Statement – Interim Supporter Representative

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24th January 2023

Since Sunday 8th January 2023 when Mat Cowdrey, Reuben Watt and I met with Preston Johnson our club’s co-chairman, unrest from the supporters has only increased.

Following that meeting, we felt it was important that we remained balanced as we could see Preston was feeling the strain of the situation. However 16 days on and we haven’t moved forward. We will always respect the private and confidential matters that were discussed and will always push for more transparency and engagement. Having said all that, we as the CTSA aren’t happy with where our football club is headed. Although no matches have been played, a lot is going on;
– 2 players on loan have been recalled by their parent clubs.
– Glenn Morris has joined Tom Nichols in joining Gillingham on a permanent contract. Tom who by the way, was deemed too short to play for us, has helped earn his new club 3 points at the weekend with a header from a corner (his 2nd goal in 2 games for our relegation rivals).
– We now only have 1 registered goalkeeper at the club (despite having 5 earlier in the season).
– Three players who have amassed over 300 games for the club between them in Tony Craig, George Francomb and Jake Hessenthaler weren’t able to play in our 2 most recent games due to alleged legal reasons. These 3 players have been offered a severance fee and are no longer wanted at the club.

Preston assured us on January 8th that the club had no concerns over bringing new players in. He also wanted us to get a message to the supporters to direct any blame on the club to Preston/WAGMI and not Chris Galley our Director of Football and interim CEO. Chris’ position looks untenable to us if you look at his transfer business.

OUT: Morris, Balcombe, Robson, Nichols, Balagazi
OUTBOUND: Craig, Francomb, Hessenthaler.

When you add this to the fact that we are aware that Crawley Town player and self-proclaimed supporter Ashley Nadesan could be heading back up north before the end of the transfer window, this is very alarming. The context of the situation is that EVERY relegation rival has strengthened their squads this month with additions. We have only weakened ours. Preston said we have no issues with the SCMP (playing budget). The weakening of the squad would question that theory.

Preston said at our meeting that there would be a club (the 1st!) board meeting by the end of the month. 7 days of the month are left and no further developments have been made. There has also been no movement on the Terms of Reference designed by Mat.

8 years ago today, on 24th January 2015, we visited Fleetwood with a threadbare squad as we embarked on a journey out the wrong way of League 1. We urge WAGMI, Preston & Chris to prove us wrong on the above. Don’t sell Ashley! Don’t let more experienced League 2 players go without proven replacements. Don’t take us out of the EFL, don’t let us end up like Oldham or Scunthorpe.

Sam Jordan
Interim Supporter Representative


Reuben Watt

Reuben Watt

Reuben has been a Crawley supporter since 2011 and has been on the CTSA board since 2022. He is currently the chair of the CTSA. When he is not travelling home and away, he is working in Nuclear Security.