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OPPOSITION PROFILE: Who are Cheltenham Town’s FA Cup opposition, Ebbsfleet United?

The 1957/58 season saw Cheltenham Town beat Gravesend & Northfleet in the final of the Southern League Cup. Now, in 2018, the two sides meet in the First Round of the FA Cup, but one side has had a slight rebrand…

Cheltenham begin their FA Cup campaign with an away tie to Ebbsfleet United, and Parklife Sport takes you through everything you need to know about Saturday’s opposition.

WHO WERE THEY?

After the merger of Gravesend United and Northfleet United, Gravesend & Northfleet was born in 1946. The side played Cheltenham in the 1960s, with both sides playing in the Southern League Division One. In 2007, Gravesend & Northfleet rebranded as Ebbsfleet United.

WHAT LEAGUE ARE THEY IN?

Finishing in sixth place last season, the expectation for club is that they can compete for promotion into the Football League. However, this season, they have struggled and sit in 15th place in the Vanarama National league.

WHO’S THE MANAGER?

Irishman Daryl McMahon is the man currently in charge at Ebbsfleet. The 36-year-old has been at the helm since April 2015, after replacing former Forest Green Rovers assistant Jamie Day.

WHERE DO THEY PLAY?

Ebbsfleet play their home games at Stonebridge Road. It has a capacity of 4,769 (2,179 seated).

WHERE ARE THEY?

Ebbsfleet are based in the town of Northfleet, Kent.

HOW FAR IS IT?

For any Cheltenham fans planning to travel to Stonebridge Road on Saturday, they better plan ahead. If you travel from the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, the journey will take approximately two hours and 40 minutes. That’s 137.6 miles in total.

LAST MEETING

Although Cheltenham are yet to play Ebbsfleet, their most fixture against Gravesend & Northfleet came in 1996. The Robins finished as 3-1 winners in the Southern League Premier Division, with Mark Bellingham, Chris Banks, and Martin Boyle all on the score sheet.

RECENT RESULTS

Saturday 3rd November – Ebbsfleet 1-0 Barrow (Kedwell) – National League

Tuesday 30th October – Ebbsfleet 1-1 Maidstone United (Clark) – National League

Saturday 27th October – Salford 1-1 Ebbsfleet (Whitely) – National League

Saturday 20th October – Ebbsfleet 4-0 Worthing (Coulson x2, Winfield, McQueen) – FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Saturday 13th October – Solihull Moors 2-1 Ebbsfleet (OG) – National League

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

Prices for Saturday’s fixture have been set at £15 for adults, £12 for concessions, with juniors (ages 12 to 16) priced at £7. Tickets for under-12s will cost £1.

All supporters will pay on the day.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

For any fans wishing to travel to Kent, supporter buses will depart the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 10am. These will cost £16/£14 for members, and £18/16 for non-members.

 

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