When professional footballers sign off their season, you’d be easily mistaken that it often involves champagne showers and five-star food.
Instead, for the players of Forest Green Rovers, it seems as if they’re far more easily satisfied with a steak bake and packet of crisps.
The National League side were spotted outside Greggs following their shock play-off defeat at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Rovers suffered a heavy 3-1 loss to Grimsby Town, who will join local rivals Cheltenham on the journey back to League Two football.
It was a day that any Rovers fan will want to forget, and it didn’t take long for some of the players and staff to get their lips around a greasy snack.
And that news won’t go down too well with the owners of the club, who have raised its profile in the country through their all-vegan menu.
Not a slice of red meat appears at The New Lawn on match-day, an incentive that has been passed through to the fans following the significant financial investment.
Despite the beliefs of their new owners, who have pledged to build a new eco-park that will feature brand new training facilities and stadium, it seems even management couldn’t resist a trip to Stroud High Street.
Following the departure of Ady Pennock, the man to help take Rovers to Wembley, Jon Parkin, appears to be a regular at the bakery chain.
‘Jon does like a pizza – he always insists on it being hot,’ said a worker from Greggs. “We get quite a few of the players in here most weeks”
Despite the regular trips to the savory takeaway, Forest Green stand as one of the fittest sides in their division, after taking on a strict diet whilst in training and on match days.
By Curtis Goff