Cheltenham Town V Carlisle United
Tuesday 19th August 2014
Cheltenham Town Football Club /ˈtʃɛltnəm ˈtaʊn/ is an English football club playing in League Two, the fourth tier in the English football league system. Founded in 1887, the team has played at four different grounds, namely Agg-Gardner's Recreation Ground, Carter's Field and now the Abbey Business Stadium, although it is more commonly known as Whaddon Road. Their nickname is The Robins.
Cheltenham were promoted to the FL in 1998-99 when they won the English Conference. Whaddon Road is a football stadium in Cheltenham, England. It is the home ground of Cheltenham Town F.C. and shared with Gloucester City A.F.C.. It has a total capacity of 7,066, with a mixture of seating and terracing. The ground's official name was the Victory Sports Ground until April 2009 when it was renamed the Abbey Business Stadium through a sponsorship deal.The ground is made up of 4 stands:
- Hazlewoods Stand (Whaddon Road) - capacity 1,100. An all-seated stand behind one of the goals, the Carlsberg Stand was opened in 2005 and is designated to away fans. For the 2009-10 season it was given to home supporters, but after one season it was returned to away fans.
- Quality Solicitors Thomson & Bancks Stand (Wymans Road) - capacity 2,034. An all-seated stand that runs down one side of the pitch. The stand was opened in November 2001 and is home to the vocal "Wymans" supporters. For big games, two sections of the stand are given to away supporters.
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Stand (Prestbury Road End) - capacity circa 2,100. Opened in 1999, this is a covered terrace behind the other goal, the LMI Terrace is the home standing end.
- Jelf Stand (Main Stand) - capacity circa 1,800. Built in 1963, it is a mixture of terracing (Tunnel and Paddock enclosures) at the front and seating at the back. The Main Stand runs down on side of the pitch, but is unusual in that it does not stretch the full length of the touchline and does not reach either corner flag. It contains the players dressing rooms, hospitality, directors and press boxes. It also includes a family section.
The first time I made my way down to Cheltenham was in October 2001 there were none of the all seated stands you see now there it was just open terraces and a main stand (Although obviously segregated for FL Rules). At the time I had travelled down after early shift on the 12:42 direct to Cheltenham and having arrived in Cheltenham around 18:00 I took the bus into the town centre before walking to the ground. The game ended 1-0 to Cheltenham but at the time i never took any photo’s or anything like that as Camera Phones had not yet been invented which makes me feel old as its a standard way on life nowadays. On the way back I had hitched a lift with the supporters bus paying half the return fare. arriving back in Carlisle sometime in the 2/3 Am region. I decided that this season with Carlisle being relegated It mean the opportunity to redo a few ground this was one of the ones I wanted to re do for photo’s sake.
I was picked up from home around 10am by a friend from Coventry who had been staying at his Mums near Carlisle, Once he got home and dropped his boys off back in Coventry we made the Journey from there to Cheltenham. We parked up near the Sudeley Arms and had a burger and chips inside for £7 which was massive and well worth it we wandered up to the ground from there. The game itself was 0-0 but in the last few minutes Carlisle had a goal disallowed when Billy Paynter scored but the linesman adjudged it to be offside replays have later showed he was onside. That decision probably cost United all 3 points.
After the game I managed to hitch a life back to Carlisle on the Supporters bus just like I did in 2001 for the sum of £20 sitting at the back of the bus with 3 15 Year olds from Workington who had to wait for the 07:40 train back out west when we eventually arrived at 2.15am. A long day but glad I got some photo’s