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The Boot Zoom: Jerry Gill & Darren Carter

17 June 2020

On the eve of Cheltenham's League Two play-off semi-final first leg with Northampton Town, two former Robins who have represented both clubs recall their memories from both sides of the fence in The Boot Zoom #8.

Jerry Gill and Darren Carter, who were also teammates in a Birmingham City side that gained promotion to the Premier League under Steve Bruce, sit down to look back on their time with the Robins, as well as their spell with the Cobblers.

They also provide an insight into the play-off campaigns they experienced with Cheltenham, their experiences of the play-offs throughout their careers and what they think are the key elements behind having a successful play-off campaign.

Gill is now in charge at Bath City in the National League South and became a huge Cheltenham favourite for the five seasons he spent at Whaddon Road.

He was a part of John Ward's team that secured promotion to League One as play-off final winners in Cardiff against Grimsby Town, and also represented the Robins in the third tier.

It followed a career that saw him start in non-league football in the West Country ahaed of a move to Birmingham. He moved onto Northampton and then after his lengthy spell at Cheltenham spent time with Forest Green.

Carter enjoyed a dream start to his career. At the end of his first season as a professional at the age of 18 he scored the winning penalty in the Championship play-off final in front of over 75,000 supporters in Cardiff to help his boyhood club Birmingham claim their place in the Premier League.

He since went onto enjoy a career that included spells in the top flight at West Bromwich Albion and also with Sunderland, Preston North End and Millwall before his move to Cheltenham in 2012 where he spent the 2012/13 campaign at Cheltenham helping Mark Yates' side reach the League Two play-offs, only to miss out at the semi-final stage.

He then moved onto Northampton where he spent two seasons until then spending two years at Forest Green. He is now in the National League at Solihull Moors and still playing.

Watch the full episode with the Gloucestershire Echo's Jon Palmer hosting at the top of the page.

If you want to catch up on previous episodes of The Boot Zoom with some Cheltenham greats from down the years then check them out below:

Julian Alsop & Tony Naylor on their strike partnership for the club

Former managers John Ward & Keith Downing look back on their memories

David Hutton, Michael Pook and Josh Low on the 6-5 win over Burton Albion

Martin Boyle, Paul Chenoweth, Dean Clarke, Lee Howells and Darren Wright on the 1997 promotion

Scott Brown, Darryl Duffy, Russell Penn & Keith Lowe on the 2011/12 League Two play-offs team

Bob Bloomer, Jason Eaton & Steve Book recall the 1998 FA Trophy final win

Craig Armstrong, John Finnigan & Steve Guinan on winning promotion through the play-offs in 2006

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