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Preview: Rotherham United

1 October 2021

Match Previews

Preview: Rotherham United

1 October 2021

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Back at home for the first time after three consecutive away matches, Cheltenham Town will be hoping to start October brightly against Rotherham United on Saturday (kick-off: 3pm).

The Robins have faced three mammoth trips to Preston North End, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland in the team's last three fixtures.

Saturday's game against Rotherham is back on home turf, but the challenge remains the same against a team who have enjoyed a good start to the season and who were playing in the Championship last season - and aiming to get back there at the first attempt.

Tickets for Saturday's fixture are available to buy online. It's recommended you buy in advance and arrive with plenty of time on matchday to purchase or collect on the day tickets.

Enjoy some pre-match hospitality with the extended bar offering in the car park, while there will be an exciting new food option on sale too ahead of the game positioned by the club shop and ticket office.

Team news

Charlie Raglan is closer to a return having missed out recently because of an injury. Kyle Vassell will be hoping he may be close to facing his former side.

Callum Wright and Will Boyle (pictured) are definitely out of contention due to injury.

Media talk

Boss Michael Duff says there will be no overreaction to recent losses at Wigan Athletic and Sunderland ahead of Saturday's game.

"It was a tough week against a good team and we didn't perform and that's what happens. We've said it since the start of pre-season, we're going to get a few of them," he said in his press conference.

"The important thing is not to overreact, to try and learn, show them the things that we didn't do very well because there were a couple of things that were really obvious and try and deliver a better performance on Saturday because if you look at the fixtures coming up it's another really difficult one."

Watch Duff's full pre-match press conference for free exclusively on iFollow.


Once again Rotherham United are pushing for promotion to the Championship in League One. It's a level they competed in last season but only for one season having earned promotion to that stage of the pyramid in 2019. Previous to that they'd spent three seasons in the second tier between 2014 and 2017.

They currently sit fifth in the table and have made a good start to life back in the third tier. They go into Saturday's match four unbeaten having won at home to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday evening.

Their ranks boast experienced players who have played above this level. They include 50 time capped Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson, ex-Portsmouth forward Michael Smith and another Northern Ireland international in the shape of Will Grigg.

Ex-Robins loanee Michael Ihiekwe will also be returning to Gloucestershire having spent a part of the 2013/14 season at Whaddon Road.

The manager: Paul Warne

With over 250 League appearances as a player for Rotherham United and now five years as a manager, Paul Warne has the Millers running through his veins.

In his time as a manager at the New York Stadium he's twice helped them achieve promotion to the Championship from League One.

It's the only club he's managed since he took over from Kenny Jackett in 2016 after a playing career that saw him begin in non-league in Norfolk for the likes of Great Yarmouth Town, Diss and Wroxham.

A midfielder, he broke into the professional ranks at Wigan Athletic and has also spent time at Mansfield, Kettering, Oldham Athletic and Yeovil as well as his lengthy stints with Rotherham.


Supporters can save £2 on matchday prices by buying before midnight on Friday. Prices go up on the day whether buying in person or online. Online sales end on Saturday at 12pm.

Pre-paid tickets can be collected for the Autovillage Stand, Paddock, Tunnel and Speedy Skips from the Portakabin in the car park, while Colin Farmer Stand tickets and purchases can be made from the new point near to the Parklands turnstiles.

If you are buying on the day for standing areas in the stadium visit the Portakabin to buy, while Autovillage Stand tickets can be bought from the ticket office.

It's strongly advised that fans leave plenty of time to purchase or collect tickets. A reminder that the turnstiles at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium are now cashless.

The club shop is open ahead of the game and for a short while afterwards. Supporters yet to collect their copy of 'All Your Dreams Are Made' can do so from 1.30pm either in or outside the shop dependent on the weather.

Match programme

The big interview in Saturday's match programme is with young midfielder Ellis Chapman as he reflects on a pleasing start to the season personally for him.

There's also an interview with forward Kyle Joseph plus features with Michael Duff and chairman David Bloxham.

The programme is on sale around the stadium at a price of £3 and can also be purchased online.

Match sponsors

On Saturday we are delighted to be welcoming ACA Creative to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium as match sponsors.

They were formed in 2014 by Cheltenham born Lisa Herrick with their business based in North Oxfordshire.

They work with clients from across the UK, primarily in professional sport producing matchday programmes, high quality books and bespoke design and print.

Some of the clubs they work with include Leeds United, Burnley, Wolves, Coventry City, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Gloucester Rugby, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and ourselves here at Cheltenham.


Social media: Follow @CTFCofficial on Twitter for team news and updates, CTFC on Facebook for score updates and @CTFCofficial on Instagram.

Website: Read the match report post-match and see reaction to the result from inside the camp.

Radio: Tune in to live commentary on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on iFollow.

Highlights: Watch extended highlights on iFollow, on YouTube, Quest and on Sky Sports.

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