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My first visit to Forest Green Rovers

By reximus25/10 12:11Mon Oct 25 12:11:52 2021

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First time seeing Forest Green Rovers since May 1999. Happy days. Newer fans might want to read this:

FGR 3-1 Salford City, a comfortable win, including a couple of cracking goals, that sees FGR stretch their lead at the top of League Two.

A comfortable 5,000 capacity stadium, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, about 20 miles north of the M4 just before you reach the turning for Bristol, it's been their home for about 15 years. The stadium is situated at the top of a steep hill* in a very residential area, so is far from ideal. A new home is being planned with better transport links (ie closer to the M5 motorway) on a site that will be shared with a green technology park. The plan is for an all-wooden stadium. Looks amazing!

And obviously, the thing that everybody talks about, is how green the Club is. Owned by Dale Vince (Ecotricity) the Club and the stadium is 100% vegan. I didn't get to the ground in time to visit the main bar before kick off, so was a little disappointed to find that the Tea Bar in the stand behind the goal offered only chips and a choice of two pies, but that is still soooo much better than I'm used to, that I bought one of each! The pies were excellent - as were the chips - and there was plenty of people happy to buy them.

The shirts feature a weird zebra print. In black and green. They're made in part from coffee waste! The perimeter advertising is shared between green businesses and (uniquely in my experience) messages advising/warning the extent of the climate crisis since kick-off, for example "Fossil Fuel subsidies" or "Volume of Glacial Ice melted" or "Number of Plastic Bags sold in the UK", etc. The Club's charity partner, Sea Shepherd, get a plug, too. The advert for SkyBet - presumably required by the League's sponsorship deal - really looks out of place and is totally at odds with The Big Step and FGR's support for a national campaign to end gambling advertising and sponsorship in football.

A bit too far from home, so I won't be visiting regularly but I was in the area so...

* 3rd highest football stadium in the UK, apparently


Edited by reximus at 12:12:07 on 25th October 2021

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