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Stroud District Council welcomes Forest Green Rovers title-winning heroes back home

Published: Monday, 9 May, 2022

Civic leaders formally congratulated Forest Green Rovers Football Club for winning the English Football League Two title and securing promotion – and FGR showed off the trophy for the first time today (Sunday, May 8)

Stroud District Council Chair Steve Robinson, Leader Doina Cornell and members of all political parties were delighted to welcome FGR captain Jamille Matt, team mates Jordan Moore-Taylor and Dom Bernard, plus club chairman Dale Vince, backroom staff and a very special guest – the trophy itself.

After yesterday’s (Saturday, May 7) draw with Mansfield, and Exeter’s loss to Port Vale secured the title for FGR, the trophy was brought to the council’s The Museum in the Park for a civic reception.

Mr Vince was also presented with a SDC plaque to mark the achievement of the Nailsworth club’s elevation to the English Football League One next year – the third tier of professional football in England and the highest level the club has reached.

“It’s a historic moment for Forest Green Rovers and the district, and it is only right that we marked this terrific achievement in this way,” said Councillor Robinson, who is a ward member for Nailsworth. He became a supporter at a very young age, when his late brother David played in goal for FGR in the 1950s.

“I would like to say on behalf of the whole district, congratulations to everyone associated with Forest Green Rovers, and we wish you the best of luck for next season.”

Councillor Cornell added: “Lots of people across the district and beyond were delighted to see FGR secure promotion with the title and we were honoured to welcome all from the club and pay tribute to their success.”

The Museum in the Park is open Tuesday to Sunday and entry is free-of-charge. Included in the range of exhibits is Forest Green Rovers memorabilia including a shirt worn in the 1982 FA Vase final victory. For more details visit

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