Cheltenham Town Football Club - Whaddon Road

Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, GL52 5NA

Tickets:

01242-573558

Enquiries:

01242-573558

Fax:

01242-224675

Official Website:

www.ctfc.com

Nick Name:

The Robins

Email Address:

info@ctfc.com

Our Impressions of Whaddon Road

Whaddon Road is a compact ground located on the north east side of Cheltenham with views of the picturesque Cotswold Hills in the distance. Some modernization has been carried out in recent years with new stands and new facilities.


The covered single-tier In2Print stand runs the length of one side of the pitch (capacity 2,000 seated). On the opposite side is the covered Stagecoach West Stand with terracing at the front and seats to the rear (capacity 1,068). Curiously it does not extend along the full length of the pitch but straddles the half way line. It houses the executive boxes, dressing rooms, Club’s offices and the social club.


At the Prestbury Road end of the pitch is the covered Cheltenham and Gloucester stand (capacity 1,980 standing) with the covered Carlsberg stand (capacity 1,100 seated) at the Whaddon Road end.


Away fans are located in the Carlsberg stand. With much of the roof covered in perspex, there’s plenty of light and with no pillars in the way, pitch views are excellent. With the ends of the stand enclosed, there’s no wind. If necessary, an additional 700 seats can be allocated to Away fans in the adjacent end of the In2Print stand.


Toilet areas are quite large with good access.


The stewarding and home fans are very friendly. Unlike at many other grounds, when their team is losing badly (3-0 down half-time) and relegation beckons, the home fans don’t leave but still vocally support their team.


Before travelling to Cheltenham, check whether horse racing is on at the nearby course. If so, allow plenty of additional time to get to and leave the ground as the town can get ‘gridlocked’ on horse race days especially if the famous Cheltenham Festival is on.


Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 1st February 2009

Directions to Whaddon Road

By Road

Set the satnav for GL52 5NA or follow the route below. On entering Cheltenham, the ground is well signposted.

From the M5

Exit the M5 at junction 11, and head towards Cheltenham on the A40 'Golden Valley Bypass'. At the first roundabout take the third exit sign posted Cheltenham. Turn left into Gloucester Road past the railway station. At the Tesco Traffic lights, turn right into the High Street. At the traffic lights turn left, then right into Swindon road. Turn left opposite a restaurant called Millennium. Take the first right at the traffic lights and then left into Prestbury Road. At the roundabout take the third exit towards Prestbury. Whaddon Road is the first road on the right and the ground is 100 yards on the left.

By Rail

The station is two miles from the ground - about 40 minutes on foot - so taking a taxi is one option. Alternatively take bus D or E to the town centre from opposite the railway station. Once in the centre, walk to the ground (about ten minutes) or take bus A to the Whaddon Road bus stop outside the ground.

Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 1st February 2009

Local Area around Whaddon Road

The ground is in a residential area with several pubs and small local stores nearby.


Car Parking


The car park at the ground is reserved for permit holders with an area allocated to coaches. The side streets around the ground are narrow with little space to park safely. Car parking is possible though in some of the residential streets between the ground and the town centre.


Alternatively park in the Parklands Social Club in Wymans Road (charge £4) or use the Club’s free Park and Ride (journey time – approximately ten minutes). It operates for most home games from Cheltenham Racecourse to the Whaddon Road Off Licence (250 metres from the ground). For Saturday games, buses leave the Racecourse every 20 minutes from from 1 pm to 2.40 pm, returning at 5 pm, 5.20 pm or 5.40 pm. For evening games, the same service operates – starting from 6 pm, last bus back at 10.25 pm.


One point to note : When there are major races on at Cheltenham racecourse, (...mainly in November), parking can be a real issue, as around 100,000 race goer's turn up!


Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 1st February 2009

Disabled Facilities at Whaddon Road

Disabled parking is located in the car park at the ground. Away fans in wheelchairs are located at the front of the Carlsberg stand, at pitch level in front of the first row of seats. There’s a disabled toilet where the stand meets the In2Print stand.


Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 1st February 2009

Pubs Near Whaddon Road

The Cat and Fiddle

It’s best feature is that it’s the nearest pub to the ground. Serves Arkells beers otherwise there’s little to recommend it.

The Fox & Hounds

A large pub, five minutes from the ground, on the way out of Cheltenham in Prestbury Road.

The Fiery Angel

In Hewlett Road at its junction with Duke Street, five to ten minutes from the ground. It serves hot food including curry burgers!

The Robins Nest

The Social Club at the ground has a good atmosphere although home fans are in the majority. It has sports TV and serves hot food

The Sudeley Arms

In Prestbury Road towards the town, about five minutes from the ground. Well kept beers (London Pride, Charles Wells) and friendly bar staff. Food limited to rolls and crisps. Used mainly by Away fans.

The Parklands Social Club

In Wymans Road at the back of the ground, where you can also park your car (the £4 charge helps fund the Club’s community activities). Very friendly, good atmosphere, good range of beers, massive TV screen showing Sky Football. The Club serves basic hot food – burgers, sausages, chips, etc.

The Kemble Brewery

A small friendly pub hidden away in the residential Fairview Street, five minutes from the ground. It has a superb range of real ales plus sports TV on a small screen.

Fast Food Near Whaddon Road

Whaddon Fish Bar

The Whaddon Fish Bar in Whaddon Road serves great fish and chips, burgers and kebabs.

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