Providing the official Red Devil supporters transport to away games
Status of away travel
Saturday 7th August 2021 = away to HARTLEPOOL UNITED
ONLY A FEW DAY BEFORE WE TRAVEL TO OUR GAME AT HARTLEPOOL – MATCH TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HARTLEPOOL WEBSITE – NO SALES IN CRAWLEY OR ON MATCH DAY PURCHASE BY FRIDAY 6TH AUGUST
We depart from the Stadium at 6.00am and it will be a there and back in the day – no overnight stop – cost for this trip is £30.00. To book your seat please contact either Alain or Patrick – see full detail below
UPDATE 3rd AUGUST – Bookings – 45 booked on for this trip. We will only be taking the one coach to this game due to distance and cost. I would like to thank Peter Snashall who has kindly offered to pay for the buffet at the Anchor Inn for this trip.
If you still haven’t book on the coach and you want to come to the game then please contact us and we will book you on – we have 8 seats available –
Match tickets are now on sale from the Hartlepool website. So far 91 supporters have bought match tickets – can we make the 100 by Saturday
Unfortunately the coach on Saturday WILL NOT have UBS charging points so you will have to bring a mobile charging unit with you
I must confess that I was completely entertained on Saturday with our last home pre-season match against Spurs U23’s. Just under 1500 watch as the Red Devils won the game 2 – 1 with goals from Ashley Nadesan and Davide Rodari, both headers from great crosses. These goals were either side of the Tottenham goal which was a bad defensive error and should not have been conceded, nothing Glenn Morris could have done. Throughout the game it was generally the home side that controlled the match and could/should have added further goals with glorious chances created. Even without Tom Nichols the team looked well balanced and their high pressing game throughout was brilliant not allowing the visitor’s time to pass the ball around at the back as we know these sides like to do. Spurs did come close in the final minutes after John Yems made a number of substitutions but despite some bad decision making at the back they managed to hold onto the win. I’m hoping that the club will put some highlights together so other supporters can witness how we played. So we are still unbeaten in the pre-season matches with only one to play against Beckenham Town on Tuesday evening.
It’s now less than a week before we travel to Hartlepool for the opening game of the season, it’s been a long struggle to get to this point and to be honest I didn’t think it would happen until later in the season. We are now ready everything is now confirmed for the trip to the Northeast. Let’s hope for a great day out. Looking on the Hartlepool website we have so far sold 79 match tickets in the away section which for a trip of this distance is outstanding of which half are on our coach. You still have time to decide if you want to travel as this Friday is the cut off for ticket sales – we have seats on the coach if you don’t want to drive or travel by train which we are certainly cheaper than the train fares. The team should be in the Red kit as the home side have Blue and White shirts.
If you haven’t already seen it the club have brought out a 2020/2021 CTFC Annual – covering last season’s efforts – 68 pages of reports, photographs and interview – has to be a must buy for supporters just £8.00 – now on sale at the club office. Something to read on the trip to Hartlepool next Saturday. Also the new Home and Away shirts were literally flying out of the back of a van on Saturday as they were being sold to the supporters and everyone saying how stylish they look.
Travel arrangements for Saturday.
As said previously we still have a few seats remaining on the coach for Hartlepool on Saturday. We depart from the PP Stadium at 6.00am and the cost is £30.00. We have a buffet stop on route to the game – The Anchor Inn at Boroughbridge off the M1 just north of Wetherby Services. We will have a comfort stop at Watford Gap services just to break the journey and to enable you to stretch your legs plus get refreshments if you want. The coach will have toilet facilities but unfortunately it will not have UBS charging points at the seats so you will have to bring your own mobile charging device.
To keep everyone as safe as possible we will put some COVID measures in place on the coach – When travelling it will be up to you whether you wear a mask on the coach at your seat but if you get up to use the toilet or getting on/off then would you please use a face mask.
On Tuesday evening the team have their final pre-season match at Beckenham Town with a 7.00pm kick off. I doubt that many of the team starting on Saturday against Hartlepool would get a run out for this game – which is understandable as we don’t want to pick up any knocks before the season campaign starts.
What do we know about our hosts – they were promoted via the playoffs and since then have lost many of their last season’s squad – especially the strikers who got the team up. They have struggled through their pre-season with many trialists making up the match day squads, in saying that they have made some signings and we would expect them to make a few more before the game on Saturday. This is our fourth visit to the Victoria Park ground all the previous times were in the Football League before they were relegated to the National League. Our record against the is quite good, played 6 won 3 drawn 3 – which it would be brilliant to keep that run going. It’s going to be difficult as at the moment no teams have played league matches and have we have no indication who are likely to be the league champions at the end of the season – every supporter from every club on Saturday will be hoping that it is their season this year.
We are taking away bookings for the following matches in August.
Forest Green Rovers – League match – departs at 9.30am from the stadium, hopefully a buffet lunch at the Majors Retreat – Cost £20.00.
Charlton Athletic – Papa John’s Trophy – departs at 5.00pm from the stadium – straight to the Valley – cost £15.00.
Crawley v Gillingham Tuesday 10th August – 7.30pm kick off
The following on-sale dates for the Carabao Cup Round One fixture against Gillingham. Season Ticket holders, 1896 Club and CTSA members have a two day priority window before tickets are released on general sale.
Priority window: Monday 2nd August – Tuesday 3rd August
General sale: Thursday 5th August
Adult tickets are priced at £10, under 18’s and over 65’s at £5, while Under 11’s go FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting us in-store, calling the ticket office on 01293 410 000 or by purchasing online via the ticket portal.
FULL SCHEDULE OF PRE-SEASON MATCHES for the RED DEVILS
Tuesday 6th July – Walton Casuals – Away – won 3 – 0 – Trialist, Nichols (2 incl 1 Pen)
Saturday 10th July – Horley Town – Away – won 6 – 1 – Trialist (3) Nadesan, Matthews, OG
Tuesday 13th July – Burgess Hill – Away – drew 1 – 1 – Hassenthaler
Friday 16th July – Three Bridges – Away – won 1 – 0 – Rodari
Saturday 17th July – Horsham – Away – won 5 – 0 – Nichols, Powell, Matthews, Hassenthaler and Frost
Saturday 24th July – East Grinstead – Away – won 3 – 0, Ashford, Rodari and Trialist
Monday 26th July – West Ham United U23’s – Home – won 2-1, Trialist and Ashford.
Saturday 31st July – Tottenham Hotspur U23’s – Home –won 2-1, Nadesan, Rodari
Tuesday 3rd August – Beckenham Town – Away – 7.00pm kick off
Match report from the Spurs website
CRAWLEY TOWN 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS 1
Dilan Markanday’s fifth goal of pre-season wasn’t enough as our Under-23s suffered their first defeat of the summer at League Two side Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon.
The attacking midfielder cancelled out Ashley Nadesan’s early opener after Alfie Devine pounced on a defensive mistake, but Davide Rodari’s header from a corner 10 minutes before half-time settled the outcome at the People’s Pension Stadium. We fashioned a couple of late chances with Rafferty Pedder, Max Robson – twice – and Markanday all denied from close range, but an equaliser proved elusive.
Crawley, who beat West Ham’s Under-23s by the same score-line on Monday night, largely controlled the first period and took only four minutes to edge ahead as Rodari turned home from inside the box – the first goal our Under-23s have conceded so far in pre-season. Our only real chance of the half followed eight minutes later and led to our goal, as Devine pounced on a loose ball, rounded keeper Glenn Morris and set up Markanday to convert from close range.
Josh Oluwayemi was kept busy in goal, denying Rodari and Tyler Frost, while it needed Jubril Okedina’s clearance to deny the latter again after he embarked on another driving run into our box on 35 minutes. From Jack Powell’s resulting corner, though, Rodari rose highest in the box to head home for 2-1.
We took greater control in our own half following the restart, having struggled to deal with Crawley’s attacking players at times, with Devine unlucky not to truly test Morris with a first-time shot inside the box as we looked for a route back into the game. Rodari connected with a dangerous cross into our box but couldn’t steer his effort on target while Maksim Paskotsi’s header nestled in the side netting for us.
Left-back Dennis Cirkin was introduced amid a raft of second-half changes for his first appearance of the summer, while Crawley brought on a man who used to play in his position in our Academy, Nick Tsaroulla, moments later.
As the game wore on, we looked the more likely to score with substitute Pedder denied by Morris and Robson’s effort on the follow-up scrambled clear from inside the six-yard box with four minutes left. We went close again in stoppage time as Robson’s header from Marcel Lavinier’s delivery on the break was spilled by Morris, but Markanday couldn’t quite force the ball home from close range as the keeper recovered.
Crawley Town: Morris, Davies, Gallacher (Tsaroulla 68), Hessenthaler (Francomb 74), Tunnicliffe (Dallison 74), Craig (c) (Ransom 83), Matthews (Ashford 74), Powell, Rodari (Trialist 83), Nadesen (Payne 46), Frost (Adebowale 83). Substitute (not used): Nna Noukeu.
Spurs: Oluwayemi, Paskotsi, Cesay (Cirkin 65), Michael Craig (Matthew Craig 65), Muir (Lavinier 65), Okedina (c), Mundle (Pedder 75), Bowden (Robson 65), Devine, Markanday, Santiago (Bennett 65). Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Kyezu.