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 Update  Friday 17th April 2015
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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.

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.


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.
We are now meeting at the New Moon on match days and can say that it has been very well refurbished and there is plenty of TV’s to watch the live matches. The match day menu offer is also extremely good value as well. Come and join us and take a look for yourself  - in weeks to come there will be more CTFC memorabilia being put on to the walls and some have said the ceilings – we would like to thank Steve Duly for most the items on display, that said other supporters have also offer items to the New Moon.


    Crawley Crewe Leyton Colchester Notts County Coventry Scunthorpe Walsall
24-Mar               Sheff Utd - L 4 - 0  
28-Mar   Gillingham - L1 - 2 Sheff Utd  W 0 - 1 Port Vale  W 3 - 1 no game Scunthorpe - D 1 -1 Peterborough W 1 - 0 Notts C  - D 1 - 1 Chesterfield  L 0 - 1
01-Apr       Coventry L 0 - 1     Leyton O w 1 - 0    
03-Apr   Crewe D 0-0 Crawley D 0 - 0   Port Vale L 1-3 Walsall D 0 - 0   Peterborough w 2 - 0 Notts C D 0 - 0
06-Apr   Oldham w 2 - 0 Chesterfield L 1 - 0 Gillingham D 3 - 3 Barnsley W 3 - 1 Coventry D 0 - 0  Notts C D 0 - 0   Peterborough D 0 - 0
07-Apr               MK Dons _L2 - 0  
11-Apr   Scunthorpe L2-1 Leyton O D 1- 1 Crewe D 1 -1 Coventry L 1- 0 Yeovil D 1 -1 Colchester W 1 - 0 Crawley W 2- 1 Fleetwood W 1- 0
14-Apr   Walsall -L 5- 0 PeterboroughD 1 -1 Doncaster L 0 - 1 Chesterfield L 6 - 0 Barnsley D 1 - 1 Oldham D 1 - 1 Port Vale D 1 - 1 Crawley W 5 - 0
18-Apr   Notts County Walsall MK Dons Scunthorpe Crawley Bristol City Colchester Crewe
21-Apr       Rochdale   Preston   Bradford Swindon
25-Apr   Peterborough Coventry Sheff Utd Fleetwood Doncaster  Crewe Gillingham Oldham
28-Apr         Swindon        
03-May   Coventry Bradford Swindon Preston Gillingham Crawley Doncaster  Bristol City
Points todate 47 48 47 44 47 51 51 54
Points remaining 9 9 12 12 12 9 12 12
Max Total   56 57 59 56 59 60 63 66
Ignored Yeovil as they have the worst fixtures against the top half team Doncaster   CLUBS Home matches    
If Oldham, Gillingham and Port Vale get dragged in will add their fixtures - Port Vale have now been dragged into the relegation battle with 50 points - max points - 59         
Below is some info for you – where we are going, their home colours and what the Red Devils may be playing in and how far we are travelling. Our last away matchof the season is at Peterborough,  we have another 274 mile round trip departing the New Moon at 9.30am.



Home Colours

Crawley Colours

Mileage for round trip

Peterborough United

Blue & White



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