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The Reckless Guide to...Cheltenham Town

23 December 2016

All the information you need for your Boxing Day trip to the LCI Rail Stadium...

Cheltenham Town v Barnet
Sky Bet League 2
Monday 26th December 2016
Kick-Off 3.00 pm

Stadium: LCI Rail Stadium, Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 5NA
Telephone: 01242 573 558
Club Colours: Red Black and White
Nickname: The Robins

Manager 
Gary Johnson has been at the helm since March 2015 and oversaw the Robins’ promotion back to the League in 2016. 

As well as coaching Latvia for two years he has managed at Yeovil Town, Bristol City, Peterborough United and Northampton Town.

Brief Directions by Road

The best bet to get to Whaddon Road is via the M40/A40 which bypasses Oxford. 

Stay on the A40 into Carlton Kings on the outskirts of the town where you will meet a main set of traffic lights with the road from Cirencester to your left. 

At the next set of lights turn right into Hales Road (B4075 signposted Prestbury). This road becomes Priors Road, stay on it until Whaddon Road can be found on the left after about a mile and a half opposite a small parade of shops. 

Turn left here, go straight on at the small roundabout and after approximately half a mile mile the ground will be in sight to your right. 

For the free park and ride service (see below for details), continue along Priors Road then turn right into Bouncers Lane. 

Continue to a double mini roundabout. Turn left at the first one then take the second exit at the second one onto B4348 Tatchley Lane, signposted Evesham A435. 

Follow this road to another roundabout; continue straight over and the Cheltenham Racecourse Park and Ride is on the right-hand side. 

These directions are courtesy of CTFC.

Car Parking
In years gone by this was a tough call as the local streets are heavily restricted. The club offers a free park and ride system from nearby Cheltenham racecourse. Buses run every 20 minutes. 

The Town Centre is a 15 minute walk away where you will find numerous pay and display car parks. Car parking is available at Whaddon Road but you have to pre-book a car park space on a matchday by contacting the ticket office on 01242 573558 (choosing option 1). Matchday parking does cost £5 per vehicle. 

Directions by Train
Cheltenham Spa station is two miles from the ground and a taxi is the only realistic option.

Eating and Drinking Locally
The local chippy on Whaddon Road is very good but that is the only real option for food close to the ground. 

The two friendliest pubs close to the ground are The Conservatory and the Sudley Arms, both on nearby Prestbury Road. The Sports Bar at the ground does allow visiting fans.

Ground Description
The first thing that strikes you at Whaddon Road, which can accommodate around 7,000, is the familiarity of the main stand which is a larger version of the one at Underhill. 

It was built a year earlier in 1963 and the similarities are evident if you look closely. 

For instance, two of the original floodlight gantries sit on top of a roof which is supported in the centre by one thin central upright. 

Morecambe FC also had a very similar main stand. This one holds about 1,000 seats and has a small paddock at the front. 

To its left is the Prestbury Road End which is a low roof over terracing, it is the home end. 

Opposite is the very smart Colin Farmer Stand which was completed in 2001, replacing a very popular terrace. It has room for around 1,800. 

Completing the picture is the latest edition to Whaddon Road, The Hazlewoods Stand, where visiting supporters will be allocated a section of seating.

Admission Prices
Hazlewoods Stand: Adults £21, Over 65s £15, Juniors & Students £7.  

Our Last Meeting & Memories  
Our last visit was in November 2012 when it was a cold journey home after a 1-0 defeat with a late goal. The only current player still with us from that game is Curtis Weston.

We were treated to a highly entertaining 4-3 defeat at Whaddon Road in early December 2000 when Tony Cottee, Omar Riza and Darren Currie were our scorers. 

The clubs had been frequent opponents in the old Southern League of the 1960’s and 70s and the Gola and Conference campaigns of the 1980s. 

The highlights? A certain Jimmy Greaves double in a 2-1 away win in 1978, when he left the field to a moving standing ovation from one and all.

Another double from Nicky Evans, again away from home, in 1987 plus a stunning Gary Bull hat-trick in a yet another away win in October 1990 stand out too.

Celebrity Watch
For music lovers everywhere Cheltenham offers a very diverse list of musicians who were born or have resided here. 

Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Planet Suite composer Gustav Holst, Rocky Horror writer Richard O’Brien, punk queen Toyah and ex-Motorhead guitarist Wurzel. 

British Winter Olympian Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is still practising at the local dry ski slope.

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