It’s do or die for the Red Devils
Tomorrow the Red Devils face one of the, if not their most important games since joining the Football League, they face fellow strugglers Notts County with both teams on 47 points, both need a win to help cement their League 1 survival. This will be a very tense affair for both sets of supporters and a draw will not help either side.
This is my 54th season of watching the Red Devils and in all that time the club have had only one actual relegation; in 1969/70 season when relegated back to the Southern League – Division 1 from the Southern Premier after one season, but on the positive I have witnessed 5 promotions to where we are now in League 1 – we need to stay here and continue the progression of the club.
In previous matches we have seen Crawley play extremely defensive, well tomorrow they have got to go for the win – there is no point in spending 75 minutes in your own half hoping to create seeming on a counter attack. The management and players know what they have to do – and to get the home support behind them they have got to attack at every opportunity. Hopefully they have taken some positive reaction from the Walsall match where they were totally over.
The supporters were given some good news in the last couple of days with Darren Ward, Josh Simpson and most likely Marvin Elliot are fit to play – where Josh Simpson starts will be a gamble as he has only played about 90 minutes all season due to injuries. Darren Ward will help bolster the frail defence of late and give some protection to Brian Jensen in goal. Dean Saunders has got to go into the game in a positive frame of mind – we have to attack and shoot which for the last few matches has been sadly lacking – if you don’t have efforts on target you don’t score and you certainly don’t win matches.
County come into the game on a back of a 1 – 1 draw on Tuesday evening at home to Barnsley and climbed above the Red Devils on goal difference. They also have a game in hand over the home side with will be played next Tuesday against Preston North End at the County ground. New manager Ricardo Moniz stated “It’s a six-point game, so we have to win and we have two home games in our own advantage and we can have everything in our own hands. For us, it’s about dead or alive, so we must stay calm, not be hectic and be confident and it’s a third chance for me to get the three points and I’m very confident.” However we hope that the Red Devils go into the game with the same commitment.
The Magpies will have a large following – possibly over 1000 making the trip down to Crawley -
The home fans must get behind the Red Devils and help lift their performance, but also the team has to do their part as well, by giving the fans something to ignite their support. The volume of noise in the stadium has to increase, let’s start with the pre-match music and PA system, it all to quiet, forget the neighbours this time, it’s about the football clubs survival in League 1. It’s make or break for both teams going into the game each believing that they can win – it’s got to the home side.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm at the Checkatrade.com Stadium tomorrow – tickets available from the club ticket office up until kick off time.
Before the match the club are presenting the supporters awards to the players.
END OF SEASON PARTY
We are organising an “End of Season Party” at the Black Swan, Pease Pottage on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 7.00pm
We have provisionally booked 30 places but if more are needed then we can add.
Firstly can you let me know if you are interested in attending in the evening, then I will send you the menu’s to choose from – the set 3 course menu is £17.95 or we have a selection from the main menu at the relevant costs indicated. We need to confirm numbers and menu choice by 25th April with the Black Swan.
We had a really good time at the Christmas gathering, hopefully we will be having a relaxing evening before the final game of the season against Coventry City the following day.
FINAL AWAY MATCHES -
Tuesday 14th April 2015 – Walsall 7.45pm kick off
We are taking bookings for the evening game at Walsall, leaving Crawley at 2.00pm. It is unlikely that we would get sufficient numbers to warrant a coach for this trip, so it will either be cars or if numbers allow we will organise a minibus (departure location will be agreed depending on transport taken) – Costs will be no more than £20.00.
Saturday 25th April 2015 – Peterborough United – 3.00pm kick off
This is the last away game of the season and we will be taking our normal coach, we depart the New Moon at 9.30am and have organised a buffet lunch at the Prince of Wales, Hilton – just off the A14 at Huntingdon on the way up to the match, it’s then about 45 minutes to Peterborough.
Cost for this match is £10.00 for everyone.
Alain and Kevin have been organising the Red Devils supporters coaches now for over 20 years with Crawley Luxury – who can forget the 17 coaches to Hayes, then 32 to Brighton but more recently the 26 to Old Trafford for the epic FA Cup match against Manchester United which was over 4 years ago - time flies don't it.