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The Boot Zoom: Boyle, Chenoweth, Clarke, Howells & Wright

26 May 2020

Revisit another crucial season in the history of Cheltenham Town with the latest episode of The Boot Zoom, featuring some of the personalities who played a key role in helping the club regain its place in the Conference.

Martin Boyle, Paul Chenoweth, Dean Clarke, Lee Howells and Darren Wright join the Gloucestershire Echo's Jon Palmer in revisiting the 1996/97 season which saw Cheltenham earn promotion back into the Conference after a five year absence.

Finishing second as runners up to Gresley, who were denied promotion due to ground grading issues, it was a season that would prove to be the first of three promotions under the management of Steve Cotterill over the space of six remarkable seasons.

Boyle, Chenoweth, Clarke, Howells and Wright all made a significant contribution to the 1996/97 campaign that came down to the final day, pipping local rivals Gloucester City to move back up out of the Southern League, and to spark a memorable surge up the English football pyramid.

Watch the full episode above at the top of the page.

Catch up on the other episodes of The Boot Zoom so far:

Scott Brown, Darryl Duffy, Russell Penn and Keith Lowe from the 2011/12 squad that reached the League Two play-off final

Bob Bloomer, Jason Eaton and Steve Book from the 1997/98 squad that won the FA Trophy at Wembley

Craig Armstrong, John Finnigan and Steve Guinan from the 2005/06 squad that won the League Two play-off final against Grimsby in Cardiff

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