Wednesday 27 April 2022

We face them next year, part 2 - the Vegans

Forest Green Rovers have finally secured promotion to League One after a stuttering end to the season by their standards.

Coming to Charlton is probably not top of the agenda for the Nailsworth club who will be looking forward to the return of the fabled 'El Glosico' against rivals Cheltenham Town.

One or two fans have complained it will be a poor away day, but it depends on the time of year we play them.  The Forest of Dean is an attractive area for a weekend - I remember camping there in my younger days.

FGR are, of course, known as 'The Vegans'. Dale Vince turned VGR into the world's first vegan football club.  He insists that his players and staff eat vegan food and does not serve meat or non-vegan beer at the stadium.   Team shirts are made of 90 per cent bamboo.   The organic football pitch is tended by a solar powered landowner. 

Vince, the owner of Ecotricity, is selling off his energy company for hundreds of millions of pounds.  KPMG are handling the sale.  However, his next move will be into politics if his plans go ahead.

He will be retaining his 96 per cent share in the club and is building a 5,000 seater wooden stadium near Junction 13 of the M5 with parking space for 1,700 cars [shome mishtake shurely?, ed]

In Sundays Football League Paper it was noted that 'Forest Green ate a well-oiled machine who rarely make a mistake in the transfer market.'  Jamille Matt was signed after he was released by Newport County.  He has scored 36 goals over two seasons, benefitting from a system based on wing backs who put in quality crosses.   Matt Stevens, who has scored 27 goals this season, was on loan at Stevenage this season.

FGR have also kept a close eye on the production line at Leamington that produced, for example, Accrington's Colby Bishop.  £10k was too much for Charlton to pay for him so he came to The Valley and scored against us.

The Times featured a comment from former Leamington player Josh March as their quote of the week on Monday.   Brakes spotted March at village side Alvechurch and put him through their development programme.  As he tweeted, 'From Step 5 non-league to League 2 promotion.'

Charlton write off FGR at their peril.

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