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 Update  Saturday -12th July 2014
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We have now booked a 17 seater minibus for the friendly match at Eastleigh on the 26th July - we will depart Crawley at about 11am (to be decided) with a pub stop en-route to the game - Cost will be £15.00 per person - we have 4 seats remaining - please contact Alain as soon as possible - alain.harper@isgplc.com  -  if you want to book on.


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- Crawley have signed Guion Edwards last season's loanee from Swansea City on a permanent two year deal, he become the 10th new signing by John Gregory as the manager builds a side for this seasons League 1 campaign. The Red Devils kick off their pre-season tonight with a match at Billingshurst, however Guion will not be in the squad as he needs international clearance from the Welsh FA before he can start, which was to late for this evenings match. Hopefully see some of you at the match tonight. If anyone wants to book on the Barnsley coach then please see me at the game.

Hi All,

This will be the last update for a couple of weeks, so for up to date news on Crawley Town, please visit the CTFC official web site or the CTFC.net Forum web site.  Like always, I would expect some news to come out of the club as soon as we have sent this around and publish on our web site.

Football starts again this Friday for us when the Red Devils travel down to County League Division 3 side Billingshurst for our first pre-season friendly with at least 9 trialists expected to be in the squad, so we can expect a few substitutions during the 90 minutes. The game is being played at The Jubilee Fields (no not Three Bridges) on the Billingshurst by-pass – the entrance to the ground is on the Wisborough Green roundabout. Kick-off is at 7.00pm as they don’t have floodlights. Entrance fee is £5.00 for adults. Next Tuesday evening see’s them playing in Crawley, at the home of Oakwood, the visitors training ground, again expect a few trialist’s to be playing and trying to impress manager John Gregory. I have a couple of seats available in my car if anyone wants a lift to the game on Friday evening.

 

Over the past week there have been very little news and no new signings, just plenty of rumours of who we are supposed to be after – and spending large sums on transfer fees if you believe the comments. Some of last season’s players have now been fixed up with clubs, generally in the same division as us or lower down the pyramid – with the surprise of Sergio Torres going to Whitehawk in the Conference South – good luck to him, I’m sure we will see Sergio at some of our games next season. Another of our former players Jon Paul Pitman is on trial at Dagenham & Redbridge, and James Hurst has signed for midland side Hednesford in the Conference North. Paul Connolly has recently signed for Luton Town joining up with Andy Drury, so that’s “buy one get one free” with them.  Our former keeper Scott Shearer has signed for Crewe Alexandra, having been released by Rotherham, so we will be playing against him later this season.

 

The World Cup is coming to an end on Sunday, with the most surprising result of the tournament obviously being the 7 – 1 humiliation of the hosts Brazil in the semi final by Germany. It was sad to see the Brazillian supporters crying - welcome to the real world of football, when we are losing away next season (unless we go all season without losing an away match) in our new Brazil, Yellow and Blue kit we can honestly start to sing “it’s like watching Brazil”.

 

Our coach to Barnsley is starting to get supporter’s booking on – our first ever visit to the Oakwell, so we are expecting a good following for this game – it’s also during the school holidays so we should see a lot of the younger supporters. Details of our supporters coach is below at the bottom of the page.  Tickets for the match are bought on the day at Barnsley – no pre-sales available to Crawley supporters. Barnsley are currently top of League 1 as it is shown in alphabetical order, so no pressure on them to stay there, we are currently 7th.

 

Adult - £23.00

Senior (over 65s) - £16.00

Young Adult (17-21) - £16.00

Juvenile (12-16) - £10.00

Juvenile (under 12) - £5.00


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The players who have come in are Izale McLeod from MK Dons, a striker with loads of experience at this level and someone who will score goals; he is joined up front with another experienced player Matt Harrold, from now conference side Bristol Rovers. The two youngsters are central defender Sonny Bradley from Portsmouth and Midfielder Conor Henderson from Hull City. In the wake of these signings we saw Kyle McFadzean sold to MK Done for an undisclosed fee, we all wish him well in Milton Keynes and will obviously play against him this season when our fixtures with MK Dons are played – I’m sure he will get a good reception before the match, but once the kick off is done then expect a bit of banter. This will go for Billy Clarke who joined Bradford City this week. Gary Dicker has moved to the top of the country in footballing terms having signed for now League 2 side Carlisle United.  
 

The manager is still working on getting loanee’s Guion Edwards back from Swansea and Jeffery Monakana from Brighton, both featured for the Red Devils at the end of last season. Another who could sign is former Brighton and Hove Albion’s keeper Mitchell Walker - who is currently at Dover Athletic – we will see.

 

At long last we now have an assistant to John Gregory, he has appointed former AFC Bournemouth boss Paul Groves as 1st team coach - welcome Paul, hope you have a long and enjoyable time here at Crawley. 

 

The manager is back from his trip to Brazil and the team today reported back for pre-season training, seems like yesterday they we completed the season, now we are embarking on another with the first friendly on Friday week at Billingshurst with a 7.00pm kick off – this match will feature some trialist’s so don’t expect many of the first team squad (our only team) to be playing.

 

There have been a couple of amendments to the fixture list, with the Oldham match at Boundary Park now kicking off at 1.00pm due to an England international being played, that kicks off at 5.00pm -  an even earlier start that day for us. The other match is the away trip to Crewe Alexandra which has been brought forward 24 hours to the Good Friday; kick off remains at 3.00pm.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the pre-season home matches, the Capital One Cup match against Ipswich on the 12th August will go on sale as from the 14th July with prices being very reasonable for supporters. Top price for Adults is £12.00 for a seat in the West Stand and £10.00 for the East Stand and South terrace. Under 16’s is just £1.00. With these prices let’s hope we get a good sized crowd if not a full house for this game.

 

GH Coach details of the first away matchBARNSLEY

 

Saturday 9th August 2014 – BARNSLEY - 3.00pm kick off

We depart the Half Moon at 7.30am for this trip to South Yorkshire – we have arranged a stop at the Royal Oak at Barlborough, just south of Sheffield, 40 minutes away from Oakwell. We will have a short comfort break at Watford Gap services if traffic allows.  Costs for this match is Adults £20.00 and under 16’s £15.00 – you can start booking on the coach from now.

 

This is a 440 mile round trip to Barnsley – the home side play in Red so we will see the Red Devils in their new away strip of yellow and blue for this game. Which I believe will be on sale this week in the club shop.

 

Other away matches in August

           Sat 23rd August 2014 – Sheffield United     3.00pm kick off

       Sat 30th August 2014 – MK Dons             3.00pm kick off

 

To book on any of our coaches throughout the season - either contact me by E mail Alain.harper@isgplc.com or call me on 07771-792346.  If you text then please put your name to the text as I don’t have everyone’s mobile on my phone and it saves me sending a text to say “Who’s that!!!”

 

Here’s looking forward to a great season.

 

Alain

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. So our first game at Barnsley we have a 440 mile round trip and will be in the Yellow and Blue kit.

 

Venue/trip

Home Colours

Crawley Colours

Mileage for round trip

Gillingham

Blue & White

Either

106

Leyton Orient

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

112

Colchester

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

180

MK Dons

White & Black

Either

194

Swindon

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

220

Coventry City

Sky Blue & White

Either

220

Peterborough United

Blue & White

Either

274

Yeovil

Green & White

Either

288

Bristol City

Blue & White

Either

292

Walsall

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

326

Notts County

Black & White

Either

344

Chesterfield

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

386

Port Vale

Black & White

Either

404

Crewe Alexandra

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

420

Sheffield United

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

420

Doncaster Rovers

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

428

Barnsley

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

440

Scunthorpe United

Claret & Blue

Red & White

474

Bradford City

Black & Yellow

Red & White

492

Oldham

Blue & Orange

Red & White

500

Rochdale

Blue & White

Either

516

Preston North End

Black & White

Either

520

Fleetwood

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

566


The draw was made for the Capital One cup  and we have been given a home match against Championship side Ipswich Town, a game that Andy Drury will be looking forward to having spent a couple of seasons their before signing for the Red Devils. The game is due to be played during the week of the 11th August, most probabaly the Tuesday evening with a 7.45pm kick off  - but with TV scheduling some of the matches for live broadcast who knows when it will be.  For this 1st round match all kids get in for a £1.00 which has been initiated and supported by cup sponsers Capital One. Adult prices are to be announced by the club. With it being a home tie, we now won't need to sort a coach out - that starts tomorrow when the full League 1 fixtures are released. 

We have met the Tractor Boys on a couple of occations in pre-season friendlies, but this is the first competative match to be played between the two sides. With our record against the championship sides in cup competitions it should be a close game.  

PRE-SEASON - FIXTURE LIST - SEASON 2014 - 2015
 
 
11
Billingshurst
Away
 W 9 - 0 
650 
 
   15 
Oakwood
Away
 
 
7.45 kick off
19
Fulham
Home
 
 
3.00pm kick off
23
Brighton & Hove Albion
Home
 
 
7.45pm kick off
26
Eastleigh
Away
 
 
3.00pm kick off
28
Three Bridges
Away
 
 
7.45pm kick off
30
Woking
Away
 
 
7.45pm kick off
 2
Chelsea XI 
Home
 
 
7.45pm kick off 

 
Next Season with GH Coaches
Kevin and I are in the process of meeting with Dave Brown of Crawley Luxury Coaches to sort out details for our travel arrangements for next season’s trips around League 1. We will get the best deal we can with CLC to keep the costs a low as we are able, we have always been well treated by them and we see no different for next season. It would be good if we can get a few more on our coaches – so please pass the word round to other supporters you know.
The new League 1 fixtures are due to be published on 16th June, only  a few days away now – once we have them I will be looking at our overnight stops – Preston North End, Fleetwood – which both matches will be in Blackpool again, and hopefully each for 2 nights. We will look at a couple of other longer trips and the last away game of the season. We have now a good relationship with the Holiday Inn that has been built up over the last couple of years; we can book rooms early and for the cheaper rates. I even have the managers E mailing me to see what dates we require.
 
With the efforts from last season, we can confirm that we are carrying forward some funds to cover any shortfall on any of the coaches we run, where we can’t run a coach for financial reasons we will put on a minibus, or as last season a couple of us will drive – we will get you to the matches in some form of transport. The only matches we will not provide any will be the London games – in the League it will be Leyton Orient and any team we draw in cup competitions – it’s cheaper and usually quicker. Having checked next seasons new teams, we can confirm that we have some old favourite pubs to re-visit – The Red Hart at Blyth for the Doncaster and Scunthorpe matches, 
 
We are very sorry to see the 4 players that were offered term for next season have all decided not to accept them, we wish them well for next season and I sure that they will get a good reception should they play at our stadium again in the future. Of the players that were not offered terms, so far, only Paul Jones has signed for a club, he has joined Portsmouth on a 3 year deal. However, we expect to hear about many more of them over the next few weeks as they sign up to new clubs. 
 
Other News
Pre-season match tickets go on sale from the 1st July for the games against Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion – match costs are :- West Stand (reserved) £12; East Stand (unreserved) £10; Terrace: £10; Concessions (under-18s, over-65s) £5; Under-11s: £1.
 
The new home and away replica shirts are now in the club shop, with the new yellow away kit due early July – priced at £40.00 – remember if you are  a season ticket holder you can get £10.00 off one of the shirts.
 
The Half Moon
Immediately after the world cup finishes, it has been mentioned that the Half Moon will be closing for a complete make over – the works is expected to take 3 to 4 weeks, so will re-open in time for the new season starting in August.

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