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Ryan Inniss

Number – 5

Position – centre-back.

Date joined FGR – June 23

Previous clubs – C Palace, Cheltenham, Luton, Gillingham, Yeovil, Port Vale, Southend, Colchester, Dundee, Newport, Charlton.

Date & Place of birth – Penge, 5 June 1995.

 Inniss has played at the highest level having joined C Palace as a 14-year-old but didn’t  make his first team debut until August 2018 in an EFL Cup match and remained on Palace’s  books until 2020 when he joined Charlton on a free transfer.

Inniss made 41 appearances for Charlton in season 22/23 across all competitions, featuring in both League One fixtures against Forest Green. He also occasionally wore the captain’s armband during his three years in South East London.

Inniss has represented England at U16 and U17 levels , scoring the winning goal in England U16’s 2–1 Victory Shield win over Scotland in 2011.He is also eligible to represent Trinidad & Tobago at international level, through his Trinidadian-born father.

Teddy Jenks

Number – 6

Position – Midfielder

Date joined FGR – June 23

Previous clubs – Brighton, Aberdeen, Crawley, Ross County.

In January 2024 Jenks went on season long loan to Ross County.

Date & Place of birth – Brighton, 12/3/2002.

6ft 3ins tall, a box to box midfielder.

Teddy played twice for Brighton in the EFL Cup.

He has represented England at U16 & U17 levels.

At Aberdeen he played in the Europa Conference League.

Dylan Kadji

Number – was  number 16

Position – Midfielder

Date joined FGR August 23 on loan from Bristol City. Returned to his parent club October 23 to play for their U21s to get game time but he is still eligible to play for FGR.

Previous clubs – Bristol City, Bath, Swindon.

Date & Place of birth – 1 Sept 2003, England.

Callum Jones

Number – 28

Position – Midfielder

Date joined FGR – June 23 on season long loan from Hull.

Previous clubs – Tranmere, The New Saints, Oswestry, Bury, Hull, Morecambe, Grimsby.

Date & Place of birth – Birkenhead 5th April 2001.

 Although born in England, 5 ft 9inch Callum is eligible to play for Wales through a grandmother. He has played for Wales U18s.

January 2023, he signed a new 2 ½ year contract with Hull.

 

Dom Bernard

Number – 3

Position: Defender

Date joined FGR – July 2019

Previous clubs – Birmingham City, Aldershot.

Date & Place of birth – Gloucester, 29/3/1998

Dom played for Gloucestershire Schools and has also represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 & U18 levels.  He is famous for his short shorts!

Luke Daniels

Number – 1

Position – Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR – July 23

Previous clubs – Man Utd, WBA, Motherwell, Shrewsbury, Tranmere, Charlton, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers, Southend, Scunthorpe, Brentford, Middlesbrough.

Date & Place of birth – Bolton, 5 Jan 1988.

In 2006 Luke played for England U18s & U19s.

Reece Brown then.

Reece Brown now.

Reece Brown

Number – 29

Position – Attacking midfielder

Date joined FGR – June 2022

Previous clubs –Birmingham, Notts County, Chesterfield, FGR, Huddersfield, Peterborough.

Date & Place of birth – Dudley, 3/3/1996

In his first spell at FGR (2017-2019) Reece made 96 appearances and scored 14 goals. He has played for England U20s.

Matty Taylor now

Matty Taylor (left) then.

Matty Taylor

Number – 10

Position – Striker

Date joined FGR – July 23

Matty Taylor left Forest Green Rovers to join Cheltenham Town at the end of January 2024. Taylor, who played for Rovers between 2011 and 2014, returned to FGR in the summer of 2023 after being released by Oxford United. The 33-year-old played 18 times for FGR season 23/24, scoring two goals.

Previous clubs – Oxford, Abingdon, North Leigh, FGR, Chester, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Oxford, Port Vale.

Date & Place of birth – Kidlington, Oxfordshire. 30 March 1990.

 Matty, ‘The Fox in the Box’,  previously played for FGR 2011-14 making 96 appearances and scoring 22 goals.

 In 2014 he twice played for England C scoring 3 goals.

Jamie Searle

Number - 20

Position - Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR – July 23

Previous clubs – Melville United (NZ), Aston Villa, Swansea, Barnsley.

Date & Place of birth – New Zealand, 25 Nov 2000.

Jamie is a New Zealand international.

He was part of the New Zealand team in the 2020 Olympics.

Marcel Lavinier

Number - 2

Position – Right Back

Date joined FGR – August 23

Previous clubs – Chelsea, Spurs, Swindon.

Date & Place of Birth – London, 16 December 2000

Lavinier has represented England at U16 & U17 level but has also trained with Portugal U18s.

In Feb 21 he made his first team debut for Spurs coming in as a substitute in a Europa League match.

Darnell Johnson

Number - 4

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR August 23

Previous clubs – Leicester, Hibernian, Wigan, Wimbledon, Fleetwood.

Date & Place of birth – 3 Sept 1998, Leicester.

Darnell played for England U16s thorough to England U20s.

He is the godson of former Leicester & England player Emile Heskey.

Matty Stevens

Number - 9

Position – Centre Forward.

Date joined FGR – July 2019

Previous clubs – Barnet, Peterborough, Walsall.

Date & Place of birth – Guildford, 12/2/1998.

Matty ended his boxing career undefeated at the age of 15 having won the ABAE Schools national title in 2011 and the GB Schoolboy 3 Nations title in 2011 and 2012.  Don't mess with Matty!

He became Barnet's youngest ever player when he appeared for them aged 16.

The striker -  top scorer with 27 goals for Rovers in the L2 Champions season 2021/22 - missed the first half of the 22/23season through injury. January 2023 - Matty Stevens joined Walsall on loan until the end of the season where he resurrected the 'Matt Attack' by joining up with his strike partner from the L2 promotion season Jamille Matt.

Jacob Maddox

Number - 18

Position - Midfield

Date joined FGR – August 23

Previous clubs – Bristol City, Chelsea, Cheltenham, Tranmere, Southampton, Vitoria de Guinaraes (Portugal), Burton, Walsall.

Date & Place of birth – 3 Nov 1998, Bristol.

Maddox played for England at U16 to U20s levels for England.

David Davis

Number – 26

Position – Defensive midfielder

Date joined FGR – June 2022

He played 17 times for FGR in season 22/23..

Previous clubs – Wolves, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Darlington, Walsall, Inverness CT, Chesterfield, Charlton, Solihull Moors.

Date & Place of birth – Smethwick 20/2/1991

 

Sean Robertson

Number – 19

Position – A fairly versatile Right Sided Wing Back / Midfielder

Date joined FGR – August 2022.

Previous clubs – Crystal Palace, Crewe.

Date & Place of birth – 6 June 2001

Sean is a product of the renowned C Palace Academy based in Beckenham, Kent -  a place many great things have come out of.

Sean is eligible to play for England, N Ireland & Republic of Ireland.

 

Jordan Moore-Taylor

Number - 15

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR – July 2020 - Released May 23 but there was dancing in the streets of Nailsworth when JMT re-signed for FGR in July 23.

Previous clubs – Exeter, MK Dons.

Date & Place of birth – Exeter, 24/1/1994

Jordan came through the academy at Exeter and played for the Grecians between 2012 and 2018 before following his former manager, Paul Tisdall, to MK Dons.  Injury blighted the latter part of his 2019/20 season and he was one of nine players released by the Dons in 2020, which is when he made the move to Rovers.

Kyle McAllister

Number – 7 (formerly 17)

Position – Attacking midfielder

Date joined FGR – June 2022

Previous clubs – St Mirren, Derby, Partick.

Date & Place of birth – Paisley 21/1/1999

Kyle has represented Scotland at U17 & U21 levels.

Alfie Bendle

Number - 12

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR –August 23

Previous clubs – Brighton, Lewes, Wimbledon, Corinthian Casuals, Eastbourne Borough.

Date & Place of birth – 27 Jan 2005

Bendle signed for an undisclosed fee, with Wimbledon reportedly inserting a sell-on clause into the deal.

Reece Welch

Number - 22

Position – Centre Back

Date joined FGR –August 23 on season long loan from Everton.

Reece was recalled by his parent club Everton - January 24 - having made 23 appearances for FGR.

Previous clubs – Everton

Date & Place of Birth – Huddersfield, 19 Sept 2003.

Reece is 6 foot 6 inches tall and has played for England from U16 level through to U20 level.

He made his professional debut coming in as a substitute in Everton’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Boreham Wood in March 2023.

He is contracted to Everton until summer 2026.

January 2023 - Troy Deeney played at TNL against FGR for Birmingham City.

Troy Deeney

Number - 14

Position – Striker & Coach

In December 23 he replaced Horseman as Head Coach but left on 17 Jan 24.

He was Head Coach for 6 matches - 3 draws & 3 defeats.

Date joined FGR –August 23

Appointed Head Coach 20 Dec 23.

Previous clubs – Walsall, Watford, Birmingham

Date & Place of birth – 29/6/1988, Birmingham.

Troy has a UEFA ‘A’ Coaching qualification

Troy played for England at youth level and rejected the invitation to represent Jamaica for whom he is eligible to play for.

In the 2016 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Troy scored for Watford & ex FGR Connor Wickham scored for Palace.

Harvey Bunker

Number - 27

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR – Academy product - First contract - July 2020.

Previous clubs – Southampton, Chippenham, Weymouth, Scunthorpe.

Date & Place of birth – Portsmouth 15/4/2003

On 12 November 2019, Bunker made his debut for FGR in a 6–0 EFL Trophy defeat against Walsall.

Jack Carter

Number – 32

Position – Full Back / Midfielder

Date joined FGR – Sept 20

Previous clubs – Melksham

Date & Place of birth –

The youngest player to represent FGR in an EFL competition, Jack Carter made his Rovers debut in the Papa John’s Trophy group stage when he started against WBA U/21's on 6 Oct 20.

Finley Bell

Number – 40

Position – Midfielder

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs – Yate

Date & Place of birth –

Local lad Finley made his FGR debut coming on as a substitute in Papa John’s Trophy game against West Bromwich Albion U/21's aged just 15 on 6 Oct 20.

Finley was an FGR Ambassador at his primary school and has been part of the FGR academy since grassroots level - and becomes the first player developed in the academy from the Stroud District to sign a professional contract. The Bell family are season-ticket holders at the club, with Finley's younger brother also part of the academy

Murphy Bennett

Number – 44

Position – Defender

Date joined FGR – Oct 2021

Previous clubs – Manchester City, Gloucester City, Didcot,

Date & Place of birth – 23/12/04

Welsh defender Murphy Bennett joined FGR from Manchester City’s youth system. He made his FGR debut as a substitute against Brighton U/21's on 12 Oct 21 He has represented his country at U16 level.

Fankaty Dabo

Number - 25

Position – Right Back

Date joined FGR –Sept 23

Previous clubs – Chelsea, Swindon, Vitesse (Holland), Sparta Rotterdam (Holland), Coventry.

Date & Place of birth – 11 Oct 1995, Southwark

Dabo has represented England at U16, U17 & U20 levels.

He played in the 2023 Championship play-off final for Coventry.

Callum Morton

Number - 39

Position - Striker

Date joined FGR –Sept 23 on loan from Salford.

Salford recalled Morton on 8 Jan 24. He scored 4 goals in 15 appearances for FGR.

Previous clubs – Yeovil, WBA, Braintree, Northampton, Lincoln, Fleetwood, Peterborough, Fleetwood, Salford.

Date & Place of birth – Torquay, 19 Jan 2000.

At the end of the 2019/20 season, Morton played 12 times for the Northampton, scoring eight goals as he helped the side to promotion from League Two. He scored three goals in their play-off campaign, including two against Cheltenham Town in the semi-final second leg

Fiachra Pagel

Number – 41

Position – Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR – January 2023

Previous clubs – Drogheda United, Swindon Supermarine.

Date & Place of birth – Ireland, 2004.

Fiachra Pagel made his first team debut for Drogheda against Harps in November 2022. He previously played for their U19 team.

Jamie Robson

Number - 17 (Formerly 12)

Position – Left Back

Date joined FGR – January 23

Previous clubs – Dundee, Brechin, Lincoln.

Date & Place of birth – 19/12/1997, Perth Scotland.

Robson joined FGR from Lincoln City - who he signed for in the summer of 2021.

Before that, Robson had spent 10 years at Dundee United - where he made over 170 first-team appearances, including 35 in the top flight of Scotland.

The full-back played 47 times during his 18-month spell at Lincoln City. He made 16 appearances in League One for them in season 22/23, with his last appearance coming in the Imps’ 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town on 2 January 2023.

Jordon Garrick

Number - 11

Position - Winger

Date joined FGR – Jan 23

Previous clubs – Swansea, Swindon, Plymouth, Lincoln.

Date & Place of birth – Jamaica 15/7/1998.

Born in Jamaica but mainly brought up in Yorkshire. He almost became a Rugby League player with Bradford Bulls.

Last season he played 50 times for Plymouth scoring 7 goals and 8 assists. Jordon made his Lincoln debut against FGR in August 22.

The BBC, ITV and other media outlets regularly refer to Jordon as being on loan from Swansea but FGR paid a fee to sign him permanently on an 18 month contract.

Amadou Bakayoko

Number - 21

Position – Forward

Date joined FGR – Jan 23.

July 23 - he went on a season long loan to Dundee who are newly promoted to the Scottish Premier League.

Previous clubs – Walsall, Southport, Telford, Worcester, Coventry, Bolton.

Date & Place of birth – Kenema, Sierra Leone, 1 Jan 1996.

Bakayoko was born in Sierra Leone but lived in Guinea until the age of six, before moving to Holland where he lived until he was 10. After moving to England, he began playing in Birmingham before winning a scholarship at Walsall. After prolific goalscoring at youth and reserve team level, Bakayoko was offered a one-year professional contract at Walsall in December 2013.

Amadou won the League One title with Coventry in 2020.

Amadou is 6 foot 4 inches tall. He has made 20 League One appearances for the Trotters this campaign (2022/23) but has only started five games with 15 coming from the bench. Bakayoko’s only goal of the season came in a 2-1 win over Burton Albion where he scored the equaliser in the 87th minute.

Eight of his 10 League One goals last campaign came in the 18 appearances between the start of February and the end of the season.

In March 2022, he was called up for the Sierra Leone for the first time.  He made his debut for Sierra Leone on 23 March 2022, as the side lost 3-0 to Togo in an international friendly. He scored his first goal for them five days later, as he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Liberia. He has played 7 times for Sierra Leone

Tyrese Omotoye

Number - 23 (Formerly 30)

Position - Forward

Date joined FGR – Jan 23

Previous clubs – Cray Wanderers, Norwich, Swindon, Orient, Carlisle.

Date & Place of Birth – 23/9/2002, Hasselt, Belgium.

Omotoye has represented Belgium at U16 level, playing in friendlies against Portugal and Ukraine in November 2017.

Omotoye was born in Belgium to Nigerian parents but raised in England. In 2019, he decided that Nigeria was the country he wanted to play international football for.

Charlie McCann

Number - 8 (Formerly 14)

Position – Midfielder.

Date joined FGR – Jan 23

Previous clubs – Coventry, Manchester United, Rangers.

Date & Place of Birth – 24/4/2004, Coventry.

The transfer fee paid by Rangers to Manchester United in 2021 reportedly, with add ons, could have risen to £750,000.

Reports of the fee FGR have paid to Rangers have varied from £350,000 to £350,000 plus add ons although FGR dispute the figures quoted and say it was less than that.

Charlie has played for England U16s, Republic of Ireland U17s and Northern Ireland U21s. McCann was called up to the Northern Ireland senior squad for their Nations League games in June 2022.

Nathan Holland

Number - 37

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR –August 23

Previous clubs – Everton, West Ham, Oxford United, MK Dons.

Date & Place of birth –19 June 1998, Wythenshawe, Manchester.

Nathan made 26 appearances for England U16s to U19s. Nathan is also eligible to play for Barbados.

He was West Ham Young Player of the Year 2019-20. That season he played a couple of times in the Premier League.

Olly Sully

Number - 24

Position - Striker

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs – Stratford Town

Date & Place of birth – 8/9/2005

Olly's first senior goal was a last minute equalizer against Scarborough in the FA Cup on 4 November 23. At the age of 18 years Olly became FGR's youngest ever scorer in the FA Cup.

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Earlier that week he scored a hat trick in the FA Youth Cup against Thame.

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Olly celebrating his Scarborough goal.

James Belshaw

Number - 31

Position - Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR: Emergency 7 Day Loan on 30 Sept which was renewed several times.

Belshaw's final loan match for FGR was the third FA Cup match against Scarborough on 12 December 23.  4 days later he was playing on an emergency loan for Harrogate. On 11 January 2024 he rejoined Harrogate on a permanent deal.

Previous clubs – Nuneaton, Tamworth, Harrogate, Bristol Rovers

Date & Place of Birth – Nottingham, 12 Oct 1990.

As a youth Belshaw was at Notts County & Walsall. He rejected a contract at Walsall to play College football at Duke University in USA.

Belshaw was Bristol Rovers’ Player of the Season 2021/22.

Preston Mason

Number - 47

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs – FGR Academy

Date & Place of Birth – England

Preston made his first team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup 4-2 win against Scarborough on 12 December 2023.

Isaac Hughes

Number - 50

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs –

Date & Place of birth –

15-year-old Isaac Hughes made his professional debut coming in as a substitute in FGR’s 3-0 win against Shrewsbury in the EFL Trophy on 5 September 23, making him the second youngest player to wear the Rovers shirt.

Jesse Thompson

Number - 51

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR – July 22

Previous clubs – Reading.

Date & Place of birth – 29 Nov 2005, England.

Jesse made his first team debut as a substitute in the FA Cup 4-2 win against Scarborough on 12 December 2023.

Zach McKenzie

Number - 34

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs – Stratford Town, Cribbs FC

Date & Place of Birth – England

Zach was first named on the FGR team sheet as an unused substitute against Plymouth on 18th March 2023.

Zach made his EFL debut coming on as a substitute against Cambridge on 7 May 2023.

Keon Sanniola

Keon & Zach pictured on their debuts.

Number - 33

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs – FGR Academy

Date & Place of Birth – England

Keon made his EFL debut on 7 May 2023 coming on as a substitute against Cambridge.

Alex Rodriguez Gorrin

Number - 21

Position - Midfielder

Date joined FGR – January 2024

Previous clubs – Tenerife, Sunderland. Wellington Phoenix (New Zealand), Boavista (Portugal), Sepsi (Romania), Motherwell, Oxford United.

Date & Place of Birth – 1 August 1993, Tenerife, Spain.

Dominic Thompson

Number - 16

Position – Left Back

Date joined FGR – Jan 24. On loan from Blackpool.

Previous clubs – Arsenal, Brentford, Swindon, Ipswich, Blackpool.

Date & Place of birth – Willesden, 26 July 2000.

His father is the GB international discus thrower Neville Thompson.

Dominic played for Blackpool against FGR in FA Cup 3rd round match in December 23.

Tommy Simkin

Number - 31

Position - Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR – Jan 24 on loan from Stoke City.

Previous clubs – Stoke, Solihull Moors.

Date & Place of birth – 8 December 2004. West Midlands.

Simkin started as a centre back before converting into a goalkeeper at the age of 13.

He is a former British karate champion. A sparring partner for Matty Stevens?

Simkin had a successful loan at Solihull Moors for the first part of season 2023/24.

He made his Championship debut in December 23, where he was the Potters’ Player of the Match in a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Simkin penned a new long-term contract with Stoke in the summer 2023 and has featured in England U20s squads.

Maxi Oyedele

Number - 22

Position – Defender / Midfield

Date joined FGR – January 24 on loan from Man Utd.

Previous clubs – Burnley, Manchester United, Altrincham.

Date & Place of birth – 7 Nov 2004, Salford.

He spent the second half of season 22/23 with Altrincham in the National League where he scored 4 goals in 12 appearances.

Maxi joined United at the age of eight and is a Poland Under-21s international, although born in England he is eligible through his Polish Mother,

Maxi was a part of the 2021/22 FA Youth Cup winning side, featuring from the bench in the final.

Emmanuel Osadebe

Number - 46

( It was reported that he would be number 45 until Lady Magpie pointed out that one of FGR's youth players had been given that number in a cup match.)

Position - Midfield

Date joined FGR – Jan 24

Previous clubs – Dundalk, Gillingham, Cambridge, Newport, Macclesfield, Walsall, Bradford.

Date & Place of Birth – Dundalk, 1 Oct 1996, Dundalk, Ireland.

In November 2015 Osadebe was invited to train with the Ireland U21 squad ahead of their friendly against Norway, but did not feature in the matchday squad.

Christian Doidge

Number - 10

Position - Striker

Date joined FGR – Jan 2024.

Previous clubs – Barry Town, Carmarthen, Dagenham & Redbridge, Dartford, FGR, Bolton, Hibernian, Kilmarnock.

Date & Place of birth – Newport, Wales. 25 August 1992.

Previously at FGR (2016–19) Christian joined Hibernian in the summer of 2019 from Forest Green, where he went on to make 148 appearances, in which he scored 41 times for the Scottish side.

In his previous time at FGR he became the club’s all-time record scorer with 66 goals in 122 appearances.

He scored in the play-off final at Wembley against Tranmere, scored FGR’s first ever EFL goal, and a memorable strike away at Cheltenham Town which helped keep the club in League Two in FGR’s first ever EFL season.

Richard Keogh

Number - 36

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR – February 2024.

Previous clubs – Ipswich, Vikingur (Iceland), Bristol City, Wycombe, Huddersfield, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Carlisle, Coventry, Derby, MK Dons, Huddersfield, Blackpool, Ipswich, Wycombe.

Date & Place of birth – 11 August 1986, Harlow.

Richard was capped 26 times by the Republic of Ireland. Although Keogh was born in England, his paternal family is Irish.

At Bristol City he was Young Player of the Year 2006-07. At Carlisle he won the club's Player of the Year Award for the 2009–10 season. At Coventry Keogh was named the Player of the Year for the 2011–12 season & Players player of the Year for both 2010-11 & 2011-12.

While at Derby County he was the club's Player of the Year Award twice (in 2012-13 and 2015-16) and the Players' Player of the Year Award on three occasions (2012-13, 2015-16 and 2018-19). He was named in the 2014-15 PFA team of the Year.

In September 2019, Keogh was injured in a car crash and ruled out for the rest of the 2019-20 season. His Derby teammates Mason Bennet and Tom Lawrence were arrested for drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident. In October 2019, Derby terminated the remainder of his contract due to gross misconduct, with Bennet and Lawrence receiving a six-week wage fine and being sentenced to 80 hours of community service and rehabilitation. Keogh left Derby having made 356 appearances and scored 12 goals across eight seasons.

Keogh launched appeals to both Derby and the EFL over his sacking, but both were rejected. However, after appealing to an employment tribunal with support from the Professional Footballers Association in January 2021, it officially ruled that Keogh had been unfairly dismissed and Derby were ordered to pay £2.3 million in compensation. Derby appealed against the decision, but this was rejected in May 2021.

Vicente Reyes Nunez

Number – 39

Position - Goalkeeper

Date joined FGR – February 24 (7 day emergency Loan)

Previous clubs – Atlanta United 2 (USA), Norwich. Braintree

Date & Place of birth – 19 Nov 2003, Charleston. S Carolina, USA.

Vicente is a Chile U23 International.

William Merrett

Number - 77

Position - Defender

Date joined FGR –

Previous clubs –

Date & Place of birth –