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The Boot Zoom: Julian Alsop & Tony Naylor

7 June 2020


The Boot Zoom: Julian Alsop & Tony Naylor

7 June 2020

One of Cheltenham Town's most popular Football League strike partnerships take a look back at their memories of life with the Robins for Episode 7 of The Boot Zoom.

Julian Alsop and Tony Naylor formed a potent strikeforce in their time at Whaddon Road, scoring 44 goals between them during the 2001/02 season as the club earned promotion to the third tier of English football for the first ever time via play-off final victory over Rushden & Diamonds in Cardiff.

Signed by Steve Cotterill, the pair would also go onto serve under Graham Allner and Bobby Gould in their time in Gloucestershire, with Alsop still holding the title of Cheltenham's highest Football League goal scorer.

They join the Gloucestershire Echo's Jon Palmer to look back at their time at the club with some amusing and insightful memories of a crucial period in the history of the club.

Alsop (who wears make up for the episode as he thought it was fancy dress!) gained popularity with the Robins faithful after first joining the club in 2000 from Swansea City. He would actually return to Gloucestershire for a second spell after a number of years out of the Football League for the 2009/10 campaign.

The big striker can also name Bristol Rovers, Oxford United, Northampton Town and Forest Green among his former clubs having started and ended his career in non-league football.

Naylor arrived at Whaddon Road as an experienced forward who enjoyed lengthy spells with Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale - the latter paying a £150,000 transfer fee for his services in 1994.

Watch above at the top of the page as the duo look back on Episode 7 of The Boot Zoom with some enjoyable memories of life with Cheltenham.

You can catch up on the six previous episodes of The Boot Zoom online:

John Ward and Keith Downing on their time in charge

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

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

Scott Brown, Darryl Duffy, Russell Penn and Keith Lowe recall the 2011/12 play-off campaign

Bob Bloomer, Jason Eaton and Steve Book on the 1998 FA Trophy final win

Craig Armstrong, John Finnigan and Steve Guinan review their promotion into League One in 2006 via the League Two play-offs

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