After beating Dagenham & Redbridge 3–1 in the semi-finals, the club defeated Tranmere Rovers by the same scoreline in the final at Wembley, earning promotion to League Two. [3] In 1902–03 they joined the new Stroud & District League, also continuing in the Dursley & District League. The Court of Appeal rejected the claim, stating it had "no real prospect of success" and was an "abuse of process". Although they then spent two seasons in lower mid-table, a third-place finish in 1978–79 was the start of a successful four years, culminating in the 1981–82 season, in which they won the Hellenic League and reached the final of the FA Vase. Grimsby Town 1-2 Forest Green. The team competes in League Two, the fourth tier of English football, and have played their home games at the New Lawn since 2006, when they moved from their original home at The Lawn Ground. This included developing an entirely organic pitch. [3] They entered a team into the Dursley & District League in 1912–13, but withdrew from the Stroud & District League after only four matches. The club was established in 1889 by Reverend E.J.H. Nailsworth had become an urban districtin 1894 and there was an effort to ensure the town was represented by a footb… Following Vince’s acquisition of the club in … Although the stadium can hold 5,147 fans, the highest league attendance recorded at the venue so far was 3,781 in a Conference Premier fixture against Bristol Rovers. League Two 02/04/2021. Here's @DaleVince owner of @ecotricity on why @UKLabour has his vote to tackle the climate crisis #GreenIndustrialRevolution #ByTheMany",, Officers of the Order of the British Empire, People associated with the University of Gloucestershire, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 March 2021, at 04:07. In 2010 Vince became a major shareholder of Forest Green Rovers FC, and three months later was appointed club chairman. The Spanish star, 25, said he was attracted to the Gloucestershire club because it shares his passion for conservation and raising awareness of environmental. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. [29], He endorsed the Labour Party in the 2019 general election. Along with Ecotricity, a company that has been turning wind power into electricity since 1996, Vince owns Forest Green Rovers, a League Two football club in the small town of Nailsworth in rural Gloucestershire. [7][8], In 1991, he saw his first windfarm ("I thought, either I can carry on by myself with the windmill on my van, or I can get into the big stuff"[9]) and in 1995 he founded the Renewable Energy Company. How to watch the Bradford City vs Forest Green Rovers live stream video. The park near junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire was linked to plans for a new stadium for Forest Green Rovers. [22], The United Nations has recognised Forest Green Rovers as the world’s first carbon-neutral football club and it was described by FIFA as the “greenest team in the world”. [23], On 3 November 2016, the club announced the winning design for a proposed 5,000 seat new stadium to be built within the Eco Park complex beside Junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire, 1.5 miles west of the town of Stonehouse (and 8.5 miles northwest of their spiritual home of Nailsworth). Under Dale Vince's chairmanship Forest Green became the world's first vegan football club in 2015, and the New Lawn was installed with numerous eco-friendly innovations. [6] At Wembley they defeated Rainworth Miners Welfare 3–0 to win the trophy. They were Stroud Premier League champions for three successive seasons in 1934–35, 1935–36 and 1936–37,[3] before re-entering the Northern Senior League in 1937. On 2 July 2012, it was announced that the club would change its home strip from its traditional black and white stripes to a lime green shirt with black shorts and socks. In Forest Green's first season in the Conference they finished twelfth, as well as reaching the final of the FA Trophy, becoming the first team to play in the final of both the FA Vase and the FA Trophy. Smaller rivalries have since developed with Bristol Rovers, Newport County and Swindon Town. The innocent New Lawn, Another Way, … Vince hoped that the club would be able to play games at the stadium within "three or four years".[28]. [20] In December 2011, 180 solar panels were installed on the roof of the EESI stand, helping the club generate 10% of the electricity needed to run the stadium. However, Stonehouse beat Forest Green 3–2 in the semi-final match. [6], The 2009–10 season saw Forest Green finish in the relegation zone, but another reprieve from relegation was won when Salisbury City were expelled for breaking financial rules. The team’s founder and chair, Dale Vince, owns the green energy firm ... it will be interesting to see if more clubs start following in the wake of the Forest Green Rovers. Although they finished third in their first season in the new league, the next six seasons were spent in mid-table. The away strip was also changed to an all-white kit with the dates '1899–2012' near the neckline of the kit to indicate the years when the club first played in an all-white kit and the decision to bring it back in 2012. [4] They went on to finish as runners-up in 1926–27 before leaving the league again to play in the new Stroud Premier League. The western side of the ground is an open terrace available to home fans. [7] Another season in mid-table was followed by two in which they finished in the bottom five. Reaching the 1999 FA Trophy Final, which they lost, they became the first club to reach the finals of both the FA Vase and FA Trophy. Forest Green finished as runners-up in 1924–25 and 1925–26,[3] before rejoining the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1926. Grimsby Town 1-2 Forest Green. They went on to lose 2–1 to Tranmere in the play-off semi-finals. The 1997–98 season saw them win the Southern League Premier Division, securing a second successive promotion and entry to the Football Conference.[6]. English Football League side, Forest Green Rovers (FGR) has been given the green light on its new sustainable stadium after being granted outline planning permission on Wednesday night (01/01). The following season saw them finish as runners-up in the renamed National League, their highest-ever league position; in the subsequent play-offs they defeated Dover Athletic 2–1 in the semi-finals, before losing 3–1 to Grimsby Town in the final at Wembley. They held up traffic while calling for millionaire Dale Vince, who owns League Two side Forest Green Rovers, to come out to make a rallying speech. [26] Lord Wilson said the court must have regard "to the contribution of each party to the welfare of the family, including by looking after the home or caring for the family", but the claim only had a prospect of "comparatively modest success" with a £1.9 million payout "out of the question". Forest Green won the Hellenic League in the 1981–82 season and lifted the FA Vase after beating Rainworth Miners Welfare in the final at Wembley. Their owner, Dale Vince OBE, is a British green energy industrialist who owns a company called Ecotricity and first became the major shareholder in 2010. The English Football League gave their consent to the stadium in February 2021. [18] However, following Rovers' promotion to the EFL in 2018, these rivalries are no longer competed. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. As sustainability grows in importance for fans, shareholders and the media, it wouldn’t be a wildcard move. It will be able to be increased in size to 10,000 capacity depending on the club's success. [22] In December 2012, the club beat 200 other nominees to first prize in the Institute of Groundsmanship awards in the sustainability and environmental category for its organic pitch and the environmental aspects at The New Lawn. In 1911 Forest Green merged with Nailsworth to form Nailsworth & Forest Green United, continuing to play at the Lawn Ground and in the Stroud & District League; the new club won the league, losing only one match all season. [6] A third consecutive play-off campaign was secured with a third-place finish in 2016–17. [19] The East Stand is the largest-capacity stand at the ground and is a seated stand that contains seven boxes, the 'Green Man' public house, gym, dance studio and conference and leisure facilities. Their first home league match on 6 October was a 1–1 draw with Brimscombe, and the club went on to finish the 1894–95 season in third place. This made Nailsworth the smallest town ever to host a Football League club.[12]. "[11], In 2010 Vince became a major shareholder of Forest Green Rovers FC,[12] and three months later was appointed club chairman. 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Forest Green Rovers, formerly known as Stroud FC, has been based at the New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth since 2006. [14][15], Vince has also introduced a number of different eco-friendly developments at the club including the installation of solar panels[16] on its New Lawn home ground, the use of a solar-powered robot grass mower,[17] and the creation of the world's first organic football pitch. [10], Prior to the 2015 UK general election, he was one of several celebrities who endorsed the parliamentary candidacy of the Green Party's Caroline Lucas. Follow. The League Two side, who became the first ‘vegan football club’ in 2015, asked fans on social media to suggest a new name for The New Lawn Stadium, with the club demanding that new sponsor Innocent Smoothies is inserted in the name. Peach, representing the Forest Green area of Nailsworth. The usual attendance was between 1,300 and 1,800 for National League fixtures. What a strike! [21] In April 2012, Forest Green introduced the first robot lawn mower to be used by a British football club on to its playing surface. At the end of the season the club were promoted to the Midland Division of the Southern League. [3] The name Rovers was adopted in 1893, and the following year the club were founder members of the Mid-Gloucestershire League. Reverting to the name Forest Green Rovers, the club won successive Southern League Southern Division and Premier Division titles in 1996–97 and 1997–98, winning promotion into the Conference. [19] In October 2015, Forest Green became the world's first all vegan football club. Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has become the second largest shareholder at League Two football club Forest Green Rovers. Twice reprieved from relegation from the Conference National due to the demotion of other clubs, the club was transformed following investment from green energy industrialist Dale Vince in 2010. [3] They withdrew from the Dursley & District League in 1908.[3]. We are therefore unable to provide subscriptions to fans of AFC Bournemouth, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Forest Green Rovers, Harrogate Town, Leyton Orient, Middlesbrough, QPR, Salford City, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Watford and Wigan Athletic. Competing in various local league competitions for much of the 20th century, they won a multitude of league titles: the Dursley & District League (1902–03), the Stroud & District League (1911–12 and 1920–21), the Stroud Premier League (1934–35, 1935–36 and 1936–37), the North Gloucestershire League (1920–21 and 1921–22), and the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League (1937–38, 1949–50 and 1950–51). [6], Vince was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Forest Green Rovers are currently selling t-shirts reading 'No Ken Do' on the club's official website after the collapsed £1million transfer of Christian Doidge The previous club badge was very similar to the FC Barcelona badge. #WeAreFGR . "[27], Vince is paying legal costs for both parties, of over £500,000 so far, as divorce law permits costs to be charged to the combined resources of both parties. The club was established in 1889 by Reverend E.J.H. Dale Vince, who owns Forest Green Rovers Football Club, was responding to comments made by the Carlisle United chairman Andrew Jenkins, about veganism. [13] The 2018–19 season saw them finish fifth in League Two. [3] In 1920 the club also entered a team into the North Gloucestershire League and went on to win both leagues, as well as the Northern Junior Cup. But the League Two club's owner Dale Vince, who also owns the energy firm Ecotricity, wants to concentrate on building the football ground instead. It is intended that the new stadium will have the lowest carbon footprint of any stadium in the world. [3] They joined both Division One of the Mid-Gloucestershire League and also the Dursley & District League for the 1899–1900 season. [3] In 1906–07 they finished bottom of the Stroud & District League with zero points (although they had won one game, they had two points deducted for fielding an ineligible player). As a result, the club was renamed Nailsworth Association Football Club and many members of the original team were replaced by players from Nailsworth, although they continued to play at the original Lawn Ground in Forest Green. During the club's years in the non-league pyramid, the club maintained local rivalries with Gloucester City,[17] and Bath City. Formed in October 1889, the club became founder members of the Mid Gloucestershire League five years later. [5] Forest Green were amongst the founders of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968, where they played until moving up to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League in 1975 under the management of Peter Goring.[6]. [3], The club was re-established in 1898 under the Forest Green Rovers name, and absorbed Nailsworth Thursday shortly afterwards. Forest Green Rovers granted outline consent for new stadium. 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Peach, representing the Forest Green area of Nailsworth. The Sustainability in Sport terrace is at the north end of the ground. [3] After finishing fourth in the league, the club returned to the Northern Senior League at the end of the season,[4] although they also kept a team in the Stroud Premier League. A decision by the club at the end of the 2012–13 season saw the areas in which home and away fans were housed at the ground switched with home fans reverting to the EESI Stand at the opposite end of the ground which was converted from seating to a standing terrace. The couple subsequently became New Age travellers together, and had a son in 1983. [1] Another third round appearance in 2009–10 ended with a 2–1 defeat at Notts County. The following season saw another first as the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time; after beating Guiseley 6–0 in the first round, they lost 3–0 at home to Torquay United in the second. [4] After finishing as runners-up in 1948–49, they won successive league titles in 1949–50 and 1950–51. The league subsequently held a draw to decide the championship, with Forest Green drawn against Stonehouse in a semi-final, with the winner to play Chalford for the title. Next. Forest Green Rovers who play their football at The New Lawn, has, for many years now, been implementing changes to make the experience of going to football more environmentally friendly for both the players and fans alike. "Football clubs can influence society to create change," he said. [15], Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham Town are seen as the club's main rivals. [6] After finishing eighth under Frank Gregan in 1995–96, they won the division the following season, earning promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League. However, the highest all-time attendance was 4,836 for an FA Cup third round tie at home to Championship side Derby County. [10] The club was then taken over by Ecotricity owner Dale Vince; Vince set out plans to make the club more eco-friendly, including removing red meat from players' diets, stopping selling meat products in the ground and treating the pitch with organic fertiliser. The team bus is fully electric. [7] In 1996, he launched his first wind turbine supplying "green electricity". They became founder members of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968, before they were moved up to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League seven years later. [26][28], Vince has made donations to both the Labour Party and the Green Party. They moved to a ground in Nailsworth in 1924, but returned to the Lawn in 1927 after it was upgraded with a boundary wall and entrance gates. [14], In the summer of 2014 the home strip was changed to lime green and black stripes on the front, with a plain green back, green shorts and black and green striped socks in order to align with sponsor Ecotricity's marketing colours. Join the conversation. Following Vince’s acquisition of the club in 2010, the venue received a flurry of green upgrades including solar panels, a solar-powered robot grass mower and the world’s first organic football pitch. [3] They were founder members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1922,[4] but left the league at the end of the 1922–23 season to return to the Stroud & District League. Predictions, H2H, statistics and live score. The design is for a stadium made almost entirely of wood, including the roof cantilevers. [20][21], In 2021, the team became the first in the world to play in a football strip made from a composite material consisting of recycled plastic and coffee grounds. 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In May 2011, the club released a consultation for supporters inviting opinions on the club's decision to change its badge. [25] However, in March 2015 the Supreme Court set aside this decision, ruling that there was no time limit in law for claims for financial provision, and the claim could progress in the High Court. The Etesia robot mower – known as a 'mow bot' – uses GPS technology to guide it round the pitch without the need for human intervention and gathers power from the solar panels at the stadium. [24], While studying, Vince met and married Kathleen Wyatt in 1981. [3] They repeated the double league championship the following season. [3] The Mid-Gloucestershire League folded in 1901, with Forest Green left playing in the Dursley & District League. They divorced in 1992.[25]. #WeAreFGR. [4] A former New Age traveller,[5] he is the owner of the electricity company Ecotricity. [10], In October 2020 The Guardian reported that he plans to create artificial diamonds by chemical vapor deposition using "carbon dioxide captured directly from the atmosphere to form the diamonds – which are chemically identical to diamonds mined from the earth – using wind and solar electricity, with water collected from rainfall. The following season saw them reach the third round of the Cup for the first time, beating Team Bath and then Rochdale to set a third round tie at home to Derby County which they lost 4–3 in front of a record crowd of 4,836. This terrace is the location for away fans and had previously housed home supporters. Leaving school at 15, he spent time as a New Age traveller. [5] Although the club finished as runners-up in 1952–53, they were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1954–55 season. At Famous Publicity, communication is at the heart of everything we do. Forest Green claim to be 100 per cent vegan with their stadium made entirely of wood. [8] However, they lost 1–0 to Kingstonian. January 1, 2020 ... who owns the green electricity company Ecotricity. In 1989, the club was renamed Stroud Football Club. Vince made his fortune by founding one of England’s green energy companies, Ecotricity, as well as an electric car charging network and other green initiatives. 0 Forest Green Rovers granted outline consent for new stadium . They went on to win the league title in 1937–38. [citation needed], In 2013, he was given the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Gloucestershire. [9] In 2007–08 the club defeated Football League opposition in the FA Cup for the first time, beating Rotherham United 3–0 in a first round replay, before losing 3–2 at Swindon Town. [24][25][26][27] The plans were initially rejected by the planning authorities in June 2019 but revised plans were approved later that year. Forest Green Rovers play in a stadium with a capacity of 5,147 in a rural English town that numbers only a few hundred more in population yet they attract support from all over the world. In the Stroud & District League they finished as runners-up to Brimscombe, whilst in the Dursley & District League they finished joint top of the table with Stonehouse after being awarded the points from an unplayed match against Chalford. Forest Green Rovers, who play in League Two -- English football's fourth tier, have adopted a number of environmentally-friendly measures, ... Chairman Dale Vince, who also owns a renewable energy company, took control of the club in 2010 and quickly set to reshaping its policies. Forest Green Rovers, formerly known as Stroud FC, has been based at the New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth since 2006. [3] After World War I the club rejoined the league and the 1919–20 season saw them finish joint top of the table with Chalford and Stonehouse. Grimsby Town 1-2 Forest Green. Forest Green's first season in the Hellenic League Premier Division saw them finish fourth. Partners. In February 2011, Rovers players were banned from eating red meat for health reasons, and a few weeks later the sale of all meat products was banned at the club's ground, leaving only vegetarian options and free-range poultry and fish from sustainable stocks. Smile for the camera. It also has the poorest regions in the UK! [22][23], Vince received an OBE from the Queen for services to the environment in 2004. [13] In February 2011, Rovers players were banned from eating red meat for health reasons, and a few weeks later the sale of all meat products was banned at the club's ground, leaving only vegetarian options and free-range poultry and fish from sustainable stocks. Fixtures between the two sides are humorously named El Glosico, a play-on-words of the famous El Clásico fixture.[16].