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History

Forest Green Rovers are an English professional football club located in the town of Nailsmith, Gloucestershire. Spending much of their history playing non-league football, Forest Green Rovers are currently members of the country's fourth tier, League Two

Forest Green Rovers history begins in 1889. Reverend E.J.H Peach. In 1894, the club were founding members of the Mid-Gloucestershire League, where they remained until the 1896/1897 season.

During that campaign, Forest Green withdrew from the league. In 1898, the club reformed and rejoined the Mid-Gloucestershire League and the Dursley & District League, where they remained after the Mid-Gloucestershire League disbanded. 

Forest Green Rovers joined forces with Nailsworth to become Nailsworth and Forest Green United in 1911. They played in the Stroud and District League and won the division title in their first season. The club remained in this league on and off unitl 1926, also taking part in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League during this time. 

Between 1926 and 1975, the club took part in the Northen Senior League, the Stroud Premier League and the Gloucestershire County League. In 1975, the club joined the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

The club spent seven years in the Hellenic Football League before winning promotion in 1982. Now in the Southern Football League Midland Division, there was a name change of the football club to Stroud Football Club in 1989.

Stroud Football Club then reverted back to their previous name during their time in the Midland Division, and transferred to the Southern Football League Southern Division. 

Forest Green then earned successive promotions, and started the 1998/1999 season in the Conference National, where they remained until 2017. After reaching the playoffs in the 2016/2017 season, Forest Green Rovers defeated Tranmere Rovers to reach the fourth tier of English football for the first time.

Forest Green Rovers started the 2018/2019 season in League Two.

Crest

The Forest Green Rovers badge features a lion and a unicorn encased in a circle which displays the club name and the year of formation. The lion and unicorn replaced the St George emblem on the previous Forest Green Rovers crest.

The outside of the circle is lime green, matching the new colours the club adopted in 2012.

Colours

The Forest Green Rovers kit is predominantly lime green. For the 2012/2013 season, the club completely changed their kit colours, much to the frustration of their fans.

The first known Forest Green Rovers kit featured a white shirt, worn with black shorts and black socks. Between 1899 and 1911, Forest Green players wore a red and white striped shirt which then changed to a dark blue and white striped shirt worn with white shorts and dark blue socks. 

In 1919, the club adopted black and white colours are their home kit. Between this time and 2012, the Forest Green home kit generally featured black and white striped shirts, worn with black shorts and black socks, though between 1968 and 2014 red socks were worn.

The 2018/2019 Forest Green Rovers kit features a lime green shirt with a thick black hoop, lime green shorts and lime green socks. This kit also features three stars on the back - one coloured lime green to represent the club's promotion, and two greyed out that represent possible 'future' promotions.

Forest Green Rovers Stadium

The Forest Green Rovers stadium is The New Lawn. The club moved into The New Lawn in 2006, though there are plans to build a brand new home ground nearby.

The New Lawn replaced The Lawn Ground, home of Forest Green Rovers from 1890 to 2006.

The ground is considered one of the most environmentally friendly stadiums in the world - in fact it is the first organic football arenas worldwide. In 2011, 180 solar panels were installed so the club could produce its own electricity.

The New Lawn also hosted what was said to be the world's first vegan football match in 2014. In addition, the ground also won an Institute of Groundmanship award in 2012.

The current capacity of Rovers' home ground is 5,141, 2,000 of which is seated. 

Supporters

The majority of Forest Green Rovers fans come from the town of Nailsworth and other parts of Gloucestershire. The club have also won fans in the vegan community after becoming the first football club to have a meat-free menu at games.

Forest Green Rovers supporters have a rivalry with those of Cheltenham Town. Fixtures between these two are jovially known as 'El Glosico'. 

Ownership

The current Forest Green Rovers owner is Dale Vince. Vince became a shareholder in the club in 2010, and chairman three months afterwards. 

Dale Vince introduced Forest Green Rovers' eco-friendly mentality, which led to the club becoming the first all vegan football club in 2011.

Stats

The list of Forest Green Rovers stats begins with their record attendance. 4,836 spectators watched Rovers take on Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round in 2009.

The biggest Forest Green Rovers win is 8-0, and this scoreline was achieved twice. Firstly, Rovers beat Fareham Town by this scoreline during the 1996/1997 season spent in the Southern League Southern Division, and again in 2013 when the club beat Hyde in the Football Conference.

The biggest defeat the club has suffered is 10-0. Gloucester beat Rovers by this scoreline in the Mid-Gloucestershire League in 1900.

Alex Sykes holds the record for most appearances for the club, putting on the Forest Green Rovers shirt 240 times. Christian Doidge is the club's record goalscorer, netting 51 goals in his Forest Green Rovers career.

Adrian Randall is Forest Green Rovers' record signing, costing the club £25,000 from Bury. The biggest fee the club have commanded for a player is £1 million, due for Christian Doidge when his move to Bolton Wanderers is made permanent in 2019.

Forest Green Rovers Players

The 2018/2019 Forest Green Rovers squad consists of 22 players, five of whom are on loan, supported by the academy.

The Forest Green Rovers players who made a great impact on the club as they rose through the English leagues, and those who are fans favourites, include Christian Doidge, Adrian Randall, Jon Parkin, Sam Russell and James Norwood (the club's leading scorer in the Conference).

Forest Green Rovers Manager

The current Forest Green Rovers manager is Mark Cooper. Cooper took over in 2016, replacing Scott Bartlett after his second spell in charge as caretaker.

Cooper also appeared as a player for Rovers, making 48 appearances for the club in the 2001/2002 campaign.

Honours

The Forest Green Rovers honours list consists of one FA Vase (1981/1982); two Southern League Championships (Premier Division 1997/1998 and Southern Division 1996/1997); one Hellenic League Championship (1981/1982); three Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Championships (1937/1938, 1949/1950, 1950/1951); two North Gloucestershire League Championships (1920/1921, 1921/1922); three Stroud Premier League Championships (1934/1935, 1935/1936, 1936/1937); two Stroud & District League Championships (1911/1912, 1920/1921); and one Dursley & District League (1902/1903).

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