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 Update  Tuesday 19th May 2015
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Mark Yates appointed as the new manager of the Red Devils
In the worst kept secret, all supporters were already aware of the intending appointment, and it came today at the press conference held at the Checkatrade .com Stadium.  CEO Michael Dunsfold introduced Mark Yates to the awaiting press as the new manager of Crawley Town Football Club. The 45 year old takes over the reins from former manager John Gregory and interim manager Dean Saunders. Mark Yates fought off competition from James Beattie for the position and he now has the task to speak to all the current squad and to start building for next season with a much reduced budget from last season.
At the end of the 2004-05 season; Yates called time on his playing career, becoming first team coach at Burnley alongside the manager who had signed him as a player at Cheltenham, Steve Cotterill the current Bristol City manager.
Yates took up his first managerial position with former club Kidderminster, in the Conference, a position which he took up in January 2006. In his first season in charge he steered the club to safety from relegation, and in the second secured a top-half finish as well as an FA Trophy Final at Wembley.
Yates was appointed manager of Cheltenham Town in December 2009. He led them to the 2012 League Two play-off final which they lost 2–0 to Crewe. Yates guided Cheltenham to the League Two playoffs again the following year only to lose to Northampton Town 2-0 on aggregate. In November 2014, Yates was sacked by Cheltenham Town after almost five years in charge.
The Club announced that the new shirt sponsor for the next three seasons will be the current Stadium sponsor Checkatrade.com. This sponsorship follows at the end of the current Red 32 deal that expired at the end of the season. The club expect to display the new shirt design later this week and will have then in the club shop in July, prior to the season starting.

Below is a table showing the distances we expect to travel next season, over 1200 less miles than last seasons total of 8200miles , despite having 3 longer trips to Morecambe, Hartlepool and Carlisle. At the moment we have included both teams in the League 2 play off final - but as you can see there is only a 4 mile difference in travel between these teams. At the moment Wycombe Wanderers are the only team we have not played before from the existing League 1 & League 2 teams, if they are promoted then we will miss out again.
League 2 Teams and Travel for Season 2015 - 2016  
    Team Mile Round Trip  
    AFC Wimbledon 35 70  
    Leyton Orient 41 82  
    Dagenham 50 100  
    Portsmouth 61 122  
    Wycombe Wanderers* 66 132  
    Southend* 68 136  
    Barnet 76 152  
    Luton 77 154  
    Stevenage 84 168  
    Oxford United 91 182  
    Cambridge United 98 196  
    Northampton 110 220  
    Yeovil 144 288  
    Bristol Rovers 146 292  
    Newport County 166 332  
    Nott County 172 344  
    Mansfield 184 368  
    Exeter City 188 376  
    Plymouth Argyle 231 462  
    York City 252 504  
    Accrington Stanley 266 532  
    Morecambe 288 576  
    Hartlepool United 304 608  
    Carlisle United 350 700  
      Total mileage 7096 (less the play off winners  
    * denotes one only of these 2 teams will be in League 2 next season - depending on play off final  
Next season's Travel 
I have now the updated GH Travel form for those who wish to come with us on our coaches next season - this is not a membership for but allows us to keep records of those who travel with us for our Travel Accounts - it also gives us a contact detail in case of emergencies. These records are for our use only and will not be passed on to any other third party. We now have a parent concent form those 15 & 16 year old's who wish to travel alone on selected local matches. Please contact me for either of the forms. Contact me at

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who has travelled on our coaches last season and all those who have sent thanks to both Kevin and myself - it is much appreciated. We have had many new travellers this season, especially over the last few matches where we have filled the coaches - which is surpising considering how we have been playing - with these increase in numbers it all bodes well for next season where the league has a much more south and west bias to its structure. We will have many more local games and Southern Railway will benefit from some of them as we will in certain games recomend using the trains, firstly it is cheaper than providing a coach and parking, secondly its generally quicker with no traffic delays, and finally and more importantly Kevin can have a drink. Over the next few weeks we will be sitting down with Crawley Luxury to agree costs for next season and be assured we will get a good a deal as possible to enble us to continue with cost effective travel for supporters.

Since we learned our fate we have start planning for next season's travel, As a pre-announcement we can say that matches to Hartlepool United, Carlisle United and Morecambe will be overnight trips – with the possibility of Accrington Stanley, York City and Plymouth Argyle (if not promoted) joining the list – with the three latter games it will depend on numbers and when in the league season they are placed – as soon as the fixture are announced we will be letting supporters know about all of these trips. We have pre-warned the hotels where we have previously stopped that we are intending to book rooms again for next season’s trips – all have given us the green light and we will be making contact as soon as the fixture dates are known. We will do at least one as two nights – travelling up on the Friday. We have also been looking for new pub stops for some of the new teams and can confirm that we have booked two new ones, both have agreed to provide us with buffet lunches and three where we have previously stopped but a few seasons ago. Again once the fixtures are announced in June we will be making contact with these venues and confirm details with them.

With announcement of pre-season away fixtures, we may well decide to put on transport - probably minibuses to these game - so far the Red Devils have away matches at Burgess Hill and Maidstone United (see details below) 

If you are not on our Emailing list please E mail me at Alain.harper@isgplc.com and I will add you, plus those of you that have new E mails addresses could you please send them to me as well - I do get a couple of returned E mails that we send out.

We had another successful evening at the Black Swan where 28 of us enjoyed a good meal and a drink - we will orgainse another before the start of next season.   

As updated news comes out from the club, we will keep you informed over the next couple of months, leading up to the opening match in early August.

Looking at the League 2 structure next season, we have many more local games and the chance of some bigger home attendances – with the likes of Barnet, Luton, AFC Wimbledon, Leyton Orient visiting - there are some long trips north though Carlisle, Hartlepool, Morecambe, Accrington and York but the league still has a southern and western look to it.
Season Tickets
Prices for season tickets and match day tickets have been announced and all have been reduced following the relegation to League 1 – see the club web site for full details. They go on sale as from Today, 11th May with the early bird prices.
Pre-Season Matches
Three pre-season matches have already been announced,
Wednesday 15th July 2015 the Red Devils visit Burgess Hill who were promoted to the Ryman Premier – kickoff is at 7.30pm
Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion visit the Checkatrade.Com stadium kickoff is at 7.30pm
Saturday 25th July 2015 the Red Devils visit newly promoted Maidstone United with a 3.00pm kick off
Works have already started on improving the playing surface and it must be said that it has been the one thing that has been a credit to the club all season, considering the previous one where no match’s were played at the stadium for 6 weeks in January and February. With these additional works being carried out it should be even better.

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