The Etesia robot mower – known as a 'mow bot' – uses GPS technology to guide it round the pitch without the need for human intervention and gathers power from the solar panels at the stadium. [7] Another season in mid-table was followed by two in which they finished in the bottom five. Mr Vince, who is the founder of green energy firm Ecotricity, said he sees the process - … After beating Dagenham & Redbridge 3–1 in the semi-finals, the club defeated Tranmere Rovers by the same scoreline in the final at Wembley, earning promotion to League Two. The usual attendance was between 1,300 and 1,800 for National League fixtures. This followed a previous robot mower that had been in service at the club's former ground. The design is for a stadium made almost entirely of wood, including the roof cantilevers. They were Stroud Premier League champions for three successive seasons in 1934–35, 1935–36 and 1936–37,[3] before re-entering the Northern Senior League in 1937. [8] However, they lost 1–0 to Kingstonian. The western side of the ground is an open terrace available to home fans. [13] The 2018–19 season saw them finish fifth in League Two. They became founder members of the Gloucestershire County League in 1968, before they were moved up to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League seven years later. Forest Green Rovers fans are being invited to think of a new name for the club's stadium, incorporating the name of sponsor, Innocent. The diamonds - which have been certified by the International Gemological Institute - take about two weeks to be made. The diamonds will be available to pre-order for collaborations from early 2021, though their price has not yet been revealed. The following season saw another first as the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time; after beating Guiseley 6–0 in the first round, they lost 3–0 at home to Torquay United in the second. They also reached the 2001 FA Trophy Final, which again they lost. Forest Green's New Lawn Stadium could be called 'Kevin' after the name was popular in a poll, Over 78 per cent of fans called for the stadium name to be changed to 'Kevin' in a Twitter poll, Innocent's UK marketing director, Anna Bateson, was quoted by The Sun saying: 'We have no idea who Kevin is.'. The new badge was used from the beginning of the 2011–2012 season. [6] After finishing eighth under Frank Gregan in 1995–96, they won the division the following season, earning promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League. The previous club badge was very similar to the FC Barcelona badge. [3] However, the club withdrew from the league during the 1896–97 season. From Tranmere to Real Madrid! Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Reaching the 1999 FA Trophy Final, which they lost, they became the first club to reach the finals of both the FA Vase and FA Trophy. The following season saw them reach the third round of the Cup for the first time, beating Team Bath and then Rochdale to set a third round tie at home to Derby County which they lost 4–3 in front of a record crowd of 4,836. Forest Green Rovers' stadium could be renamed 'Kevin' after fans voted for that title in the club's own Twitter poll. The name change would be a repeat of the 2016 farce involving Boaty McBoatFace, as 124,000 people voted for that name to be given to a British research ship. Club owner Dale Vince (above) is a green energy industrialist and is in charge of the project. [6] At Wembley they defeated Rainworth Miners Welfare 3–0 to win the trophy. We no longer need to dig these enormous holes in the ground - they're visible from space, some of them. The team competes in League Two, the fourth tier of English football, and have played their home games at the New Lawn since 2006, when they moved from their original home at The Lawn Ground. The away strip was also changed to an all-white kit with the dates '1899–2012' near the neckline of the kit to indicate the years when the club first played in an all-white kit and the decision to bring it back in 2012. Published: 10:04 GMT, 10 October 2020 | Updated: 15:14 GMT, 10 October 2020. From other local news sites. [3] They withdrew from the Dursley & District League in 1908.[3]. Forest Green finished as runners-up in 1924–25 and 1925–26,[3] before rejoining the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1926. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. 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Innocent, the fruit smoothie company, is sponsoring FGR’s ground, currently named the New Lawn, and the club are now running a competition on social media to see who can come up with the best idea to rename it. The grass at the New Lawn Stadium is also fed on a chemical-free diet. In June 2011, the club began work on making the stadium environmentally friendly following the arrival of new owner and green energy entrepreneur Dale Vince. [18] However, following Rovers' promotion to the EFL in 2018, these rivalries are no longer competed. The following season saw them finish as runners-up in the renamed National League, their highest-ever league position; in the subsequent play-offs they defeated Dover Athletic 2–1 in the semi-finals, before losing 3–1 to Grimsby Town in the final at Wembley. [3] Nailsworth had become an urban district in 1894 and there was an effort to ensure the town was represented by a football team. The club withdrew from the Stroud Premier League in 1930,[3] the league for a third time in 1934, rejoining the Stroud Premier League.