Firstly I will not be in Redz before the game tomorrow - but will from 5.00pm for about 30 minutes if anyone want to book on for either Birmingham or Cheltenham coaches or those who have booked on pay your coach fares.
Congratulations to Joe Comper on being appointed at the new Commercial and Communities Manager of the Football Club.
Tomorrow we have a match against Premiership Brighton & Hove Albion who successfully won promotion last season - the club are expecting a big crowd with over 2000 already sold and the away seating area already full. Its another chance for the Red Devils to show their abilities against another strong opposition. Reds fans will be wanting to see a better showing than the Sussex Senior Cup final against the Albion youngsters where we were outplayed for long periods of the game, how it went to extra time who knows but we were well beaten in that period 4 - 0.
Last Saturday they did well against a talented Chelsea X1 to come back to levels the scores at the end 1 - 1 with Joe McNerney late header past former Red Devils Loanee Mitchell Beeney - Chelsea had taken the lead on the hour mark by substitute Charlie Brown. The Red Devils proved their worth and showed that they are much more resilliant this season so far - this was also shown at the 4 - 2 win at Dulwich Hamlet last Tuesday evening - Enzio Boldewijn, Panutche Camara(2) and Matt Harrold were the scorer for the visitors. Manager Harry Kewell again played two different line ups in each half and given some players different positions to play in - again he went with a 3-5-2 formation and the players are adapting to it.
Unfortunately new striker Thomas Verheydt has had to return home for family reasons, hopefully he will be back soon and playing - only 30 minutes at Oakwood has been his only outing yet for the team. On the plus side ypung Panache Camara has found the new 4 times in the pre-season matches so far and is looking like a real find - lets hope he can continue this eye catching start into the league campaign. Even veteran Striker Matt Harrold is looking sharp, 5 goals so far.
The new full home and away kit have been revealed and I must admit I like them both - well done to the club for returning to our traditional Red & White home shirt. Also the new merchandise in the club shop is very good and is selling well.
Following the game against Brighton, we travel to the south coast to play Bognor Regis in a replay of the Senior Cup semi-final where the Red Devils won late in added time through Enzio Bolderwijn - this game is on Wednesday evening 26th July again with a 7.45 kick off - Bognor are another Sussex side that won promotion last season moving up the National League South via the play offs, beating last Tuesday opponent Dulwich Hamlet 3 - 1 in the final. Last Saturday the Rocks lost 2 - 0 to a strong Portsmouth side.
We know the line-up of the Checkatrade Trophy - with the Red Devils facing both Charlton Athletic and Fulham U21’s at home and Portsmouth away – we will face Charlton at home first (29th August) then Portsmouth away in early October and lastly Fulham at home in early November. All gams kick off at 7.45pm, cost have been set at £10.00 Adults, £5.00 consessions and £1.00 for under 16's for all the home and away matches.
The coaches to Birmingham has 12 seats remaining, and Cheltenham is half full – we will be in Redz from 5.00pm after the game tomorrow with tickets for the first two away coaches if you want to book on. Birmingham is £20.00 and Cheltenham is £15.00 – for all supporters. It’s also good to see more new travellers booking on.
Our first League away match is to Cheltenham Town on the 12th August 2017 – we will be running the supporters coach and the cost for everyone is £15.00 – we will depart the Stadium at 10.00am and are in contact with the Inn for All Seasons about a stop off – this is where we stopped off last season.
Away to Birmingham City in the newly name League Cup – Carabao Cup.
Tuesday 8th August 2017, kick off is 7.45pm. The game could go to extra time and penalties as it is played to a finish with no replays.
We will be taking a supporter’s coach to the game on the day – we depart the Checkatrade.com Stadium at 3.00pm for the trip to the Midlands. It is unlikely that we will arrange a buffet stop to the game, but we will have a comfort break, probably at Warwick Services.
Cost of the seat on the coach is £20.00 for all – however we will try and reduce the fare for the under 16’s if possible.
To book on, either reply to this E mail or contact me via 07771-792346 or via GH Coaches on Twitter – you can also book via Patrick on Twitter or Facebook.
OVERNIGHT TRIPS - Sat 3rd October - Morecambe, Saturday 17th March - Carlisle United
We have been in contact with The Clifton Hotel, Morecambe regarding cost of this seasons B & B for the trips to Morecambe and Carlisle, they have booked us in and we will start taking names of those who are interested in going. We are hoping to keep the prices the same as last season.
Key Dates for your diary - 2017/18
Sky Bet EFL fixtures announced: 21st June 2017 - now out
Sky Bet EFL season starts: weekend of 5th August 2017
Carabao Cup starts: week commencing 7th August 2017
Checkatrade Trophy starts: week commencing 28th August 2017
Sky Bet EFL regular season ends: weekend of 5th May 2018
Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Finals: weekend of 26th - 28th May 2018
PRE-SEASON MATCHES - so far announced - updated
1. Saturday 8th July 2017 Away East Grinstead k/o 3.00pm - WON - 6 - 1
2. Tuesday 11th July 2017 Away Oakwood k/o 7.00pm - WON 2 - 0 & 8 - 0
3 Saturday 15th July 2017 Home Chelsea X1 k/o 3.00pm - D 1-1
4. Monday 17th July 2017 Away Dulwich Hamlet k/o 7.45pm - WON 4 - 2
5. Saturday 22nd July 2017 Home Brighton & H A k/o 3.00pm
6. Wednesday 26th July 2017 Away Bognor Regis k/o 7.45pm
7. Saturday 29th July 2017 Home Portsmouth k/o 3.00pm
New signings for season 2017/2018
1. Dannie Bulman Central Midfielder 1 year with a year option
Dannie is a former Red Devil captain who has re-joined from AFC Wimbledon – for his third spell with the club – although Dannie is now 38, he is a fan’s favourite and let’s hope he can bring back to the club his winning mentality.
2. Moussa Sanoh Midfielder/Winger 2 year with a year option
Moussa joined from Dutch side RKC Waalwijk - the former PSV youth has also represented Netherlands at Under 18/19/21's
3 - Panutche Camara Forward/Winger 2 year with a year option
Panutche has signed from Dulwich Hamlet and previously played for Barnsley’s U23’s
4 - Mark Randell - midfielder, 5 - Cedric Evina - defender, 6 - Dennon Lewis midfielder on 6 month loan from Watford, 7 - Thomas Verheydt - Dutch Striker sign from MVV Maastricht on a 3 year contract.
Other News about Ex-Reds – Billy Clarke has left Bradford City and signed for Charlton Athletic, Danny Mills and Sergio Torres have both left Whitehawk – to join Ebbsfleet and Eastbourne Borough respectively – Jefferson Louis – Banbury (thinks it’s his 34th club, his 17th since leaving us in 2010), Scott Davis has joined Chelmsford City as has striker Lee Barnard. Roarie Deacon has now signed for Dundee, after leaving Sutton United -
Update - Connor Essam has re-joined Dover Athletic, Allan Tait signed for East Grinstead and Barry Cogan has moved from Dover to Grays Athletic.
Update 2 - Rene Gilmarten - Colchester, Tyrone Barnett - Port Vale, Bobson Bawling and Jason Banton - Woking - Izale McLeod - MK Dons (Commercial Management)
Update 3 - Michael Boswick signed for Lincoln City, Hope Akpan for Burton Albion, Nicky Ajose for Bury (on Loan from Charlton) Simon Walton for Sutton Unted,
We are now updating our data base of those who have travelled over the seasons - we have sent out our updated form - if you have not received a copy please contact me and I will forward you the form. Thanks to all those who have already completed and returned.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS
Alain – Alain.Harper@isgplc.com or 07771-792346
Patrick is on Twitter and Facebook, we are also on Twitter as @GHCoaches
Travel form for our records - 2017/2018 Season
We will be updating and sending the form out later, please fill out so that we can update or records -