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New Season, New Team: Forest Green Rovers

15 June 2017

As part of our countdown to fixture release day on Wednesday 21st June, we take a look at some of our new opponents in 2017/18. Next up: Forest Green Rovers.

Who are this lot then?

Forest Green Rovers are a side about to step into the unknown following their play-off promotion from the Vanarama National League in May.

This will be FGR's first season in the EFL in their 128-year history and they will be looking to make a big impression.

Their Gloucestershire home town of Nailsworth will be the smallest ever to host an EFL club next term, with a population of 5,794.

How did they get on last season?

After running league champions Lincoln close, Rovers finished third in the National League standings, and would be destined for the lottery of the play-offs once more after losing to Grimsby in the play-off final the year previously.

After seeing off Dagenham & Redbridge over two legs in the semi-final, they set up a Wembley showdown against Tranmere.

After Connor Jennings cancelled out Kaiyne Woolery's opener, goals from Christian Doidge and another from Woolery ensured FGR were 3-1 up at the break.

Forest Green held off Tranmere's advances in the second half to finally reach League Two via the play-offs at the third attempt.

Who’s the boss?

Mark Cooper was appointed Forest Green Rovers manager in May 2016, becoming the permanent successor to Adrian Pennock.

After mangerial spells at Tamworth, Kettering, Peterborough, Telford, Darlington, Swindon and Notts County, Cooper managed to achieve promotion in his first season at Rovers.

What happened last time?

Wycombe have never met Forest Green in a competitive fixture, but have played them in a pre-season friendly in July 2012, which ended in a goalless draw at the New Lawn Stadium.

What’s their ground like?

The New Lawn Stadium is a 5,140 capacity stadium (2,000 seated) based in Nailsworth.

Away fans are housed in the North Stand of the stadium.

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