Saturday 28th April 2012 KO 3.00pm
Phone 01293 410000
Crawley trace their history back to 1896 and during their early life competed in The West Sussex, Mid Sussex and Sussex County Leagues before joining the Metropolitan League. They became semi-professional in 1962 joining The Southern League in the following year.
They briefly joined The Bulls in the Southern Prem for 69/70 when United finished 10th and Crawley were relegated. The teams met up again in 04/05 sharing a pair of draws in The Conference before The Bulls recorded a double in 05/06 with an early season 2-0 win at Crawley (Ipoua and Mkandawire) before winning 2-1 at The Street with an Andy Williams strike and a towering Ipoua late header.
Recently, the Sussex outfit have been subject to plenty of unwelcome press coverage regarding their association with The Majeeds, the sudden "arrival" of larger playing budgets and, of course, Prince Charming himself, Stephen J Evans. With Evans departed for the delights of The Don Valley Stadium (many had long felt he shouldn’t be near a football pitch). Crawley are now in the more respectable hands of newly appointed D of F Steve Coppell and caretaker manager Craig Brewster.
Visiting fans are accommodated on the covered KR-L terrace at one end of the ground with some seats available in part of the West Stand. Admission prices are believed to be: - terrace Adults £16, Conc. £13 and U18’s £7. Seating – Adults £19, Conc. £15 and U18’s £10.
HUISA – departs from Radford's at 8.30am (Ledbury 8.50) with a fare of £22 (members £20). Seats can be booked through The Club office (08442 761939).
BY CAR - Those going by car can either travel via the M40 (Oxford) or the M4 (Swindon). For the M40 route, continue on to the M25 anti-clockwise to junction 7 and join the M23 (sign Gatport Airwick). Leave the M23 at junction 11 and join the A23 (sign Crawley). The ground is off the A23 just before the next roundabout. If you choose to use the M4, I would suggest the Bracknell/Bagshot route from junction 10 then up the M3 to join the M25 from where you follow the instructions above. Either way, the distance is around 170 miles so you should allow at least 3.5 hours. There is limited parking at the ground with further parking at Broadfield Park and some street parking. Postcode is RH11 9RX.
REFRESHMENTS – According to "The Ground Guide" the Crawley "Redz Bar" does admit visiting fans otherwise the closest Pub to the ground is the Half Moon on Brighton Road. Another pub close by is The Downsman, which is on Wakehurst Drive, just off Southgate Avenue. These Pubs can be reached by walking through the underpass beneath the dual-carriageway. There is a Wetherspoons on the High Street and The Brewery Shades opposite, which probably offers the best chance of a decent pint in downtown Creepy. There is a chip shop called the Ocean Trawler on Southgate Parade just off Southgate Avenue, which is opposite the ground.