We’re back at home tomorrow to face Stevenage which means a return of our matchday programme ‘We Are FGR’.
Still priced at just £3, the programme offers some new features like the chance to pose questions to CEO Henry Staelens, a new-look big interview and find out who the FGR players would pick in their dream seven-a-side teams based on players they have played with or against.
Here is a look inside the first edition for our match with Stevenage…
Big interview: Farrend Rawson
When you got to the training camp in Devon and look around you at the likes of Taylor Allen, Udoka Godwin-Malife and Liam Kitching, such young players, did you feel like an experienced player?
It’s a strange one. I feel like the group we have is very young but it is very talented, as you have seen from the start of the season we’ve had. We’re not a soft touch, young team, we are a team that are good and are going to compete. It just feels like yesterday I was a young 18-year-old, looking to train with the first team and I was seen as the young lad and with the blink of an eye, I’m 23 now and that isn’t old but I can be seen as one of the experienced ones in the changing room. It doesn’t faze me and I’ve always been a guy who looks to help people and will always give advice and do extras in training and try to set a good example. The gaffer has made it very clear, it doesn’t matter if you are 19 or 35 and you’ve played a 1,000 games or 10 games, you can go out there and put in a performance and do a job for the team. I’ve played a lot of games when I was young and had to step up, so I have high expectations.
Matt Mills joined in the summer. What was your reaction to that and how much of an impact has he made already?
He has been worth his weight in gold. He is worth his weight in gold. His knowledge, his advice and he has shown in the last couple of weeks, he doesn’t even need to be on the pitch playing. Just like the gaffer, he’s been drilling the defence, giving us all advice and information and the proof is there to see, it has been showing in the games and that is why I feel we have been so strong defensively and have been putting in those defensive performances. We are a young set of lads and we will concede goals but we have shown that we are not a soft touch, we can see games out and are resilient and it is a massive compliment to Matt, the gaffer and the defenders at the club.
The proof is certainly there, six clean sheets in the first nine league games of the season as well as clean sheets against Charlton and Bournemouth, that must give you a sense of pride as a defender?
At the end of the day, that is what we get paid for, we get paid to keep the ball out of the back of the net. It makes you really happy when you can go out there and do your job and there is no better feeling. The stats don’t lie, they speak for themselves and all we can do as a team is go out there on the training pitch and work hard and train like we play and the coaching staff drill that into us.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE PROGRAMME.
QUORN RECIPE - Lemon pepper fillets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 2 Quorn Breaded Fishless Fillets
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
- 2 tsp chopped fennel fronds
- 120g fennel, finely sliced
- 1 large orange, cut into segments
- 1/4 red onion, finely sliced
- 30g pitted black olives
1. Prepare the Quorn Fishless Breaded Fillets with a Lemon & Pepper Breadcrumb according to package directions.
2. Whisk together the oil, orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Toss together the fennel fronds, fennel, red onion, orange segments, olives and dressing. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes for the flavours to marry.
3. Serve the fillets with the salad.
Tip: Substitute olives with 2 tbsp capers if desired.
FGR ACADEMY – Chris Barker
Since an opening day defeat against Bournemouth, we’ve had a positive start to the season, although we slipped to a 4-3 defeat against Swindon Town Under 18s on Saturday.
We showed the boys the set plays on Friday morning and within three minutes we’d conceded from a set play, so we need to iron out those details.
Going forward, we’re doing ok and we’re scoring plenty of goals. We had a very tight defence last year and we’re working on getting back to that this season.
I’ve told the boys that if they score one from 40 yards or if he takes six players on then you have to think, ‘Well played,’ but the goals we’re giving away are simpler than that.
We started the season with a heavy defeat, but we’ve seen a really good reaction from boys over the last couple of months of months.
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.