With promotion to England’s League One already secured, Forest Green Rovers can secure a historic title triumph if results go their way in Saturday’s final round of League Two fixtures.
Dubbed the “greenest team in the world” by FIFA and the first football club in the world to achieve carbon neutrality, Rovers are highly admired in environmental circles and held up as a shining example as to how football clubs can be run ethically and sustainably.
On the pitch, they face a tough task to secure this title, travelling to fifth placed Mansfield Town, who themselves are looking to secure their Playoff place, whilst Exeter City – a point ahead of Rovers on 84 points – host sixth place Port Vale.Embed from Getty Images
Rovers had secured automatic promotion with a 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers, but two defeats in a row since then have seen them relinquish top spot going into the final day, where they’ll need to win and hope that Exeter drop points if they’re going to secure their first ever Football League championship.
Rovers’ manager Rob Edwards, speaking to club media, reflected on his side’s recent poor form and called on his side to produce a performance for their travelling fans and end the season on a high.
“We owe it to everyone to finish the season as well as we can. It’s a really big and exciting game anyway, Mansfield have a lot to play for, and so do we, we all need to realise that as well. There’s an opportunity, if we win the game, to win a league title…we can’t just give up, we’ve got to keep fighting and I want to see a team that fights on Saturday.”
With planning permission granted for a new state of the art stadium – Eco Park – which will see their current stadium at the New Lawn repurposed as a high quality, low carbon housing complex, Rovers will be hoping to gift their fans a league title to go with their shiny new, Zaha Hadid-designed, home.