Forest Green Rovers
|What's The New
Lawn Ground Like?
Western Thermal Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Nympsfield Road End (photo)
Where To Drink?
EESI Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
View From The Away Terrace (video)
The New Lawn Location Map
|What's The New Lawn Ground Like?|
The club moved a short
distance to their new ground at beginning of the
2006/07 season. Now when I mean a 'short distance'
then I literally mean only a few hundred yards up
the road from their old Lawn Ground which is has now
been redeveloped for housing.
The stadium is dominated by the smart looking Western Thermal Stand at one side of the pitch. This 2,000 all seated capacity stand, has a cantilever roof as well as row of executive boxes running across the back of it. Opposite is a small open terrace, which is only seven steps high. Running along the back of this terrace are 4 floodlight pylons. Surprisingly the team dugouts have been located at this side of the pitch, rather than where you would have expected in front of the Main Stand. Interestingly both ends have to different degrees been relocated from the old Lawn to the new ground. At the Nympsfield Road 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 EESI 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.
|Western Thermal Main Stand|
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
|This season the
Club have decided to move away fans from the EESI
Stand, to the Nympsfield Terrace at the opposite
end of the ground. This is good news if you prefer
to stand on a terrace, as the EESI Stand was
previously all seated. The Nympsfield or North
Terrace to give its official name, holds around
900 fans. In addition around 250 seats are made
available to visiting fans in the North Stand.
Entrance to the ground is via electronic
turnstiles, meaning that you need to scan your
ticket to gain admittance. This is somewhat of a
novelty at this level.
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 do a a vegetable pasty called the Badger pasty! (£3.50)
|Nympsfield Road End|
|Where To Drink?|
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, hot food and 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. 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 CAMRA Good Beer Guide
listed pub is also home to the Nailsworth Brewery.
| EESI Stand
to Myles Munsey for supplying the photo above.
|How To Get There & Where To Park|
|When planning a trip
here, donít try and find Forest Green on your road
map, look up Nailsworth, south of Stroud in
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 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 £3 per
car. Please note though that this car park is often
full an hour before kick off.
Map showing the location of the New Lawn Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
|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).|
Concessions apply to over 65's and students with valid student card.
|Official Programme £2.50|
|Forest Green Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|Fans Reviews Of The New Lawn|
Pala (Luton Town) 24/8/13
Myles Munsey (Neutral) 10/8/13
Paul Willott (Luton Town) 27/10/12
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|View From The Away Terrace|
Special thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.
|Map Showing The Location Of The New Lawn Football Ground, Railway Station & Listed Pubs|
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Last Updated : 8 February 2014