Jul 13

FGR to face Man Utd XI

orest Green Rovers will tackle a Manchester United XI in a preseason game at The New Lawn stadium in Gloucestershire on Sunday 5th August.

The fixture has been organised by England football coach and former United star Gary Neville and FGR chairman Dale Vince to raise awareness and proceeds for their newly launched Sustainability in Sport foundation.

The former Manchester United star said: “The environmental impact of sport is massive but often overlooked – with the Olympics putting sport at the forefront of people’s minds, we believe the time is right to launch a green revolution in sport.

“Sport is an important part of our everyday lives and we believe, sport as an industry, must grasp the green agenda.

“But make no mistake, this game will form an important part of the preseason agenda for parts of Manchester United’s squad. They’ll be there to win.”

Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince said: “hosting Manchester United at The New Lawn is fantastic for Forest Green players and fans alike.

“It’s also a great opportunity to highlight the work Sustainability in Sport are doing to change the rules of the game and put environmental issues at the heart of all sport.”

Forest Green Rovers manager David Hockaday said the game will be a big challenge for his squad, with players able to test themselves against top class opposition.

“This is an excellent opportunity to have our final preseason game against such a quality side and for the lads to see how they measure up against players that are part of Manchester United’s squad.

“Coming on the back of games against Wycombe, Swindon and Cardiff, this is the pinnacle of our preseason and great preparation for our first league game against Cambridge.”

Tickets will be on sale at the FGR Open Day on Sunday from 12-3pm and can be purchased from reception. After Sunday tickets can be purchased by calling 01453  834 860 or from the FGR reception and Batemans Sports, Stroud.

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