2017–18 Forest Green Rovers F.C. season

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Forest Green Rovers
2017–18 season
ChairmanDale Vince
ManagerMark Cooper
StadiumThe New Lawn
FA CupSecond round
EFL CupFirst round
(vs. Milton Keynes Dons)

The 2017–18 season was Forest Green Rovers's 129th year in existence and their first in League Two following promotion via the play-offs last season.[1] Along with competing in League Two, the club also participated in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the EFL Trophy.

The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 CM England Reece Brown Birmingham City Free [2]
1 July 2017 CB England Lee Collins Mansfield Town Free [3]
1 July 2017 CM England Charlie Cooper Birmingham City Free [4]
1 July 2017 LB England Callum Evans Barnsley Free [5]
1 July 2017 LB England Scott Laird Scunthorpe United Free [6]
13 July 2017 CF England Luke James Peterborough United Free [7]
19 July 2017 MF England Jordan Simpson Swindon Town Free [8]
22 July 2017 GK England Harry Pickering Port Vale Free [9]
24 August 2017 CB England Mark Roberts Cambridge United Free [10]
22 September 2017 DM England Isaiah Osbourne Walsall Free [11]
1 January 2018 MF England Dayle Grubb Weston-super-Mare Undisclosed [12]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 AM France Mohamed Chemlal Free agent Released [13]
1 July 2017 LW England Anthony Jeffrey Sutton United Released [13][a]
1 July 2017 LM England Marcus Kelly Wrexham Released [13][b]
1 July 2017 AM England Louis McGrory AFC Telford United Released [13][c]
1 July 2017 CB England Ethan Pinnock Barnsley Undisclosed [17]
1 July 2017 CM England Sam Wedgbury Wrexham Released [13][d]
25 July 2017 GK France Simon Lefebvre FC Lourdes Mutual consent [19]
4 August 2017 CB England Aarran Racine Free agent Mutual consent [20]
23 August 2017 CM England Rob Sinclair Oxford City Mutual consent [21][e]
9 October 2017 CM England Liam Noble Notts County Mutual consent [23][f]
  1. ^ Anthony Jeffrey joined Sutton United following his release.[14]
  2. ^ Marcus Kelly joined Wrexham following his release.[15]
  3. ^ Louis McGrory joined AFC Telford United following his release.[16]
  4. ^ Sam Wedgbury joined Wrexham following his release.[18]
  5. ^ Rob Sinclair joined Oxford City following his departure.[22]
  6. ^ Liam Noble signed a pre-contract agreement with Notts County following his departure.[24]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
7 July 2017 GK England Bradley Collins Chelsea End of season [25]
22 July 2017 CB England Jack Fitzwater West Bromwich Albion January 2018 [26]
31 July 2017 CB Scotland Alex Iacovitti Nottingham Forest 30 June 2018 [27]
30 August 2017 LW England Will Randall Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 June 2018 [28]
31 August 2017 CF Portugal Toni Gomes Liverpool 30 June 2018 [29]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
11 August 2017 MF England Jordan Morris Shortwood United 3 January 2018 [30]
11 August 2017 GK England Harry Pickering Shortwood United 3 January 2018 [30]
25 August 2017 CF England Olly Mehew Taunton Town 3 January 2018 [31]
1 September 2017 MF England Jordan Simpson Hungerford Town 24 November 2017 [32]
8 September 2017 LM France Fabien Robert Aldershot Town 9 December 2017 [33][a][b]
15 September 2017 LB England Callum Evans Torquay United 17 December 2017 [36]
19 September 2017 CF Republic of Ireland Rhys Murphy Torquay United 21 December 2017 [37]
20 October 2017 MF England Tom Anderson Cirencester Town 3 January 2018 [38][c]
6 November 2017 FW England Shamir Mullings Macclesfield Town 13 November 2017 [40][d]
  1. ^ On 9 October, Fabien Robert extended his loan at Aldershot Town until the end of October.[34]
  2. ^ On 30 October, Fabien Robert further extended his loan with Aldershot Town until early December.[35]
  3. ^ On 22 November, Tom Anderson's loan was extended until early January.[39]
  4. ^ On 13 November, Shamir Mullings' loan at Macclesfield Town was terminated due to injury.[41]

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

As of 22 June 2017, Forest Green Rovers have announced nine pre-season friendlies against Bristol Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers, Bishop's Cleeve, Weston-super-Mare, Shortwood United, Brimscombe & Thrupp, Swindon Supermarine,[42] Worthing[43] and Farense during a training camp in Portugal.[44]

League Two[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
19 Yeovil Town 46 12 12 22 59 75 −16 48
20 Port Vale 46 11 14 21 49 67 −18 47
21 Forest Green Rovers 46 13 8 25 54 77 −23 47
22 Morecambe 46 9 19 18 41 56 −15 46
23 Barnet (R) 46 12 10 24 46 65 −19 46 Relegation to the National League
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

Result summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
31 8 5 18 33 54  −21 29 6 2 8 22 27  −5 2 3 10 11 27  −16

Last updated: 3 February 2018.
Source:[citation needed]

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142
GroundHAHAAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHHA
ResultDLWLLLLDLLLDLWWWDWLDLLLLLWLWLLWWDWDLWLLLLW
Position13211519222223222324242223232320211820202323232323222323232322
Updated to match(es) played on 3 February 2018. Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

On 21 June 2017, the league fixtures were announced.[46][47]

FA Cup[edit]

On 16 October 2017, Forest Green Rovers were drawn at home to Macclesfield Town in the first round.[48] Another home tie was confirmed for the second round, against Exeter City.[49]

EFL Cup[edit]

On 16 June 2017, Forest Green Rovers were drawn at home to MK Dons in the first round.[50]

EFL Trophy[edit]

On 12 July 2017, Forest Green Rovers were drawn in Southern Group E against Cheltenham Town, Newport County and Swansea City U23s.[51][52] After finished as runners-up in the group stages, FGR were drawn away to Swindon Town in the second round.[53] A third round trip to Yeovil Town was next on the cards after seeing off Swindon Town in the previous round.[54]

Pos Lge Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 ACA Swansea City U21s (Q) 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9 Round 2
2 L2 Forest Green Rovers (Q) 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3 L2 Cheltenham Town (E) 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4 L2 Newport County (E) 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Updated to match(es) played on 31 October 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total League Two FA Cup EFL Cup Football League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK England Bradley Collins 16 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 GK England Sam Russell 8 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Defenders
2 DF England Dale Bennett 22 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
3 DF Scotland Scott Laird 21 1 16+2 1 0 0 0+1 0 2 0
5 DF England Lee Collins 20 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
6 DF Cameroon Manny Monthe 12 0 5+4 0 0 0 1 0 1+1 0
16 DF England Jack Fitzwater 12 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
18 DF England Callum Evans 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF Scotland Alex Iacovitti 16 1 9+4 1 0 0 0 0 2+1 0
21 DF England Mark Roberts 14 0 9+2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Midfielders
4 MF Ivory Coast Drissa Traoré 22 0 16+2 0 0 0 0+1 0 3 0
7 MF England Keanu Marsh-Brown 11 2 7+2 2 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
8 MF England Liam Noble 11 1 9 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
10 MF England Reece Brown 18 3 12+2 2 0 0 1 0 1+2 1
15 MF England Charlie Cooper 16 1 13 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
19 MF England Will Randall 8 0 5+2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
34 MF England Isaiah Osbourne 13 0 11+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
35 MF England Jordan Stevens 4 1 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 1
Forwards
9 FW Wales Christian Doidge 23 11 20 11 0 0 1 0 2 0
11 FW Lebanon Omar Bugiel 18 3 3+13 3 0 0 0 0 1+1 0
14 FW England Shamir Mullings 9 1 2+5 1 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
17 FW England Dan Wishart 15 1 5+7 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
25 FW Portugal Toni Gomes 10 0 5+4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
33 FW England Luke James 15 1 7+4 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
Players transferred out during the season

Last updated: 30 November 2017
Source: [55]

References[edit]

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  32. ^ "Jordan Simpson joins Hungerford Town on loan". Forest Green Rovers Official Site. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  33. ^ "Robert joins Aldershot on loan". Forest Green Rovers Official Site. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  34. ^ "Robert loan extended". Forest Green Rovers Official Site. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
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  50. ^ "Carabao Cup opponents revealed". Forest Green Rovers Official Site. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
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