Book with us - the most cost effective way to travel which also includes a buffet lunch on the long away daysWe look forward to welcoming you onboard our next trip next season. We are please to say we have had another successful season organising the coaches to away games - come and join us next season if you want a relaxing way to travel
Who we are
GH Away Travel are the official transport provider for all Crawley Town F C away games. For over 40 years, initially as the old Supporters Club which changed to the GH Coaches when we entered the EFL in 2010/11 season to provide coaches for our supporters to travel to away games.
We operate with no actual membership but ask you to fill in our travel form so that we have details we can contact you if there are any problems or information. All travellers pay the same fare on the coaches as we want as many CTFC supporters to travel as possible to support the team. If you haven’t travelled with us before then please come and join us for a great day out of which the game is just part of the day. Everyone is made welcome and you will be travelling with like minded people who are supporting the Red Devils. On the way home from matches you will be ask for your “Man of the match” for that game and these results then go towards the end of the season awards for the “GH Away Player of the Season” – which Tony Craig won last season.
Our coach provider is Premier Tours (a new name for the company) who have now been providing our coaches for the past 3 seasons which we are all in agreement that their fleet of coaches are very comfortable and have all the modern facilities you come to expect when travelling. The drivers are very accommodating and helpful and often join in the banter on the coach trips. So to help them we try to keep the coach tidy internally as we can as usually the vehicle is being used the following day on another journey.
Last season was very successful with us running mainly coaches, but some minibuses were used on the trips that had small numbers travelling especially the midweek matches which are always going to be difficult for supporters to get too with work or school the following day – which we always accept. The only game we failed to run any transport last season was the re-arranged game at Salford City following the postponement of the original game when we were an hour from the stadium. The re-arranged game was difficult to arrange any overnight accommodation and only a couple of our supporters were able to make the game which was also shown “Live” on iFollow.
We are pleased to say that we had an increase in numbers of supporters travelling with us last season which hopefully will continue next especially now with the cost of diesel and petrol substantially increasing making it more cost effective in travelling by coach. We accept that some supporters can’t travel on coaches but we hope that they still continue to follow the Red Devils any way they can.
If you don’t already know, any profits made over the previous season goes back into subsidising any loss making coaches to enable us to continue to keep cost of away travel down. This season however, we have to review our costs as you know we have been able to keep the league fare capped at £20.00 but with the rise in fuel costs and the fact that now with even full coaches on some games we would not cover the costs. We are looking at options to keep the costs down as low as we can for the League matches this season. The Cup matches we will again be keeping the fares as low as we can, provided we can cover the costs especially when and if we are taking multiple vehicles.
AWAY TRAVEL – 2022 – 2023
We go again in July when the new season gets under way – the fixure’s are due out at the end of June so we will then start the arrangements for travelling. As per normal we will not be providing any transport to any of the pre-season away friendlies.
Over the past seasons we have been allowing 14 to 16’s to travel unaccompanied provided we have parent’s permission. We are again pleased to say that we are prepared to continue this for next season provided they are drop off and picked up from the stadium unless otherwise agreed with us and that we do stop off at pubs for the buffet lunches. However, should we have any problems on the coach, at the buffet stops or the ground then this will be withdrawn. Any under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For the overnight trips we can’t take under 18’s without a responsible adult. We will also not tolerate rudeness towards other passengers on the coach.
For the longer trips, i.e. Carlisle/Barrow and possibly Hartlepool United we will probably organise overnight trips, staying on the Saturday evening and travelling back on the Sunday. So for these trips we will now probably arrange the stops at Travelodge’s near to the grounds where possible. Any long distance midweek matches are also likely to be an overnight stop as well but these will be decided when known and are likely to be minibuses.
Again for these overnight matches we will not be providing a there and back in the day option. Our overnight trips have been well supported and we do have a good time, but don’t take our word for it, ask any of those who have come for these trips.
We do not see us changing our travel arrangements next season, as these have been very successful over the years – we will continue to stop for a buffet lunch (which is included in the fares) and a drink at a pre-arranged pub stop for the longer matches. We usually, if making good time on the trip will have a comfort/coffee break after a couple of hours at a motorway services, enabling you to stretch your legs, especially the longer trips. At our buffet stops you don’t have to drink alcohol, as they do provide coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Most of the pubs we stop at have got to know us over the years and we have a good relationship with them all – the quality of the food is exceptional and we have always been treated very well.
On the way home from matches we do use the Motorway services as a comfort break on the longer trips where we have two drivers that need to swap over due to their working hours. Although on the shorter journeys where one driver is required we leave it up to him whether he needs stop or wants to press on home – which in general most supporters are happy with. As we have said we have toilet facilities on the coach so you don’t need to panic. We will inform you before you get off the coach at the ground whether or not we will have a stop so that you can get a drink or eats before we leave after the game if you need too.
Why travel with us?
This season, when it starts please pay for your seats before travel – we are always in REDZ before any home matches Tuesdays and Saturdays, and usually somewhere near the TV screen opposite the Bar. We will keep you updated with numbers booking on so once the coach is full we will either consider taking a second or have a waiting list for those who want to travel should anyone drop out.
For any cup or league matches where we expect to take more than one coach we will issue coach tickets so that hopefully all monies are collected before travel – you will not be allocated a coach but the coach you get on you will stay with and occupy the same seats for the entire trip.
Any supporter who has travelled on the coach and then is offered a lift home then please tell either Alain or Patrick so that we know and that we are not delaying departure waiting for you.
If you have any queries or comments about our away travel then please do not hesitate in contacting either Alain or Patrick – we are here to help
Our price remains the same regardless of the distance of travel, except for overnight trips.
We don’t require any membership. Our price is the same for everyone wishing to travel.
We offer a buffet lunch during our trips which is included in the fare.
We offer a fun and sociable way to travel. You will be alongside friendly like minded individuals!
All our coaches have toilet facilities on board
Most of the coaches we use have UBS charging points at each seat available
We also have DVD and CD facilities available - to help with the longer distances we travel
Any supporter booked on that fails to turn up on the day who hasn't paid will be expected to pay for the seat. They will not be able to travel to another away game with us until this outstanding fare has been paid.
Smoking, alcohol and drugs are prohibited on the coach.
We have a clean coach policy – the coach goes back to the yard in the same state of cleanliness as we get it. Rubbish bags are provided on the coach to help this.
For some games within or just outside the M25 with high demand, we will endeavour to provide additional or larger coaches but these won’t necessarily have toilet facilities available.
We operate on a first come basis, once the coach is full we will then take names should anyone drop out, these will then be offered to supporters on the list.
For all matches, coaches will be departing from the stadium. Our coaches always depart at our scheduled departure time – we do not wait for late comers unless we get a text saying that you are on your way and will be at the ground shortly.
Anyone turning up on the day expecting to get on the coach may be disappointed should the coach be full.
Please ask for our travel form and we will E mail it to you – this is for our records and accounts.