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Reds’ Away Days up North – Craig Bratt.

Regular CTSA traveler, Craig Bratt gives us the lowdown on the trips to Rochdale and Fleetwood. Rochdale On 17th January, Reds took their first ever trip to Spotland, Rochdale. It was a frosty, early start aboard the CTSA coach as it headed up the M23 at 6.30am. With...

The twin cults of loyalty and personality……

  I would like to start this short blog by making an important statement and scotching some ugly rumours. Whilst it is true that I resigned as Chair of the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance last night, there is no truth in the speculation that I'm about to take up...

The world of football finance……by Robin Van Persie….

Last week that well known international financier, Robin Van Persie, went public with his concern about the way that Arsenal are being run with the publication of an “open letter”. Well done Robin. Now, if you could find some time to call Angela Merkel to discuss the...

Scunthorpe- and a whole new world…..

So, it's Scunthorpe. A town rightly famous for its Municipal Swimming Pool ("do Jasper Carrot want to play Scunthorpe Baths for 500 quid?" "Jasper Carrot would drink Scunthorpe baths for 500 quid!"). A town whose inhabitants are known as Scunthorpians (actually, I...

Joy and Reflection…..but mainly joy!

Two seasons. Two promotions. I could get used to this! When Scott put that ball in the net it didn't matter what Torquay and Southend were doing, all that mattered was the eleven in white (or yellow) in front of us. The final whistle and do you laugh, cry, hug friends...

Daggers Drawn!

Sorry about the headline, I couldn't help it. Opportunities to pretend I'm a features writer for the Sun don't come along very often (and thank the Lord for that).  I'll think of a few more cliches in a minute, I wouldn't want it to be lonely. Well, three coaches set...

Saved by the Dutch Marine………

Michel Kuipers. Thank you for bringing a stressful day to a successful conclusion. Peter Bellamy from CTFC.Net has offered to have your babies. If you'd like to take up that offer please let me know, I have his address!  By the way Peter, if Michel wants you to have...

Support- where does it end?

A few events, comments and conversations recently have left me pondering what it really means to "support" a football club. Where should your support start and end? How can you be a positive influence? When does your involvement actually become a hindrance to your...

Coaches, finances, investment- and other stories……

Coaches, finances, investment- and other stories……

Given the debate about coach providers has started up again on the forum (and down at the football club during a snow clearing session earlier) I thought perhaps I'd give you my views on the matter, and take the opportunity to remind you where your investment in the...

The FA Cup- don’t you just love it?!

What can I say about a day like this? I've rewritten this blog repeatedly and run out of superlatives on every occasion. Days like this come along very infrequently in a lifetime. In 38 years watching football I can count the number of them easily on my fingers, and...

A peculiar pair of Bristols……….

What a contrast. Last Saturday against Bristol City in the FA Cup we were majestic. League 2 v Championship, and an uneducated observer would have thought we were the higher level team. If we'd won 3-0 it wouldn't have been an injustice. Today, at Rovers, we put out...