The new squad numbers have been released and Forest Green Rovers returned to training today, ahead of another exciting pre-season schedule.
BBC Radio Gloucestershire commentator Bob Hunt is the special guest on Stroud FM’s local football show ‘The Locker Room’tonight to discuss all of the goings on at The New Lawn (7pm).
Hunt covered all of Rovers’ first team matches over the course of the 2012-13 season for the BBC and FGR Radio and is a popular figure among Forest Green supporters for his well-received coverage of the club.
Rovers’ preparation for the new season received another boost today with the news that David Hockaday’s men will host Championship club Yeovil Town at the New Lawn on July 29th (KO 19:45).
Yeovil, managed by former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson, were promoted to the Championship last season after defeating Brentford in the League One play-off final in May.
Eight hundred litres of compost tea, 180 tonnes of sand, three tonnes of organic fertiliser – and six different types of tetraploid rye-grass being coconut-wetted, charcoal infused and fraise-mowed– yet he’s barely halfway through the process.
Preparations for Forest Green Rovers new season are well underway with groundsman Stewart Ward again taking The New Lawn pitch on the next step up the organic ladder – with an eye on the first home preseason game on 12th July against Swindon Town.
SCOTT Bartlett's Forest Green Academy has received a massive thumbs-up from World Cup winning football legend Marcel Desailly, writes the Stroud News & Journal's Ashley Loveridge.
The former Chelsea, AC Milan and French international defender took part in the FAW / UEFA Pro Licence coaching clinic at the new £4.4m National Football Development Centre at Dragon Park, Newport.
Forest Green Rovers supporters will switch ends from the North Stand to the EESI Stand this season to give Rovers players a boost before kick-off.
Until now Rovers players have walked out before kick-off to be confronted with a wall of sound from opposition fans, who have been situated just metres from where the teams emerge from the changing rooms onto the pitch.
Club legend Alex Sykes is the special guest on Stroud FM’s local football show ‘The Locker Room’ tonight as he takes a look back at a career that saw him play nearly 300 times for Rovers (7pm).
Sykes won promotion twice with Forest Green, appeared in the 1999 FA Trophy final for the club in three separate spells, and has returned to the football scene in Nailsworth in recent weeks –not with Rovers but as joint-manager at near neighbours Shortwood United.
Forest Green Rovers striker James Norwood struck a hat-trick on his England C debut — although he believed the 6-1 scoreline slightly flattered the visitors — writes Stepehen Wright in Bermuda's Royal Gazette newspaper.
Norwood, 22, enjoyed a dream first appearance for England C, plundering three goals in the second half to inspire Paul Fairclough’s new-look team to a emphatic victory over a disjointed Bermuda.
Forest Green Rovers will now play eight preseason fixtures with the match away to Shortwood United now confirmed.
The Shortwood outing is added to three home matches against League and Premier League sides Swindon Town, Bristol City and Cardiff City and four away ties against Slimbridge, Brimscombe, Cirencester Town and Weston-Super-Mare.
Forest Green Rovers players Chris Stokes and James Norwood have been training with England C ahead of their encounter with Bermuda on Tuesday night.
With the first competitive matches of next season’s International Challenge Trophy due to be played in September and November, this friendly represents an opportunity for manager Paul Fairclough to cast his eyes over a new batch of players in the 16-man squad.
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