Just an update to keep you informed of what is happening from our perspective, well we now know that we will be playing Exeter City, Cheltenham and Colchester next season with Northampton winning the final promotion place to League 1 with a 4 – 0 win over Exeter. Exeter have now failed in the past 3 season to get promoted, we may have had something to do with that as our records against them are extremely good – maybe next season eh Exeter !!! – but don’t count your chickens yet as we may be there as well.
There is still a promotion place to be decided from the National League – one of Harrogate, Notts County, Yeovil, Halifax, Boreham Wood and Barnet. Once this is sorted we can then look forward to next season and a release date for the fixtures - we can then start planning for the away trips should we be able to travels. My gut feeling is that no away supporters will be allowed to travel until the New Year, so with that in mind, there is no reason not to open up the whole stadium for home support so that more fans can watch and keep to the social distancing rules that will apply.
All the current playing squad were offered new contacts, we know that Lewis Young, Josh Doherty and David Seasay have signed new contracts, with Dannie Bulman also likely to extend his stay with the Red Devils.
Other players have already departed, Josh Paine, Jamie Sendles-White and Ibrahim Miete and with Ollie Palmer and Panutche Camara likely to depart, the club will still be on the lookout to bring new players into the squad. There may be news of another player signing this week. We also learned today that two of the coaches have left the Club - Edu Rubio and Jon Meeney on the expiry of their contracts - we wish them both well for the future
Crawley have already been in the transfer market bringing in central Midfielder Sam Matthews from Bristol Rovers and Sam Ashford a striker from Hemel Hempstead who was their leading scorer last season in the national south division, the former Spurs player will have some big boots to fill as we will lose Ollie Palmer to Walsall shortly having turned down a new contract at Crawley.
Having seen pictures of the playing surface it looks back to its best again – the extended time for the renovation has been essential and next season we will have a better looking pitch.
We may now have a chance to have a get together at Redz shortly as the Pubs and Bars are re-opening – hopefully the club will use this as another revenue stream to bring income into the club. The Crawley Ballerz seems to have been a success.
We have had no real update on the installation of the scoreboard recently so hopefully this is also progressing ready for the start of the season.
We will start the ball rolling for next season with the new travel form (attached) to be filled in with any updated information – if your details are the same then just let me know via an e mail, there’s no need to fill it in again – If I am missing anything then I will contact you.
There have been some really interesting Podcasts to listen too recently – Straight Red and Soccer Fellas with John Yems and John Salako.
Thanks to Paul Hayward and Redzfanxx again for the retro-matches of our promotion conference season with the Luton game being shown last when the club and players received the trophy – great unforgettable scenes.
Finally we hope you are all keeping well and that we will all be watching matches again live at the stadium – Keep the faith – next season could be a memorial one – the owners, management and players seem to think so – then so should we.