Cheltenham Town, 21st
After the massive high of winning the National League, many of our fans were hoping for a challenge for promotion or at least consolidation in mid-table. What we ended up with was a relegation battle. We finished the season losing 6-1 at champions Portsmouth, highlighting the massive gap in quality between the top and 21st.
We won the National League title by a fair distance the previous year so keeping the squad together was the fair thing to do. Unfortunately, too many of the players couldn’t make the step up to League football. The January transfer window enabled us to shore up the team and there was a definite improvement over the final few months. How much of this improvement was down to the awful state of the Whaddon Road pitch, which gave us a significant advantage, is up for debate and the end we did just about enough to survive. Paul