Plymouth Argyle make the pilgrimage to The New Lawn tomorrow for the League Two fixture, with a return of the full matchday programme ‘We Are FGR’.
The programme will include all the usual great features, including an in-depth interview with player-coach Matt Mills, our Socially Sociable picture which features some of your best snaps and our FGR Academy focus.
Here is a look inside what we have on offer…
Big interview: Matt Mills
Moving to Forest Green Rovers, what was the thought process behind that and what did you want to achieve?
When I left Nottingham Forest and was speaking to other Championship clubs, it didn’t quite work out, so I went abroad.
When I came back, I feel like I’d closed the door on a Premier League or Championship career. Working out what I wanted to do next, I had a couple of offers from League One but with the interest of going into coaching, passing on some knowledge and trying to help other people, it wasn’t quite right.
When I came to train with Forest Green I got a real enjoyment factor around the group of players and I thought the manager was fantastic with the way he wanted to work, so when he asked me to come in and play, I mentioned to him the possibility of having and interest in coaching and whether would have an opportunity to do that here.
He said that would be fine, so it seemed to tick all the boxes. When I first came in I was playing all the games, but picking up an injury has enabled me to do some coaching rather than spending long days on my own in the treatment room.
I’ve really enjoyed it, but it’s made my days massively longer because I’m having to go home and do my rehab and put in some really long days. It’s ever evolving, but I’m really enjoying the role.
You’ve played football at the highest level. How different has it been coming to Forest Green?
I don’t think there are many differences if I’m honest. There are challenges to overcome but at the elite level they have the same problems as players in this league.
If you look at the positive side, the way this season’s going, it’s important that the lads know have good they’ve been and how enjoyable this situation is. I’ve had some good seasons in my career, and I’ve had promotions, but I’ve had really tough seasons as well where clubs are fighting relegation or financial crisis.
I’ve had some really tough times, so I try and tell the players that this time we’re having now while fighting for promotion and doing well in cup competitions is great, but that it could potentially be the best season of their career.
As a player, I always tried to search for those good moments, and it doesn’t change with the role I’m in now.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME.
Question Board – Henry Staelens
Are there plans to further improve food choice in the outlets?
Yes. We have already increased the menu options, including wraps/sandwiches from the RealWrap Co, Quorn nuggets, and homemade sausage rolls. In a nutshell, we aim to offer our fantastic vegan food to supporters in all corners of The New Lawn, whilst ensuring our speed-of-service doesn’t get dragged down by being too complex. ‘Sides’ like salad and coleslaw are going to be tested in the future, and hopefully some more ‘home cooked’ options can be developed. The outlets are restricted in what they can sell due to various limiting factors.
Since FGR Ladies have moved to play their games at The New Lawn it seems they have barely played – can you offer an update please?
The FGR Women (improved re-name for this season and going forward) have had a few games called off due to both weather and a cup tie as well. We’re working closely with the FGR Women’s Chairman and others to make sure the team get all of the support they need to have a great future.
Academy Spotlight – Ethan Hill
Squad Number: 33
It’s been a great start to the season so far, we’re getting points and scoring lots of goals, and we got ourselves up to third in the table early on.
It was a great experience to play at The New Lawn in the FA Youth Cup, and to pick up a 5-0 win was great. It gives the boys a taste of what it could be like if we got a pro-contract and it shows us we can win games in front of a crowd.
It’s nice to play in front of friends and family and pick up the result with a good performance from the boys. It gives you a buzz to play at The New Lawn and it draws more out of you, especially when the gaffer is watching on.
The second years were brilliant last year and they took us under their wing and showed us how to play at Forest Green, they gave us a lot of confidence and taught us how to be a second year.
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 or in the club shop.