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Cheltenham Football Club
Whaddon Road
Cheltenham
GL52 5NA | map
Gloucestershire
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 573558
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There are reports of football going on in Cheltenham from as early as the first half of the 19th century. The first known instance of using three officials (albeit two in the field of play and one off field official) was recorded in Cheltenham in 1849. The modern club dates back to 1887, when Albert Close White returned from his studies in London. He had discovered Association Football whilst at college and decided to start a team in his native Cheltenham. The team is nicknamed 'The Robins' due to the read and white shirts they wear. Cheltenham turned professional in 1932 and joined the Southern League in 1935, where they stayed for the next 50 years. In 1985 the team managed to gain promotion to the Alliance Premier League (now the Conference) after winning the Southern League Championship. Unfortunately, they were relegated again in 1992. They finished as Southern League runners up for four out of the next five years, before Steve Cotterill took over as manager. They regained promotion to the Conference and won the FA Trophy the next year. One year later, gained promotion to the Football League for the first time in club history, where they have remained since.


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