Whaddon Road

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Jonny-Rocks Stadium
Whaddon Road
Full nameJonny-Rocks Stadium
Field size111 x 72 yards
Cheltenham Town (1932–present)
Gloucester City (2010–2017)

Whaddon Road, known as the Jonny-Rocks Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Cheltenham, England. It is the home ground of Cheltenham Town F.C. It has a total capacity of 7,066, with a mixture of seating and terracing. The ground's official name was the Victory Sports Ground[1] until April 2009 when it was renamed the Abbey Business Stadium through a sponsorship deal.[2] It was announced on 13 July 2015 that the club had agreed a three-year deal to rename the stadium The World of Smile Stadium[3], however the deal ended after only one year and the stadium was renamed LCI Rail Stadium in 2016–17 before taking its current name in 2018–19.


The stadium on the site of what was the Berkeley Hunt kennels was built by the Cheltenham Original Brewery in 1927 and has been the home of Cheltenham Town since 1932 but did not host senior football for 67 years. Cheltenham marked their 70th anniversary at the stadium by winning promotion to the Football League Second Division, the third tier of English football, for the first time.

The record attendance is 8,326 for a game versus Reading, FA Cup 1st Round, 17 November 1956. Whaddon Road was the smallest League One stadium to be used in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 season.


Carlsberg Stand and In2Print Stand in 2011

The ground is made up of 4 stands:

  • Hazlewoods Stand (Whaddon Road) - capacity 1,100. An all-seated stand behind one of the goals, initially named the Carlsberg Stand, it was opened in 2005 and is designated for away fans. For the 2009-10 season it was given to home supporters, but after one season it was returned to away fans.
  • Colin Farmer Stand (Wymans Road) - capacity 2,034. An all-seated stand that runs down one side of the pitch. The stand was opened in November 2001 and is home to the vocal "1887 Red Army" supporters who are situated in block 7, as well as the Family Section in Block 1. For big games, two sections of the stand are given to away supporters. It was renamed the Colin Farmer Stand at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, in memory of Colin Farmer, a club legend.
  • Speedy Skips Stand (Prestbury Road End) - capacity about 2,100. Given a roof in 2000-01, this is now a covered terrace and is the home standing end.
  • Autovillage Stand (Main Stand) - capacity about 1,800. Built in 1963, it is a mixture of terracing (Tunnel and Paddock enclosures) at the front and seating at the back. The Main Stand runs down on side of the pitch, but is unusual in that it does not stretch the full length of the touchline and does not reach either corner flag. It contains the players dressing rooms, hospitality, directors and press boxes.

Other teams[edit]

Other teams to have used Whaddon Road as a home venue are

The ground is also used as the venue for many local league and youth cup finals.

International games[edit]

The stadium has been used for the following international games



  1. ^ "Ground share and stadium sponsor a possibility". Cheltenham Town F.C. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2009.
  2. ^ "New Stadium Sponsor announced". Cheltenham Town F.C. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
  3. ^ http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Welcome-World-Smile-Stadium-Cheltenham-Town/story-26891051-detail/story.html

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Coordinates: 51°54′22.17″N 2°3′36.76″W / 51.9061583°N 2.0602111°W / 51.9061583; -2.0602111