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Matt Edwards
Friday 08 February 2019

It’s another game at The New Lawn and that means another in our series of matchday programmes.

Here is a look inside this weeks’ edition for our match with Notts County:

Big interview: Dayle Grubb

Dayle Grubb programme 2

Forest Green Rovers’ Dayle Grubb admits he did things ‘another way’ to get into professional football, which makes it apt that his break into the pro game came at a club that prides itself on that moto.

Now 27, it is hard to think as you watch him cut in off the left and onto his right foot, looking to curl it into the back of the net in trademark fashion, it took until last winter for a Football League club to take a punt on him.

It was whilst watching his brother, who is four years older than him, playing for Bristol City Academy that his talents were first spotted.

Killing some time, he would take free-kicks against his dad in a goal set up to the side of the pitch.

A member of the Bristol Academy staff saw him and offered him a trial at the club. A classic case of being in the right place at the right time.

However, despite seeing his older brother carve a path that saw him earn a professional contract at Ashton Gate and earn caps at Under 19 and Under 21 level, it wasn’t long before he was coming to the difficult conclusion that academy football might not be for him.

“My brother was always someone I aspired to be like and I wanted to achieve the same amount,” he said. “I wanted to make it and had the perfect role model in him.

“I enjoyed it at Bristol at first. It’s a big commitment at that age, training three times a week and you’d always have your friends out doing different things and you’re having to go straight from school up to training.

“I was quite a small lad and it’s one of those stories where I fell out of love with it and I wasn’t enjoying it.

“I sat down with my family and decided I wasn’t going to pursue it anymore.

“At that age, you don’t look too far ahead do you? You make impulsive decisions.


FGR in the Community

Helping thousands of people get back on their feet

We’re delighted to host the Bristol-based charity Legs4Africa today, who will enjoy their first match at The New Lawn. Through recycling prosthetic legs that would otherwise end up in landfill and setting up amputee support groups, Legs4Africa are helping thousands of people each year to get back on their feet. Find out about their work by visiting their website or engaging on social media - or @Legs4Africa.

We’re also hosting plenty of other groups at the ground today, including 45 students from Cardiff University Business School, the Under 11s Kids Cup participants from across the Stroud District, Stratton Under 7s Football Club and pupils from Wycliffe Prep School, who are forming a guard of honour.

Legs 4 Africa

Ambassador Q&A: Gavin Gunning 

Gavin Gunning against Cheltenham

QUESTION 1: What’s it like being a footballer?

It has some real peaks but there are a few negatives as well. It’s a great job and you don’t do many hours but there is a lot of time away from the family.

QUESTION 2: What would you be if you weren’t a footballer?

I’d probably be working with my dad. He delivers photocopiers.

Academy in focus: Louis Owens

Louis Owens academy keeper

Goalkeeper Louis Owens is the latest edition to Scott Bartlett’s squad, having signed at the end of last season after his five-year spell at Swindon Town came to a close without a scholar’s contract on the table.

Following a short trial at Forest Green around the new year, Owens was offered his contract and immediately got to work.

The passing philosophy that is synonymous with Forest Green Rovers has been with Owens ever since he first kicked a ball, and as a result he sees himself as not only comfortable with the ball, but as a 11th outfield player if that is what’s needed at any point.

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.

It can be purchased at the ground on matchdays and online via the Forest Green Rovers club shop HERE or at ProgrammeMaster HERE, with pre-orders accepted in advance. Subscriptions for the season are being taken now.