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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:16 pm

Crawley 6 points clear with 4 games in hand over the Wombles and 11 points clear of Luton!

Sorry for the break, I had computer problems.

Last night (Tues) saw Crawley come back from an early 2nd minute shock when Hayes & Yeading went ahead. Crawley 5 Hayes & Yeading 2.

Saturday saw The Reds take the points at an away match against Fleetwood Town. Fleetwood 1 Crawley 2. Keeper Michael Kuipers was stretchered off just before half-time with a thigh injury. Substitute keeper Scott Shearer replaced him and put in a very good appearance. There was some concern that Kuipers could be out for some time and Crawley immediately recalled third keeper Nick Jordan from his loan to Weymouth just in case. The good news is that Kuipers is now expected to be unfit for only 2-3 weeks.

Matt Tubbs continues to knock them in and is well clear as the leagues top scorer adding a brace yesterday. To date he has scored 29 league goals this season, far ahead of the next players on 20.

This Friday sees Crawley host Wimbledon, in what has been described as a pivotal tie where the league would be decided. Indeed, three points would see Crawley stretch the lead to 9 points. A full house is virtually guaranteed in this all-ticket clash. But Wimbledon will really want the points after their recent wobbles and to try to salvage their season. This should be a thrilling match. I shall be listening to the match live on the BBC radio Sussex/Surrey Iplayer and, no doubt, there will be a few nail biting moments!

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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:42 am

Crawley increase their lead to 9 points over Wimbledon and 14 over Luton!

On Friday, Crawley beat Wimbledon 3-1 at the Broadfield. Early goals from Matt Tubbs (his 30th league goal this season) and defender Kyle McFadzean saw The Reds take a commanding lead. On 38 minutes Wimbledon pulled one back. Shortly before half-time, Dannie Bulman was shown a straight red card for a professional foul leaving Crawley with only 10 men for the rest of the game.

The second half saw the Reds under considerable pressure as Wimbledon tried to capitalise on their man advantage, but in the end substitute James Dance hit a cracking shot to ease the pressure and score his first goal for the Reds. Well done James - let's hope it's the first of many.

It's too early to start celebrating as it is still mathematically possible for Crawley to lose the title, but in an unprecedented move Blue Square betting are offering to pay-out on Crawley which should, at least, be encouraging!

Crawley travel to what could be a tough test at strugglers Eastbourne on Tuesday. Eastbourne will throw everything at Crawley in their attempt to avoid relegation and have seen a revival of form recently. Another exciting match on the cards!

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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:25 am

Sad News.

Director Bruce Winfield died on Monday at St. Catherines Hospice from cancer. Bruce was instrumental in saving the club from administration and he put a lot of his personal wealth into the club as well as arranging outside investment into the club. A long time CTFC supporter, Bruce became "Mr Crawley Town".

His death at the early age of 60 is a cruel blow, just as Crawley prepare for promotion and unchartered waters in the league next season.

R.I.P. Bruce - you will never be forgotten.
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:45 am

Eastbourne Borough 1 - Crawley Town 2

Crawley increased the lead to 12 points as they swept up the points. A closer game than many expected as Crawley played an Eastbourne side who don't want to be relegated, in the Sussex derby. Goals from Charlie Wassmer (25) and Sergio Torres (57) secured the points.

Nice to see new signing Charlie Wassmer on the score sheet for his first goal for the club.

This match was played under a cloud, after the news of Bruce Winfield's death - a one-minute period of silence was observed before the kick off.

Crawley travel up north on Saturday to face 14th place Gateshead whilst Luton travel to lowly Southport, 20th and the Wombles play at home to eighth place Rushden & Diamonds who are in good form recently and want to get into the play offs.

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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:22 pm

Time to catch up. Sorry been away from the computer for a few days doing healthy things like walking to a café for a gut-busting breakfast :?

Crawley had a tough game up at Gateshead on a "bobbly pitch" and two disallowed goals to earn a 0-0 draw so not too much to report there but all the same, a valuable point. The major bad point was an ankle injury to captain Pablo Mills who is expected to be fit again soon. The best news was Luton's 2-1 defeat at Southport.

Tuesday saw The Reds beat Mansfield at the Broadfield 2-0 from goals by McFadzean (13) and Tubbs (82) although pundits say it should have been a much wider margin, whilst Luton could only scrape a 0-0 draw at home to Barrow.

So where does all this leave The Reds and " Project Promotion" ?

A few back of envelope calculations suggest that Crawley need only 11 points from their remaining 8 games to be promoted, regardless of what results other teams in contention actually achieve. In more detail - six more points for Crawley would see Wimbledon out of the running, the 11 points would eliminate Luton and anyone else and 2 points are enough to see off Wrexham! Of course this is based on the remaining other teams in contention actually winning all their games so Crawley could well be promoted sooner. 11 points from a possible 24 is still a challenge but one I feel Crawley will rise to and achieve comfortably.

Saturday sees the Reds host Darlington who in 8th place do pose a threat but the Crawley crowd and the way that Crawley are playing with plenty in reserve, will win the day - I hope.

So, even louder, COME ON YOU REDS!
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:18 am

Crawley 1 Darlington 0

Crawley had several opportunities in the first half but the ball stayed out of the net until the 67th minute when Ben Smith drove home from 25 yards. Several more chances followed, one with Tubbs hitting the post from a header. Darlington nearly gave Crawley a scare when Dan Burn headed over. This was the closest The Quakers came to scoring in a game that was nearly all Crawley.

This win over Darlington along with the win over Mansfield on Tuesday means that The Reds have beaten both the FA Trophy finalists in the space of a week. No prizes for this though!

The Reds edge quite a bit closer to promotion as Luton were held to a 3-3 draw at Kidderminster. The late Kidderminster equaliser might have changed both team's fortunes, as Kidderminster remain in contention for the play-offs, whilst the loss of 2 points has damaged any hope Luton have of being champions! Elsewhere Wimbledon had a comfortable 2-0 win over Barrow and Wrexham said bye-bye to their champions challenge as they went down 0-2 at home to Hayes & Yeading!

So, some more back of envelope calculations needed as everything has changed.

The Reds now only need to win two games, or get six points from their remaining seven games to be champions and automatic promotion.
The Reds need one win or three points to eliminate Wimbledon.

This Tuesday Crawley have a tough away game at York. The two teams haven't met so far this season but York are in good form in 7th place. Luton have on paper an easier task at home to 14th placed Kettering.

If Crawley win and Luton lose on Tuesday it's game-over and Crawley are champions. Exciting times!!

So once again but even louder than last time - COME ON YOU REDS!
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:03 pm

Not quite there yet...

York 1 Crawley 1.

The Reds faced a tough, physical, York side and found themselves a goal down after 16 minutes. Steve Evans had some stern words for his players during the break and this must have had some effect as Sergio Torres hit the equaliser early in the 2nd half. All in all, a point from this meeting was a fair result - it was expected to be tough.

Luton failed to cash in on Crawley's loss of two points as they also ended up with a draw at home to Kettering Town.

So with Luton losing points, Crawley are just 3 points away from the title and, of course, automatic promotion :D

To quote Steve Evans ;- “We can smell the champagne but as of now we cannot drink it".

Crawley travel to Tamworth on Saturday, for what could be the deciding match.

So, at the top of our voices COME ON YOU REDS!
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sat Apr 09, 2011 5:17 pm

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!


Tamworth 0 - Crawley Town 3 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes, with five games in hand!

Football league for us next season! Fantastic!

I'll follow-up tomorrow, but for now, that's it. I'm off to celebrate :D

WELL DONE YOU REDS!
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Tamworth 0 - Crawley Town 3

Crawley won the title and promotion to League 2 in style.

Goals from Matt Tubbs and Charlie Wassmer did the job.

Tubbs got Crawley's first from a header after 26 minutes to put The Reds into a fragile 1-0 lead at half-time. Tubbs was then on hand again to convert a penalty just before the hour to make the victory that bit safer. With about 10 minutes to go, Charlie Wassmer put it beyond doubt. The nearly 500 strong contingent of travelling Crawley fans were starting their celebrations by then and sounded more like 5000!

Tamworth, to their credit having had Crawley win the title on their ground helped the party along as they applauded the players and Crawley fans to the strains of Queen - " We are the Champions" blaring out over the public address system! What an occasion it must have been to be there.

Listening on the Radio Sussex I-player back here in Crawley was a pretty moving experience and I had tears flowing. My Wife, Carol, was similarly affected!

Thinking back to when I started writing this piece back in October last year although Crawley were doing well, "Project Promotion" seemed to be a dream that could surely go awry. Football is like that! But Steve Evans and his men just got better and better. The fantastic FA Cup run could have easily distracted them or a lesser team but they excelled and came out even stronger. I think it is fair to say that they were extremely unlucky to lose the big one against Manchester United by a single goal at "The Theatre of Dreams". On another day, they would have won or drawn. C'est la vie!

Credit must also go to the board of directors, the late Bruce Winfield, Susan Carter and Chairman Vic Marley along with financial backers who saved this club from almost certain oblivion just a few years ago after the antics of the Majeed brothers. The new money and the mandate given to Steve Evans last July to assemble a team capable of winning promotion into the Football League has paid-off. Big time!

Crawley play Luton at The Broadfield on Tuesday where the Blue Square Trophy will be presented to The Champions after the match, but it is still an important match as Crawley now need to get more than 101 points to break the record for points. If they win the 5 remaining games they would get 109. Matt Tubbs will also be looking for more goals to add to his incredible 33 so far in this league this year.

I shall be at The Broadfield along with Carol and we look forward to a good game (Luton scored six against Southport yesterday :shock: )

Great times and Crawley are well and truly on the football map at last.

I must go now as more celebrating needs to be done :D

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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:23 am

Two games to report due to me being a bit lazy :(

Crawley 1 Luton 1

Crawley were ahead inside the first minute from a Brodie drive. A little later Brodie hit the bar but the ball deflected out. Luton then started to find their form and the equaliser came after 29 minutes from Alex Lawless. Charlie Wassmer was sent off in the second half with 17 minutes to go. 10 man Crawley played well and the score remained 1-1, which was a fair result. Luton were, in the opinions of most, the best team to have visited us this season. Crawley's unbeaten run continued!

The Blue Square trophy was presented after the match and Captain Pablo Mills and the team did a lap of honour. All this was accompanied by Queen - We are the Champions playing loudly of course. A memorable night!

Southport 0 Crawley 4

The Reds cruised to their biggest away victory of the season against 10 man Southport. Southport striker Matty McNeil was sent off after two successive yellow card fouls inside the first five minutes. Two first half goals from Brodie saw Crawley with a winning lead at half time. In the second half goals from Scott Neilson and Josh Simpson made it a thrashing!

Crawley's unbeaten run continues, now 27 league games and they remain on course to beat the record, 101, for points in the Blue SQ. Crawley are currently on 98 points, so one win would see the record equalled. With three games to go in the season, Crawley potentially could end up with 107 points!

This might happen this Friday when The Reds host 10th place Rushden & Diamonds. Unusually for a weekday match, Kick-off is at 15:00 at The Broadfield due to it being Easter.


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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:35 pm

Not being lazy today ;) - just got back from The Broadfield after a very entertaining match played out in glorious sunshine in front of just over 3000 fans.

Crawley 4 Rushden and Diamonds 0

Matt Tubbs scored after 34 and 62 mins from close range and again on 83 minutes from a header. In the last minute of play, substitute Jamie Cook drove an amazing shot in from 25 yards that had Rushden's keeper Evans completely beaten. This really was one of those classic goals, as good as you'll see anywhere in the world.

Great to see Matt Tubbs in action again, his presence and work rate is amazing. He fully deserved his hat-trick (his third this season) as well as "Man of the Match". This takes him to 36, not counting cup goals - just those in the league! I'm not sure if this is a record but he deservedly is in top scorer place, 13 goals clear.

Talking about records and I love talking about them, there are some more on the cards for Crawley this season:-

Today's win sees Crawley equal the record for points - 101 , with 2 games to go, potentially 107.

Most wins in a season 31. Crawley are on 30 with two games left.

Fewest defeats 3. Crawley also have 3 so can equal if they don't lose.

Highest goal difference 63. Crawley are on 62 so could equal or beat.

Longest unbeaten 28. Crawley matched that today.

The next match is a tough one away against Newport County on Easter Monday. Newport were the last team in the Blue Sq. to beat us and that was at The Broadfield. Don't forget though, the following week we went there and dumped them out of the FA Cup :lol:

Newport are going to throw everything at us. Theoretically they could still make the play-offs but realistically this seems unlikely. They'll want revenge over the cup and a scalp. So an interesting match with a lot riding on it beckons :D


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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:07 pm

The Reds go into the record-books with their defeat of Newport County by a single goal :D

Newport County 0 Crawley 1

A game that was mostly Crawley, but saw a couple of serious threats from Newport was deadlocked until the 68th minute when Dean Howell blasted into the net. Nice to see Dean on the scoresheet - he really works hard and has done so much towards Crawley's season.

The last 20 or so minutes were a bit tense with records riding on this and we had a scare or two as Newport pushed forward. This left holes in their defence though and Crawley were unlucky a couple of times in the last part as they took control.

The score remained 0-1 until the final whistle.

Crawley have beaten the record of points... now104!
Crawley are the longest unbeaten... now 29 games!
Crawley have equaled most wins in a season... now 31!
Crawley have equaled highest goal difference...now 63!
Crawley can equal fewest defeats which is 3 if they don't lose on Saturday to York, at The Broadfield!

What a fantastic season 8-)

I shall be at The Broadfield on Saturday for the final game which promises to be thrilling. Crawley have two records left to make theirs and one to equal. York, having missed the play-offs and with nothing to lose, will do everything they can to spoil the party :lol:


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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Sun May 01, 2011 9:22 am

Crawley 1 York 1

The final game of the season nearly ended in disaster for record-breaking already promoted Crawley and the party was so nearly spoilt!

A dangerous York cross into the goal mouth saw David Hunt try to put the ball out for a corner. As it happens Crawley keeper Shearer had it covered but was beaten by his own man and we found ourselves a goal down from Hunt's own-goal after just 5 minutes of play. This stunned the Crawley crowd into silence for a few minutes!

This unfortunate score was totally against the run of play and Crawley continued to threaten York for the remainder of the half but to no avail.

This all changed when in the 65th minute, Levi Mackin fouled Craig McAllister inside the box and the Referee pointed straight to the spot! Tubbs converted the penalty for his 40th overall goal of the season amid wild cheering and jubilation from the home end! Crawley continued to push forward after that and were unlucky not to score twice more. So the result was a draw, with Crawley scoring both goals.

Crawley ended the season with a record 105 points and the longest unbeaten at 30 games. They have equaled most wins in a season 31, equaled highest goal difference 63 and fewest defeats 3.

Not a bad season :D ... hope to be back in July when pre-season friendlies are played and then to report on our quest in League 2 next season. This has been dubbed "Project Promotion phase 2" as pundits are already saying that Crawley, with their present side are capable of taking that league by storm and achieving back-to-back promotion 8-) Time will tell but Steve Evans has announced that he is going to sign some new players to strengthen an already strong side. He also expects to break club record transfer fees in the process!

Thanks for reading this season and see you next!

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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby bulldog » Tue May 10, 2011 6:51 pm

The Fixtures Board is Blank :? this is just the beginning :D & I'm still celebrating...Come on you REDS
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Re: Crawley Town!

Postby steveizy » Tue May 10, 2011 7:27 pm

bulldog wrote:The Fixtures Board is Blank :? this is just the beginning :D & I'm still celebrating...Come on you REDS


The board won't be blank for long... They'll be some juicy friendlies this summer methinks! I wonder if Man U will send an eleven down for a return match as was hinted after the epic FA Cup tie?

This is indeed the beginning of a new era for Crawley and no amount of celebrating is deemed enough - we will celebrate all next season and then some more :D

Crawley Town are the guests of honour at the FA Cup final, where at half-time they will be presented with the Ronnie Radford trophy for the giant-killing of Derby County. This is the first time this award has been made and Crawley emerged top from online votes. I'm sorry but I meant to put a link up at the time but it was during one of my computer problem spells. http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/FACompeti ... er-crawley gives the details.

Also, it will be interesting to see who Crawley sign and lose as the transfer season is upon us.

Interesting times...
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