Providing the official Red Devil supporters transport to away games
Status of away travel
As soon as we have been informed by the club about the re-start of away matches we will then put up all the details of the start of away matches for the new season.
Ollie Palmer and Panutche Camara have both left Crawley.
An update on whats been announced over the past few days by the club and players plus some other news –
It has been confirmed that both Ollie Palmer and Panutche Camara have definitely left the club for pastures new, with both players going to twitter to say thank you to the club and fans for their support over the time that they were with Crawley. Both players have been linked with clubs recently with Ollie to AFC Wimbledon which seem likely that he will sign for them and Panutche with Plymouth, although there has been nothing coming out of the Devon Club. We of course send our best wishes to both for the future and i’m sure if they ever return to Crawley in opposing teams or as spectators they will be well greeted by all the fans.
The club announced that they have gone into the face mask league and have these protective garments in the club shop for a princely sum of £6.00 for this must have piece of supporters equipment.
The pitch looks amazing, a green carpet with underlay and i’m sure that the players are keen to get playing on the pristine surface – thanks to the Complete Turf Care for their efforts over the last few months in getting our pitch ready for next season.
The signs are coming that some of our old adversaries are struggling with the COVID 19 pandemic with Dover Athletic putting all their players on their transfer list as they refused to take a short term 20% pay cut and then yesterday Droylsden resigned from the Northern Premier League. This could just be the tip of the iceberg as there will be other clubs that will be struggling to survive. No team can survive without any income.
When we do start travelling is anyone’s guess but Crawley have the 4th highest mileage to travel to their away games over the 92 League Clubs – 4668 miles, only Plymouth (6057), Exeter (5231) Sunderland (4759) have more – these figure are for one way, so we have the return trips as well, so a total for Crawley of 9336 miles – the lowest is Aston Villa with 2037.
The most welcome news from the supporters was the contact extension for club captain Dannie Bulman who has also been offer a coaching roll as well as playing which was an option that all supporters would have voted for. Will he be playing in every games this season, who knows, but at the young age of 42 he is still able to keep his performances to the level required in this league – we have players who will be wanting to take his place in the team and this is likely to spur him on even more.
We also signed the experienced centre back Tony Craig from Bristol Rovers, at 35 he will give the young centre backs some added strength and advice. He and John Yems go back a long way to their Millwall days so Yems knows exactly what sort of player and team member Tony will be to the squad.
Two other players joined as well in this busy day, midfielder Tyler Frost from Reading and full back Archie Davies from neighbours Brighton and Hove Albion.
All three signing released by their previous clubs have been signed on 2 year contracts with an option of a third year for Davies which will give them a bit of stability over the next period of their playing career with the Red Devils.
The Home kit was also released and to no surprise it was RED – but this season has a white collar and white at the end of the short sleeves, Red Shorts and socks, again with white trim – the new away kit has yet to be released to the waiting fans, also no date has been given when they will be available to purchased.
There are players still to go, Morais being one of them, as John Yems commented to us at Redz yesterday afternoon that he has never met the player, says it all really.
Personally I think we have a much stronger squad this season, with much more competition for places, which will also have the players upping their own fitness and quality to make sure that they have every chance to be in the starting eleven.
The players are back training as from Monday in groups of initially 5, building up over the next couple of weeks when they will be able all to train together, including having the Covid 19 testing so that pre-season matches are able to take place.
We also learned yesterday that Harry Kewell was appointed as the new manager of Oldham Athletic – and interesting appointment as the owner at Oldham has sack 7 managers in the past two seasons and evidently has the habit of interfering with team selection. Also some news that striker Ollie Palmer has signed for AFC Wombles – not the most popular of choice amongst our supporters by him, but at least we won’t have to worry about Ollie in the league next season, cups maybe.
Crawley have signed up a partnership deal with a Maltese Club – San Gwann F C which has given the club opportunities to bring players in from them and also sent some of ours to play in the Maltese League – it all helps in finding that much needed “Gem” that the premier clubs miss.
The early bird season ticket has ended, with the club announcing that sales have gone well and have increased on last season over the same period – with season ticket holders being the first to be guaranteed to be able to watch matches when the fans are allowed to watch then it’s not surprising. But it is still good news for the club – with some income now coming in, the Redz Wall has also been well received and the first batch of 50 plaques will be up soon.
We would like to thank supporters for their comments about the new look website, much appreciated – hopefully we will be able to bring you some new about more content and pages being added as we try to improve the site in the future.
The final piece of the League jigsaw takes place this afternoon when Harrogate and Notts County meet at Wembley for the last promotion place – that said the EFL are dragging their feet about the relegation between Macclesfield and Stevenage, still no answer, so still no nearer with the fixture release date being announced.