Welcome to the Crawley Town Supporters Travel Group – to be known as GHCoaches
CRAWLEY LUXURY COACHES – Our Coach provider
We would like to thank Dave, Gavin and Darren Brown for their continued help and assistance in setting this venture up, without that we wouldn’t be in the situation today where we can offer our supporters an alternative travel to away games.
Over the past 24 years our partnership as the Crawley Town Supporters Club has been able to offer supporters a cheap way of getting to games, and we intend to keep this going this season and beyond under our new identity. We know that we are working with a terrific coach company who have great respect in the industry – and whose contingency plans when we went to Manchester for the FA Cup match were very impressive – the work that went on behind the scenes for the big day were immense. David, Kevin and I learnt a lot from the experience, something we all will hopefully use again. Where we can't run a coach for financial reasons we will endeavour to run a minibus to matches, again as cheap as we can.
THE NEW MOON – and is our base once again after the major refurbished and as you can see has been re-namd The New Moon - It is still a sports venue with Multi TV screens, SKY & BT sports are now being shown, Pool Tables, Pre-match Food and Drinks - Its only 400 yards - 3 minute walk from the Broadfield Stadium on the Old Brighton Road towards Crawley town centre. Away coach parking available if required. It is an "Away fan's" pub, so why not come in for a pre-match drink with us and have a good old friendly banter. If you want food then they have a matchday menu available - also the usual "real ales, ciders and lagers" are on tap. They now have permission to park upto 5 supporters coaches at the pub, but you must book in before arriving.
Our Supporters coaches depart from the New Moon in most cases - for our overnight trips we use the football club car park at the Stadium as these departure times are early in the morning and we don't want to disturb the neighbours. Our travel details are advertised at the pub as well.
On the return journey, we will still do our drop off’s via Northgate and the Town Centre.
UPDATED JUNE 2016
We will again be using Crawley Luxury Coaches for the 23rd 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 numbers are increasing and last season was the best so far and we have managed to carry forward a good back up fund if some of our coaches make a financial loss - or we decide to give some offers for travelling to matches - as we did last season.
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 – These will be published as soon as the Fixture are announced - 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 only 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.
Last season we made a decision to allow 15/16 year olds to travel unaccompanied provided we had their parents permission and they were dropped off and picked up from the New Moon - unless otherwise agreed - again should we have any issues with the younger supporters then this decision will be reviewed. But I will say that last season these supporters behaviour was exemporary and we welcome them back this season. However the overnight trips they must be accompanied, that goes for anyone under 18.