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Manchester City used Cheltenham bar as changing room during FA Cup clash

Last updated 1 month ago | By Reuters

Football - Cheltenham Town v Manchester City - FA Cup Fourth Round General View of Whaddon Road, also known as Jonny-Rocks Stadium [Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ian Smith]

Manchester City players got changed in the bar at Cheltenham Town’s Stadium when they visited for the FA Cup clash on Saturday. January 23.  

City, whose market value is estimated at over 950 million pounds ($1.3 billion) by specialist website Transfermarktbeat Cheltenham 3-1 at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, where away teams have used the Victory Bar as a changing room during the COVID-19 crisis.

Asked what City’s expensively assembled side would think of the Whaddon Road facilities, Duff told reporters: “I don’t know, probably not a lot with the stadiums they play in every week,” said team manager Michael Duff.

“They’ll be getting changed in a lounge, as in, a bar, but we’ll make it as hospitable as we can. I don’t think there’s anything special for them, but all protocols are in place.

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Cheltenham Town v Manchester City - The Jonny-Rocks Stadium, Cheltenham, Britain - January 23, 2021 Manchester City's Zack Steffen in action Pool via REUTERS/Toby Melville

“I’d imagine they’ll be in the same place as everyone else has, but with a few more staff than League Two teams. Hopefully we can give them everything they need to make it a good day.”

Duff said he was confident City would have no complaints about the state of their pitch.

“It isn’t a League Two pitch so to speak. You aren’t going to get a Ronnie Radford scene where it’s like a ploughed field,” Duff said, referring to the ex-Hereford United player’s FA Cup stunner against Newcastle United on a muddy pitch in 1972.

“They’ll be able to play football on it and we won’t be training on it for the next three days trying to make it as bad as possible because there’s a league campaign after this. We pride ourselves on playing good football.

“We’re not going to ruin the pitch for this one occasion.”

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