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Derby Day: El Glosico – Cheltenham Town v Forest Green Rovers

This weekend football fans were treated with a frenzy of local derby matches in the Premier League. I took a look at the history of Gloucestershire’s El Glosico.

The first meeting between the two came in the 1919/20 season in a Gloucestershire Northern Junior Cup semi-final, which Cheltenham won 4-2.

Fast forward nearly 100 years and the last time Cheltenham Town beat rivals Forest Green Rovers, current manager Michael Duff was in the Robins’ line-up.

This came in Cheltenham’s Conference title winning campaign in 1998, when they won 2-1 away from home with goals from Jason Eaton and David Norton.

Since that victory Cheltenham Town have not beaten Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers for more than 20 years.

Eight meetings between the two sides have taken place since, with Rovers winning half of the games and the two clubs sharing the spoils in the remaining four games.

Last year the two clubs clashed in the county’s first historic League meeting, after Rovers finally got promoted at the third successive attempt of play-off football in the conference, joining their neighbours in League Two.

That match ended 1-1 with both goals coming in the first half, Christian Doidge put Rovers ahead inside the first 10 minutes but Mo Eisa levelled things up in the 39th minute.

Cheltenham Town are still looking for their first league win against Forest Green Rovers but that win could soon come in the coming weeks when they host the Green Devils at the Jonny Rocks on December 29.

Recent Head to Head record

Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Cheltenham Town, Conference, August 8, 1998

Cheltenham Town 1-1 Forest Green, Conference, April 20, 1999

Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Cheltenham Town, National League, September 22, 2015

Cheltenham Town 1-1 Forest Green Rovers, National League, November 21, 2015

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Forest Green Rovers, Checkatrade Trophy, October 3, 2017

Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham Town, League Two, November 25, 2017

Cheltenham Town 0-1 Forest Green Rovers, League Two, April 14, 2018

Cheltenham Town 0-4 Forest Green Rovers, Checkatrade Trophy, September 4, 2018

Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham Town, League Two, October 20, 2018

We have one more piece coming up in the El Glosico series, stay tuned.

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