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 Update  Wednesday 24th June 2015
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Three signings and the promise of more to come - make that 4

Shamir Goodwin has joined on a one year deal, he was signed late this afternoon – the 20 year old striker was released by Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of the season – Shamir is a local lad who went to Thomas Bennett school and played for the Red Devils youth teams a few seasons ago before signing for Brighton. He has spent time out on loan at Tranmere Rovers , Dagenham & Redbridge and Torquay.

The influx of new players has started with much relief to the Red Devils supporters in the last week three players have signed contracts.
 
Mark Yates' first new signing was midfielder Simon Walton who has joined Reds on a two-year contract. The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons in League 2. He has played for Hartlepool before joining Stevenage last term, for whom he scored five goals in 33 appearances.
Simon started his playing career at in the youth team at Leeds United and then joined Charlton Athletic in a £500,000 deal in 2004, but went out on loan never actually played in the Addicks first team. His career then took him to QPR followed by Plymouth, for whom he played 66 times and scored nine goals. Simon has also had loan spell for Ipswich, Hull, Blackpool, Crewe and Sheffield United in an 11-year career which so far has included 294 appearances.
 
The Red Devils also confirm the signing of central defender Joe McNerney also on a two-year contract. Joe has joined the club from National League side Woking; he is a product of their youth academy system and has made more than 250 appearances in his 10 year association. Like a previous non league defender we signed Kyle McFadzean, Joe is an England C international and made his debut against Turkey and followed up in the match with Estonia. The management are expecting a good future in League football for Joe as he teams up again with assistant manager Jimmy Dack.  
 
The third signing is Luke Rooney, he has joined on a one year contract and was with the Red Devils on loan when Richie Barker was in charge a couple of seasons ago – however during that spell he was seldom used and spent most of the time on the substitutes bench, despite putting a good performance against Mark Yates Cheltenham side when coming on as a second half substitute.  Mark Yates tried to sign him for Cheltenham from Swindon but the deal never got off the ground. In the last season he played for Luton until he suffered an injury and was released, he then had a spell with Maidstone United and Ebbsfleet at the end of last season.
 
The Red Devils commence training next week, so the squad will be put through the pre-season training with hope of a fully fit and a side ready for league action in early August for their first League match against Oxford United.
 
Pre-season matches
The club has offered a three for two ticket deal for the pre-season home matches against Championship opposition in July however this is for season ticket holders only which is a shame and should have been for all supporters. These are for the matches against Fulham on July 18 (3pm), Brighton & Hove Albion on the 22nd (7.45pm) and Reading on the 27th (7.45pm). Admission prices for all other supporters are

Adults £10; Concessions and 11-18 years: £5; Under-11s: £1 Season ticket holders can get tickets for all three games for the price of two, which means you can watch the matches for £20.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday, July 6, for all pre-season games.


Overnight trips
, we have sorted the overnight trips that we are going to endeavour to organise this season – initially these will be
Hartlepool United – Saturday 24th October 2015
Carlisle United – Saturday 28th November 2015
Accrington Stanley – Friday and Saturday 13th February 2016 – This could be a two night stop

-staying in Blackpool and getting the train over to the game on the Saturday as we did for the League 2 promotion game a couple of seasons ago
York City – Friday 25th March 2016 – This is the Easter weekend, so we may need to reserve

hotel rooms early to get the best prices.
We are now talking to the hotels to get prices and accommodation availability for these matches – with Hartlepool United and Carlisle United as our first priority to sort.
Once we have the details we will publish them and you can start booking for these trips – If you want to put your names down initially before we have the final details then please do – the prices will be as competitive as we can.
For the midweek match at Morecambe on Tuesday 20th October we will not be arranging an overnight stop or any

supporters transport for obvious reasons, if you are thinking of making your own arrangements for this game we can put you in touch with the hotel we stay at locally.
The away match at Plymouth on the 3rd October is also a possibility but with 3 long matches in

October it has to be looked at and to see what the costs are and whether supporters could afford two in a month. Hartlepool is the priority for us at the moment.
As a reminder for these trips, anyone travelling under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED
We are staying in Seaton Carew, about a 10 minute taxi ride or 30 minute walk for the energetic ones from the ground in Hartlepool – the hotel doesn’t have a bar, but there is the local working men’s club a short walk from the hotel, where we spent the evening last time. The Locals made us very welcome and we had a great time. Please start letting me know if you are interested in this weekender

The Key Fixtures
The fixture have been released and the Red Devils travel to Oxford United on the opening day of the season, followed by AFC Wimbledon at home the following weekend.
The toughest month will be October when they have to travel three of the longest trip – Plymouth Argyle (3rd), Morecambe (20th) on a Tuesday night followed by Hartlepool United (24th) 4 day later on
the Saturday.
 
This will test the travelling fans resolve to watch all the away matches. The longest trip of the season to Cumbria to play Carlisle United is at the end of November, so by the New Year virtually all the main long journeys have been made.
On Boxing Day they are at home to Stevenage and then away to Wycombe Wanderers two days later
At Easter, the matches are York City away and Exeter City at home
Last match of the season see the Red Devils at home for the 4 season running, entertaining Barnet.
The Full fixture list can be seen on the Club web site – we can’t produce the full fixture list in detail due to copyright issues.
OXFORD UNITED – Saturday 8th August 2015 – 3.00pm kick off.
Our coach trip to the opening game of the season, away to Oxford United on Saturday 8th August – we will depart
the New Moon at 10.30am, and have arrange a buffet lunch at a new country pub for us en-route – The Six Bells – costs for this game will be Adults £15.00 and under 16 £10.00 which includes the buffet. The pub is a 20 minute drive away from the Oxford stadium. We now have had confirmation that we have been booked into the Six Bells for the buffet lunch
CAMBRIDGE UNITED - Saturday 22nd August 2015 – 3.00pm kick off.
We can also confirm the away match to Cambridge United on Saturday 22nd August – we will depart the New Moon
at 10.30am, and have arrange a buffet lunch at another new country pub for us en-route – The George Inn – costs for this game will be Adults £15.00 and under 16 £10.00 which again includes the buffet. The pub is just off the M11 and again only a 20 minute drive away from the Cambridge stadium. We have already received confirmation that we are booked into the George.  
If you want to start booking your place’s on either of these coach then we aren’t going to stop you.
To book on  - either a return E mail or text/phone me on 07771792346 – if you text please remember to add your name to it.
Here looking forward to a new season and its starts now

How does Crawley's cheapest season ticket compare with the other in the League following out relegation from League 1 to 2 - this is based on prices after the early bird deals




Pre-season Friendlies
So far 7 pre-season matches have been announced 3 at home and 4 away details below
 

·          Wednesday 15th July 2015 the Red Devils visit Burgess Hill who were promoted to the Ryman Premier – kickoff is at 7.30pm

·          Saturday 18th July 2105  - Championship side Fulham visit the Chechatrade.com Stadium – kickoff is at 3.00pm

·          Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion visit the Checkatrade.Com stadium kickoff is at 7.45pm

·          Saturday 25th July 2015 the Red Devils visit newly promoted to the National League South Maidstone United with a 3.00pm kick off

·          Monday, 27th July 2015, the Red devils are at home to Championship side Reading with a 7.45 kick off at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

·          Wednesday, 29th July 2015, probably a Crawley XI to visit National League North Nuneaton Town - kick off 7.45pm at Liberty Way – this was part of the deal that brought Lee Fowler to Crawley.

Saturday 1st August 2015 - the Red Devils are away to Whitehawk with a 3.00pm kick off
Of the away matches we could arrange transport to Burgess Hill, Maidstone United and Whitehawk, but very unlikely to the Nuneaton game on a Wednesday evening which is likely to be a Crawley XI having played two days earlier against Reading.
 
Next seasons League 2 teams confirmed
With the play-off final now having taken place over the weekend, we can now confirm that the last position in League 2 is Wycombe Wanderers - the only team in the division we haven't played in a first team league game. In fact we have only played them in the FA Trophy match at Town Mead when Steve Breach scored an own goal in the defeat.  We also played against Wycombe in the reserve Capital League. See below for the updated league list - all we need now is the fixtures. 

Fans Forum with Mark Yates has been announced for Wednesday 10th June at the Stadium, starting at 7.00pm - so get along there with you questions for Mark, hopefully he will be able to answer them and give us an insite to next seasons ambitions - may be some news on signings.

The Club announced that the new shirt sponsor for the next three seasons will be the current Stadium sponsor Checkatrade.com. This sponsorship follows at the end of the current Red 32 deal that expired at the end of the season. The club expect to display the new shirt design later this week and will have then in the club shop in July, prior to the season starting.

Below is a table showing the distances we expect to travel next season, over 1200 less miles than
last seasons total of 8200miles , despite having 3 longer trips to Morecambe, Hartlepool and Carlisle.  
League 2 Teams and Travel for Season 2015 - 2016  
           
    Team Mile Round Trip  
    AFC Wimbledon 35 70  
    Leyton Orient 41 82  
    Dagenham 50 100  
    Portsmouth 61 122  
    Wycombe Wanderers 66 132  
    Barnet 76 152  
    Luton 77 154  
    Stevenage 84 168  
    Oxford United 91 182  
    Cambridge United 98 196  
    Northampton 110 220  
    Yeovil 144 288  
    Bristol Rovers 146 292  
    Newport County 166 332  
    Nott County 172 344  
    Mansfield 184 368  
    Exeter City 188 376  
    Plymouth Argyle 231 462  
    York City 252 504  
    Accrington Stanley 266 532  
    Morecambe 288 576  
    Hartlepool United 304 608  
    Carlisle United 350 700  
      Total mileage 6960  
           
Next season's Travel 
I have now the updated GH Travel form for those who wish to come with us on our coaches next season - this is not a membership for but allows us to keep records of those who travel with us for our Travel Accounts - it also gives us a contact detail in case of emergencies. These records are for our use only and will not be passed on to any other third party. We now have a parent concent form those 15 & 16 year old's who wish to travel alone on selected local matches. Please contact me for either of the forms. Contact me at
Alain.harper@isgplc.com


If you are not on our Emailing list please E mail me at
Alain.harper@isgplc.com and I will add you, plus those of you that have new E mails addresses could you please send them to me as well - I do get a couple of returned E mails that we send out.

As updated news comes out from the club, we will keep you informed over the next couple of months, leading up to the opening match in early August.

 

 


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