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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:02 pm

Burton Albion 0 Crawley Town 0

A somewhat disappointing draw after being in charge most of the match but failing to convert chances into goals, not a disaster but Crawley really didn't have the killer touch. For both halves, nothing really came from our moves although the statistics show us in control.

One point from the draw keeps us in contention for the automatic promotion spots but Crawley will have to pull something out of the bag between now and the end of the season to do this - and if yesterday is anything to go by - this is a tough challenge. Leon Clarke was missing up front with a virus that appears to be doing the rounds, just leaving Gary Alexander up front. We have Mills and Davis currently suspended after the Bradford trouble, with McFadzean now charged as well and potentially facing bans. Hopefully Leon will be back soon at least, but it is a rocky road ahead.

I went to the game at Burton and had a thoroughly enjoyable day apart from the result. We left Crawley at 8:30 and got to Castle Donnington for our buffet and drinks in the Cross Keys in good time. This is another of our regular haunts and once again Andy and Donna did us proud with a lovely buffet. Then on to Burton-on Trent for the match. The Pirelli Stadium is modern and is just a bit bigger than The Broadfield. Nice place, good fans and good stewards. My only complaint is that in probably the most famous brewing town on the map, the range of beers was very limited.That is just football clubs for you :banghead :scratc
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After the match we stopped at nearby Overseal for award winning fish and chips at the Admiral Fish bar... absolutely wonderful huge portions and extremely good value compared to similar places down here, my one foot long haddock and 'small' chips ( I had been warned!), set me back all of £ 4.20 and it was a true feast :yum We ate on the move and after all of that, I fell asleep for the first time on a coach - only to wake up as we pulled into Oxford Services where I got a very expensive strong coffee for the remainder of the journey!

A great day out... even without our team being great is, maybe, what makes going to away matches so much fun and why I find myself waiting eagerly for the next one! Thanks to GH Coaches and the other establishments mentioned above for yesterday :thunbsup

Sorry, not much football in my report this time but we now need to turn to our next match which, hopefully, will give me something to write about next time. Friday 6th April sees us entertain Crewe Alexander at Broadfield and this is a tough, maybe our toughest, test in the run up to the end of the season. The new East Stand will be open and lots will come and give us a good crowd. We're at home, hopefully our depleted squad will seize the opportunity to do us proud and make one step further towards the promotion spots. Pressure - what pressure :devil Then on Easter Monday, up to Barnet for an equally important game and... yes, of course, I'm going :-D
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Re: League Two

Postby dub » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:25 pm

Steveizy what is the situation now with Crawley where do you think we will finish up this season ?
Currently 8 points below the leader with a goal difference of 15 :scratch What do you reckon is going to happen?
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Re: League Two

Postby goodtimesdisco » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:14 am

Well dub after the weekends defeat Crawley Town 0 - Hereford 3 :confused
From what I've been reading its going right down to the wire whether :crawleyscarf get promotion to div 1 at the end of this season.
After Crewe's injury time equaliser at Torquay means promotion is still in Reds' grasp :reddevils
Third on the table now we have come on a long way in two seasons come on :crawleyscarf Division one beckons :thunbsup

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Re: League Two

Postby dub » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:37 pm

Where are you steveizy ? Your forum is almost complete ! The final push man ! Two seasons of following the :reddevils :crawleyscarf
on your blog :thunbsup
The final push steveizy and mzawf will have the full set :-D or are we going to fall at the last fence :pimp
The information I'm getting its pretty much guaranteed :crawleyscarf promotion
Am I missing something, what's the worse case scenario ? :scratch
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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Wed May 02, 2012 1:53 pm

dub wrote:Where are you steveizy ? Your forum is almost complete ! The final push man ! Two seasons of following the :reddevils :crawleyscarf
on your blog :thunbsup
The final push steveizy and mzawf will have the full set :-D or are we going to fall at the last fence :pimp
The information I'm getting its pretty much guaranteed :crawleyscarf promotion
Am I missing something, what's the worse case scenario ? :scratch
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Sorry everyone, I have had very little time recently. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day!

We lost badly at home to Hereford 0-3 last Saturday following an abysmal performance from the Reds but our hopes of automatic promotion were kept alive when Crewe held Torquay to a draw, otherwise it was play-offs for us :scratc Saturday we travel to Accrington Stanley for the last league match of the season and we need to win this. If we win and Torquay do not beat Hereford by at least a goal difference of seven goals then automatic promotion is ours. If we draw, then Torquay and Southend also have to draw or lose. That's how close it is at the end of the season. Accrington are mid-table and recent Crawley form suggests that this is by no means done and dusted, alas.

I'm going up on the coach with a lot of the fellow travellers from GH Coaches. We are going on Friday morning, staying in Blackpool and coming back on Sunday. If the Plymouth weekend is anything to go by, a lot of beer will be consumed by me and the lads! Automatic promotion or not, we will all be at the game, no doubt nursing hangovers, and hopefully will be the 12th man and cheer Crawley Town to victory!

Again, I apologise for the lack of service recently but rest assured I will be back on here early next week to report the game and our Lads & Lasses weekend in Sin City :o

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Re: League Two

Postby dub » Mon May 07, 2012 9:16 am

Hi steveizy :crawleyscarf into division one great achievement for Crawley Town and done within 2 seasons :clap How did the match play out Crawley only secured it with a one goal victory against Accrington Stanley :clap
What determines our position on the table in League one when we kick off next season ? Which I must say will be a interesting time for the :reddevils Any predictions for the next season then m8 ?
Looking forward to an footy update and any pictures you might have taken on your jaunt up to Accrington
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Re: League Two

Postby steveizy » Wed May 09, 2012 1:52 pm

dub wrote:Hi steveizy :crawleyscarf into division one great achievement for Crawley Town and done within 2 seasons :clap How did the match play out Crawley only secured it with a one goal victory against Accrington Stanley :clap
What determines our position on the table in League one when we kick off next season ? Which I must say will be a interesting time for the :reddevils Any predictions for the next season then m8 ?
Looking forward to an footy update and any pictures you might have taken on your jaunt up to Accrington
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Fantastic result! Great weekend away with the lads and lasses and I'm still recovering...

The match was tense to say the least. The first half we were really poor with Accrington having the better chances and the feeling amongst all of us at that time was that this could end in a defeat or draw - neither of which would be enough. Craig Brewster must have given the players a bit of a rocket in the interval because we played with more purpose in the second half. Scott Neilson changed everything in the 67th minute when he drove the ball low into the corner of the net. Everyone of us 631 travelling supporters went wild :applause Then there was the tension of holding on to our fragile lead until the final whistle... we had several more chances but could not improve the score. After what seemed an eternity, the referee eventually blew for time and the customary pitch invasion began. I was over the wall and running over to the middle where we all congratulated the players and each other! Fantastic scene - my first pitch invasion. The Accrington stewards were great considering they had appealed over the tannoy for there not to be an invasion, but their pleas were ignored. They had to cover their backs, hence the appeal, otherwise risk a fine from the authorities.

After these scenes, most of the supporters from Crawley had to board the coach for the long drive back to Crawley. Not us! We were staying another night, so hung around cheering the players as they emerged. Then we were bold enough to gatecrash the hospitality suite where we were all made very welcome by the players and officials of both sides. Quite strange rubbing shoulders and sharing a pint with our heroes in the plush suite :thunbsup

After that we headed back by train to Blackpool. We had originally planned a night on the town but in the end, feeling drained from nerves and excitement, most of us elected to head back to the hotel for a less strenuous evening of drinking. The hotel owner was kept very busy at the bar until about 2:30 am. :drink Sunday morning after breakfast we left and made good progress home. We got back to the Half Moon by about 5pm where Alison had very kindly laid on a welcome buffet for us. Lots more beer was drunk :drink

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any photos at the match - my phone had locked up and eventually needed a 'hard reset' (battery removal) to get the camera part of it working again but Carol was on hand for our departure to capture this one of some of us in fancy dress (I'm Napoleon)
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The closest I got to the famous tower
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A great weekend away with friends, a fantastic finish to our season which seemed like it was going off the rails recently. It is still hard to accept that little old Crawley Town will be playing in League 1 next season - the third tier in English Football. We'll be playing some truly big clubs and it will be tough but what a prospect :scarf I think that if we can finish next season mid-table or better it will be a tremendous result. Whatever happens, from a fan's viewpoint, it will be a terrific time :scarf

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Re: League Two

Postby dub » Fri May 11, 2012 5:32 pm

Thanks for the update steveizy :applause Particularly liked the group photo where you guys have all dressed up in costume, nice 1
It was good reading about all of the events surrounding the jaunt in Backpool and Accrington
Of course the 'cherry on the cake' is both the :reddevils journey to promotion as chronicled on :mz
also this great achievement by our boys ! Division One :crawleyscarf
A long way from those heady days when CTFC was situated next to the Floodlight Club :pimp
Hmmm, Mid table or better I feel a mzawf footy punt coming on :scratc
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Re: League Two

Postby gooner » Thu May 17, 2012 2:35 pm

Good News that the former Rep of Ireland player Sean o'driscoll has been appointed as manager for Crawley FC
Exciting times ahead :crawleyscarf
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Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:44 pm

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Howza football fans :notworthy
Crawley vs Millwall friendly opening game sat 28/07, The friendly match against Three Bridges (Holders of The Champions of Sussex FL Division title + Holders of the John O;Hara Champions Cup) began on a 'knifes edge' and resulted in a 2 1 victory for Crawley :scarf The Crawley Millwall and Crawley vs Charlton matches will be a more challenging test of 'metal' :punch
Play a strong team , plus some aces :scratch then :-D a 2 1 victory :scarf :punch :yes :applause :clap and then it's history in the making :yes another league hop 4 2012
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Re: Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:35 pm

Crawley 2. Millwall 0.
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Re: Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:44 pm

'Support staff - Strength and conditioning coach Ross Burbeary plus Paul Fearne performance analysis have now left Crawley Town Football Club' (30/07/2012).

'Director of Football Steve Coppell is currently working on identifying and securing replacements and the club will make a further announcement as soon as possible'.
(http://#ww.crawleytownfc)

So :scratch the search goes on to find a new manager to lead the :reddevils to greater things and glory ! :clap
Gareth Gates is the man for the job, make him an offer he can't refuse. :yes :thunbsup
Speculation is now linking him with Crawley, the place of his birth, but whether he will view it as the greatest opportunity in his illustrious career so far ... is unknown.
Gareth m8 'Come on down' your the 'Main man' ! Don't pass up on this opportunity to get 'On The Bus' the Championship beckons :crawleyscarf

Next up :clap a friendly home match against Charlton Athletic (01 August 19:45)
3 - 1 to Crawley :indifferent "It's going to be an exciting game 2,3,4 hang on to yer Trilbies :duke
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Re: Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:25 pm

Crawley 0 Charlton 1 :cry
'Crawley Town were beaten but not outclassed by Charlton Athletic in a pre-season friendly at the Broadfield Stadium' (Crawley Observer).
This friendly match went against the reds after :crawleyscarf conceded a free kick and Danny Green put it in the net for the visitors. :thumbsdown
From reports and information circulating, Crawley had several missed opportunities at scoring, and played some top football to prevent the
situation deteriorating further. :yes
On all accounts the :reddevils made the town proud in their efforts against this Championship opposition :clap :clap :clap
Craig Brewster appears to be holding the team together well and clearly we are in safe hands there!
While Gareth Southgate makes his mind up :joker
Away at Millwall on the 14th and methinks it's going be a tough match :-D ; Will lightning strike twice for Crawley ?
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Re: Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:33 pm

The Reds under 18s celebrated a triumph with an away win at Burgess Hill Town FC (04/08) :clap
This game was in preparation for the the Youth Alliance season which starts Saturday 11/08 :football
The Crawley Town Web Site reported that the youngsters played some classic football 'Top of the Range' stuff :-D and the Reds were initially on target to trounce the home team 3 to 0 ! :notworthy
In the final 15 minutes 'The Ravens' pulled two goals back, by converting 2 penalties into goals...... :innocent ... The Reds 3 - The Ravens 2 at the final whistle :clap

Reds: Anibaba, Robinson, Millard, Lake, Rowson, John, Rowe, Laing, Jee, Akunie, Malins, Woon. Subs: Melville, Kouadio, Alexandra.
Well Done !
The Town applauds you :applause :applause :applause
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Re: Come on Crawley 2012

Postby dub » Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:53 pm

Friendly :kiss against Brighton 08/08
Brighton placed 6th in the Championship the 'Seagulls' believe they can achieve Premiership status this season. Methinks that this friendly game shouldn't be much of a problem as a warm up for the 'Barker Boys' :-D
A new begining :clap

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On more of a personal level when :reddevils beat the 'seagulls' (3 - 2 lets say :crawleyscarf ) I can get some mileage ribbing a buddy who supports Brighton :joker Big Time ! :rotfl
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