Date: 28th August 2019 at 10:39am
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Written by billythekid

After the home defeat against Manchester City, the Cherries have a break from league football and enter the cup for the first time this season. They have drawn League 2 Forest Green Rovers (FGR) in the Football League Cup (EFL) at home at Dean Court on Wednesday night 7.45 pm. FGR beat Charlton in the first round away at the Valley in a penalty shootout after the game-ending 0-0.

In 2015 Forest Green Rovers went completely vegan as a football club (recognised by FIFA and UEFA as the world’s greenest football club), the first and still the only certified vegan team in the world. Their owner is the founder of Ecotricity Dale Vince, he got involved with Forest Green Rovers in 2010.

FGR have further extended their green credentials by playing in a kit made of 50% bamboo and their manufacturers plan to increase this content to a kit wholly made of bamboo in the future. Their kit of green and black zebra stripes bears three stars: the first star is filled in meaning they attained their ambition to get into the football league, second and third ones yet to be filled in would take them to League 1 and the Championship. Their away kit, again black zebra striped on a dark charcoal background.

Forest Green Rovers manager is Mark Cooper, son of the former Leeds and England player Terry Cooper. Mark Cooper joined FGR in May 2016, in his first season in charge of his new club they were promoted from Non-League, up into the Football League (League 2) for the first time. They beat Tranmere Rovers 1-3 in the Football Conference play-off final at the end of the 2016-17 season. In his first season (2017-18) in League 2, FGR finished in 21st place, narrowly missing relegation back where they came from. The following season (2018-19) things improved and Cooper’s team reached the play-offs, only to go out in the semi-finals to Tranmere Rovers (the team they beat to get into the Football League back in 2016-17). This season (2019-20) after 5 games Forest Green are in third place.

AFCB Team News
This is usually when Eddie rings the changes and he will have in mind our game at Leicester in only a few days time. So we will probably see some of our up and coming younger players are given a chance. With a stronger than normal squad, this season Eddie Howe will be able to field a strong team that should get us into the next round of this cup. Also with Lewis Cook resuming training after an injury layoff, will we see him on the bench? One player who will not be available is Charlie Daniels who was taken off injured in the game against Manchester City.

AFCB Player To Watch
From some good pre-season games, Gavin Kilkenny in midfield will be out to impress his manager.

FGR Team News
Would expect them to put out a strong team against us.

FGR Player To Watch
In the league FGR have scored 5 goals, Joseph Mills has scored 3 of them. He is the younger brother of Matt Mills who also plays for FGR and was once on loan to AFCB for a short spell. Matt Mills was sent off after two yellow cards in their last league match.

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