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Matt Edwards
Friday 08 November 2019

The FA Cup comes to The New Lawn this weekend and that means a return of our special ‘cup’ matchday programme ‘We Are FGR’, which can be purchased for just £1.

The reduced offering gives an insight into tomorrow’s visitors Billericay Town, an interview with FGR ‘quarter back’ James Morton and a look back at the FA Youth cup victory for the FGR Academy Under 18s.

Here is a look inside what we have on offer…

Big interview: James Morton

James Morton warm-up against Coventry City

What was the earliest memory for you in football?

It would be playing for my local team. I was told by my parents that I was with a ball from birth apparently and then, from that, I just joined my local team, Nicholas Wanderers in Bristol, and progressed from there.

My parents saw that I was interested in sport and being a sporting family, I guess they encouraged me and I enjoyed football and that was my sport.

How did the interest from Bristol City come about and what was that like?

Originally, I had my first trial with Bristol City when I was seven, but, at the time, I didn’t want to go into academy football.

I was really young and I just stayed playing football locally for 10 years with several different teams.

I had some training with Southampton for a couple of years and I really just wanted to enjoy football with my mates.

At under 15s, I got scouted by Bristol City, had a trial and it felt right and I wanted to take on the pressures of it at that stage and, thankfully, it has turned out pretty successful.

That takes a strong mind from you at such a young age to make that decision, was there ever a fear that you may have missed the boat?

I don’t think I had that fear. The dream was to always be a footballer, like for a lot of children at that age, but I never thought it was ever possible.

I was just enjoying my football with my mates, enjoying winning trophies and all that came with it at that age.

When I heard about the academy again at the age of 15, I thought that was a potential and it would be nice to say that I have played for an academy and when it came round for the second time, I didn’t want to say no and it felt right.

Before that, it didn’t and I was just happy with playing with friends.


The Opposition – Billericay Town

Billericay Town fans celebration

Nickname: The Blues

Established: The club  was formed in 1880, making it the 11th oldest club in Essex.  It moved into the Romford & District League in 1890 competing in this league until 1914. It wasn’t until 1946 that they adopted their current name and 20 years later were a founder member of the Essex Olympian League.

Stadium: In 1970, the club moved to the New Lodge. In the summer of 2017 New Lodge was completely redeveloped. Covered terraces were built at both ends of the ground covering the full width of the pitch, a new seated stand was built next to the clubhouse where the Pacman stand and Cowshed had previously been located, and was named the Harry Parker Stand. On the other side of the pitch the seating was extended to the full length of the pitch, with capacity rising to 5,000.

 Quick-fire Quiz 

Ben Foster goalkeeper

1. Which English side played their midweek Europa League tie against Vitoria SC at the unusual time of 3.30pm on a Wednesday?

2. Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has had more shots on target this season than Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard. True or False?

3. Who was named Rovers’ Man of the Match following Saturday’s derby-day win over local rivals Cheltenham Town?

How to get your programme:

Official Forest Green Rovers programmes will be available for sale at £1 from our volunteer sellers around The New Lawn or in the club shop.