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📝 Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 Preview: Forest Green Rovers

As we prepare for the Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 season, we take a look at all the teams who will be competing in the league – focusing on Forest Green Rovers today

16 June 2019

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Forest Green Rovers play their home matches at the New Lawn

Mark Cooper will be looking to get Forest Green promoted to League One for the first time in their history in the Sky Bet League Two 2019-20 season.

Play-offs in 2018-19

Forest Green were knocked out of the League Two play-off semi-finals by Tranmere Rovers last season – losing 2-1 on aggregate to Micky Mellon’s side.

They had an excellent campaign in just their second season in the EFL – starting the term with 16 games undefeated in all competitions.

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They finished the season with a run of four league games without a win, finishing in fifth-place on 74 points – five off the automatic promotion places.

And they will be looking to go one step further next season and earn promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time ever.

Mark Cooper

The former Notts County and Swindon Town boss became Forest Green manager in 2016, after Ady Pennock was sacked.

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The 50-year-old got them promoted to the EFL for the first time in their history in his debut season as boss in 2016-17, and managed to keep them in League Two the following year.

And Cooper will be hopeful of adding another promotion at the New Lawn to his CV in 2019-20.

Players

Forest Green released eight players in the summer, including former Town defender Gavin Gunning.

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Lee Collins, Isaac Pearce, Scott Laird, Jordan Simpson, Tahvon Campbell, Haydn Hollis and Fabien Robert, were also all released by the club.

And last season’s play-off semi-finalists also placed experienced striker Reuben Reid on the transfer list ahead of the new campaign.

But Cooper’s men have plenty of first-team players, such as top goalscorer Christian Doidge, Liam Shephard, George Williams, Joseph Mills, and many more, still under contract for 2019-20.

And Forest Green have signed former Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers centre-back Matt Mills, who joins his brother Joseph Mills at the New Lawn.

Transfers – in and out

Grimsby Town 2019-20 season tickets are available here.


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