Noah Dougherty
Tuesday 20 November 2018

It’s an FA Cup replay at The New Lawn this evening and that means another edition of our reduced fold-out programme.

Here is a look inside this weeks’ edition for our match with Oxford United:

Big Interview: Ben Morris

For fledgling striker Ben Morris, competitions such as the FA Cup provide him with an opportunity to break into the Forest Green Rovers side.

Having featured four times for the club, once in League Two and the other three in cup competitions, Morris will be keen to have a chance to impress in tonight’s replay against Oxford United.

But he knows he must bide his time, train hard and strike if it presents itself.

“I feel like there’s an opportunity for players like myself in competitions like the FA Cup when we’re doing well in the league. Some boys may need to be rested, which could open the door, but of course the manager will want to pick the strongest side to win the game,” he said.

Before joining Forest Green from Ipswich Town on loan on deadline day, Morris had already made one appearance for the Tractor Boys during the 2018/19 season, coming on as a late substitute in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

He has noted the different challenges lower down the football pyramid, including the pace, but says games like the first round at the Kassam Stadium prove FGR can raise their level.

“We’re in League Two and Oxford are in League One so it gives us a chance to go and express ourselves and see what level we are at,” he explained.

“Plymouth, who we could face in the next round, would be another tough game. If we were to get past Oxford, it will provide another test to prove ourselves.”


Getting to know: Oxford United

Oxford United started life as Headington FC in 1893 and this season celebrate their 125th anniversary. The club changed its name to Headington United in 1911 and after many years playing local football were elected to the Southern League in 1949.

A long battle to change the club’s name to Oxford United was eventually successful in 1960, and two years later the club was elected to the Football League, replacing the former incarnation of Accrington Stanley, who had resigned in March 1962 after declaring bankruptcy.

Quick to make their mark, Oxford were the first Division Four side to reach the FA Cup quarter finals, in 1964, and the following season they won promotion to Division Three, followed three years later by promotion to the Second Division.

United’s best years came in the 1980s, when they became the first (and so far only) side to win successive Third Division and Second Division titles to reach the top flight in 1985. The following year the club’s glory years reached their zenith as Oxford beat QPR 3-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Little Green Devils Quiz:

  1. Referee David McNamara was recently handed a three-week suspension from refereeing after deciding the kick-off of a Women’s Super League in what strange way?
  2. Which former Arsenal midfielder calls on footballers to ‘use influence’ to help important causes such as climate change?
  3. Which former Premier League wining manager made his return to the league as the new Fulham boss last week?

Get today’s programme for the rest of the quiz and to find out if you were quiz.