Providing the official Red Devil supporters transport to away games - We are back now taking bookings for coaches for this season which is going to be exciting - come and support your team on the road.

I was in two minds about travelling by coach. As I said to Pat on Saturday I thought it might be a closed shop/bit of a clique. Well I got that totally wrong. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming - and from one of our pubs we visit - Hello Alain. I hope that you have recovered after Saturdays result, disappointing but I suspect that some of your group didn’t know the result due to the amount of shots that were consumed just prior to jumping on the coach. As always it was an absolute pleasure to play host to you all, a more polite and social group would be hard to find anywhere. Please pass our thanks and regards to all members of the group as we enjoyed the day, one of the best we have had in eighteen years! Regards Andy & Donna Cross Keys and another from Supporter Neil Webster - Hi Alain Tony Bish and I really enjoyed yesterday and as you say, you have us hooked now!

Status of away travel

COME AND WATCH THE RED DEVILS BOTH AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON OUR 12th IN THE EFL. WE ALL TRAVEL UNITED IN SUPPORTING OUR TEAM THE RED DEVILS – THAT IS CRAWLEY OF COURSE – NOT THE OTHER ONE

NEXT AWAY TRAVEL

CAMBRIDGE UNITED – SATURDAY 17th AUGUST 2024 – COACH BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THIS MATCH

COACH DEPARTS FROM THE STADIUM AT 10.30am and we will have a stop at the George Inn, Babraham for a drink and hopefully a buffet – the reason for the early start is the possible hold up at the Dartford Crossing – cost of the trip is £30.00 for all supporters – please contact either Alain or Patrick to book your seat – payment can be done via a bank transfer or cash in Redz before any home game – cut off date for additional coaches is Saturday 10th August.

Just a reminder to new travellers – we do leave at the time stated – we do not wait for late comers unless we get a text or phone call saying that you are on your way – we only will wait an extra 5 minutes.

IF YOU WANT TO BE KEPT UPDATED ABOUT AWAY TRAVEL THEN SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO US AND WE WILL ADD YOU TO THE GROWNING NUMBER OF SUPPORTERS WHO GET OUR TRAVEL EMAILS.

Jojo Wollacott sign for the RED DEVILS – Crawley win their first pre-season friendly

The team had their first pre-season friendly at Lewes on Tuesday evening and I must admit it was a very entertaining game and we saw virtually the whole squad get 45 minutes of playing time with a few trialists showing some promise. The 2 – 0 win doesn’t prove very much with goals from Ronan Darcy at the end of the first half and a trialist in the second – it was more about the playing style and getting the players to show their ability to play this way – and of course they can. Next up is East Grinstead on Saturday with a 3.00pm kick off – again as Scott Lindsey commented in his summary of the game at Lewes two teams will play 45 minutes each.  It was good to see many Crawley supporters had made the effort to get to Lewes and watch the game. They have another friendly on Tuesday next week at Wealdstone.

Yesterday the club announced the signing of an experience keeper – Jojo Wollacott from Hibernian on a 2 year contract and for an undisclosed fee. Jojo is a Ghanaian international and has played for Swindon and Charlton in the EFL. Scott Lindsey knows the player from his time at Swindon, so that’s encouraging start.

Very pleased that the club decided to open Redz for the Euro Final on Sunday evening – Redz was extremely busy and when England equalised the whole place erupted and the atmosphere was brilliant and extremely loud – the sort of atmosphere we want to see in the stadium next season on a regular basis. But despite the result I’m glad I went there with Iain to watch the game – spoke to many Crawley supporters who were excited about the new season ahead and no real negativity.

Also managed to have a few words with Preston at half time who was also watching the game. He’s been over for a week and our new vice Chairman Ben Levin is over next week so we will try and meet him for a chat and introduce ourselves. Also spoke to Rhona about the Palace game, Redz will open at 10.00am and I assume the Fans Zone as well for the sold out Eagles game which kicks off at 12.30pm.

Both the spare match tickets we were told about for the Crystal Palace game have now been sold to a couple of Crawley supporters – both are very happy now, but that said the club have released nearly 2000 tickets for the game that had be purchased by Palace fans in the home areas which have now been refunded and these have been made available for home supporters – well done the club for doing this but it’s unlikely that will fill our areas and maybe we should have thought about giving the Palace a couple more sections in the East Stand – B & C. Hope I’m wrong and we do sell out.

I think we are now all set for the new season in terms of away travel and all we need now is the supporters to start booking their seats on the coaches. We have put the details of the first three matches at Cambridge, Wigan and the televised Burton game below. Should we beat Swindon in the Caraboa Cup there is a possibility of an away game on Tuesday 27th August for the second round. But hopefully we will have another home tie.

With many of our away matches being now shown “Live” on SKY it will be interesting if the club decide to open up Redz on those days that Crawley are being shown, hopefully it won’t, especially any evening matches.

In an interview with Crawley Observer’s Mark Dunford, Preston eluded that we will have a squad of about 25 players on the books, possibly a couple more but these would be players potentially going out on loan. They have targeted players who they want to bring in, so hopefully we will see these additions in the next week or so, as Scott will want to embed them into the playing style that he has planned for us this season.

We are pleased to see that our twitter (X – I will always call it Twitter) social media platform numbers are increasing, we are getting near to the 1000 mark, 18 months ago we were at 500, so a good influx of additional supporters following us – if you don’t then please do – would be great if we could reach 1000 by the start of the season, just under 100 to go.

 

Bristol Street Motors Trophy – (some changes to these fixtures)

The dates for these 1st Round League Fixtures

Tuesday 24th August – Brighton & Hove Albion – Home (19.45pm kick off)

Tuesday 8th October – AFC Wimbledon – Home (1945.00pm kick off)

Tuesday 12th November – Wycombe Wanderers – Away (7.00pm kick off)

Caraboa Cup.

Tuesday 13th August – Swindon Town – Home – 7.45pm kick off – no match ticket details announced

GH AWAY TRAVEL

With all the away games now settle for the first half of the season we have now finalised our coach requirements with United and booked the dates and confirmed that we will need a coach – at the moment we have booked the 53 seater for all away games – but we will decide which coach we need nearer the time – for Cambridge, Wigan and Burton we have confirmed the 53 seater for each trip. Whether we need a second vehicle is down to supporters booking on.

 

AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS FOR THE FIRST THREE MATCHES

CAMBRIDGE UNITED – SATURDAY 17th AUGUST 2024 – COACH BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THIS MATCH.

COACH DEPARTS FROM THE STADIUM AT 10.30am and we will have a stop at the George Inn, Babraham for a drink and hopefully a buffet (still to be confirmed) – the reason for the early start is the possible hold up at the Dartford Crossing – cost of the trip is £30.00 for all supporters – the coach will drop off supporters at an industrial park about a 5-10 minute walk to the stadium across Coldham Park. After the game you walk back to the coach where you were dropped off and then we will travel home non-stop.

WIGAN ATHLETIC – SATURDAY 24th AUGUST 2024 – COACH BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THIS MATCH.

COACH DEPARTS FROM THE STADIUM AT 7.00am and we will have a buffet stop at the FOX & HOUNDS at Spronston Green – we will have a comfort/coffee stop at the M6 Toll services – cost of the trip is £40.00 for all supporters – After the game we will again a stop on the way home but location will be decided on the day as we may have a driver change for the last part of the journey.

BURTON ALBION – SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2024 – KICK OFF 12.30pm – COACH BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THIS MATCH.

COACH DEPARTS FROM THE STADIUM AT 7.00am and cost of the trip is £40.00 for all supporters – due to the early kick off for SKY TV Live coverage we will not be having a buffet stop but we will have a comfort/coffee stop at one of the motorway services – depending on what route we take to Burton – After the game we will again a stop on the way home but location will be decided on the day as we may have a driver change for the last part of the journey.

Each coach will have toilet facilities and at seat mobile charging points.

Please contact either Alain or Patrick to book your seat – Alain 07771-792346 or Email Alain_harper@icloud.com, Patrick via Twitter(X) or Facebook –

Payment for coach travel can be done via a either bank transfer- (but please send a screenshot oy payment when made) or cash in Redz before any home game – all fares but must be paid in full before travel. We will confirm all booking so that you know that you are on the coach.

Just as a reminder and to let new travellers be aware – we do depart from the stadium at the stated time – we do not wait for late arrivals unless we either receive a text or phone call saying that you are on your way – we will only wait for 5 minutes – would suggest that you be at the stadium at least 15 minutes before we leave. You can park your car at the stadium if you want.

UNDER 16 AWAY TRAVEL FOR THIS SEASON.
Under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult for all of our coach trips, 15 & 16 can travel unaccompanied but we must have parents’ permission as we do have our pub stops and then be dropped off and picked up at the stadium unless otherwise agreed. Any misbehaviour either on the coach, at the pub and at the visiting stadium will have this travel offer revoked. Everyone under 16 will then need to be with an adult. We are pleased to say that we have never had any problems on previous seasons so we are expecting the same this season.

OVERNIGHT TRIPS

Should we organise any overnight trips to matches these will be with a minibus and only 15 supporters travelling – costs will include Hotel and Travel for the trip. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an appropriate adult. These could be the midweek matches when we expect low on numbers on the coach. Decisions will be made nearer the time of these games.

LET’S GO AND SUPPORT SCOTT LINDSEY AND OUR VIRTUAL NEW TEAM THIS SEASON – ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN. BIG CLUBS, BIG STADIA.

The club have announced their pre-season friendlies-
Lewes (A) – won 2 – 0
East Grinstead (A) – Saturday 20th July – 3.00pm kick off
Wealdstone (A) – Tuesday 23rd July – 19:45 kick off
Crystal Palace (H) – Saturday 27th July – 12.30pm Kick off
Aldershot Town (A) – Tuesday, the 30th July – 19:45 kick off
Ebbsfleet United (A) Saturday 3rd August – 3.00pm kick off.
Additional pre-season matches will be added as they are announced. As with previous seasons it is unlikely that we will run any transport to these games – 

Watch videos of Crawley Town supporters

To book on any of our coaches please contact me either by – Phone 07771 792346 - E mail alain_harper@icloud.com