Providing the official Red Devil supporters transport to away games - over 300 supporters have actually used our travel service this season - We'll be back in August with more GH TravelsI 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
Status of away travel
NEXT AWAY GAME – COME AND WATCH THE RED DEVILS ON THE ROAD – TO BE ANNOUNCED
THE 2021/22 SEASON IS OVER, WE HAVE NOW GONE INTO A SUMMER BREAK UNTIL THE NEXT ONE STARTS IN JULY 22 – WE WILL KEEP THE TRAVEL UPDATE COMING TO KEEP YOU INFORMED AS TO WHATS HAPPENING AT THE CLUB AND WITH US REGARDING TRAVEL FOR NEXT SEASON.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMERS BREAK AND THANK YOU ALL FOR TRAVELLING WITH US – NEXT SEASON UNDER THE NEW OWNERS LOOK EXCITING AND PROMISES TO BE A PUSH FORWARD FROM THIS SEASON.
The winner of the GH Coaches “Away Player of the Season” as voted by the supporters on their away travels was
Firstly, on behalf of myself and Patrick we would like to thank all supporters who have travelled this season on our coaches to the away matches following the team. Without all your support we wouldn’t be able to run these. We also thank those who have helped us over the season – Rob Beeching (who improved our website), George Snashall, Ann Brake, Leanne and Paul at Premier and everyone at the football club.
It’s good to be back on the road having suffered 1½ seasons with no travelling permitted due to COVID. It all started this season with opening trip to Hartlepool United – a game that we had planned for an overnight but due to the lateness of confirmation that supporters were able to attend we had to increase the coach fare to £30.00 as a one off. Since then we have managed to run supporter’s coaches or a minibus to all but one game, which was the re-arranged match at Salford City following the postponement when we were just an hour away from the stadium.
We have seen an increase in numbers travelling over the season, with new supporters travelling with us especially on the later coaches when the increase in petrol and diesel prices came in – even with these fuel increases we have been able to maintain our £20.00 coach fares where ever we have travelled, with the exception of the 4 overnight trips, which is the most we have ever done in one season – two Saturdays and two Tuesday evening games. All which have been well supported by our fans. These have been successful and we have managed to cover the costs on every one of these trips.
Our aim, to keep the costs of away travel affordable for all supporters has again been successful and we are again going into next season with some funds available for any short fall on the longer trips should this happen. We have now had the £20.00 fare ever since we entered the Conference (now the National League) and the Football League that over 20 years which is some going for a club with a small fan base.
Again our Buffet stops have proved successful again and we have found new venues during the season as well as visiting some of the regular venues. It was a sad day that we heard from Lydia Kim the owner that The Clifton Hotel in Morecambe had closed down. The family had decided to retire and sold the Hotel. We had being stopping there for all our overnight trips to Morecambe, Barrow and Carlisle over the past 13 years – so this season we had to find alternative venues – which the Travelodge’s were used and were generally successful.
We also lost one of our favourite Pubs as well, the Majors Retreat at Tormanton used for our trip to Bristol, Forest Green and Newport – Viv, Colin and The Major (Roy) have been very good to us and the buffets provided have been excellent over the years – again we have to find another venue next season for the west trips – although Viv has already done the research and has said that the Compass Inn Hotel are happy to accommodate us including a buffet.
We now welcome our new American owners of the club and hope that we will again start of move forward and up the leagues – if that does happen, I’m certain that we will see an increase in support at home games and hopefully we will see more supporters travelling to away games either with us or other means of transport – as we have always said – it doesn’t matter how you get to the away matches just get there to support the team.
Over the summer we will be meeting up again with Premier to agree costs for next season, they have been very good to us, so we have no hesitation in using them again, this will be our 3rd season in partnership – we can’t fault their help and the vehicles are extremely comfortable and have everything we need for our long trips around the country.
So finally have a great summer, we will be sending out our updates as news comes out from the club and next season already looks like an exciting prospect going forward.
Thanks again for your support.
Alain & Patrick.