We’re home for our final game before Christmas, which means a return of our matchday programme ‘We Are FGR’.
Still priced at just £3, the programme features a look at the recent Forest Green news stories, a big interview with goalkeeper Joe Wollacott and reaction from FGR Women’s latest match.
Here is a look inside the first edition for our match with Swindon…
Big interview: Joe Wollacott
The links between FGR and Bristol seem to be growing, how did the move at the start of the season into League Two come about?
I did pre-season with Bristol again and then I got a phone call saying Forest Green were interested in me and I felt that was the right decision for me and the platform of the Football League was the perfect option for me at the time.
I’m grateful for the opportunity. It is a couple of step ups in league, so the speed of the game is quicker, the players technically, with all respect, are better, and it is down to working hard in training.
I feel like I have done well in the games I have played in and I have to continue to perform well.
You came in against Charlton Athletic where you kept a clean sheet and made some great penalty saves, did you feel the pressure with the competition for places straight away?
The goalkeeping union is great here, Tomo (Lewis Thomas) is a really good goalkeeper and a really nice guy and Smudge (Adam Smith) is a good goalkeeper as well and that helps in training when you have got that quality around you because it pushes everyone on and it keeps you on your toes because you know you can’t have an off day because Tomo or Smudge is going to be on it.
From that debut, you’ve kept eight clean sheets, what do you put it down to? Is it a collective effort?
Yes, 100 per cent. It is down to every one of the 11 players on the pitch.
I don’t think it would be possible without the rest of the team. It is a compliment to the team and it is also a plus for a goalkeeper to have that many clean sheets.
I suppose it is a similar feeling to a striker scoring, keeping a clean sheet. Coming and catching a cross in the last minute to take the pressure off the lads or making a worldie save is just as important as a goal.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME.
Getting to know: Swindon Town
Established: Founded as Swindon AFC in 1879 by Reverend William Pitt of Liddington, they became Spartans the next year, before finally settling on the name Swindon Town in 1883. The club turned professional in 1894 as a founding member of the Southern League, later also entering the Western League between 1897 and 1902.
Crest: There have been at least five different incarnations of the Swindon Town crest, the original depicting a robin inside a shield with the letters STFC in the four corners. In 2007, the club put the crest up to the public vote, giving three options as they moved away from the ‘diamond’ that donned their kit in the Premiership era.
AMBASSADOR Q&A – Dom Bernard
What is your spirit animal?
That’s a tough one, but I’d probably go for a bear.
My dog looks a bit like a bear, and I like them because they’re strong and powerful.
Who was your footballing idol?
I’ve got two that I always looked up to when I was younger. Dani Alves is one, because he changed the full-back position with Brazil, and he turned wide defenders into more attacking players who get up and down the wing.
Philipp Lahm is another, he gave me a real understanding of what a full-back should be.
How to get your programme:
Official Forest Green Rovers programmes will be available for sale at £3 from our volunteer sellers around The New Lawn.