Forest Green Rovers Club Profile
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Forest Green Rovers : Club Background
The New Lawn - the road snaking North/South is Nympsfield Road, which you'll approach the ground from.
Although Forest Green Rovers are regarded as being the new kids on the block, in terms of their profile, the roots of football in Forest Green go back a long way. They were formed in 1889, and as with many of the opposition profiles this site carries, there is a religious theme to their start-up - the Reverend EJH Peach is the man credited as having formed the club.
They've undergone a series of name changes over the years. In 1889 they were simply Forest Green, but in 1893 they became Forest Green Rovers. By 1894 they became Nailsworth Association Football Club, but when that club folded, there was an immediate restart in 1898 under the Forest Green Rovers name, with Nailsworth Thursday being consumed under that name as well. By 1911 they merged with Nailsworth to become Nailsworth and Forest Green United, but after the First World War had ended, they reverted to Forest Green Rovers again. From 1919 until 1988 they stuck with that name, but from then until 1992 they tried to answer the question of 'Where the hell is Forest Green?' by retitling themselves as Stroud FC. By 1992, they decided they preferred good old Forest Green Rovers and have stuck with that since.
For the vast majority of its years, Forest Green (or its various guises) has spent its time playing at County League level - they were founder members of the Mid-Gloucestershire League. Between their formation and 1968 they also played in the Dursley & District League, the Stroud & District League, the North Gloucestershire League, the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League and the Stroud Premier League. From 1968 until 1975 they were founder members of the Gloucestershire County League.
It's only once they reached 1975 that their profile began to be noticeable. They joined the Hellenic League Premier Division, and by the 1981-82 season they were both Hellenic League Champions and FA Vase winners, defeating Rainworth Miners Welfare at the old Wembley Stadium. At the end of that season, their position as Champions saw them promoted into the Southern League Midland Division. In 1994, Frank Gregan became their manager, and after switching to the Southern Division of the same pyramid level, they gained a double promotion, taking them through the Southern League Premier Division and straight into the Conference.
The main stand at the New Lawn which houses just under 2,000 seats.
Photo © J Mason Associates 2017.
From 1998 onwards, they were mainstays of the Conference's national division. In fact until their 2016-17 promotion, they were the longest serving members of that league. That wasn't always without problems - in 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2010-11 they came dangerously close to relegation. They were reprieved twice, with Northwich Victoria and Salisbury City demoted out of the division after stadium and financial irregularities - situations that raised eyebrows amongst football supporters given that Colin Peake was until 2012 their Football Secretary, as well as also being Director of the Football Conference (now the National League) - he has since become the League's Press Officer.
The season of their last bit of flirting with relegation was also the year that they were taken over by current owner Dale Vince. His 2010-11 takeover saw him become Chairman in 2010. He is the owner of Ecotricity - a green/renewable energy company based in Stroud. Some of his changes to the club have been sensible in that he has installed solar panels and a solar-powered robot grass mower that would both make the football club more 'green' and cut down on their operating costs.
Other changes have been more controversial - in February 2011, Forest Green's players were banned from eating meat at the ground. This worked until a group of them were snapped by the Paparazzi in May 2016, tucking into some of Gregg's finest bakery products in Stroud High Street in May 2016, creating national headlines. Vince also turned all of the club's teabars and the social club into Vegan-only outlets. Even the beer and cider on sale is certified as not containing any animal products (ruling out things like isinglass and gelatin).
The other major change that Vince has introduced has been Forest Green's wage bill. For the 2013-14 season they recorded debts of £2.5 million, whilst for the 2014-15 season they lost £2,928,709. For their last set of accounts for the 2015-16 season, they recorded losses of £2,469,374. Their 2015-16 season wage bill was £2,146,999, which was an increase of £219,624. Vince's energy company might be sustainable, but losing close to £8 million in three seasons makes Ru$hden and Diamonds' spending look like Poundland. Those losses are currently being underwritten by new share investment via Ecotricity, but as we saw with Ru$hden's Max Griggs and his Dr Martens Shoes, that can only be done for as long as the parent company and owner is able to sustain it.
Vince's ambitions don't just lie with players wages though. From around a year after their formation, Forest Green had played at The Lawn stadium in Nympsfield Road. In 2006, that stadium was demolished and replaced by housing, and the club have now moved 400 yards further up the road to The New Lawn, with the gambit being that it gave them a Football League standard ground. Despite the current size of their ground currently meeting their needs, in July 2015, Vince announced plans for a £100 million sporting complex situated close to the M5 at Junction 13, that would also include another new Forest Green stadium. In line with his ethics, he plans it to be an 'Eco Park' with the stadium itself made entirely out of wood. The plan is still for an initial capacity of just 5,000 but for it to be expandable to around double that size, with Vince hoping that he can propel the club into the Championship.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, he achieved the first step in that, with Forest Green getting promoted into the Football League via the play-offs at the third time of asking. Speaking immediately after their Wembley win over Tranmere Rovers, Vince declared that "Getting into League One will be easy" - referring to the National League's single automatic promotion slot, but perhaps with a lack of awareness of the difference in finances at Football League level, and that now his club will have to be bound by the Salary Cap Management Protocol (aka Financial Fair Play) rules adopted by the Football League. Their first season was probably a little bit stickier than they'd expected, with a 21st place finish in the 2017-18 campaign and just one point off relegation. This season has seen them much higher up the table, with them bouncing around the play-off spots, or just outside.
The South Stand at the New Lawn.
Photo © Solihull Moors 2017.
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|Forest Green Rovers : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Forest Green Rovers
|17/03/1999||Away||Conf||W||2-1||860||Thompson 52, Patmore 88|
|03/01/2001||Home||Conf||W||2-0||4361||Patmore 24, 37|
|29/01/2002||Home||Conf||D||2-2||2686||Miles 7, Grant 11|
|29/07/2013||Away||Frnd||W||5-3||647||Hoskins 7, Own Goal 24, Ngoo 40, 52, Long 80|
|19/08/2017||Away||EFL2||L||3-4||2615||Olomola 9, Khan 14, Zoko 35|
|09/01/2018||Home||CHT3||W||2-0||1395||N Smith 3, C Smith 26|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Forest Green Rovers
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Forest Green Rovers : Club Statistics
|22/01/2019||Grimsby Town||Home||EFL2||W||3-0||1810||Doidge 29, 45, Brown 50|
|26/01/2019||Stevenage Borough||Away||EFL2||W||2-0||2494||Shephard 13, Doidge 55|
|29/01/2019||Mansfield Town||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||2428||Reid 70|
|09/02/2019||Notts County||Home||EFL2||L||1-2||2871||Mills 63|
|16/02/2019||Forest Green Rovers||v||Yeovil Town|| ||EFL2|
Highest League Attendance: 3582, vs Cheltenham Town, 20/10/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 1600, vs Colchester United, 27/11/2018
Average League Attendance: 2580
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||3
||Games Without A Home Win: ||2
|Games Without An Away Win: ||1
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||2
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||2
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||6
||Games Without Scoring: ||1
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WWLWDL
|Away Results Sequence: ||WWDDWL
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LWWDLL
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Forest Green Rovers : Club Information
The New Lawn
(Click for map)
NOTE: Although GL6 0FG is the club postcode, you may want to try GL6 0ET on the SatNav.
Telephone Number : 01453 834860
Fax : 01453 835291
Chairman : Dale Vince
Secretary : Tom Cowling
Safety Officer :
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Mark Cooper
Capacity : 5,141
Seated : 1,881
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 4,836 vs Derby County, FA Cup Third Round, January 3rd 2009
Colours : Day-glo Green with Black Hoops
Nickname : Rovers or the Green Devils
Ticket Prices :
The 2018-19 Season Admission prices are as follows:
West Stand Covered Seating
Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £16.00; Under-21s: £10.00; Under-16s: £7.00; Under-11: FREE.
West Stand Covered Standing
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.
The Under-11 tickets are issued only with an accompanying adult ticket purchase. Qualifying Senior and Under 21 ticket holders will be required to have a photo ID with their tickets to provide proof of entitlement.
NOTE: Forest Green's policy is that they will not reissue or reprint lost tickets.
Tickets will remain on sale from Huish Park until Friday at midday. Thereafter you will need to purchase from the Forest Green end, by heading to their Ticket Office. If you buy on the day, then you will pay £1.00 extra.
Those who have visited the New Lawn before, will note that the above represents a change in facilities on the West side of the ground. During the summer of 2018, Forest Green installed a temporary stand to provide away supporters with seating in this section of the ground, along with a limited amount of covered standing in the same area. However, you should note that the seated capacity is very low - there is only 100 seats and 180 covered terracing spaces available. After those are sold, the remainder of spectators are accommodated on the open/exposed sections of the West terrace. Overall capacity is around 1,150.
Forest Green advise that even if you are under the covered section of the West Stand, you need to dress appropriately as there is no shield to stop the wind/rain blowing in from the side of the stand. Entry on the day will be via Turnstiles 9 and 10.
Note that there are NO Uncovered Terracing tickets on sale from the Huish Park end at present. However, IF they become available on the DAY of the game, you'll be charged the following:
West Stand Uncovered Standing (Not currently on sale)
Adults: £18.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.
Wheelchair Users pay relevant price as above, against Seated prices. This for supporters in receipt of middle rate DLA, enhanced PIP, Severe Disablement allowance or via a Personal letter from GP. An assistant is admitted free of charge for both Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters qualifying under this policy. Note that Wheelchair Disabled supporters are accommodated in the East Stand on the opposite side of the ground to the main away following. Feedback from a previous visit is that the vantage point is quite close to the playing dugouts and they've had some problems with coaching staff standing across their view during the game. Ambulant Disabled fans can use the West Stand, provided you're okay with the twelve steps you'll need to walk up to get to that stand.
Parking at the stadium is reserved for pre-booked guests only (hospitality, Blue Badge holders). If you’re a Blue Badge holder or need a space close to the stadium for accessibility reasons, please contact the FGR reception to book a space in advance. Please note that these spaces are fully booked for every game. Contact Forest Green reception on 01453 834860 to pre book. The area around the New Lawn is extremely hilly, so if you do have any sort of mobility issues, then plan in advance.
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Forest Green Rovers : Directions To The Ground
The West Terrace - a side facing open terrace that houses away supporters.
Photo © David Simpson 2017.
Forest Green Rovers is situated in the suburbs of Nailsworth - a small town with a population of 6,000 on the edge of the Cotswolds in South Gloucestershire. The ground is situated just off Nympsfield Road, a short distance from the main A46 Bath-Stroud road. It's at the top of a very steep hill.
From the M5: This is probably the best route for coach drivers, or for those who want a simple motorway route. Leave the M5 at Junction 13, take the A419 towards Stroud, then after 5 miles take the A46 towards Bath as far as Nailsworth. In the centre of Nailsworth, just after the Clock Tower, take the first right (signposted Forest Green and Nympsfield). The Lawn is about half a mile up the hill and on the left.
From the M4: This is also the route you'll want if you decide to go entirely via A-Roads to the ground - e.g. if you live in the Bath area of Somerset. Leave/cross the M4 at Junction 18, take the A46 towards Stroud for 15 miles to Nailsworth. In the centre of Nailsworth, just before the Clock Tower, take the left turn (signposted Forest Green and Nympsfield). The Lawn is about half a mile up the hill and on the left.
There is some limited parking near the ground, priced £5.00 - this is in the local school car park. There's also some local housing side streets close by but as FGR are now in the Football League expect this to be harder to obtain, the closer you get to kick-off. You can park in Nailsworth town centre fairly easily free of charge, but be warned that it's a 15 minute walk, and you're going up a very steep hill. Head for the Clock Tower and then head up the road signposted Forest Green and Nympsfield. Then when you reach the top, curse yourself that you didn't go to the gym more often.
Otherwise there is a Park and Ride facility from Renishaw on Stroud Road (GL5 5HA). This is first come, first served basis and costs £3.00.
The nearest railway station is Stroud. It's over 5 miles away and so you'll need further transport to get you to the ground. See the 'By Bus' or 'By Taxi' bits.
To do it by train from Yeovil is pretty horrible - you'll need to leave from Pen Mill and change at Bath Spa and at Swindon to get to Stroud and it will take you anything from 2hrs 36mins to 3hrs 15mins to get there. You can do it from Yeovil Junction, but it appears to take longer, and still needs two changes.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
Bus services run from Stroud's Merrywalks Shopping Centre, which is three minutes walk from the Railway Station. You'll need a No.63 service which takes approximately 30 minutes, with the service running roughly every 30 minutes. The same bus also passes through
Nailsworth Bus Station meaning that you can use the service if you don't want to walk up the steep hill from the Nailsworth pubs up until the Forest Green village. Check the full timetable by heading here.
A selection of Stroud taxi companies can be found here.
A selection of Nailsworth taxi companies can be found here.
The North Terrace at the New Lawn.
Photo © J Mason Associates 2017.
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|Forest Green Rovers : Web Resources|
Forest Green Rovers FC
Forest Green's main club website. Built on an independent platform. A bit patchy in terms of information but this may be due to their recent rise into the Football League.
|Web Message Boards|
Multi-strand bulletin board. Anyone can view. Register to post.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Stroud News and Journal
Online sports section from the Stroud News and Journal. Unusually the coverage is shared with all other local sides, rather than getting a dedicated section.
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Forest Green Rovers : Food & Drink
Forest Green, under their ownership of Dale Vince, have made a big deal about their owner's beliefs. They're eco-friendly, and they're also entirely vegan which rules all meat and dairy-based products off the menu either in the ground or the clubhouse. You'll also find that Forest Green itself doesn't have pubs, so if you do want more mainstream food, then you'll need to claim it in Nailsworth itself, or do without around the match. Inside the ground you'll find fajitas, veggie burgers and something called a Q-pie (made from Leek and Quorn).
Club Bar :
Home supporters get access to the Green Man, which is a pub-style social club, but this is no longer accessible to away fans. Instead, away supporters will have the use of a marquee (That sounds familiar!) located at the front of the ground on the North side, just as you head around to the West Terrace. The bar opens three hours before kick-off and will serve a range of lager, cider, wine and soft drinks until kick-off.
Local Pubs :
|George Inn: Town centre pub serving three beers in Stroud Tom Long, Timothy Taylor Landlord and one guest. Food is evenings only. Feedback from other fans is that they're very welcoming of football people. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m.|
George Inn, Higher Newmarket Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0RF. Tel: 01453 833228. Map: Click Here.
|Old Lodge Inn: Note this pub is only useful if you're driving, as it's situated in the nearby village of Minchinhampton. A food oriented pub that also does Marston's Pedigree and Thwaites Original for beers. It's a 16th Century Inn with a large garden, so if you want a meal away from the football crowd, it's worth going out of your way, even if it puts you on the wrong side of town for Forest Green. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. and then 6.00p.m. until 11.00p.m.|
Old Lodge Inn, Minchinhampton Common, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9AQ. Tel: 01453 832047. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Britannia: Town centre pub that specialises in food - they serve at both lunchtime and the evening with a break in the middle - conveniently taking in the usual matchday kick-off time. Food specialises in pizzas, although they do a separate main menu which is a slightly pricey gastropub offering, rather than a pie'n'chips menu. Two fixed beers in Hook Norton Hooky and Wadworths 6X. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m|
The Britannia, Cossack Square, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0DG. Tel: 01453 832501. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Village Inn: This is a self-brew real ale pub situated in the heart of Nailsworth. Beers come courtesy of Keep Brewing which was formerly under the name of the Nailsworth Brewery. Because of the recent takeover it's not clear what beers and how many they serve. However their Facebook page implies they have two rotating guests, along with presumably some of their own stuff from the four pumps available. Food is only served in the evening. Opening hours are from noon until 11.00p.m. with an hour extension on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.|
Village Inn, Bath Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0HH. Tel: 01453 835715. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Weighbridge Inn: A second pub situated in Minchinhampton. Not good unless you're driving as you're on the wrong side of town for Forest Green. But good if you want a village pub/restaurant. Food is served all day. They do four beers, one of which is named as Gloucester Old Spot, whilst they say they aim to source the others from a 50 mile radius as guests. Opening hours from 12.00 noon until 11.00p.m.|
Weighbridge Inn, 15 Iron Mill Cottages, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, GL6 9AL. Tel: 01453 832520. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Low, their tongue is less of a local dialect and more of a foreign language. And one in which less people can converse than use Cornish. It's West Country m'dear, but not as we know it.
Have a full-on eighteen ounce fillet steak and mixed grill before you step into the ground, or be prepared for a meat-free day.
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Forest Green Rovers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Set amidst the beauty of the Cotswolds, where almost everywhere looks like it has the copyright on chocolate box tops, Nailsworth manages the feat of being an exception to the rule.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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