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Football writer pens third book on club’s history

A regional daily football writer has penned his third book which charts the history of a football team that he covers.

Jon Palmer, chief football writer for Gloucestershire Media, has written Cheltenham Town: 365 about all the significant dates in the life of the football club, which he reports on for the Gloucestershire Echo, The Citizen and Western Daily Press.

He is a lifelong fan of the club, nicknamed the Robins, and it is the third book he has written about it, following on from Cheltenham Town: 50 Greats, which was published in 2006, and Cheltenham Town: Classic Matches, in 2009.

Jon said the book includes all the key dates from the club’s history dating back to 1887 when it was formed.

He said: “I am lifelong fan of the Robins and I have been reporting on them for eight years, attending all home and away matches.

“I started watching the club in the late 1980s, but I have always had a keen interest in earlier years in their history.

“I am working on a fourth book, which is something different and the first I have done which is not Cheltenham Town-related.”

The book is published by The History Press and includes at least one entry for every day of the year.

Jon said he believed the most significant of these was 22 April, 1999 when Cheltenham were promoted to the Football League after 112 years as a non-league outfit, beating Yeovil Town 3-2 with a dramatic 97th minute goal.

The book is available from Amazon.

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