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Fun with "Mini Cooper's" at "The New Lawn", Forest Green Rovers FC

DATE: 04.08.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17

EFL starts the season this weekend. Forest Green will this season be playing in League 2 after coming up through the play-off's.
 

This is their first season ever in the EFL. They have reached the play'off finals in their last three seasons, and finally this time they managed to get promoted after a 3-1 win v. Tranmere Rovers.

The club comes from the small "village town" Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Just around five thousand people lives here, and with a capacity at their home grown "The New Lawn" of around the same numbers, you might get a seat.

The Stroud district, where Nailsworth belongs, has a population of more than 100 000, so Forest Green have fans also around and about. Their manager and the one making history was Mark Cooper.

Mark Cooper is the son of former England and Leeds United defender Terry Cooper. Mark is the father of Charlie, who is also involved at the club, playing in midfield. Charlie Cooper played last season on loan from Birmingham, and during the summer made the move permanent.
 

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Forest Green is a project for "The Mini Cooper's", but the father and grandfather, Terry is also very much enganged, following up from the stands with excitement and probably also proud to see such a family affair taking place in this EFL adventure in the South West of England.

Terry Cooper is far from the heights of his own career, playing in the 1970 World Cup quarter finals for England. Winning league and cup trophies with Leeds United. After his time at the top, Cooper has also been involved in lower league football as a manager and player.

TC was a manager at Birmingam, Bristol City and Exeter, with Mark also being there as a player, so the family is one living for football. Mark Cooper has a long career in football, and before taking charge of Forest Green, he had spells at clubs such as Notts County, Swindon and Peterborough.
 

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The colours of Forest Green, is of course green, with a bit of black. The nickname is "Green Devils", and what can we expect from the team from the smallest town ever to host EFL football.

As for the bigger clubs, pre-season is busy. pre-season games have been perfect, winning all four, and especially the 2-0 win v. League 1 side Bristol Rovers must be one to count.

Charlie Cooper is not the only new signing at the club, and the addition of fellow Birmingham player Reece Brown is one. The former England U.20 international will hopefully be a good one. Watch out for Lee Harvey Collins as well.

Forest Green will open the season at home v. Barnet. They are favourites to win this first game and hopefully it will be fun with "Mini Cooper's" at "The New Lawn" this season, best of luck.
 
 

CONFIRMED TRANSFERS OF IMPORTANCEPOSITION

FROM

TO

PREDICTION

 

PLAYER

POSITION

FROM

TO

FEE

 

Charlie Cooper

Midfield

Birmingham City

Forest Green

Free

 

Reece Brown

Forward

Birmingham City

Forest Green

Free

 

Lee Harvey Collins

Defender

Mansfield Town

Forest Green

Free

 

Alex Iacovitti

Defender

Nottingham Forest

Forest Green

Loan

 

Jack Fitzwater

Defender

West Bromwich Albion

Forest Green

Loan

 

Scott Laird

Defender

Scunthorpe United

Forest Green

Free

 

Bradley Collins

Goalkeeper

Chelsea

Forest Green

Loan

 

Callum Evans

Defender

Barnsley

Forest Green

Free


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