arrieta 89), Peacock

Subs Not Used: Brezovan, Adams, Tozer

Swindon Town 0-3 Cheltenham Town

12 March 2003, Division Two (now League One), County Ground

The Robins secured a morale boosting away win at the County Ground thanks to three different scorers.

Martin Devaney broke the offside trap to open the scoring and a few minutes before half time it was 2-0 when John Brough finished Mark Yates' touch in his direction.

Jon Beswetherick was then shown a red card for the hosts to reduce them to ten men, and Damian Spencer wrapped up the win with a late fizzer in stoppage time.

SWINDON: Griemink, Gurney, Heywood, Reeves, Duke, Miglioranzi, Hewlett (Sabin 45), Robinson, Beswetherick, Parkin, Invincibile

Subs not used: Farr, Ifil, Dykes, Taylor

CHELTENHAM: Higgs, Victory, Mike Duff, Bird, Shane Duff, Milton, Yates, Devaney, McCann, Brown (Spencer 75), Brough

Subs not used: Book, Howells, Naylor, Howarth

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Cheltenham Town 2-0 Swindon Town

17 September 2002, Division Two (now League One), Whaddon Road

The first ever Football League meeting between Cheltenham and Swindon ended up being the home side's first league win of the 2002/03 campaign.

Graham Allner saw his team, struggling at the foot of the table, go in front when Hugh McAuley's curling free-kick was deflected off the head of Swindon's Matt Hewlitt and into the top corner.

It was 2-0 in the second half as Tony Naylor set up Russell Milton to finish from outside the box.

CHELTENHAM: Book, Howarth, Mike Duff, Walker, Victory, McAuley, Yates, Finnigan, Milton, Alsop, Naylor

Subs not used: Higgs, Brough, Brayson, Spencer, Williams

SWINDON: Griemink, Edds, Gurney, Heywood, Duke, Invincibile, Robinson, Hewlett, Jackson, Parkin, Sabin

Subs not used: Farr, Miglioranzi, Edwards, Young, Dykes

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