A non-league football club located on a windswept hill at the top of the small Cotswold town of Nailsworth took on the might of Derby County from the Championship in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday 3 January 2009. The non-leaguers fought bravely, going 2-0 up within 20 minutes, then 3-2, before eventually succumbing 4-3 to two late goals, and sliding – you would have thought – back into rural obscurity.
Except that is not what happened. That club was Forest Green Rovers (FGR), and just over a year later it was saved from bankruptcy by the wind power entrepreneur Dale Vince. Today the club is in the vanguard of a green energy and sustainable food revolution.