As with every football club playing professional football in England top four divisions, Cheltenham Town odds have become more popular amongst bettors in recent seasons. With League Two being a division well renowned for its unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this division. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Cheltenham Town relegation odds are as popular as odds on Cheltenham Town to get promoted.
In big League Two clashes, such as a playoff encounter, or a game against rivals in a cup competition, Cheltenham Town odds can be subject to a variety of bookmaker promotions. As an example, odds on Cheltenham Town v Gloucester City can be offered as enhanced odds or price boosts, with bookmakers such as Skybet offering price boosts on a regular basis during the football season.
Odds based on ‘on-the-pitch’ activities are of course popular, and many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes as well. For example, Cheltenham Town manager odds or Cheltenham Town transfer odds can also be popular, offering more opportunities for bettors to make profit when betting on football.
Cheltenham Town are a professional football club located in the town of Cheltenham in the county of Gloucestershire. Having only joined the Football League in 1999, the club have played in various non-league divisions over most of Cheltenham Town history. The club currently play in the fourth tier of English football, League Two.
Cheltenham Town were formed in 1887 by teacher Albert Close White. There had been football in the town of Cheltenham before this time, though Cheltenham Town have become the town’s oldest club.
Playing a mixture of friendlies and competing in local Gloucestershire leagues, the club moved into the Birmingham Combination for the 1932/1933 season. In 1935, Cheltenham Town joined the Southern League Western Section, moving to the Central Section a year later.
The club then joined the Southern Football League proper, remaining in this division until 1958 when the club joined the North West Section. The following season, the club moved into the Premier Division, before suffering the club’s first relegation in Cheltenham Town history in the 1961/1962 season.
Now a Southern Football League First Division side, Cheltenham Town didn’t take long to return to the Premier Division. After just two seasons in the First Division, a third place finish was enough to seal the club’s return to the Premier section of the Southern Football League.
However, before the end of the 1960’s, Cheltenham Town suffered relegation once again. This time, there was no quick return for the club, and Cheltenham Town had to wait until 1977 to regain their place as a Premier Division side.
For the 1979/1980 season, Cheltenham Town joined the Southern League Midland Division, earning promotion to the Southern League Premier Division after winning the Southern League Midland Division title in the club’s 1982/1983 campaign. This title was followed by the Southern League Premier Division title two seasons later, and the club were promoted to the Alliance Premier League.
The division became known as the Conference National, and in total Cheltenham Town spent seven seasons at this level. Unfortunately for the club, they suffered demotion in the 1991/1992 season, and were relegated back to the Southern League Premier Division.
Three runners up positions followed, and after a third place finish in the 1995/1996 season, Cheltenham Town finally won promotion a season later. The club had finished second again, but champions Gresley Rovers couldn’t meet the specific requirements needed for a Conference National side and so runners up Cheltenham Town were awarded their promotion place.
A second place finish in the Conference National was followed by Cheltenham Town winning the Conference National title in the 1998/1999, and with it promotion to the Football League for the first time in Cheltenham Town history.
Cheltenham Town earned respectable mid table finishes in their first two seasons in the fourth tier of English football, at that point known as Division Three. Cheltenham Town then earned a surprise promotion in the 2001/2002 campaign, sealing their place in Division Two after winning the Division Three playoffs.
However, the club’s time in Division Two was short lived, and Cheltenham Town suffered an immediate relegation. The club started the 2003/2004 campaign as a Division Three side.
In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were renamed. Division One became the Championship, Division Two became known as League One and Division Three was renamed League Two. As such, Cheltenham Town were a League Two side for the 2004/2005 campaign.
The following season, another playoff victory for Cheltenham Town earned the club their place back in the third tier of English football. However, the club struggles in League One, and after finishes of 17th and 19th positions, the club lost its battle to avoid the drop and were relegated back to League Two in the 2008/2009 season.
Cheltenham Town further enhanced their reputation as one of England’s ‘yo-yo’ clubs when the club lost its Football League status in the 2014/2015 season. After finishing second from bottom, the club returned to the Conference National.
Cheltenham Town, though, regained their Football League status at the first time of asking. The club stormed to the Conference National title in the 2015/2016 season, confirming promotion back to League Two.
Cheltenham Town started the 2016/2017 campaign as a member of League Two.
The first Cheltenham Town crest was based on the town of Cheltenham coat of arms. This Cheltenham Town football badge represents the discovery of the Mineral Waters. The coat of arms is based on the coat of arms of Edward the confessor, who owned the manor of Cheltenham at one particular time.
The Cheltenham Town football crest was changed in 2010. This new Cheltenham Town badge features a red and black shield shape, with the image of a white bird in flight placed in the centre of the Cheltenham Town crest.
The Cheltenham Town colours are traditionally red and white. Red and white have been used as Cheltenham Town kit colours throughout the club’s history.
Between 1896 and 1932, the Cheltenham Town kit consisted of red shirts, worn with white shorts and black socks. This kit was changed in 1932, and between 1932 and 1934 the Cheltenham Town players wore red and white hooped shirts, worn with black shorts and black socks.
In the early part of the 1940’s, the Cheltenham Town football kit featured red and white striped shirts, worn with black shorts and red and white hooped socks. The Cheltenham Town jersey then changed to white shirts with red sleeves, a jersey that was worn until 1956.
1957 heralded the return of red and white striped Cheltenham Town shirts, initially worn with black shorts before changing to white in 1965. 1973 saw the introduction of an all red Cheltenham Town kit, with the shorts and socks changed from red to black in 1980.
An all red Cheltenham Town strip was reintroduced in 1981, before a white strip with a red trim was worn in the 1983/1984 campaign. The following season saw the club return to red and white stripes, before the introduction of a red shirt with white sleeves, worn with white shorts and red socks in 1985.
Since 1996, every Cheltenham Town strip has featured a red and white striped shirt, except for 2008 and 2011, when all red kits were again worn.
The 2016/2017 Cheltenham Town kit features a red and white striped shirt, worn with black shorts and black socks with a red trim.
The Cheltenham Town stadium is Whaddon Road. The ground was built in 1927, with Cheltenham Town playing their home games at this stadium from 1932. Since 2010, Gloucester City have also played their home games at Whaddon Road.
Whaddon Road is also known as the LCI Rail Stadium or The World of Smile Stadium. The Cheltenham Town stadium capacity currently stands at 7,066, making Whaddon Road an average sized ground for League Two.
The Cheltenham Town stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Hazlewoods Stand, previously known as the Carlsberg Stand; the QualitySolicitors Thomson & Bancks Stand, known as the Wymans Road Stand; the Liberty Mutual Insurance Stand, also known as the Prestbury Road End; and the Jelf Stand, also called the Main Stand.
The majority of Cheltenham Town supporters hail from the town of Cheltenham and its surrounding areas. There are a variety of Cheltenham Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Cheltenham Town AFC Supporters’ Trust, the Robins Trust.
Cheltenham Town supporters enjoy a rivalry with Gloucester City, the club’s nearest rivals in terms of geographical location. However, as the two have rarely played in the same division in recent years, with the last meeting coming in 1997, this rivalry has lessened in its intensity.
The Cheltenham Town chairman is Paul Baker. Baker is joined on the Cheltenham Town board by directors David Bloxham, Paul Godfrey, Clive Gowing and John Murphy, along with associate director Mark Cuzner.
In 2015, the Cheltenham Town Supporters Trust the Robins Trust invested in the club, with a Fan Elected Director on the club board.
The list of Cheltenham Town statistics begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That honour goes to Roger Thorndale. Thorndale made an incredible 702 appearances for the club between 1958 and 1976.
Cheltenham Town’s all time record goalscorer in professional competition is Dave Lewis. Across three spells as a Cheltenham Town player, Lewis scored 290 times for the club. Dave Lewis also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, after netting 53 goals in the 1974/1975 campaign.
The club’s all time record victory is 12-0. Cheltenham Town beat Chippenham Rovers by this scoreline in the FA Cup in 1935. Cheltenham Town’s record defeat came in 1952, when Merthyr Tydfil beat the club 10-1 in the Southern League.
The Cheltenham Town all time record transfer signing is Jermaine McGlashan. McGlashan joined the club from Aldershot Town in 2012 for a fee of £60,000. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received for a players is £400,000, a fee paid by Colchester United for Steven Gillespie in 2008.
The highest attendance figure the Cheltenham Town players have played in front of at their Whaddon Road home is 8,326. This crowd figure was achieved in 1956, when Cheltenham Town played Reading in the FA Cup.
The current Cheltenham Town players list consists of 28 members of the first team squad, supported by the Cheltenham Town Academy.
Notable ex Cheltenham Town players include John Finnigan, Jamie Victory, Neil Grayson, Chris Banks and Jimmy Smith, along with Chris Banks and Mark Yates. Grant McCann is often lauded as Cheltenham Town’s greatest ever player by Cheltenham Town supporters.
The club’s supporters also voted for a ‘Bionic Robin’, with the best composite club players in history. Those voted for were Grant McCann, Marlon Pack, Jermaine McGlashan, Neil Grayson, Nick Jordan, Tony Naylor, Julian Alsop, Steven Gillespie and Chris Banks with nominees including Aaron Downes, John Finnigan, Dave Lewis, Dan Holman, Jamie Victory, Michael Duff, Martin Devaney, Josh Low, Alan Bennett, Kayode Odejayi, Kaid Mohamed, Mark Boyland, Lee Williams, Brian Wilson and Russell Milton.
The current Cheltenham Town manager is Gary Johnson. Johnson took on the Cheltenham Town manager job in 2015.
The club’s backroom staff includes Assistant Manager Russell Milton, Goalkeeping Coach Steve Book, Senior Sports Physiotherapist Gavin Crowe and Fitness Coach Ian Hutton.
The Cheltenham Town honours list includes three third tier playoff wins (2002, 2006); two Football Conference titles (1999, 2016); one Southern League title (1985); one Southern League Midland Division title (1983); and one FA Trophy win (1998).
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