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Rambling about the Rovers!

A varied and interesting week since my last blog. I have been spending much of the daytime working on the electoral register canvass in Binley and Willenhall but also have managed to fit in events covering Coventry Ambassador training, a local history event about the history of Willenhall, a Coventry Society meeting looking at the history of Broadgate and a visit to see Coventry City playing in deepest Gloucestershire!

I’ll be returning to discuss the civic and history events listed above in later blog posts – time at a premium at the moment so just checking in during my ongoing “Coventry Ramble”!

About seven or eight years ago I set myself three “manageable” ambitions. One was to win the British Open backgammon tournament which I achieved earlier this year. The second was to complete the South West Coast Walk (I'm about a quarter through that one without too much progress recently). The third was to visit all 92 football league clubs. Ahead of this week I had just five to knock off the list (Salford, Macclesfield, Lincoln, Burton and Forest Green Rovers). This has been a very gradual process which I started at the age of nine (I'm now 55 so very much a marathon not a sprint!).

On Tuesday I went along with two friends to see the Sky Blues play an English League Trophy game at Forest Green Rovers. Forest Green have seen a rapid rise up through the non league pyramid into the Football League. Based in the village of Nailsworth near Stroud they are essentially a village team which has outgrown its surroundings. The club has been awarded the title of “The World’s Greenest Football Club” by FIFA. The ground was built out of sustainable materials, is self sufficient in energy (solar powered mowers for example) and all food sold is vegan. The match was OK as entertainment but not thrilling! The teams played out a 0-0 draw with a bonus point being awarded to the hosts as Rovers won a penalty shoot out.

The journey back was not straightforward. My mate Nigel's car broke down just outside Stroud as did the first relay truck sent to rescue us – perhaps the message from world’s greenest football club to those of us that had ventured there from the home of the British motor industry was to carry on rambling........

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