We take a look at The Robins...
After two successive play-off finishes, last season proved much tougher for Mark Yates’ Cheltenham Town, as they finished in 17th. They won just two of their opening ten games, but after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Tamworth, they went eight games without defeat in League 2, winning four. Yates’ side were unable to put a sustained run together to get into play-off contention, ending the season with one win from their final six games.
After making over 250 appearances as a player for Cheltenham Town, Mark Yates became manager in 2009. Yates guided the club to the play-off final in 2012, before losing to Crewe, and the play-off semi-final in 2013, before losing to Northampton Town. Having spent five years with the club, he is one of the longest serving manager’s in the Football League.
WHO TO WATCH
Byron Harrison joined from AFC Wimbledon in January 2013, and finished as the club’s top goalscorer in his first full season with 15 to his name, including one against Blues.
Defender Troy Brown moved to the club last season from Aldershot Town and had an impressive first season with the Robins. He made 41 appearances in all, scoring four goals.
Matt Richards joined from Shrewsbury Town and had a decent first season, scoring eight times from midfield in 49 appearances last season. He helped the Shrews win promotion to League 1 in 2012.
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR
Jermaine McGlashan has left the club to join League 1 Gillingham on a two-year deal, while Sido Jombati, Sam Deering, Ed Williams and Ashley Vincent have also left the club.
Steve Elliott has taken up a new role, including coaching, but goalkeeper Scott Brown has joined Aberdeen. Veteran striker Jamie Cureton was released.
Asa Hall has joined from Oxford United, while Lee Vaughan has joined from Conference club Kidderminster Harriers.
Blues just edge Cheltenham Town in the overall history, having won 11 of the 27 meetings between the sides. The Robins have won ten, while there have been six draws, including the one at Roots Hall last season. Blues beat the Robins 2-1 away from home back in April.