The Reckless Guide to Forest Green Rovers...
Forest Green Rovers v Barnet
Tuesday 25 February
Stadium: The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth GL6 0FG
Telephone: 01453 834 860
Club Colours: Green Black and White
Nickname: Rovers or Greens
Official Website: www.forestgreenroversfc.com
Brief Directions by Road: Nice and easy this one! On to the M4 Motorway and exit at Junction 18. Take the A46 northbound towards Stroud (not Bath) for approx. 17 miles. Remain on this A46 road and it will eventually take you directly into Nailsworth. If you were to leave the M4 a junction earlier at junction 17 and travel via the A429 and the picturesque and isolated B4014, this will also take you to Nailsworth but the first option is the quickest and more straightforward albeit a lot less scenic. Wind down hill and dale into the centre of Nailsworth and just before the Clock Tower at a mini roundabout, take the left turn into Spring Hill ( signposted Forest Green and Nympsfield ). The New Lawn is about a mile up the hill and on the left.
Car Parking: The Club car park, which holds 250 cars will cost you £3 per car. However please note that this car park is often full an hour before kick-off.
Directions by Train: Unfortunately the closest station to the FGR ground is in Stroud (4 miles away). A train from London Paddington may involve a change at Swindon but the journey is only around 90 minutes. Taxis are quite expensive therefore made for sharing. However the 93 bus from the station runs directly to the ground every half hour. The train is my band of brothers' choice of transportation to the game and a visit to the Lord John pub is in order within a minute or two of disembarking!
Eating and Drinking Locally: Surprisingly Nailsworth centre isn’t the place to head for although there are a couple of very good outlets for refreshment. I can recommend and very highly the superb Jovial Forester on Star Hill just north east of the ground which serves real ales, ciders and wicked lunches too. Look out for the Tiputts Inn about 2 miles south of Nailsworth on the A46. Or of course if it is sheer class you seek look no further than The Rose & Crown which is a 17th century inn in Nympsfield village a mile or two west of the ground. I have another suggestion as always. On the A46 before you reach Nailsworth and close to the village of Tiltups End, there is a lay-by which is home to ‘Kathleen’s Cafe’ one of those welcome little ‘teas and hot snacks’ huts owned by the Ingover family. It is has been there for years and years and a bit of an institution in Gloucestershire. It is suffering from acute old age and is very lop-sided these days so be careful!. (There are toilet facilities there too!) I hear from a very reliable source that the owner Kathleen cooks the tastiest and most reliable poached egg and sausage or bacon and mushroom sandwich in the County and is always pleased to see visiting fans to chat about Rovers.
Social Club: The Green Man, which is built into the back of the Main Stand. This bar serves real ale, hot food and all will be made welcome.
Ground Description: The main Western Thermal Stand is the main focus in the ground and has room for around 2,000 plus executive boxes. Opposite is a small open terrace. The Nympsfield Road Terrace which is now made available for visitors is to the right and the EESI Terrace – which has been recently reconverted to terracing from seats - is to the left. Both of these structures were relocated for the old Lawn ground when the club move in 2006-7. The capacity of the stadium is a healthy 5,140.
Admission Prices: Adults £16, Over 65s £12, U21s/Students £8, U16s £5