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Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

29 October 2021

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Cheltenham Town and Sheffield Wednesday go head-to-head against one another for the first time in a competitive fixture on Saturday (kick-off: 3pm).

There's going to be a huge crowd at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for Wednesday's visit to Gloucestershire.

The four time champions of England and three time FA Cup winners offer a stern test for Michael Duff's side who will be looking forward to another big fixture in the club's first third tier campaign since 2009.

Tickets for the game are available to buy online and from the ticket office.

With a large crowd in attendance it's strongly advised that supporters who are collecting or buying match tickets on the day should leave plenty of time to do so before kick-off.

For details about ticket collections, off-pitch entertainment and more check out our match information guide.

Outside the stadium volunteers from St John Ambulance will be appealing for donations for their fantastic medical support in the local community, while inside the Robins Nest bar staff are fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, so if you can please give generously. 

Team news

There are no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game with just four continued absentees due to miss out.

Will Boyle (ankle), Charlie Raglan (knee), Taylor Perry (hip, pictured) and Callum Wright (knee) are unavailable because of injury problems.

Media talk

Boss Michael Duff knows Sheffield Wednesday are not far off firing on all cylinders ahead of this weekend's meeting.

He told the press: "They have probably drawn too many for their liking. They're up there anyway but if they'd turned some of those draws into wins they'd be right up there.

"I think when it comes to fanbase and size of stadium Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland you could argue could be in the top ten in the country in terms of size. Everything is geared up for them to get back into the Championship and then the Premier League. They would be a big club in the Premier League.

"Darren (Moore) is a very good manager and when you play for a club that size everyone's up for it."

You can watch the full pre-match press conference with Duff by watching on iFollow.

Goalkeeper Scott Flinders has also been looking ahead to Saturday's game, watch on iFollow as he prepares to take on the club he grew up watching as a boy.

Opposition

Sheffield Wednesday's squad boasts a number of big names at League One level who have enjoyed careers in the Premier League and on the international stage.

Midfield talent Barry Bannan is a Scotland international who has been with Saturday's opponents since 2015. He's played in the Premier League for the likes of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, while Burundi international forward Saido Berahino was signed in the summer after a spell in the Belgian top flight having impressed early on in his career in England for West Bromwich Albion.

Another Scotland international, Callum Paterson, can recall time spent with Hearts and Cardiff City before moving to Wednesday, while the long-serving Sam Hutchinson is in his second spell having started his career at Chelsea, and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell is on loan from Burnley and is currently the Northern Ireland number one shot-stopper.

The manager: Darren Moore

Appointed towards the end of last season, Sheffield Wednesday is Darren Moore's third club as a manager having taken charge at West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers previously.

He led West Brom briefly in the Premier League, while he guided Donny to a play-off position in League One before leaving to move to Wednesday.

As a player he was a strong centre back who featured for the likes of Torquay United, Portsmouth, West Brom, Derby County and Barnsley among others.

Tickets

Purchase tickets online before midnight on Friday and you can save £2 on matchday prices.

Fans who have pre-purchased tickets for the Autovillage Stand, Paddock, Tunnel and Speedy Skips Stand can collect from the matchday collection point at the portakabin in the car park next to the bowling club. Tickets for the Colin Farmer Stand can be collected from the collection point outside the Parklands turnstiles.

If choosing to buy on the day, only standing tickets are available, and these can be purchased from the portakabin in the car park.

You can buy tickets all day in the lead up to kick-off from the ticket office, while they will no longer be available to buy online from 12pm.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to either collect or purchase tickets on matchday because of the large crowd that will be in attendance.

Match programme

Make sure you get your hands on a match programme for the first meeting between the two teams by buying around the stadium where it's available at a price of £3.

The big interview is with defender Sean Long reflecting on the impact he's made in the backline this season.

There's also the latest from chairman David Bloxham, midfield loanee Taylor Perry discusses his European football experiences with Wolves, Michael Duff previews the fixture and there's a look back at one of the club's stand-out League One wins from down the years to read about plus all the usual bits and pieces too.

The programme is also available to purchase online via the ACA Creative website.

Coverage

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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