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Open Day 2017: No dramas! Robins Trust to launch Aaron Downes Legend T-shirt

He was the first player to sign up to Gary Johnson’s Robins revolution and led us to National League title glory – now Aaron Downes is to star on a T-shirt.

Cheltenham’s number one Aussie has been a massive fan favourite during his time with the Robins due to his fine on-field performance and, perhaps more tellingly, his leadership and character off it.

In the famous green and gold colours of Australia, the shirt shows Downesy with the National League trophy with the man himself explaining the reason behind the “No dramas” slogan.

“I suppose it’s a fairly typical Aussie phrase and it’s certainly one I say a lot,” Downes said.

“Unlike a lot of what Harry Pell says, it makes perfect sense!”

“I am honoured that the Trust have chosen to do this. It’s a massive thing for me that the fans think of me in that way.

“I have always appreciated the fans at every club I’ve played for and I am pleased to say they have always seemed to take to me.

“That kind of relationship with the supporters has always meant more to me than going to the next club for a few extra quid.

“I have always wanted to be that loyal bloke who is appreciated by the fans and I am thrilled that, they’ve chosen me for this shirt.

“That day when we picked up the National League title was one of the best moments of my career. I still get a shiver down my spine when I see the pictures now.

“And now to have the moment captured in the green and gold of Australia is perfect.”










Since inception in 2005 the Trust has produced a number of legend shirts to commemorate the great players and cult heroes to have represented the Robins.

There are plans to release a number of new designs over the course of the next season, but acting chairman Tarran Wilson and the Trust board felt that captain Downes should be the first.

Tarran said: “When we spoke at a Trust meeting we all agreed that Downesy would make the perfect design for the second phase of Trust shirts.

“He was the first man to sign up to the new era, was captain of our National League title winners and has become a massive fan favourite.

“We are hoping to launch new designs throughout the season, honouring special players and special moments, so watch this space.”

The Aaron Downes NO DRAMAS T-shirts cost £14 or £12 for Trust members and will be on sale at the Robins Trust run Cheltenham Town Open Day on Sunday.

There is an initial limited edition run of shirts for sale in a variety of sizes, but the Trust will be taking orders and producing another run to satisfy demand.

The Trust are also running a prize draw for a signed Neil Grayson legend shirt – to be in with a chance of winning it, visit the Trust stand at the Open Day.

For more information about the Robins Trust Cheltenham Town Open Day visit and

The Robins Trust Cheltenham Town Open Day

WHERE: Seasons, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, GL51 9RX.
WHEN: Sunday, July 16 2017 from midday. Doors open 11.30am.

Running order:

12pm: First team get to work for their daily training session
12.30pm: The Cup-winning Cheltenham Town Ladies host an open training session
1pm: Watch the Robins v the Robins as the squad go head-to-head in 7v7 action.
1.30pm: Launch of the 2017/18 change kit
2.15pm: Meet Gary Johnson and the players
2.30pm: Robins fans v Legends

Open Day 2017: Bring your boots, girls!

Cheltenham Town’s Ladies team will take centre stage at the Robins Trust run club Open Day on Sunday, July 16.

The 2016/17 GFA Women’s Trophy winners will be holding an interactive training session – and girls of all ages are invited to bring their boots and get involved.

Open Day 2017 will kick-off at midday, when Gary Johnson and his first team squad report for work on a busy day of pre-season training, but attention will soon shift from the men to the ladies.

From 12.30pm manager Graham Fletcher and the Ladies team will be running a training session for girls of all ages.

Fletcher said that the idea of getting his squad involved was that of the Trust’s Fan Elected Director Murry Toms.

Cheltenham Town Ladies boss Graham Fletcher

“Murry has been key in getting us there on the day and we are delighted to be involved,” he said.

“We have a session planned with the girls that will include something that we call the Cheltenham Game followed by a number of interactive games for people to get involved with, so bring your boots.”

The interactive session is perfectly planned as it kicks off Girls Football Week, a Football Association run scheme aimed at improving female participation in football at all levels.

Fletcher is even hopeful that some new talent will show themselves at the Open Day and add to a burgeoning number of players who put on the red and white shirt and represent Cheltenham Town.

“This is perfectly timed for us as it comes at the start of Girls Football Week and at a time when Cheltenham Town Ladies are going from strength to strength,” Fletcher added.

“In the past few months we have merged with Cheltenham Spa Youth and we now have a pathway of players from under-8 level through to the first team.

“At our first training session earlier this week we had 48 girls involved and that shows the strength in depth we have as a club.

“We have also been lucky enough to have Baroness Sue Campbell, head of women’s football at the FA come along and see the great work we are doing.

“And with the women’s team playing two games at Whaddon Road this coming season, it’s a really exciting time to be involved with Cheltenham Town Ladies.”

The Ladies team have also been included in a special event to launch the club’s new change strip, with the full details revealed – like the new kit – at the Open Day.

Open Day 2017: Download the poster

Trust FED Murry Toms is thrilled to see the Ladies team play a full part in the Open Day.

“While there is no official link between the two clubs the Trust board and I felt that it was vital to have a good, strong bond,” he said.

“I have a young daughter and when she grows up I want her to be able to have a chance to wear the red and white stripes and call herself a Cheltenham Town player.

“I am sure that is the case for hundreds of parents across the town and Gloucestershire. Hopefully the Open Day will showcase the great work down by Graham and his fantastic team of footballers.

“Like Gary Johnson and his team, the Ladies represent our town and the Trust are thrilled they can be involved at the Open Day.”

The Open Day will also feature the launch of the new 2017/18 change kit and the Fans v Legends match that was one of the rewards for the Crowdfunder Scoreboard campaign.

For more information about the Robins Trust Cheltenham Town Open Day visit and

The Robins Trust Cheltenham Town Open Day

WHERE: Seasons, Quat Goose Lane, Swindon Village, GL51 9RX.
WHEN: Sunday, July 16 2017 from midday. Doors open 11.30am.

Running order:

12pm: First team get to work for their daily training session
12.30pm: The Cup-winning Cheltenham Town Ladies host an open training session
1pm: Watch the Robins v the Robins as the squad go head-to-head in 7v7 action.
1.30pm: Launch of the 2017/18 change kit
2.15pm: Meet Gary Johnson and the players
2.30pm: Robins fans v Legends

All welcome at open meeting on May 15

A new era for the Robins Trust began last month when Murry Toms became the second Fan Elected Director to take a seat on the Cheltenham Town board.

Now it’s your chance to take a role in what happens next.

With current Trust chairman Clive Gowing standing down from his post and a number of current Trust board members deciding to do likewise, change is in the air.

So, the Trust board has decided to throw the doors open to all Cheltenham Town fans and are encouraging as many as possible to have a say in what direction they want the Trust to take next.

We are holding a Special General Meeting of the Trust board on Monday, May 15 (7.45pm) at the LCI Rail Stadium – and everyone is welcome to attend.

FED Murry Toms will be there on the night to meet and chat with fans and members of the current Trust board will also be in attendance to explain what is involved in being a board member.

And while there will be Trust business to see to on the night, Murry said that the most important item on the agenda will be to hear from fans who aren’t already involved with the Trust.

He said “The main purpose of the meeting is for the board and supporters to have an informal chat about how the Trust works and how you can get involved in making the Trust, and the Club better.

“So if you have any moans or gripes, ideas or suggestions then we would love to see you.

“But more important than that, if you have a passion for Cheltenham Town then this is your chance to have a very real role in what your Trust and Football Club does next.”

UPDATED: The meeting of the Robins Trust will take place in the Premier Suite at the LCI Rail Stadium from 7.45pm on Monday, May 15. All welcome.

EFL Whole Game Solution – Update From The Trust

Following on from the open letter to all Robins Trust Members and Supporters of Cheltenham Town the Robins Trust would like to explain their current thoughts with regards The Whole Game Solution.

Many supporters will have read or seen some of the headline behind the recent football league proposals not least the proposal for an additional 8 teams to be included within the football league to form 5 divisions of 20 teams.

We are told by the EFL that the driver behind these proposals are to solve fixture congestion and improve the national team. Whilst every English football fan will agree that the national team needs improving we can’t see what positive impact league two matches will have on the English national team. The Premier League already has a league of 20 and although the Championship has a league of 24 teams none of the most recent England squads included players from the Championship.

The second issue that we are told needs resolving is that of fixture congestion and the clashes with the Champions League. Clashes with Champions League football does have an effect on attendances, however improved planning around midweek fixture should be able to resolve this given the fact that the current league two fixture list currently only has 6 Tuesday night matches scheduled.

The current proposals offer far too much contradiction, the above paragraph is designed to reduce the amount of mid week matches in an order to increase attendances. However the proposals then offers the suggestion to consider the FA Cup becoming a mid week completion whilst keeping the tradition and prestige of the competition and the idea of a winter break.

As supporters of league two clubs we would not be against the idea of a winter break in the Premier League and even the Championship but lets use this to the advantage of league one, league two and the non league pyramid. Lets use a winter break in the top two league in the country to promote football at a lower level and use this as a time to show case football to the thousands of supporters that believe there is not a life outside the premier league.

Finally we lead onto the financial implications of the proposals. Each club in league two will be playing four less home games resulting in a reduction in matchday revenue and the current football league and premier league solidarity payments will now be split over an extra eight teams. How this loss in revenue will be covered is still yet to be explained within the proposals or indeed how the current split between football league or solidarity payments following the new league structure.

Far too many of the current proposals are unknown or contradict themselves. A proposal on how the additional eight teams will be made up has still to be determined (apart from knowing that 2 teams will not be relegated for one season the criteria for the other six has yet to be decided).

The Robins Trust can assure fans that there voice will be heard on these proposals and are planning to use our AGM due by the end of November to discuss these proposals. . It is hoped that by this time more information may be known following a league meeting of all EFL clubs on September 22nd and the Robins Trust are also planning to attend a meeting of all EFL supporters Trusts regarding this subject to be held in October.

If you would like to contact the Robins Trust on this subject or any other matter please feel free to speak to any raffle seller on a match day or email


Clive Gowing, Louise Gowing, Mike Collins, Andy Wiggins, Leo Hoenig, Brian Lancaster, Claire Mitten, Anne Mitten, Tarran Wilson – (Your Trust Directors)