First of all, some interesting news came out of the club on Saturday morning about the imminent sale of the club to an Overseas consortium – since the announcement the rumour mill has been in overdrive with speculation – Middle East, Turkish to name two – like you I am keen to know and see what the consortium are considering and offering – given that they don’t expect anything to happen for the next couple of weeks, we as supporters have to be patient and wait to hear that confirmation of the deal has gone through, its then we can then start asking the questions - probably the first being a fans forum and then any changes to the team management. With the transfer window closing today, it will then either be the loan market to bring in new players to strengthen the squad or out of contract players. It has never been dull being a Red Devil supporter.
Stevenage - 6th February – 3.00pm kick off
We have our next away match this Saturday – 35 booked on the coach to date – we still have seats available on the coach, departing at 11.00am. We have agree with the New Moon that they will be open from 10.00 am for those who would like a beverage before travelling. We are also arranging a buffet at Stevenage - we have been in contact with a local pub who have agreed to provide one, we just have to agree what we want. Departing the New Moon at 11.00am, we should, without traffic problems be in the pub for 12.45pm. It’s then a 5 minute walk to the ground. As a reminder, don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the match before you travel as they are £2.00 cheaper across all tickets. Costs on the coach are £15.00 for adult and £10.00 for under 16’s – again for this match we can offer 15 & 16 year olds the chance to travel on their own without adult accompaniment but we need their parent’s permission. By leaving at 11am, we hope to avoid the problems we had on the M25 last time out to Wycombe. If you haven’t already booked on the coach then please let me know and I will add you to the list. Either return an E mail or text 07771792346 putting your name to the text.
We have been informed of the funeral arrangements for Les Turnbull – this will be at the Sussex and Surrey Crematorium on Friday 12th February at 4.30pm.
Tonight at the Stadium – Brighton & HA u 21’s v Wolves u21’s – kick off 7.00pm – admission adults £5.00 concession £2.00
Accrington Stanley - Overnight trip - Rooms reserved for all those who have already booked on the coach
The game against Arrington Stanley is on Saturday 13th February 2016 - we are able to get additional rooms if we have any late bookings. Cost of the trip is, for Adults sharing £70.00 per person and for a single occupancy rooms is £95. The prices includes the coach travel and bed/breakfast at the hotel – we will also try and sort out transport from the hotel back to Accrington for the game as we are going to leave the coach at the hotel – if we can’t, there is a local station near by Burnley Barracks where the trains go the short trip to Accrington.
Again for this trip, we will depart from the Stadium, at 6.30am, travelling direct to Accrington, aiming to get to the hotel for 12.30pm, we will either have a stop at the M6 toll services, unless we can arrange something different – could be breakfast as we did for the trip to Preston last season at The Redhill near Stafford.
Saturday 27th February 2016 - Leyton Orient - by train and tube
For this game we will not be providing a supporters coach, as it is a London match, it is quicker and cheaper to travel by train and tube. However, we have arranged a lunch time venue for a get together en-route where we can order food and watch the West Ham v Sunderland (pre-arranged for Kevin) game on TV - we have taken the Mezzanine Floor of the Cow at Westfield Centre, Stratford for those who want to came and join us - it is booked from 11.30am until 2.00pm when we can make the short trip to the Matchroom Stadium at Leyton - one stop on the central Line from Stratford. If you do want to join us please let me know so that we have approx. numbers in advance and can tell the pub management. We have been here before on other trips to the Orient.