Fill The Paddock
We did it
On 14th June 2020 we successfully raised £31,387 with 854 supporters in 15 days

We want to finish the season together by creating an artificial army of supporters for the play-offs

by Cheltenham Town in Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

DEADLINE FOR PICTURES ON MONDAY: FULL DETAILS

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We did it! That's a stunning effort. Thank you so much yet again for your inspiring support. It means the world to us and we couldn't do this without you.

We've spoken to our suppliers and we are going to keep going, but time is tight. For now we're going to open the turnstiles in the Speedy Skips Stand, behind the goal at the Prestbury Road End, and add an extra 250 supporters for the match in the home end.

Former Robins defender John Brough has challenged supporters to get behind Michael Duff and his team by pledging to add their face to the crowd, donating his 1999 Conference winners medal to the campaign. 

One lucky pledger will win the historic keepsake. More details












Barring a major setback, the play-offs are set to go ahead without supporters due to the coronavirus and the current social distancing guidelines.

And that's so difficult for our amazing fans, who've been with us every step of the way and played such a vital role in getting us into this position in the first place.

This unprecedented conclusion presents a huge challenge for us too, unable to open the turnstiles for one last time this season.

This wasn't what we had in mind when we started this journey at Leyton Orient last August, but it's where we find ourselves today. 

Our support this season has been nothing short of magnificent and we're determined to finish the season together with you, from home.

So as the players prepare to return to training on Monday, we're going to try to do something to bring everyone together for one last push.

Together, from home.

We're partnering with our friends at Typecraft and Signcraft to create an artificial army of 500 supporters to get behind the boys against Northampton Town in the forthcoming play-off semi-final at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

We also want to show solidarity with our charity partner, the Hollie Gazzard Trust, by donating 10% of all the profits from this campaign to their mission of tackling domestic violence.

We know it's a challenging time for everyone but we're hoping that the town will see this idea as a unique way to show its support at a time when we need it the most. 

It will help us to generate some much needed income, supporting our local business and charity partners in the process. We hope it's something our supporters will hopefully enjoy being involved in, too.

We only have about two weeks to do this if we're going to do it, so we need to make a start now. The date of the match has not been confirmed by the EFL but we can assume that it will be towards the last week of June at this moment in time.

The one thing we do know is that when it does go ahead, it will be the only time our supporters will be 'board stiff' all season . . . 


• Supporters at Borussia Monchengladbach. Credit: FPMG Supporters Club

Your face in the crowd.

We're extremely sad that we will not be able to welcome fans for the game, which must take place behind closed doors.

Our plan is to fill The Paddock with 500 fans to show the players, and the world that the town is right behind the team during the crucial play-offs

We also want to use our electronic scoreboard to display videos of supporters doing their thing to get behind the lads from home. 

Pledge £25 we will add your own 'cardboard cut-out' to The Paddock which we will return to you, signed, as soon as it's safe to do so. We will also give you the opportunity to send us a short video of you supporting the Robins from home, which we will add to all the others and show in a continuous loop on our scoreboard during the game.

How will it work for supporters?

  • Pledge to have your 'cut out' added to our artificial crowd in The Paddock. You can add your partners, friends and family members by selecting the rewards on the right-hand side of this page. Please ensure you use choose the reward and not the donation button.
  • Leave a message of support when you pledge on Crowdfunder and we will print them all off, sticking them on the tunnel for the players to see before the game.
  • Send us your 'head and shoulders' picture for the cut-out, and the video for the scoreboard to us by the deadline below  – full details available here
  • We'll add your cut out to the crowd to the TV-facing Paddock for everyone to see during the match against Northampton Town. We will also show your video with all the others, on a loop, throughout the game on the scoreboard.
  • All cardboard fans will be signed by either the manager or the players to say 'thanks' and returned to supporters when it's safe to do so. They will remain in-situ for any other games behind closed doors, should that happen.
  • Spread the word on social media and let's fill The Paddock. We don't have long!

Please note: supporter cut-outs will be made using Foamex, a superior quality, extremely versatile PVC foam sheet (2f x 1ft in size).

Your business in the crowd.

We have always had a special relationship with the local business community but due to recent events, we need you now more than ever. We have created a one-off opportunity for businesses and organisations to be part of the crowd by proudly showing their colours on the day.

We'd like them to take up the opportunity to advertise from the unused Main Stand, which faces the TV cameras during the game. We have a number of sizes available on the right-hand side of this page.

How will it work for businesses?

  • Pledge to have your business' artwork added to one of our banner options on the right-hand side of this page.
  • Send us the artwork that you want to use to us by the deadline below – full details available here
  • We'll add your banner to the TV-facing Main Stand for everyone to see during the match against Northampton Town.

Important information: our deadlines.

Deadline for pledges: Sunday, June 14 (9pm)

Deadline for photographs and artwork: Monday, June 15 (5pm)

Deadline for videos: Wednesday, June 17 (5pm)

The match: Monday, June 22 (8pm)

Please make sure you send across your pictures, videos or artwork to us as soon as you can once you've pledged, and we can begin working with our partners to create our Foamex supporters. Late submissions may miss out given our tight deadlines.

Please also ensure you opt into project updates when you make your pledge to ensure you receive the latest updates from us. We will not use your details for any other reason.

It's happening across Europe.

Leagues around the world have been looking into ways to enable fans to take part in football during the lockdown. 

The recent Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen match used cardboard pictures of fans to fill the seats at Borussia-Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany. Away fans were also represented and we hope to create our own version inside The Jonny-Rocks Stadium next month.


• Supporters at Borussia Monchengladbach. Credit: FPMG Supporters Club

What happens if the game doesn't go ahead?

We do live in unreal times. Should the match not go ahead for whatever reason then you will be able to refund your pledges on Crowdfunder. Alternatively we could still go-ahead with the plan to create an artificial army inside the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Whatever happens in the event of it not going ahead, we'll work together with you to make alternative arrangements we're all happy with.

We're supporting the Hollie Gazzard Trust.

The Hollie Gazzard Trust is the club’s charity partner for the 2019-20 season. The organisation works to reduce domestic violence and promote healthy relationships in schools and colleges and has been working with the players and staff in recent months.

It was set up by Hollie’s parents, Nick and Mandy, and her sister Chloe. Nick made 45 appearances for the Robins in total, scoring 14 goals between 1983 and 1987 before a knee injury curtailed his career.

Nick's 20-year-old daughter Hollie was murdered by her ex-partner in 2014 and he has campaigned tirelessly to make sure people are safe and tried to raise awareness of knife crime, stalking, domestic abuse and abusive relationships and worked with us on our one-off white kit back in February.

The spread of coronavirus has had an adverse effect on many charities with the cancellation of many fundraising events so we want to show our support at this challenging time by donating 10% of the profits from this campaign to them. 


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

495 of 500 claimed

FACE IN THE PADDOCK

Your head and shoulders on a Foamex 'cut-out', added with the rest of the Cheltenham Town supporters in The Paddock. Limited to 500. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown is over.

£25 or more

FACE IN THE AWAY END

Welcome to our visitors! Your head and shoulders on a Foamex body and added with the rest of the Northampton Town fans in the away end at The Jonny-Rocks Stadium. We will return the cardboard fans to Northampton Town for collection when it's safe to do so.

£25 or more

1887 RED ARMY IN BLOCK 7

Your head and shoulders on a Foamex 'cut-out' added with the rest of the 1887 Red Army in the stand with the flags. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown is over.

£25 or more

GIFT A FACE IN THE PADDOCK

Buy a face in The Paddock for a friend, family member or key worker. They can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if they so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown is over.

£25 or more

96 of 250 claimed

FACE IN THE SPEEDY SKIPS

Your head and shoulders on a Foamex 'cut-out', added with the rest of the Cheltenham Town supporters behind the goal in the Speedy Skips Stand. Limited to 250. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed and returned.

£25 or more

70 of 250 claimed

ACADEMY FACE IN THE COLIN FARMER

Your head and shoulders on a Foamex 'cut-out', added with the rest of the Academy in The Colin Farmer Stand. Limited to 250. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown i

£48 or more

COUPLE IN THE PADDOCK

Your head and shoulders, and your partner's, on a Foamex 'cut-out' added with the rest of the Cheltenham Town supporters in The Paddock. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown is over.

£90 or more

FAMILY IN THE PADDOCK

The head and shoulders of your family on a Foamex 'cut-out' each, added with the rest of the Cheltenham Town supporters in The Paddock (two adult and two children). You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed before they are returned when the lockdown is over

£90 or more

ACADEMY FAMILY IN THE COLIN FARMER

Your family's heads and shoulders (two adults and two adults) on a Foamex 'cut-out', added with the rest of the Academy in The Colin Farmer Stand. Limited to 250. You can also display a video on the scoreboard throughout the game if you so wish and we will also make available a number of digital pictures of the cardboard crowd. The fans will stay in place should games continue without crowds. They will be signed and returned.

£100 or more

BUSINESS IN THE CROWD (8' x 3')

Display your business or organisation's artwork proudly in the Hazlewoods Stand during the game. Digital print on a PVC banner (2440 x 915) 8' x 3'

£150 or more

BUSINESS IN THE CROWD (16' x 3')

Display your business or organisation's artwork proudly in the Hazlewoods Stand during the game. Digital print on a PVC banner (4880 x 915) 16' x 3'

£250 or more

BUSINESS IN THE CROWD (24' x 3')

Display your business or organisation's artwork proudly in the Hazlewoods Stand during the game. Digital print on a PVC banner (7320 x 915) 24' x 3'

£300 or more

BUSINESS IN THE CROWD (32' x 3')

Display your business or organisation's artwork proudly in the Hazlewoods Stand during the game. Digital print on a PVC banner (9760 x 915) 32' x 3'

£300 or more

0 of 1 claimed

OFFICIAL CAPTAIN'S SPONSOR

Become our official captain's sponsor for the play-off semi-final against Northampton Town. Package includes: two 'faces' in the directors box, a signed framed picture of Ben Tozer from the play-off matches together with his armband, social media and scoreboard visibility and a full page advert in our digital programme (and your logo on the cover)

£995 or more

0 of 1 claimed

OFFICIAL HEADLINE MATCH SPONSOR

Become our headline sponsor for play-off semi-final against Northampton Town, and the 'Fill the Paddock' campaign. Package includes: four 'faces' in the directors box, a home shirt signed by the squad, name the club's man of the match through social media, a home delivery of Peri Peri chicken by John Finnigan 90 mins before kick-off, social media and scoreboard visibility and a full page advert in our digital programme (and your logo on the cover

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

OFFICIAL MATCHBALL SPONSOR

Become the official match ball sponsor for the League Two play-off semi-final match against Northampton Town. Receive two faces in the director's box, the match ball signed by the squad after the game, social media and scoreboard visibility and a full page advert in our digital programme for the match. Your logo will also appear on the front cover of the programme.

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