THE’RE OUT – THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
We now know our opening match day opponents – we are at home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 6th August 2016, this is followed by the Capital One cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers the following Tuesday evening. The first league away match is against Doncaster Rovers a week later on the 13th August, followed by a Tuesday night trip to Exeter City on the 16th August.
For the opening away match to Doncaster Rovers, the costs will be £20.00 for Adults and £15.00 for Under 16’s – departing the New Moon at 8.00am – a buffet will be provided en-route to the game, but just need to confirm with the Red Hart in Blyth. We will start taking bookings for the coach to Doncaster from now.
For the Capital One Cup match to Wolverhampton Wanderers we will have to be mindful that we will have 3 away matches on the trop and we will be have to decide on numbers whether we can take coaches to all three. As an early indication, as we do have a bit of time, can you let me know what matches you are interested in traveling to of the three – Wolves, Doncaster and Exeter.
Either text me on 07771 792346 (remember to put your name of the text) or E mail Alain.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Patrick via Twitter
Our proposed 4 overnight matches are schedule as following
Morecambe 24th September 2016 – Clifton Hotel Booked
Hartlepool United 8th October 2016 -
Carlisle United 29th October 2016 – Clifton Hotel Booked
Blackpool 7th January 2016 – Leverdale Hotel Booked
We have already started making contact with the hotels that we have previously stopped at to endeavour to book enough rooms for the weekend trips – for Blackpool this will hopefully be two nights, travelling up on the Friday. We will confirm overnight costs as soon as we have got the hotel rates for the B & B. Again if anyone wants to pay in instalments for the weekend trips then this can be arranged.
Other matches of note – Leyton Orient away and Yeovil at home are the Christmas and New Year Fixtures, Cheltenham at home and Accrington Stanley away are the Easter games and the last match of the season is at home to Mansfield
Our preparations start now, we have meetings to arrange with Crawley Luxury to agree coach costs and the New Moon to again get agreement to start our journeys from the pub, hopefully they will open up for some of the local away matches so that we can have a pre-departure drink. For the overnight matches we will depart from the Stadium to avoid any disturbance to the local residence.
With the new side being put together by Dermot Drummy, there is a lot of optimism amongst the supporters, so with that in mind and the way we finished last season in terms of numbers on our coaches we are hoping for a good start to the season with travellers. It will be down on
numbers initially as the start of the season falls during the summer holiday period with families away enjoying the break – but come early September we should with hope be back to the same if not greater numbers travelling to the matches, with a winning team this will also help.
We would like to put the fixture list on the web site, but due to copyright issues, and that we would have to buy a licence in the region of £400.00 it’s not worth it, we would rather spend that money on travel expenses. To see all the fixtures please visit the Football Club website
As a reminder, we no longer carry “away travel” insurance for our coaches, we will endeavour to reimburse some monies or offer reduced travel to another game. The FSF stopped this Travel
Insurance last January and having tried to find an alternative proved both difficult and expensive for what we were previously paying for the policy.
There have been no changes in the pre-season fixture list – as previously announced
The admission prices have now been announced for the two home pre-season matches – Adults £10.00, Concessions and 11 to 18’s £5.00 and under 11’s £1.00 – tickets can be bought in advance of the games (to avoid queuing) from the 4th July or at the turnstiles on the day.
PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE -
Saturday 9th July 2016 East Grinstead Town 3.00pm Away
Tuesday 12th July 2016 Three Bridges 7.45pm Away
Saturday 16th July 2016 Brighton & Hove Albion 3.00pm Home
Tuesday 19th July 2016 Worthing 7.45pm at Three Bridges
Saturday 23rd July 2016 Millwall 3.00pm Home
Tuesday 26th July 2016 Lewes 7.45pm Away
Saturday 30th July 2016 Aldershot Town 3.00pm Away
For the pre-season matches it is unlikely that we will be providing any supporters coaches to these games. If anyone wants to go to either Lewes or Aldershot matches, please contact me and I will try and arrange transport for you.
NEW SIGNINGS POSITION AGE PREVIOUS CLUB
Enzio Boldewijn Striker 23 Almere City (Holland)
Jason Banton Midfield 23 Notts County
Glenn Morris Goalkeeper/Coach 32 Gillingham
Josh Payne Midfield 25 Eastleigh
Josh Yorwerth Central Defender 21 Ipswich Town
Yusuf Mersin Goalkeeper 21 Kasimpasa (Turkey)
Chris Arthur Full Back 26 Woking
Bobson Bawling Midfield 20
Jimmy Smith Midfield 29
Lewis Young Full Back/Midfield 26
Matt Harrold Striker 31
ON CONTRACT POSITION
Guion Edwards Midfield 23
Joe McNerney Central Defender 26
Simon Walton Midfield 28
Average age of the squad at the moment is 25
Keeping an eye on former players
Darryl Flahavan has joined Leeds United as goalkeeping coach
Charlie McDonald - Greenwich Borough
Sam Rents – Worthing
Andy Bond – AFC Fylde
Richard Brodie - York City
Kyle McFadzean is being pursued by his home town team Sheffield United.
Connor Essam – Eastleigh
Callum Preston is currently talking to Yeovil Town