Forest Green Rovers

The New Lawn

Capacity: 4,803 (Seats 1,881)
Address: Nympsfield Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0ET
Telephone: 01453 834 860
Fax: 01453 835 291
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: ecotricity
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Green and Black Hoops
Away Kit: Black And White Hoops

Main and North Stands
Main and North Stands
Main Stand
Main Stand
Nympsfield Road (North) Stand
Nympsfield Road (North) Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Barnfield Terrace
Barnfield Terrace
Looking Towards The Nympsfield Road End
Looking Towards The Nympsfield Road End

The New Lawn ground is situated on the western edge of the picturesque Cotswold town of Nailsworth. The name Forest Green is taken from the area of the town where the clubs home is found. Opened in 2006, the New Lawn ground is sited on top of a fairly steep hill and is quite exposed to the elements. It is only a short distance from the site of their old Lawn ground, which has now been redeveloped for housing.

The stadium is dominated by the smart looking Main (East) Stand at one side of the pitch. This stand is all seated and has a capacity of 1,881. It has a cantilever roof as well as row of executive boxes running across the back of it. The team 'dugout' areas are located at the front of this stand. Opposite is the small open West Terrace, which is only seven steps high. Running along the back of this terrace are four floodlight pylons. Interestingly both ends have to different degrees been relocated from the old Lawn ground to the new stadium. At the Nympsfield Road (North) end of the ground, is a covered terrace, the roof of which came from the Barnfield Road side of the old ground. Opposite is the South Stand, which until recently was a covered all seated stand, but has now had the seats removed to make it a terrace for home fans. This stand is of interest as it was the Trevor Horsley Stand which was transported from the Club's old ground and re-erected at the New Lawn. Overall the New Lawn is a small but tidy stadium that is well maintained.

The Club have put in plans to the Local Council for approval, to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium near to Junction 13 of the M5. If successful then the new stadium would be built in such a way that the capacity could easily be expanded to 10,000 at a future date. Interestingly and in keeping with Club's green credentials the new stadium is to be mostly constructed of wood. The Club have also selected World renowned architects Zaha Hadid to design the new stadium. Zaha Hadid are currently involved in designing new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and previous works have included the Aquatic Centre built in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The image below of an artists impression of how the new stadium will look is supplied courtesy of the Forest Green Rovers website where more images of the proposed stadium can be viewed.

New Forest Green Rovers Stadium

West TerraceAway fans are mostly housed in the West Terrace on one side of the ground. This terrace has a capacity of around 1,150 fans and runs the full length of the pitch. The terrace is uncovered, so hope that it doesn't rain. In addition, around 250 seats are made available to visiting fans in Block A of the Main Stand opposite. Located towards the North End, this area does have roof cover. Entrance to the ground is via electronic turnstiles, meaning that you need to scan your ticket to gain admittance. 

My visits to The New Lawn (and the old ground for that matter) have been most enjoyable and it would be difficult to find a more friendly and welcoming club than this one. If the chance arises, a visit to this Gloucestershire ground is a pleasant days outing in a unique setting. 

If you are looking for a Meat Pie, Beef Burger or Hot Dog to buy inside the ground, then you will be disappointed, as the Club has decided not to sell any meat products. Instead, there are Veggie Burgers (£3), Veggie Cheeseburgers (£3.50) and Falafel Wraps (£2.50) on offer, as well as Chips and Curry Sauce (£2.70) and Chip Butties (£2.70). I guess as a bit of a 'tongue in cheek' the club also sell a vegetable pasty called the Badger pasty! (£3.50).

The best option for a drink though is in the clubs own bar, the Green Man, which is built into the back of the Main Stand. This bar serves real ale from the Stroud Brewery, hot food is available and it has a number of televisions showing televised sports. However, when a large away following is expected, then the Club reverts to allowing only home fans entrance to it, so this is likely to be more common now that the Club have entered the Football League.. If you have a bit of time on your hands then there is the Village Inn on the A46 on the North side of the town. This pub is well known for its ale being the home of the Nailsworth Brewery. 

Maxwell Meadows a visiting Solihull Moors fan adds; 'We went to a pub called the George, which is on Newmarket Road around a 15 minute walk from the ground. It is an extremely atmospheric pub serving a good pint of beer. It is worth seeking out despite the walk back up the hill. To find this pub from the ground then walk back down the main road towards the town centre. Half way down look out for Burma Road on the right and follow it along into Seven Acres Road. Carry on till you see a footpath on your left heading sharply down the hill. It is a shortcut that leads to the back of The George which is in Newmarket Road. It was a bit of a stiff walk back up to the ground but not as far as from the town centre and at least Burma Road is on the level.'

There are some other pubs and food outlets are at the bottom of the hill in Nailsworth, which is about a 15 minute walk down the hill. But unless you are rather fit then the walk back up to the ground is not for the faint hearted as it is up a steep hill.

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When planning a trip here, don’t try and find Forest Green on your road map, look up Nailsworth, south of Stroud in Gloucestershire. The best way to approach is from the M5 and exit at junction 13 and head for Stroud on the A419.  At Stroud turn onto the A46 towards Nailsworth. This will bring you into the centre of the town, when you reach the Information Centre take the first right at the mini roundabout into Spring Hill, which goes up a steep hill sign posted Forest Green. The Lawn is at the top of this hill. Turn left at the roundabout at the 'summit' into the Club car park, which holds 250 cars. The cost of parking is £4 per car. Please note though that this car park is often full an hour before kick off. Just a little way down from the ground is Nailsworth Primary School which also offers matchday parking for £4 per car.

There is no railway station in Nailsworth itself. The nearest is in Stroud which is three miles away. I would therefore consider getting a taxi from the station to the ground and booking one back for your return. Otherwise as John Aitken informs me; 'You can also take a bus from Stroud to Nailsworth. Stagecoach numbers 93 & 46 both operate from Stroud to Nailsworth. The bus station is behind Merrywalks shopping centre. Route 46 departs from bus stop M. Ask the driver to let you off at Beechwood Close in Nailsworth. It is than a four minute walk to the ground'. A timetable can be found on the Stagecoach website (PDF document).

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Main (East) Stand Seating*

Adults £21, Over 65's £17, Under 22's £12, Under 16's £7, Under 11's £3 
Wings (including away section): 
Adults £19, Over 65's £15, Under 22's £10, Under 16's £7, Under 11's Free


Adults £16, Over 65's £12, Under 22'ss £8, Under 16's £5, Under 11's Free

* These prices are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the match can cost up to £2 more per Adult ticket and £1 per young person/child ticket. Under 11's are still admitted free in the terraced areas.

Official Programme £3

Record Attendance

4,836 v Derby County,  FA Cup 3rd Round, 3rd January 2009

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 1,753 (National League)
2015-2016: 1,750 (National League)
2014-2015: 1,502 (National League)

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Special thanks to Myles Munsey for providing photos of the Nympsfield Road End and EESI Stand.

Forest Green Rovers v Chester
National League
Friday 14th April 2017, 3pm
Phil Graham (Chester fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New Lawn ground?

The New Lawn is another ground I have never been to before.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Long and challenging. Journey up by train from London Paddington via Swindon. The train was jam packed which led to a few frayed tempers but apparently this is a common practice with Great Western Trains! Then the Swindon to Stroud Train only had two carriages! Not too clever on a public holiday. Once at Stroud, it was a short five minute walk down to the Bus Station to catch the Number 63 Bus to Nailsworth which drops you about two minutes from the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After the previously mentioned nightmare train journey to Stroud a pint was in order so we called into the Queen Victoria Pub near the Bus Station for a Guinness. Quite a few Forest Green fans on the bus so anyone unsure what stop to alight the bus should just follow them. Went into the Green Man at the ground but the line to the Bar was at least 20 people deep so never bothered getting a pint.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New Lawn Stadium?

The away End is actually quite similar to Torquay United. A covered terrace of about ten steps. The only seating is in the Main Stand which runs the whole length of the pitch. The rest of the ground is pretty basic but I guess there is not much point them improving it anymore if they get the go ahead for their new stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Forest Green Rovers hit a post and had a shot cleared off the line in first minute and things didn't get any better for Chester as they were comfortably beaten 2-0. The all Vegan menu in my mind is an example of the club owner forcing his opinions and preferences on fans (Although the Curry & Chips on offer was a pleasant surprise!) Not much atmosphere which I guess was to be expected. Interesting that in the programme a mention is made of the club's desire to be "Britain's most sustainable Football Club" I guess the irony is that at the moment they are anything but that, without the owners considerably investment.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Short wait for the Bus back to Stroud. A steady flow of traffic and small queue back on too the main road but nothing too long and was back at the train station in plenty of time for the 18:10 to Swindon. Which thankfully was nowhere near as busy as it was earlier.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A long day on packed trains to watch my team get beat is never a good day. If as I suspect Forest Green Rovers do not get promoted then although I'll go back next year it certainly won't be a trip I'll look forward too. There is something false about the place that It could all come crashing down one day if the owner pulls out, but at least we can have a meat pie then!

Forest Green Rovers v Dagenham and Redbridge
National League Premier
Saturday 29th October 2016, 3pm
Garry Procter (Dagenham and Redbridge fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New Lawn Ground?

Forest Green Rovers are currently top of the league. Plus the New Lawn Ground is one that I have not visited before.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

This was easy as I came on the supporters coach.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Had a quick beer in the Green Man bar at the stadium itself. The home supporters were very welcoming.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New Lawn Ground?

The New Lawn is a nice modern ground. I had a good view of the pitch. I also noticed the energy saving installations (solar PV etc.) around the stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was pretty even and played in a good clean manner. The atmosphere was generally good and the stewards friendly. Food wise was the only let down unfortunately. The vegan only option wasn't popular with the away fans. I think the club have missed a trick and should offer traditional fare as well as the vegan option. Most away fans didn't chose to buy food from the kiosk. Also the soya milk in tea and coffee wasn't popular and much of it was discarded after one sip (real shame). I don't really understand why the club continue to pursue this ethos.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Surprisingly it took nearly an hour to get down the hill from the ground into the town centre. I guess the nature of the location of the New Lawn Ground up above the town (a very pretty town by the way) doesn't lend itself to a quick get away.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All good with the exception of the food option (we. Carried out a poll of fans after the game and this was pretty unanimous) and the slow getaway after the game. Other than that the club and its fans were pleasant.

Forest Green Rovers v Eastleigh
Conference National League
Saturday 20th February 2016, 3pm
Peter Laggan (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the New Lawn football ground?

This was a special game for me as I was taking my daughter to a game for the first time since I promised to take her to one 20 years ago! It was also her birthday and, as she is a vegan, I was taking her to the only "meat free" ground in the country (world?), so she was happy.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I picked my daughter up from Bristol and from there it is an easy 45 minute drive via the M32, M4 and A46. Anyone coming from the South should allow approximately 30 minutes to get from the M4 to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As this was a special occasion I pre-booked 2 VIP Dining tickets by phone from the Forest Green Rovers Reception. The cost was £35 plus VAT. So for the cost of a ticket to a Premier League game I got priority parking, premier seating in the Main Stand, a programme, a drink on arrival, a hot lunch and tea and cakes at half time! I must give a plug for the food here. Despite being a life-long carnivore and a football pie aficionado, I found the that the food was spectacularly good. I had the 'famous' Q-Pie - with chips and gravy - which was delicious and one of the best pies I have had in a football ground (I think Q stands for Quorn, but it tasted just like a chicken and leek pie). The burgers looked yummy and were selling extremely well and there was even an Indian curry dish if you wanted it. I think a lot of clubs could learn from Forest Green Rovers on how to cater for their fans. I would go to this ground for the food alone.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the New Lawn stadium?

The ground itself is, for the Conference League, one of the best I have been to. I was in the Main (East) Stand where the restaurant and directors boxes are and most of the home fans are seated here. The North Stand holds the away fans (standing) and there is a small food outlet called the Devil's Kitchen which, I presume, also serves vegetarian food only.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Forest Green Rovers are challenging for the top spot in the league (although they are playing second fiddle to their bigger local rivals Cheltenham). Eastleigh are mid-table and the game reflected the league positions with Forest Green looking like a better balanced team. The result went with current form and Forest Green won 2-1.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was a doddle (although I was in the priority parking area). A short drive downhill into Nailsworth and a sharp right turn onto the A46 gets you back onto the M4 in less than 30 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This a very nice ground (although fans were handing out leaflets about moving to a new ground when I went in) and well worth a visit. If you can afford to splash the cash, for less than £40 you can dine like a king and, if it's too cold, you can even stay at your dining table and watch the match from the comfort of the dining room! Well done Forest Green Rovers!

Forest Green Rovers v Luton Town
Conference Premier League
Saturday, August 24th, 2013, 3pm
Michael Pala (Luton Town fan)

This was my second visit to Forest Green Rovers and I was looking forward to a day out in this picturesque part of the Cotswolds. Prior to going to the stadium, we stopped in the centre of Nailsworth to visit the chip shop. When we pulled up, someone came out of the pub and said we could take our chips into the pub as they don’t serve their own food. The people in the village were very friendly and would welcome us and provide any help with directions (in my case, I needed an ATM).

Reaching the stadium, the car park attendants were very helpful and directed us to a disabled space next to the stand as two of the people in our group are disabled. 

Since our last visit, the stadium has become very high tech for a club in that league. Taking pride in the environment, the club is aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment by having a fleet of electric vehicles with electric charging points in the stadium car park, solar panels, sourcing food from local providers, collecting rainwater and also recycling wherever possible. Your ticket has a QR code on it and you enter the stadium by scanning your ticket into the QR reader – again, very impressive for a club outside the football league.

Inside the stadium, the stewards, catering and other staff were very welcoming and friendly. I had a friendly conversation with a steward comparing the set-up of our two clubs and she was amazed to hear that Luton have an average attendance of 6,500.

As we were travelling with disabled supporters, we were allocated the limited amount of seats for disabled in a part of the home stand. This meant that when going to the toilet or food outlets, we came into contact with home supporters. Despite wearing our colours, the home supporters were very friendly to us and in no way did we ever feel intimidated.

Due to visiting the chip shop before the match, I didn’t need any hot food in the stadium but I purchased a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate at prices similar to other grounds.

The atmosphere in the ground was fairly quiet from the home supporters since they only have a small average attendance and a significant percentage of the crowd were the visiting Luton supporters who made all the noise. For a club in the middle of nowhere and non-league, you don’t expect a large number of supporters. Don’t let this put you off visiting Forest Green Rovers because the friendliness and welcoming nature of the staff and fans provides a welcome change from visiting other grounds. I recommend visiting the centre of Nailsworth and sampling the chip shop as this alone also makes the trip worthwhile.

Final result was a draw and given Luton’s recent poor performances, most Luton fans would have taken the point away at Forest Green Rovers – who are also challenging for promotion.

Getting away from the ground after the match can be quite slow since the bulk of the traffic is heading back down the hill towards the centre of Nailsworth to connect onto the roads leading away from the area. Please allow an extra 15-30 minutes if attending a match with a bigger attendance.

Overall, a trip to Forest Green Rovers is a lovely day out in a picturesque part of the Cotswolds in the company of what is probably the most friendliest club I’ve ever visited. If we (Luton) get promoted, I hope Forest Green Rovers joins us so we can look forward to another trip to this lovely and friendly club next season.

Forest Green Rovers v Hyde
Conference Premier League
Saturday, August 10th, 2013, 3pm
Myles Munsey (Neutral fan)

1. Reasons for going:

I have a friend who lives in the Stroud area and who I introduced to the delights (!) of professional football last season. Suitably impressed, he wanted more of the same. As Forest Green Rovers is his local side and as I had heard good reports about the New Lawn, I thought we would give this a go. Besides, I hadn’t seen a Conference game for about 4 years. I’m still intrigued by the notion of a small town club performing at level 5.

2. Getting there:

Stonehouse station being closed owing to Engineering work, so I travelled instead to Cam and Dursley from where my friend collected me and took me over to Nailsworth.

3. Before the game:

En route to the ground I was treated to a fish and chip lunch at the Badger at Eastington and very good it was too. It is a very scenic ride over to Nailsworth where the ground is located, so we stopped at the popular Frocester Hill viewpoint which gives spectacular views over to the Severn Estuary

4. First impressions:

There wasn’t a lot of time to take in the facilities as we were running a little late then there was a bit of a queue for tickets. Close to the ground I noticed brown tourist signs pointing to FGRFC almost pleading for your interest. Great, but you need to know who they are! The ground is modern and well appointed but with very regular features. Actually the appearance and rural aspect of the ground are more readily apparent from the inside. We took up position in the in the Main Western Thermal stand and from there one is able to appreciate the splendid backdrop, of wooded slopes with sheep grazing contentedly. I was reminded of Adams Park, Wycombe, another modern stadium on the edge of town backed by woods. 

5.The game:

In all my 45 years of watching football I had never seen a game like this. Not that there was any sign of what was to unfold, because the programme notes made quite an issue out of the fact that in 15 previous seasons Forest Green had won just one of their opening day encounters. Hyde had performed well over the final stretch of the 2012-3 campaign so a ‘tight encounter’ was predicted. 

Hyde started brightly but then their world fell apart when Josh Brizell was sent off after 19 minutes for a rash challenge on Al Bangura. Debutant Marcus Kelly scored on 25 minutes with a right foot screamer, and then five minutes later added to his tally with a classy left foot finish. In a torrid afternoon for Hyde the goals just kept coming. Further efforts on 33 minutes by Wright and a close range header on 38 by Norwood saw Rovers cruising at the interval. An interval which I used gainfully to get that elusive programme which had supposedly sold out. There was no let up in the second half with further goals by Matt Taylor 60, Barnes –Homer 71, Matt Taylor again on 72 - a terrific flicked header into the top corner and then Kelly wrapped up his hat trick and the scoring with 14 minutes still left on the clock.

Despite all of this, Hyde’s goalkeeper, David Carnell had an excellent game and he is to be commended. But for him, things could have been a lot worse.

6. Getting away:

A bit of a wait to exit the car park but no real problems getting down the hill into Nailsworth and my friend kindly conveyed me back to Swindon for the 18.12 train back to Reading.

7. Overall:

A most enjoyable afternoon if somewhat surreal, both in terms of the setting and the result. Do go to the New Lawn. It is a very well run club with a manager intent on good football (and we saw plenty of that) and ultimately promotion to the Football League. I wish them well in their quest.   

Forest Green Rovers v Luton Town
Conference Premier League 
Saturday October 27th 2012, 3pm
Paul Willott (Luton Town fan)

On a bright crisp autumnal morning my daughter and I departed home in Kent and following a brief detour into the Croydon area to collect a colleague from my workplace, returned to the motorway network to continue heading westwards.  I must say I was looking forward to this match, not only has the achievements of what is effectively a village based club in staying in the fifth tier of English football pretty remarkable, but on the evidence of this season with both teams at the top end of the table, then the match promised to be a cracker.

We followed the M4 westwards up until Swindon where we left the motorway and proceeded along the 'A' road networks firstly in the general direction of Cirencester before bearing left towards Stroud. The beautiful sunshine enhanced what rapidly became a very scenic drive through Thomas Hardy country, although when we stopped for refreshments there was a really cold bite to the stiff westerly breeze that did make me worry that we might be in for a very cold afternoon.

We arrived in the picturesque linear village of Nailsworth, home to Forest Green Rovers, significantly in advance of kick-off but nonetheless drove up the hill from the town centre to the ground itself and parked in their car park. The lie of the ground indicated that it would be a complete bottleneck to get back out at the end of the game, but that was a price worth paying for being so close to the ground on such a cold day.

Once we had wrapped ourselves up in as much warm outer clothing as we could muster, we wandered round to the away fans terrace, applauded the Luton players and staff as they disgorged from the team coach and then made our way into the ground.

Fortunately there was a sufficiently high enough wall at the back of the terrace to shield us from the wind, and we inspected what sustenance was on offer.   As the ground was now allegedly a vegetarian one, I was slightly intrigued to see Badger Pastie on offer, but decided to plump for the tray of chips , and what gorgeously big chunky chips they were too.  So much so, that my voraciously appetited 8 year old politely demanded a second tray . . . . . well it would have been rude not to! they were pretty good!

As more and more Luton fans poured into this compact but tidy stadium, I was increasingly glad we were early birds with a place at the front, or else the little one may have struggled to see much of the action, It was a nice touch of the mascot to make a bee-line for all the children in the ground , not just the home fans, and hand out bags of maltesers and the likes to keep little faces smiling.

There was some lively banter between a small number of home support and the Luton fans, but police and stewards quickly moved the 3 or so individuals from the home terrace adjoining the away enclosure out of the ground, and things settled down. There was a noticable police presence, which I suspect was purely for the sizable Luton contingent and I doubt that normally there would be such numbers of police on duty.  Worthy of mention is the policeman in full riot clobber trying to surreptitously "peep" round a corner with a video camera to film the "naughty" Luton fans; he was so indiscreet he might as well have worn a pink neon helmet....

The match itself wasn't actually a classic at all ; both sides seemed to cancel each other out in the midfield, and for most of the game, it looked as though a simple goalkeeping error would decide the match in the favour of the home team; but a moment of magic near the end from Luton's Stuart Fleetwood levelled the match, before a penalty was awarded and converted to send the Luton fans into raptures shortly before the final whistle.

As predicted, getting away from the ground took some time, but such delays seem far less inconvenient when you have won........

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