FGR are based at the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Cotswold village of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. That a team from such a tiny settlement can make it as high as the fifth tier of English football is a testament to the power of the pyramid system. And of course it helps a little if you've got rich benefactor onboard to help you out a little with the financials. It would also surprise a lot of people to discover that they are the longest serving members of the Conference National - especially after the many last minute relegation escapes they've had in recent years.
They've had a couple of name changes in their time too. In 1989, the club's board thought it would increase both their profile and their fanbase by changing their name to Stroud FC - after the nearest big(ish) town, some five miles away. this proved so unpopular that three years later it was changed to Forest Green Rovers - a name they've retained to this day. The 2009-10 season was a difficult one. Despite being relegated after a 2-1 defeat to Greys, they were reprieved when Salisbury were fined a drop of two leagues after being found guilty of financial irregularities. Added to this, their main benefactor has had to withdraw his financial assistance after suffering a period of ill-health. So let's wish them well in what could be a tricky year for this proud and battling team from an unlikely part of the country.
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