Don't leave it to late to book on for Oxford
We now only have 4 seats available on our coach to Oxford on Saturday week, we are extremely pleased with the response we have had and would like to welcome all the new supporters that have booked with us for the first time - we hope you enjoy the trip and will book on future coaches we run. We still have seats available for Cambridge United, but these will start going one the Oxford match has been played - all this and we are in the holiday period with a lot of our usual travellers away.
We have made the goalkeeping signing this week and after the Nuneaton win, the new keeper Freddie Woodman has had many plaudits for his performance - His parent club Newcastle have said on their blog - Freddie will be on loan until January, but if all goes well he could possibly stay at Crawley, just south of London, for the whole season. Then next summer the England U19 goalkeeper could be challenging for the number one jersey at Newcastle – he’s already that good, as we saw with his accomplished performances in America - very encouraging. We just need to sign a couple of full backs -hopefully Berry and Brian Van de Bogaert will join.
On Saturday you can have a chance to see him perform as the Red Devils travel to Whitehawk on Saturday for their final pre-season match; and another chance to put in practice what they have been doing on the training pitch. The game kick off at 3.00pm and they will come up against fan favorite Sergio Torres, who starred in the 6 – 0 drubbing the Town received in the Sussex Senior Cup last season. – time for revenge me thinks. If anyone want to go down - I have a couple of spare seats in my car - just contact me on 07771792345.
Crawley continued their pre-season with a trip to the midlands last Wednesday evening to play National League North Nuneaton and came away with an impressive 3 – 0 victory. The Red Devils goals came from a penalty by Simon Walton on the stroke of half time and two more within minutes of each other early in the second half from Joe McNerney and Matt Harrold. New signing Freddie Woodman played in goal for the full 90 minutes. A few Crawley supporters made the trip up in the attendance of 292.
The Red Devils line up was as follows, with substitution’s times.
Woodman, Berry, Van De Bogaert (Niheme 15), Walton (Smith 46), Bradley (McNerney 46), Henderson, Young (Edwards 60), Fenelon (Deacon 70), Ashton, Bawling (Rooney 70), Harrold. Subs: Preston, Summerfield
Brian Van De Bogaert picked up an injury early on and was taken off; hopefully he will be fit for the match at Whitehawk on Saturday afternoon.
This wins come only a few days after their victory over Reading, giving the non-contract players another chance to impress the manager. The good news for all the Town supporters was that like London Busses, you don’t see any for ages, then all of a sudden two appear, that’s what happen with the goalkeeping position – with Callum Preston signing a year’s contract and Freddie Woodman joining on loan from Newcastle United. Woodman is the son of Andy Woodman; a former Crystal Palace keeper and now coach a Newcastle, although it has been reported that he is about to join Alan Pardew back at Palace.
Bookings for both of these coaches are going well, with new supporters who have not travelled with us previously booking on, so I have done an update for our new travellers as well as a reminder for the not so newbies.
We will again be using Crawley Luxury Coaches for the 22nd year, since we started as the former supporters club, travel club; this was before we started our independent supporter’s coaches when promoted into the football league.
Our aim is to run one supporters coaches to as many games as we can and as cost effective as we are able, sometimes due to numbers or costs it is not feasible, but we would endeavour to run a minibus or some of us will drive our cars when this occurs. We always leave at the stated time of departure, unless we get a phone call saying that you are running late and can we wait a few minutes, we have unfortunately left supporters behind, but they soon learnt to get to the coach early rather than miss it.
We do have toilet facilities on the coach and on the longer trips we try to have tea/coffee/soft drinks available.
We arrange our main stop at country pub rather than the expensive motorway services; these are generally a few minutes off the motorway and under an hour from the opponents ground. We will if time allows have a short comfort stop en-route to the pub, but we have at least an hour’s stop, usually more if the traffic conditions allow at the pub. We also put on a buffet lunch for supporters that travel with us and these are included in the fare - we have over the years managed to find some very good stops and the food provided is excellent. This season we have a few new ones to visit so hopefully these will be just as good. After the game, it’s straight back on the coach for the trip home. On the homeward bound journey, as required, we do use the motorway services as a short comfort break for the travellers, also so the driver can have a break and a coffee.
We also do the occasional overnight trip to the longer games – Carlisle United and Hartlepool United are the matches we have sorted so far. These are the games before Christmas with Hartlepool at the end of October and Carlisle at the end of November. Unfortunately the Morecambe and Plymouth matches are also in October and would prove to be an expensive had we tried to arrange overnights for all, especially the Tuesday night match in Morecambe, and only 4 days before Hartlepool. We are still sorting out the costs for the weekenders, but will do it as cheaply as we can, hopefully on a par with the previous overnight trips we have had.
We also have qualified first aiders on the coach should the need arise, but thankfully to date have not been required, but it is comforting to know they are on board.
Finally, we enjoy ourselves, it’s about the whole day and watching the football is part of it, we don’t expect the coach to be a morgue throughout the day – although on the really early starts it is known for most of the coach party to be asleep (except Kevin) – there are plenty of debates going on, both on the way up and especially about the game on the way back.
Like all football supporters coaches we have a couple of rules/guide lines that we must adhere to – the obvious ones are no smoking, alcohol or drugs are allowed on the coach – we have had spot checks by the police at a couple of grounds over the last couple of years and it’s good to report that we have had no problems. The one request though, is that we don’t upset our driver, we all know that Kevin’s temperamental at times, especially when the Kiwi’s and West Ham are playing, or I decide to take a scenic route that wasn’t actually planned.
Well that’s about it – if you are going to book on for either Oxford or Cambridge please don’t leave it to late, we have seats at the moment, if you have friends who want to travel please put them in touch with me and I will send them the details.
If you fancy a drink with us before our home matches we are in the New Moon from midday.
To book on - either a return E mail or text/phone me on 07771792346 – if you text please remember to add your name to it.
Hartlepool United – Saturday 24th October 2015
Carlisle United – Saturday 28th November 2015
Accrington Stanley – Friday and Saturday 13th February 2016 – This could be a two night stop
-staying in Blackpool and getting the train over to the game on the Saturday as we did for the League 2 promotion game a couple of seasons ago
York City – Friday 25th March 2016 – This is the Easter weekend, so we may need to reserve
hotel rooms early to get the best prices.
We are now talking to the hotels to get prices and accommodation availability for these matches – with Hartlepool United and Carlisle United as our first priority to sort.
Once we have the details we will publish them and you can start booking for these trips – If you want to put your names down initially before we have the final details then please do – the prices will be as competitive as we can.
For the midweek match at Morecambe on Tuesday 20th October we will not be arranging an overnight stop or any
supporters transport for obvious reasons, if you are thinking of making your own arrangements for this game we can put you in touch with the hotel we stay at locally.
The away match at Plymouth on the 3rd October is also a possibility but with 3 long matches in
October it has to be looked at and to see what the costs are and whether supporters could afford two in a month. Hartlepool is the priority for us at the moment.
As a reminder for these trips, anyone travelling under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED –
We are staying in Seaton Carew, about a 10 minute taxi ride or 30 minute walk for the energetic ones from the ground in Hartlepool – the hotel doesn’t have a bar, but there is the local working men’s club a short walk from the hotel, where we spent the evening last time. The Locals made us very welcome and we had a great time. Please start letting me know if you are interested in this weekender