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OPPOSITION GUIDE: CHELTENHAM TOWN

17 September 2019

City are set for their second away trip in four days tonight, travelling to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two. 

Michael Duff's side have enjoyed a strong start to the 2019/20 campaign, currently sat a place above the Bantams - in sixth place - in the league table. 

With action set to get underway from 7.45pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on this evening's hosts.

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Jonny-Rocks Stadium outfit have spent a busy summer adding to their ranks, making 10 new singings and waving goodbye to a further 10 players.

Ins: Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers), Dan Bowry (Charlton Athletic), Jacob Greaves (Hull City, loan), Charlie Raglan (Oxford United), Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers), Max Sheaf (Hull City, loan), Jake Doyle-Hayes (Aston Villa, loan), Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers, loan), Jonte Smith (unnasigned), Rohan Ince (unnasigned).

Outs: Nigel Atangana (Exeter City), Matt Bower (Bath City), Tyrone Barnett (Eastleigh), Manny Duku (Torquay United), Tom Smith (Bath City), Jordan Forster (Dundee), Kevin Dawson (Forest Green Rovers), Liam McAlinden (Halifax Town), Rakish Bingham (released), Johnny Mullins (retired).

ONES TO WATCH

Alex Addai:

An exciting forward, Addai has two goals in Sky Bet League Two so far, this season. 

The 25-year-old's youth career included time at Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool, before an established non-league spell earned him a move to Gloucestershire. 

Ryan Broom:

Broom has begun this season on red-hot form, averaging a goal every two league games, from the centre of midfield. 

A double in the Robins' last outing at Salford City earned the 23-year-old a place in the EFL Team of the Week.

Luke Varney:

Now 36, much-travelled Varney has enjoyed a long career in the EFL, and brings a weath of experience to City's opponents. 

The striker has 16 goals in 46 outings for the Robins and has turned out for the likes of Charlton Athletic, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wedensday and Portsmouth. 

Conor Thomas:

The 25-year-old turned out on over 100 occasions for his hometown club, Coventry City, prior to joining the Jonny-Rocks Stadium outfit. 

The midfielder has one goal this season and, on top of a spell in India, has also been capped by England at under-17 and under-18 level. 

THE MANAGER

In his first senior management role, Michael Duff has just celebrated his first year of being at the Cheltenham helm. 

An accomplished player, Duff made over 600 league appearences for the Robins and Burnley, in addition to earning 24 international caps with Northern Ireland. 

The older brother of former Bantams defender Shane, the 41-year-old begun his coaching career in the Clarets' academy, with a two-year stint between 2016 and 2018. 

THE CAPTAIN

Ben Tozer is in his second year at this evening's opponents, having signed from Newport County in the summer of 2019.

The much-travelled midfielder - known for his long throw-ins - carries a wealth of EFL experience.  

Starting his youth career at his hometown club Plymouth Argyle, the 29-year-old has also represented Newcastle United, Northampton Town and Swindon Town. 

LAST TIME OUT

Michael Duff's men recorded back-to-back victories in their last outing, winning 2-0 at Salford City. 

Salford City 0

Cheltenham Town 2 (Ryan Broom 32', 82')

Sky Bet League One

Saturday September 14th 2019

Attendance: 2,389

Oldham: Scott Flinders; Sean Long, Charlie Ranglan, Ben Tozer (c), Jacob Greaves, Chris Hussey; Ryan Broom (yellow 83'), Conor Thomas, Jake Doyle-Hayes; Gavin Reilly (Alex Addai 61'), Luke Varney (Jonte Smith 88'). Subs (not used): Dan Bowry, Chris Clements, Tahvon Campbell, George Lloyd, Rhys Lovett. 

Supporters will be able to pay on the gate this evening. CLICK HERE to read the latest Away Day Guide.


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