Noah Dougherty
Monday 10 February 2020

It’s back to back home games at The New Lawn, which means tomorrow will bring with it another edition of the ‘We Are FGR’ matchday programme. Saturday’s goalscorer Josh March ss the cover star.

Still priced at just £3, the programme has a full interview with the former Leamington striker, an Academy Spotlight with forward Luke Hallett and quick-fire quiz.

Big Interview – Josh March

Let’s go back to the beginning, where did football start for you?

Since I can remember as a kid, I’ve always been into football, it feels like it has been all my life.

All my family are massive football fans, so I’ve kind of grown up in a football family.

Unfortunately most of them are Aston Villa fans, which makes me a Villa fan by default.

You started playing for a local team, when did you realise you had a talent for the sport?

I started playing for a local Sunday team. I would always play in the year above myself since I was a kid, so it was kind of there from the start.

For me then, it was just about playing with my mates though.

I went to a few academies as a kid, but got released from West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at a young age for being too small.

I didn’t grow until I was about 16, I was a really small kid.

It’s a bit disheartening because you can’t really change your height. You can always change different aspects of your game like your touch, or your positioning if that is where you are weak at, but you can’t change your height.

How do you look back at that academy experience for you then, because it is different for everyone?

I enjoyed it to be fair. When you are a kid and you are training every day, you are buzzing about it, playing for an academy, it is what every kid thinks they want at that age.

So, I was a bit upset when I was getting released but it changed my mindset. I just wanted to keep playing football, I was never going to stop playing football, that never came into my thoughts.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME

Ambassador Q&A – Jevani Brown 

 Jevani Brown in action against Crawley Town Away January 2020

QUESTION 1: What is it like playing for the world’s greenest football club?

It is good in the sense that you know what the club is for the environment and doing its bit. It is a little bit strange as a footballer, with the kit being made out of bamboo but I think it is very much a futuristic club.

QUESTION 2: Who is your closest teammate since joining the club?

It is a tough one, I’d have to give it to Liam Kitching or Nathan McGinley. They are always sending me messages on Snapchat and we talk about a lot outside of football as well.

All of the lads have made me feel really welcome since I have been here, and I’ve settled in well.

FGR Women 

Forest Green Rovers Women bowed out of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup on Sunday afternoon, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Sherbourne Town Ladies.

Jemma Tewksbury opened the scoring with 65 minutes on the clock, and a succession of impressive Becca Woods saves kept Rovers in the game.

Woods’ heroics could well have seen the visitors get something from the game, but chances went a begging and Sherbourne held on to progress to the fourth round.

“We did really well,” said FGR Women secretary Rosie Dimery.

“They’re a tough team, who are top of the league and we had chances which could have seen the game go either way.

“We’re unlucky that they got the goal.

“Becca Woods was the star player. She kept us in the game on several occasions, and we were solid across the back.

“We worked hard with our back four at training the previous week, and everyone put a real shift in.

“We kept our 4-4-2 formation from the last few weeks, as it’s been effective for us. Everyone is clear in their roles and we’re building a good unit.

“We’ve got a bigger squad now than we did earlier in the season. We’ve had a couple of players turn 16, which makes them available for selection, and players have returned from injury, which troubled us at the start of the season.”

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.