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 donít 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 Ė 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
Due to visiting the chip shop before the match, I
didnít 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 donít expect a large
number of supporters. Donít 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 Lutonís recent
poor performances, most Luton fans would have
taken the point away at Forest Green Rovers Ė 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 Iíve 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.