13 days until we are able to watch the team play for the first time in the pre-season friendly against Championship side Swansea City. It seems like the football hasn’t stopped from last season with the u21’s games and the Women’s World Cup.
Last Friday we met with Premier Transport and agreed the cost for this seasons coaches and have to admit we are pleased with the outcome and with 6 new teams coming into the league we have some new and old grounds to visit this season.
We all hope the season starts well and would love to see more supporters traveling away to support the team – all the coaches are virtually brand new with plenty of leg room and the usual facilities – Toilet, TV’s for DVD’s and of course the choice of extremely bad taste in CD music which we can only blame Iain Harper and Aiden Parfitt for. We really do have a good laugh, but don’t take our word for it come and see for yourself – you will be made very welcome - we all have one thing in common - we all support the RED DEVILS whether we win, draw or lose.
AUGUST AWAY MATCHES –
As we know the FIRST away game is to Carlisle United on Saturday 3rd August – it’s the longest trip of the season and I suppose getting it out of the way early is a bonus, it’s also one of our two overnight trips – being so early in the season and during the school holidays we were a bit concerned that the Clifton Hotel would be booked up – fortunately we have been able to book rooms there again, so we can confirm this match will again be an overnight trip. The coach will depart from the stadium at 05.30am – and the cost for the trip is £80.00 which includes the coach travel, Bed and Breakfast at the Clifton Hotel in Morecambe and hopefully a buffet on the way to the game at the Cross Keys Inn at Tebay provided they can provide it – we have yet to make contact with them. We will again have a comfort/coffee stop at M6 Toll services on the way up and providing we are making good progress another at Lancaster Services. We travel back to Morecambe after the game and should be at the hotel for 6.30ish, depending on traffic. The rest of the evening is yours. We return on Sunday departing at about 9.30am after breakfast and should be back in Crawley for 4.00pm.
After Carlisle we have a Caraboa Cup match at Walsall on the 13th August and another away trip to relegated Scunthorpe on the 17th August and Leyton Orient on the 24th August.
Walsall – the coach will depart from the stadium at 2.30pm and cost will be £20.00 – we will not be stopping for a buffet for this trip - the game will be played to a finish with the game going straight to penalties should the game end level on 90 minutes.
Scunthorpe United – the coach departs the stadium at 8.00am and again the cost will be £20.00 we hopefully will have a buffet lunch arranged at the Red Hart at Blyth. Again we will have a comfort/Coffee stop at Peterborough Services on the way. We should arrive at the Red Hart for about midday, then depart for the game at 1.30pm.
Leyton Orient – this is our nearest game in the league this season on the 24th August , the coach departs the stadium at Midday and will travel direct to the Stadium in East London. Cost for this trip again will be our standard fare of £20.00, but for this match under 15/16’s can travel un-accompanied and under 14 can travel for £15.00 provided they are with an appropriate adult. We have warned Premier that we may need additional coaches for this game.
We are taking bookings for all of the August matches now. You can book via Phone, E mail, Twitter and Facebook – we will confirm that you have a place or places on the coach so that you know that you’re booked on. If you have any questions then please ask them.
Alain – Phone 07771 – 792346 - E mail alain_harper@Icloud.com
Patrick is on both Twitter and Facebook - @GHCoaches.
We will update information about the games as we get nearer the dates so you know what is happening, together with any other new coming out of the club.
Other CTFC news –
As you have probably heard we have agreed with Horsham F C to use their facilities for our training base for the season – until our training ground is finally agreed with the council which hopefully is not too long in being approved, it then has to be converted into a functional training facility – it’s been a great effort by Paul Hayward, the Club, the Management and players. Plus we mustn’t overlook what the Crawley supporters have contributed – much appreciated to those who organised the petition. Over 840 have already signed – still need more though – keep it going to reach the 1000 and then more.
If you look on Twitter, you will see we are still being linked with new players, a striker from West Ham United and a midfielder from Luton – but as I have always said until it appears on the website with the player signed they are just rumours.
The Horsham friendly has been designated an all ticket match on July 20th. Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders only as from 1st July with only one ticket per person available – they go on general sale on Monday 8th July. There is no match tickets on sale on the day and also no car parking at the ground on match days, they are providing a free shuttle bus service from the RSPCA headquarters in Southwater.
All other pre-season tickets are now on sale from the club – home matches against Swansea City, Portsmouth and Brighton and Hove Albion.
I really think we could be in for a great season – but there are another 23 teams thinking exactly the same. Well 7 have to be right and two will be extremely disappointed.We now have the coach costs from Premier and we have arranged a meeting with them on Friday so as from next week we can confirm coach details for the first few away games - including the overnight trip to Carlisle, Scunthorpe, Leyton Orient and the Cababao Cup match at Walsall. We are getting supporters booking on already for these games, so you can book on if you wish to reserve your seat. Contact either me or Patrick via Twitter or Facebook - contact details below.
The squad are back in training now getting ready for the pre-season matches first, but all gearing up for the opening game of the season. From the photo seen with them training - there seem to be one or two new faces - club have indicated these are trailists that they are looking at. Another couple of possible gems then!!!!.
The club made another signing last friday when they confirmed 21-year-old attacking midfielder Beryly Lubala had put pen to paper on a two-year contract, with a year’s option, from Birmingham City.
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Details of ticket prices for the pre-season matches and the Walsall cup match are on the official website.All extremely good value for supporters.
Saturday 13th July - Swansea
- home - 3.00pm kick off
Friday 19th July - Brighton & Hove Albion
- home - 7.45 kick off
Saturday 20th July - Horsham
- away - 3.00pm kick off
Saturday 27th July - Portsmouth
- home - 3.00pm kick off
For any away pre-season games it is unlikely that we will be providing any supporters transport, however we will look again at it should other away games be announced.