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Charlton Athletic are coming to Crawley (well East Grinstead) for a pre-season match on Saturday 21st July with a 3.00pm kick off - due to limited parking facilities at the ground we will look into running some sort of supporters transport if enough are interested - both for Ipswich and Charlton. More details nearer the time.
Last day to reply to us to transfer your existing records on to our new database - over 150 supporters have already transferred over.
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If you want to start getting the GH updates are aren't getting them at the moment E mail Alain and we will send out the travel form to you and add you to the data base. - Alain_harper@icloud.com
The pitch works is well underway now and hopefully ready for the season starting on August 4th.
One Friendly has been announced for Tuesday 17th July against Ipswich Town - match being played at East Grinstead ground. Kick off is at 7.30pm.
We know that next season we will be travelling to Notts County and Lincoln City, both were beaten in the play off semi-finals - it now between either Exeter City and Coventry who will be promoted and who will stay in League 2.
The club have started to announce the players being released, retained or offered new contracts - we say farewell to Kaby, Jordan Roberts, Josh Leylan, Billy Clifford as well as our two Loanee's Cedric Evina and Karim A-G - good luck in the future, thanks for your time here at Crawley.
All the rumours will now start, have started - who we will sign!!! - obviously the club will only announce any signings once it is a done deal to avoid giving any false hopes to supporters - there are so many players without clubs having been released, our management need to be certain we are getting the right players coming in that will improve the exising squad we have retained.
Welcome back to Tranmere United who beat Boreham Wood in the National League playoff final - its looking more a northern division with only Stevenage and Colchester our local games, both over a 150 mile round trip - Tranmere is 500mile round trip. We will be doing more mileage next season for sure.
End of Season review -
We have now come to the end of the season, it’s been a bit of an up and downer, but all that said it has been much better than most anticipated at the start. We were everyone’s favourite along with Morecambe to be relegated, we both have survived, us better than Morecambe who went to the final match of the season to retain their League 2 status.
Over the season the team has improved, getting to play the style that Harry Kewell was setting up – it took time for both the team and supporters to get used to it and must admit it has been much more entertaining than the past few seasons. The players have improved and were much fitter this season. The biggest downfall of the season is the number of injuries to key players, at times unable to name a full substitute’s bench.
It’s been a big learning curve for Harry Kewell and Warren Feeney which they will have both learnt from. I’m certain next season with new players coming in, that we will see again a marked improvement in performances from this season and who knows a top seven finish – it’s still work in progress we know, but we all have to have ambitions to progress.
For us now, it’s time for a well-earned rest – well until mid-June when the new fixtures are released, it then all starts again – contacting the Hotels for the overnight trips – Morecambe and Carlisle will be the first dates we look at.
This season for us has been another success we have run 27 coaches, over 350 supporters have travelled and 15 supporters have been on 20 or more coaches. Three times we have taken 2 supporter’s coaches to matches, something we haven’t done for a few seasons. We have had two successful overnight trips both well supported – Morecambe and Carlisle – and for the latter, we won’t forget the trip back to the Clifton Hotel from Carlisle – the horrendous snow conditions through the Lake District on the M6.
We are pleased to say that again we will be carrying forward money to next season enabling us to continue providing cost effective away travel – if everything works out again it will be the same cost structure – no game over £20.00, except the overnight trips. Where it is not cost effective to run a coach we will provide a minibus to the match – generally these are midweek games where early starts mean supporters can’t get time off work.
I would like to thank various people who have helped over the season, firstly Kevin Giles who drove the Crawley Luxury Coaches at the start of the season, unfortunately we had to end our use of CLC in October after many years and negotiated a deal with Premier Coaches for the remainder of this season. Thanks to Tony, Leanne in the office, David and Stephen who have generally driven. We will be talking to Tony and Leanne in the next couple of weeks about next season – we also know that they are taking possession of 4 new high-liner coaches. Our pubs that we visit – all provide great service and buffets, especially the Majors Retreat who had to cope with two coaches arriving. We worked out that we have been going to the Cross Keys in Castle Donington for 12 years.
Thanks also go to Ann Brake for keeping us and the coach tidy – we do spend quite a few hours travelling on the coach, and we try to return them back to the depot in the same condition as we get them. To Sara and Richard Cooper for the use of their garden and Mick Turpie for providing and cooking the Hog/Lamb-Roast for the end of season GH party which was a great success – with the “Pigs Ear” ale going down a treat. Also to my son Patrick who does all the networking on the coach and promoting us to new supporters whenever he can, and looking after the second coach when needed.
To the staff at the football club for advertising and announcing the details of the away coaches at home matches, in the programmes, the website and the TV’s at the ground. We have the advertising board in the ground which will still be there for next season, sponsored 3 players and the match ball against Morecambe – which again we hopefully do again next season. We also attended the end of season award celebration presenting the “GH away player” trophy to Glenn Morris.
Finally to everyone who have travelled with us over the season – without you travelling with us we couldn’t provide the service you have now come to expect - pub stops and buffets, overnight trips, so thanks to each and every one of you. WE look forward to next season doing the same – with some new places/grounds to visit.
On a personal note, thanks to those who nominated and voted for me for the Fans Representative position on the board – it was a close run vote with Steve Leake getting the position after a tied first ballot.
Since we stopped using CLC and Kevin driving some people have queried whether we are going to change our logo and name – I can assure you that nothing will change in that respect it will always be GH – Kevin helped set this up and will always part of our team – whether driving or not – he deserves time to be able to enjoy travelling and have a drink like the rest of us.
On other events during the season – we donated 2 dozen Easter Eggs to the CTSA Chestnut Tree House - Easter Egg Appeal, we also entered 2 teams in the end of season CTSA 6-a-side tournament- thanks to those who played and supported us. We also organised for George Snashall to be mascot at the Lincoln City away match – which if anyone else would like to do it we will make enquiries with our opponents.
We will update the website from time to time as information come out about Pre-season matches, new signings and any travel updates we have.
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Have a great summer break and see you in July for the start of the pre-season matches - or if the football club decide to open up REDZ for the World Cup matches may see you there.
Alain – firstname.lastname@example.org or 07771-792346
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