Forest Green Rovers made history over the weekend as they clinched promotion from the National League and are now the only 100% vegan club in the EFL.
After finishing third in the regular season Rovers overcame Dagenham and Redbridge at the semi-final stage to reach the final at Wembley where they were victorious over a Tranmere Rovers side thanks to a brace from Kaiyne Woolery and an Christian Doidge’s effort.
As a result, after 19th consecutive seasons in non-league football, Rovers will be a league side come August as they’ll be mixing it up with the likes of Grimsby Town, Accrington Stanley and Barnet.
“It is an unbelievable achievement to put a village team in the Football League,” manager Mark Cooper told BBC Sport after the game.
“People talk about us having a lack of fans but you’ve got to remember we’re on the top of a hill in the middle of nowhere. They were brilliant [at Wembley].”
However, arguably the most remarkable aspect of the Rovers is the rather unique fact that they are a vegan club. As reported by the Guardian, the club’s owner – Dale Vince is a eco-warrior millionaire who made his fortune by selling renewable electricity to the national grid.
Upon purchasing the club a few years ago he banned red meat from all its menus and by the end of 2016 the club became 100% vegan as no animal products of any description are on sale anywhere in the club.
Watch the video above for all you need to know about the EFL’s only 100% vegan club, Forest Green Rovers.