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Cheltenham Town

Formed 1887

Promoted to Nationwide Division Three 1999. Relegated to Vanarama National League 2015.

Promoted to League Two 2016.

Kit History

1887-1896

cheltenham town 1896-97

1896-1897 t

1897-1907

1907-1932 a

circa1932-1934 a o

1934-1940

1940s g

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cheltenham town fc 1947-48

1947-1948 n

cheltenham town fc 1951

1951-1953 n

cheltenham town fc 1953

1953-1956 n

circa 1957 g

cheltenham town fc 1959

1959-1960 n

cheltenham town fc 1965

1965-1966 early n

1965-1966 late g n

cheltenham town fc 1966

1966-1967 n

cheltenham town fc 1967-68

1967-1968 r

1968-1973

1973-1974 g

cheltenham town 1979-80

1979-1980 j

cheltenham town 1980-81

1980-1981 j

cheltenham town fc 1981-82

1981-1982 q s

Umbro
cheltenham town 1981-1983

1982-1983 e j

cheltenham town fc 1983-84

1983-1984 q

Umbro
cheltenham town fc 1984-85

1984-1985 q

Umbro
CHELTENHAM TOWN 1985-86 KIT

1985-1986 h

Henson
cheltenham town fc 1986-87

1986-1987 q

Henson

1987-1988 a c d

1988-1989 d

cheltenham town fc 1989-1991

1989-1991 q

1991-1992 e

UK

1995-1996 k

Matchwinner
cheltenham town 1996-97

1996-1997 d p s

Errea

1997-1999 b c m

Errea

1999-2000 b l

Errea

2000-2002 b m

Errea

2002-2004 b

Errea

2004-2006 a b f

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2006-2008 a m

Errea

2008-2010 a i

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cheltenham town fc 2010-11

2010-2011 a

Errea
cheltenham town fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Errea
cheltenham town fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2014 a

Errea
cheltenham town 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 a

Errea
cheltenham town fc 2015-16 kit

2015-2016 a

Errea
cheltenham town fc 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 a

 

Background

cheltenham town team group circa 1932

Until recently it was believed that Cheltenham Town was founded in 1892 but research published on the club's web site (April 2010) states that it came into being five years earlier. Credit goes to a native of the town, Albert Close White who became a devotee of the association game while at college in London and introduced it to Cheltenham when he returned to take up a teaching post. The club was formed after trials were held at the East Gloucestershire cricket ground in 1887.

It is unclear what the team wore in their formative years although it is implied by a report in the Cheltenham Chronicle (29th August 1896) that they were common to many of their opponents (white shirts perhaps?). This same report confirms that the committee decided to adopt ruby shirts, giving rise to their nickname of “The Rubies.”

Cheltenham played in local leagues until 1932 when the decision was taken to turn professional and join the Birmingham Combination. At this time the ruby shirts were dropped in favour of red and white hoops.

Three years later Cheltenham joined the Southern League, where they remained for the next 50 years.

Success did not arrive until the mid-1950s when the Robins (as they were now nicknamed) achieved six consecutive placings in the top six and won the Southern League Cup in 1958. In 1969 they dropped into the second tier of the Southern League and although they returned to the Premier Division in 1977, they narrowly failed to qualify for the Alliance Premier League, which was formed in 1979 and was the forerunner of the Conference.cheltenham town crest 1991

After a further period of mediocrity, Cheltenham won the Southern League championship in 1985 to earn promotion to the Football Conference. After seven years at the top level of non-League competition, Cheltenham were relegated back to the Southern League but they returned in 1997. Two years later Cheltenham sealed the Conference title with a dramatic 3-2 win against Yeovil and with it a place in the Football League.

The club crest, which is the coat of arms of Cheltenham, was, as far as we know at HFK, first worn in the late 1940s and was revived in 1991.

cheltenham town fc 2010 crestAfter two very creditable finishes, the Robins reached the play-off final in 2002 where they beat Rushden & Diamonds for a place in Nationwide Division Two. Life at this higher level proved too challenging, however, and the club were relegated at the end of their first season. Indeed, the team has ever since bounced between the two lower divisions.

For the 2010-11 season a brand new crest was introduced, a smart modernistic design based upon a robin, the team's traditional nickname and the following season, to mark their 125th anniversary, an all-ruby strip was used. The colour proved popular with supporters and was retained when striped shirts returned in 2012-13.

For the 2014-15 season more familiar red and white striped shirts were adopted but the return to this traditional look was not matched by success on the field and the Robins were relegated to the rebranded National League but they bounced back immediately, winning the title with 12 points to spare.

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Sources

  • (a) Cheltenham Town Official Website
  • (b) empics
  • (c) Alliance to Conference (John Harman 2005)
  • (d) Ade Williams
  • (d) jumpers4goalposts
  • (e) Mark Halliwell
  • (f) David King
  • (g) Mike Weaver
  • (h) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (i) Fabrizio Taddei (Errea)
  • (j) Mark Alton
  • (k) Brendan Lewis
  • (l) Stefan Cooper
  • (m) Keith Ellis (HFK Research Associate)
  • (n) Simon Monks
  • (o) Warren Lyons
  • (p) Paul Evans
  • (q) Michael Gluck
  • (r) Margate FC History submitted by Richard Ralph
  • (s) The Non-League Directory
  • (t) Cheltenham Chronicle (29th August 1896) submitted by Brian Webb

Crests are the property of Cheltenham Town FC. Photograph courtesy the club's Official Website.