Noah Dougherty
Friday 07 September 2018

Here’s a look inside this weekend’s programme for our match against Port Vale:

Big interview: Tahvon Campbell

Tahv Campbell programme

For striker Tahvon Campbell, the start to life in the professional game has been pretty nomadic.

Being brought up through the West Bromwich Albion youth system, he has been forced to move around to find a footing in the game where he feels comfortable.

At just the age of 21, he has already had loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers, Yeovil Town twice, Notts County and Solihull Moors.

So when he rocked up at The New Lawn in January, it was just another halfway house for the bright forward.

However, with his contract running out at West Brom, he knew time wasn’t on his side and he needed to find a place to settle quickly.

“Since I have been at West Brom, I’ve been constantly going out on loan,” he said.

“It’s difficult because you have to go somewhere and try and make an impact straight away. You might have to move home, especially at a young age and all those things are challenging and they have nothing to do with the football side of it. They are challenges you have to overcome.

“From the first day I came here, I felt like all the boys were really nice, it was like a real family club and it was good for me to fit in straight away.

“Once I’m settled and I feel like I have got a feel for the place, the football will take care of itself.

“That’s why I chose to come back here, I felt at home here.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME

Ambassador Q&A: Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills Oldham

What inspired you to play football?

Having three older brothers all wanting to play football in the garden was a big inspiration to me and I watched a lot of football from a young age so that helped as well.

If you weren’t a footballer what would you want to be?

I’d like to work in the business world. In the finance sector.

What is your favourite animal?

Dogs because my family had a boxer dog for a while and he was brilliant so he’s my favourite animal.

If you had to leave FGR but continue playing football, who would you like to sign for?

Real Madrid. They’re the best team in the world and it would be nice to live in Spain.

Scarlett, Chalford Hill

Academy in focus: Sam Hendy

Sam Hendy

Defensive midfielder Sam Hendy joined Forest Green Rovers at the start of last season following 10 years with the Bristol Rovers Academy.

After a few trials with Rovers during the summer of 2017, it was the fantastic set-up of the club’s academy as well as the style of play the which attracted Hendy.

On top of the set-up of the club, Hendy says that part of the draw to FGR was working with Scott Bartlett and his tight group of players. Getting to stay in the hostel with his teammates is just one of the causes of the impressive team spirit and the reasons why he finds going into training each morning so enjoyable.

Getting to know: Paul Digby

FIRST CAR?

I shared a VW Polo with my sister, it was a little banger. That was good fun for a few years when I was 17 and I loved it.

I was always carting my mates around because I was one of the first to start driving and I was like a taxi service for my mates until they learnt.

There were a few squabbles with my sister over who should get the car as well.

LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?

It was Slender Man at the cinema. It was horrible for the whole 90 minutes, a real horror film, but it was good fun.

I’d recommend it to people if they want to be scared for an hour and a half.

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.