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A Young Mans Dream

  1. A Young Mans Dream



    143 Million Euro Millions Winner!

    A British ticket holder has today claimed the massive Euromillions jackpot of 143 Million. It was the only ticket to hit the jackpot, making the winner a very rich man indeed. The winner, named as Jordan Rollinson, is a young man from the south of England.

    The winning numbers were 06, 09, 17, 21 and 31, and the lucky stars were 01 and 03.


    Jordan has already put some of his money to use, paying off all his families debts. He also said that he was looking to invest some of his money into a football club, which has always been a life long dream of his. As to which club, he refused to comment.




  2. Looking forward to this mate. Interesting start.



  3. Rollinson Completed Crawley Town Takeover

    Crawley Town's new owner Jordan Rollinson has successfully completed his takeover negotiation and now has full control of the club. He also vowed to take the club to new heights, believing they could go all the way to the Premiership with his backing.

    In an open letter to the Crawley Town fans, Rollinson said: "The negotiations for the club are now complete, and the transfer of ownership will be completed as of tomorrow. I am here to build a solid club for the future, one that I can see one day competing for the Champions League."

    Rollinson also included in his letter his quick and bold decision to sack current manager John Gregory. Regarding this decision he said, "I would like to thank John for all his hard work he has done here at Crawley Town. I feel though, that now the club is heading in a new direction, we need a new man at the helm."

    Rollinson has encouraged managers to apply for the vacant position. The job advert can be found here: Crawley Town Application Thread (A Young Mans Dream)




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  4. This looks interesting, shame I missed the entry I would have enjoyed doing that manager job, good luck to whoever has it!



  5. Adam Moore Hired As Crawley Manager

    Jordan Rollinson has appointed rookie manager Adam Moore as manager of his new club Crawley Town. Moore has played football at a semi-professional level, but a serious injury forced him to retire at the age of just 23. His passion for football is still stronger than ever though, and has decided to continue his footballing career into management.

    Some fans have expressed their concerns at appointing a manager with no previous experience but Rollinson rubbished their claims. "I have full confidence in Adam. He has excellent credentials and will do a superb job at the club." He has also proved his trust in his new manager by giving him a rumored transfer budget of a whopping 5 Million! The Red Devils fans will be hoping that their new chairmans confidence is well placed.




  6. Adam Moore - The New Man in Charge!

    So I sit here as the new man in charge of Crawley Town! I have to say that I am lucky to be working with a great set up here and I am incredibly happy with how much trust the chairman has given me!

    So first of all, most important thing to do has to be checking out the squad I have inherited and will be hoping to improve with my very generous 5 Million transfer budget!

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    So from first looks at the squad... it is quite small... be we do have some really good experienced players such as Gary Dicker and Andy Drury who are going to be running the middle of the pitch for me, where as we also have some great young talent in the squad such as James Hurst who will be my first choice right back, Mark Connolly who will be one of the starting centre backs and also up front we have the promising Jamie Proctor who will be fighting it out with Matt Tubbs and Rory Fallon for first choice in my preferred 4231 formation!

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    So after looking over the squad and deciding on the formations I will be playing, I can definitely see some improvements we need to bring:

    GK: Paul Jones is definitely first choice but could probably do with a better back up as I don't think Maddison is quite up to it yet.

    RB: Perfectly fine, doesn't need improving unless I find some really good deal!

    LB: One of my main problems at the moment as Matt Sadler is not a brilliant first choice to have so will definitely be needing to bring someone in.

    CB: Very happy with the set up in the middle of defence but may bring in someone else with a bit of experience.

    MC: Also very happy with this and will maybe look at bringing in a youngster or two with potential so they can learn from the experienced Dicker and Drury.

    AMR: Billy Clarke is of course first choice here but Sergio Torres is not up to my standard so may look to bring in a good youngster, maybe on loan.

    AMC: We actually have no natural AMC so will definitely need to bring in someone capable of slotting straight into this position.

    AML: No natural AML and I dont think Mike Jones is up to it so will definitely bring in someone to make the position his own from the off.

    ST: Very happy with this position and we really do not need to bring in anyone else, unless I find some youngster with good potential.

    So as you can see there are a fair few positions I need to improve and due to this the assistant manager will be controlling the squad for the pre-season games as to give me more time to find suitable players:

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    So we have some very hard friendlies against Hull, Man Utd U21s and Nottm Forest which I think we would do well to even draw in, but the others I think we can win. Good luck to my assistant!


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  7. Adam Moore - Great Pre-Season!

    So at the start of pre-season, seeing some of the teams we had to play and that I was leaving it to my assistant manager to take charge we would have some trouble...

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    But I was completely wrong! We had an excellent pre-season with the highlight definitely being the win over Hull! Definitely didn't think we would have beaten them and we also performed very well against Forest and only just lost! Well done Keith Curle (Assistant Manager)!

    Clearly the squad is adapting well to my tactics and are raring to go for the season ahead!

    Next time you see me I will be talking about our new boys at the club! And there are quite a lot!

    Hope the big man upstairs is pleased with how we got on and it has paid back a little bit of the trust he has put in me!
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  8. Transfers Galore At Crawley!

    So I took full advantage of the generous 5 Million given to me by my chairman as I spend the full amount and have a complete overhaul of the squad with 18 players coming in! All of them are great quality and also young prospects with the average age being around 22-23!

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    Goalkeeper:

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    Marc McCallum | Jamie Jones

    Decided that Paul Jones wasn't up to my standards so brought in Jamie Jones from Leyton Orient to become our new first choice keeper and then also brought in McCallum as a great break up, both of them young and with great potential so I am sure these 2 will be my choices for a while to come!

    Right Back:

    No one brought in as I am happy enough with Connolly and Hurst

    Left Back:

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    Giverin | McGivern

    One of my main concerns when I first came and safe to say I easily solved this problem with 2 great players! Initially brought in Giverin as my first choice but then saw McGivern and really wanted him and so glad I have got him as he is a great player and they both have lots of potential, McGivern first choice and Giverin back up.

    Centre Back:

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    Eastman

    Wasn't that concerned with this position initially but decided it would be better to bring in someone who is already a class player and Eastman fitted that description exactly and will be the first centre back into my squad every week.

    Centre Midfield:

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    Diao | Lobjoit | McGowan | Taiwo

    So even though we had the likes of Drury and Dicker in the team already I really thought we could do with boosting the depth of this position so broughtin Diao who I am sure will be good enough for us for a season, Lobjoit is brought in as a future player and has gone out on loan to Barnet, and McGowan and Taiwo are also brought in to fight for the centre midfield positions as I think it is always good to have competition for places

    Right Wing:

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    Darikwa | Nicholson

    So another concerning position for me at the start but now definitely sorted as Darikwa is brought in as my first choice and then we have the great back up of Nicholson who has great potential to fight with Darikwa for first choice in the future

    Attacking Central Midfield:

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    Moussa

    We had no natural player for this position and Moussa is a great acquisition and will definitely be able to perform for us this season I am sure! No back up may be an issue but I am sure some of the other players we have can fill in

    Left Wing:

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    Low | Lopez | Balanta

    So Low and Balanta have been brought in to fight it our for first choice and I am sure it they will both perform excellently for us, with Lopez being brought in as a future player as he isn't quite up to it yet but has lots of potential so will probably go out on loan

    Striker:

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    Agdestein | McManus

    Initially wasn't an issue but Tubbs got injured so terminated his loan and then Proctor was playing shockingly and Fallon was injured so had a mad rush on deadline day to bring these 2 guys in, McManus will most likely be my first choice with Agdestein being back up but he may be able to push him out of it.

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    So this is the squad we will be playing with this season (unless we get anyone else in in January) and I have to admit this squad looks incredibly strong! In my opinion one of the best in the league and should definitely have the quality to be able to get us into the Championship this season!

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    Next update from me will be regarding my first full month of league and cup fixtures in charge of Crawley and it was a very up and down month!
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  9. Nice buys, will follow.


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  10. First Competitive Month in Charge
    By Adam Moore (Manager)

    So after a hectic and busy transfer period for the club, we had our first lot of competitive fixtures in the league and also in the Capital One Cup, and bar one or two results... it went alright!

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    So as you can see the first month of fixtures got off to a pretty good start until out visit to Wolves! Lets see what went on!

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    MOTM: Carl Baker (Coventry)

    So we literally could not have got off to a better start as we score inside the 1st minute! And for the rest of the game we were probably the better side but a problem which is consistent this month is that the strikers we had at the time could not finish at all! We should have won as we had twice as many shots and a bit more possession but alas we could not!

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    MOTM: Leon Legge (Gillingham)

    No idea how we only just won this as we dominated Gillingham and they only managed 4 shots and 42% possession so clearly we should have won this a bit more clearly, but still, a win is a win and we get the first win of our campaign!

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    MOTM: Angelo Balanta (Crawley)

    So this game surprised me that there was just 1 goal as there was 33 shots overall! Gladly the majority of them were ours (19) but clearly actually finishing is an issue which hopefully the new strikers I brought in on deadline day can solve! Balanta with the winning goal on his debut, lovely!

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    MOTM: Tendayi Darikwa (Crawley)

    Such a strong performance which based on the stats should have really been a draw! Rotherham had 2 more shots than us (13) but we had more possession (53%) so it was quite an even game, but somehow it seems that everyone knew how to actually finish this game as of the 11 shots we had, 5 were on target, and they all went in! (Even if one was a deflection!) Good to get a big win under our belt so early on and show we mean business!

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    MOTM: James Henry (Wolves)

    Well what can I say? We deserved to lose like this. We were poor and Wolves showed why the were the favourite to win the league and return to the Championship as they tore us a new one and only allowed us 4 shots in the entire game! Really could have been a lot worse than this as they could have probably scored 6 or 7 with the way they were playing! Damn!

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    MOTM: Jack Dunn (Liverpool)

    Even before the line up I was worrying about this as even their younger players are very good (Proved by Jack Dunn) but once I saw their line up... dear god was I worried! Johnson, Toure, Anita, Allen, Sterling all playing for them and they destroyed us. Just like the previous game the difference in quality shone through and we definitely wouldn't have deserved to go through if we somehow had after that performance from us. At least this gives us a chance to focus on the league I suppose!

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    MOTM: Tow Taiwo (Crawley)

    Happy that we managed to put those 2 poor games behind us and come out with a good performance to win this! The much better side but yet again the poor finishing was a problem for us again and this could have been a lot more comfortable... can easily say Proctor is going to have to do a lot to prove to me he deserves another chance after this finishing this month! Good way to finish my first month!

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    So overall the performance in the league was good as at the end of the first month we sit in 3rd, level with points on 2nd, which to be honest is a position I would take at the end of the season! Bar Wolves and Liverpool, I knew we had the quality to beat the other teams we played this month and I am glad we did, and I am going to put the draw against Coventry down to nerves and that they hadn't really played together!

    Hopefully we can push on next month and really start to perform and show why the Chairman has put so much faith in me to get us to the Championship!

    Also hope he was pleased with my transfers and our performance this month!

  11. Chairman's Log


    I am very encouraged by the way young Adam has started at the club. Its very pleasing to see he has seemingly spent the money I gave him well, with all the new signings so far gelling well together, which means they should only push on and become stronger as a group. I am very pleased with the signing of Salif Diao. The Senegalese international joins with vast amounts of experience. He even won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco back in 2000. I am also very please with the 5-0 thrashing of Rotherham.

    The only one major disappointment of the month was the humiliating defeat against Wolves. It was always going to be a hard game, but to lose in the way we did was not very pleasing at all.

    All in all though, I am very happy with the way Adam has started, and I feel he has the potential to be the one to take this club onto the heights it deserves.






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  12. Bad Beginning, Happy Ending for September!
    By Adam Moore (Manager)

    So as you can see from the title... this month started off shockingly! But it improved quickly, due to the change of tactics and I am hoping the one that we performed well with at the end of the month can help us for a bit longer! Lets see what I mean...

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    So we started the month off with another 4-0 battering... damn! But after this game I changed up the tactics and we managed a very thrilling draw... but then I changed them again for the Colchester game and it worked wonderfully to get us the win, and I used it again against Oldham for another 2-0 win! Can't beat good old 442!

    Lets see how they games went down shall we!

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    MOTM: Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham)

    So we beat them in the cup in August... then they do this to us! Damn! The thing is its not like we didn't have our own chances... we just couldn't shoot as of the 6 shots we had 0 were on target! And they had 5 or their 9 on target! Possession was pretty even so clearly problem here was that when we had the ball we just couldn't do much with it... sure the tank was also the reason why we lost as well!

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    MOTM: Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury)

    So I decided to go for more of a... well you could say... "funky" formation for this game as you can see...

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    And we played better with this as we were probably the better side... but I don't think the players liked it and with some of the roles I let them play we kept getting caught out of position and they had quite a bit of space which they punished us for... but overall a much better performance... just wish we could of held onto 1 of the 3 leads we had!

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    MOTM: Tom Taiwo (Crawley)

    So switched tactics up again for this game and went for your standard 442! And it worked like a dream! We restricted Colchester in the middle of the pitch, kept the ball, and when we had it we made chances! And it paid off! A good win to go alongside a very good performance! So of course I used the tactic in the next game...

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    MOTM: Nicky Low (Crawley)

    And it worked just like the last game! Making more of our possession, closing them down quickly, not giving them a chance to make chances for themselves, and we are even starting to get more shots on target now as we managed 7 of our 12... still not amazing but better than normal! Hopefully this is the tactic for us and will do good for us for the future!

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    So even with the huge defeat and goal bonanza of a draw we still manage to be sitting in 2nd, just 1 point behind Wolves! After last month I thought we would probably be around the bottom of the play offs but no! Think some of the other teams results probably helped us but still, time to take advantage of this position and push on now!

    Tough month coming up as we face Sheff Utd and Bristol City... 2 of the best teams in this league so we will have to play well! Also we will be playing our first game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy South as we entertain Colchester in the 2nd round... a cup run of some kind would be nice! Also good chance for silverware too!

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    One issue we now have though is that during these games, Proctor was injured for 3 - 4 months and McManus is injured for 2 weeks meaning we only really have Agdestein as even though Fallon is back I don't want to rush him... lets hope Agdestein can step up!
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  13. Great results!


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  14. October - Load of Rubbish!

    Well this month sucked...

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    Well this ended up being a poor peformance... I knew we were going to stuggle as Sheff Utd are a good team but I thought we would be able to put up some sort of fight! A defeat we definitely deserved.

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    For a neutral this would have been a very good game as there was lots of action and was very end to end! Thought that we have the quality to be able to win this comfortably, but still happy we came out with the win, even if it had to be done through a very last minute goal!

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    Dammit. Another game I knew would be tough but I thought we could at least get a draw out of it! Seem to be struggling against the bigger teams, which is definitely going to need sorting out if we want promotion!

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    We could have won this game a lot more comfortably as we were the very much stronger side, but disappointed we could only score 1. Still seem to have an issue with our strikers scoring as only 1 striker has scored so far this month.

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    Very annoyed with this result! Port Vale are a team who are in the relegation zone (at the time of this game) so of course was definitely expecting us to get a strong convincing win, but we couldn't even manage that! Very disappointed with our performances this month.

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    Icing on the top of an incredibly bad cake as we have a shocking month, topped off with this disappointing defeat and a red card to boot! The main issue being that the 2nd yellow card Diao received was because the player he "tackled" dived! So now we have to go without one of our best players for the next game, not promising for ending our poor form!

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    So with the poor form this month it has now resulted in us dropping to 9th in the table. Literally have nothing positive to say about this month, as I am sure the owner doesn't either! Only good thing still remaining is that we are still only 3 points off 2nd so still a good chance for us to catch up!
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  15. November - Still Not Brilliant!

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    Some very good results and some very bad results... was a very up and down month, still not performing how we should be!

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    MOTM: Martin Fillo (Brentford)

    So we didn't play poor enough to deserve a loss like this and I think we really could have maybe got a draw out of this... but we couldn't and this really did start a not very good month for us.

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    MOTM: Lee Molyneux (Crewe)

    Very well deserved loss for us, we were absolutely outplayed this game and got the hammering we deserved. Gave everyone the rollicking they deserved. Although suppose this may give us a better chance to focus on the league...

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    MOTM: Frank Moussa (Crawley)

    Finally a good win! We were the much better side and got ourselves a very good win to get us into the Semi Final where we will be playing Northampton! Looks like a good chance for us to get into the final!

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    MOTM: Lewis Guy (Carlisle)

    Aaaand we are brought straight back down to earth after getting absolutely destroyed by Carlisle... in a game which based on the stats really should have been a draw! Unluckily for us their players were in excellent shooting form in this game and scored all of their shots on target, where as we couldn't... damn! Decided after this to not use the 4231 tactic again, and have now got some new tactics which I shall be trying out!

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    MOTM: Tendayi Darikwa (Crawley)

    So my newly chosen 4222 tactic worked wonders in this game! Based on the stats it should have been a draw but clearly we were the team who made our chances count as we get our first win in the league for 5 games!

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    MOTM: Tendayi Darikwa (Crawley)

    So coming into this game... Swindow were 2nd and we were exactly in brilliant form so I was expecting another battering for us... but no! We played absolutely excellently in probably our best performance this season as we completely dominated them allowed them only 42% possession and just 6 shots all game! Also used the 4222 tactic for this!

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    MOTM: Oliver Turton (Crewe)

    So we end a poor month with a loss we did not deserve at all! We were the much better side, problem being that Crewe took their chances and we did not! Poor finishing has yet again come back to haunt us!

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    So our poor month has ended up with us dropping down to 14th, which is clearly not where we want to be! But luckily we are still somehow just 2 points of 5th place so easily if results went our way we could jump right back up into the play offs! Lets hope we can be there by the end of the year... just 1 month to do it!

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    Best Player of November

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    Tendayi Darikwa

    Finally we have a month where someone actually deserves this! Darikwa had a good month for us as he scores 3 goals, gets an assist and 2 MOTM awards!

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  16. December - Not Much Time Left!

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    Another pretty disappointing month!

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    MOTM: Nicky Low (Crawley)

    So even though we win I am kind of disappointed with this, as we were the much better side, as we should have been with Northampton being in League 2 and we really should have won this a lot more comfortably! But we are through to the South Final where we will be playing MK Dons!

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    MOTM: Craig Slater (Preston)

    I have a deep hatred for games like this... we were the better side and we definitely did not deserve to lose! Better result probably should have been a draw as even though we were better, yet again we did not take advantage of our chances, where as Preston did... damn!

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    MOTM: Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient)

    Probably the right result as even though we had the majority of the possession (64%) we did not do anything when we had it as we managed just 3 shots, and when Orient did get the ball they made it count as they managed 8 shots, so should probably be happy it tend turn out like last game!

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    MOTM: Torborn Agdestein (Crawley)

    So we get a win we deserve! We were the slightly better side and our poor finishing meant that we only just won, but if we could finish the majority of our better chances properly we could have won by 3 or 4! At least we end the year and the month with a win!

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    So our pretty poor performance this month in the league has been lucky, as we have managed to move up to 12th and we are just 3 points behind 5th place so we are not far off the play offs... but we are coming up to January where it is very busy as we have 7 games... could easily see me getting sacked here with a poor run of results!

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    Best Player of December

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    Mark Connolly

    So even though we conceded goals Connolly still managed to make 3 good performances in his appearances this month and I am assuming that if we did not have him performing like this we could have maybe drawn or lost those games!


  17. Chairman's Log



    After a very excellent start, its been a very disappointing few month for the club. They have been performing very inconsistently. It is so frustrating seeing the team perform fantastically one game, to being hammered the next. Because of this, the position of our manager is now under review. Despite the current poor form, his saving grace is that we are only 3 point from the play-off spots in a very tight league. Also reaching the Johnstone Paint Trophy South Final is very pleasing.

    I dont want to change things around too quickly, but if we continue dropping away from the play-off spots, I will have to relieve Moore from his duty. In line with this, I have given him a maximum of two loses for the month of January. If he loses more, I will have the unfortunate job of sacking my first manager.

  18. January & February - It Just gets worse!

    NO TRANSFERS DUE TO TRANSFER EMBARGO AS OVER WAGE CAP FOR FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY RULES

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    It just did not get better...

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    MOTM: Torbjorn Agdestein (Crawley)

    The month started off great as we got a very strong win against Tranmere as we dominated them, kept the ball all game (66%) and they did not even manage a single shot all game! Thought this was a good sign of things to come!

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    MOTM: Tom Taiwo (Crawley)

    We just could not finish! 17 shots, 8 on target and we only scored once! They were poor and we had control of the game so we really should have won!

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    MOTM: Adam Reach (Coventry)

    This was a defeat we definitely deserved... I thought we had done so well to get it back to 2-2 after being 2-0 down but we just couldn't handle them in a game where they were the much better side and gave us the battering we deserved

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    MOTM: Torbjorn Agdestein (Crawley)

    We actually made our dominance count this game as we actually managed to score when we had chances! Although Swindon had chances as well so if we finished like we had in previous games we probably would have lost!

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    MOTM: Apostolos Vellios (Wolves)

    We deserved to lose this as the current leaders of League One showed us why they are the best in the league! And if it wasnt for some good goalkeeping from Jones it would have been an even heavier defeat for us!

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    MOTM: Alex Revell (Rotherham)

    We definitely deserved at least a draw from this! But yet again our players continue to misfire and could only manage 3 of our 10 shots on target! This is not good!

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    MOTM: Chris Neal (Port Vale)

    We only lost this because their goalie had the game of his life! We would have won this if he didn't play so well as as usual we were the better side but we actually were quite good at shooting we just couldn't get it past him!

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    MOTM: Paul Connolly (Crawley)

    So we start of February brightly as we win a very tight game and get to go into the 2nd leg of the South Final with a 1-0 lead! Very good game where we got lucky a few times that they didn't make use of their chances, but our defence was on fine form with all of them getting at least 7.2!

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    MOTM: Adam Forshaw (Brentford)

    Aaaaand the poor league form continues as we get a 4th league defeat in a row in a game we should have won! The goal they scored... was there only shot on target in the whole game!!!! I genuinely think the footballing gods hate me.

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    MOTM: John Pritchard (Stevenage)

    I just don't think we even deserve to win anything now. We play so well, keep the possession, have the chances but just do nothing with it!!! Although Stevenage were actually quite good in this game but they definitely did not deserve the win, should have been a draw.

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    So mid February we sit in 16th... 11 points off 6th and just 4 above the relegation zone... safe to say that our promotion ambitions are screwed! I do not know what it is... we dominate every game in possession, we play good passing football, we create chances, I do not know what it is but no one seems to be able to score!

    Can easily say I do not think the Chairman will be pleased with our league position and that we have lost 5 on the bounce...
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  19. Adam Moore Sacked!

    Crawley Town have today relieved their manager Adam Moore of his duties. The decision comes after a poor run of games, looking six of their last nine games, and only winning two. They are sitting in a disappointing 15th place in the league. After spending a massive 5 Million in the summer, the chairman was expecting at least a promotion challenge, but now their find themselves just 4 points from the relegation zone.

    In a statement released by the club, Rollinson said, "It is with great regret I must terminate Adams contract. I have a vision for the club, and we are currently was below where I expected. I would like to thank Adam for all his hard work, and wish him the best in the future."

    Crawley Town are now looking for a new manager, and encourage people to apply here:
    Crawley Town Application Thread (A Young Mans Dream)



    In another story, Rollinson has also purchased another club. This time he paid just 500k for Blue Square South side Whitehawk, and has appointed himself manager. His reason for buying the club was to turn them into a youth/feeder team for Crawley. They will then be able to give the youth players game time before they are ready to play first time for Crawley.



  20. Adam Moore - My Sacking

    So... as you have read I have been relieved up my duties at Crawley Town Football Club and I have to admit that I believe it was the right decision to make for the club as I just do not seem to the ability to get the performances out of the quality of players we have.

    We had a great side and we just could not put a run of form together. A few times I was criticised by the press due to my tactics but I decided to stick it out and keep with them, but unfortunately this has cost me my job.

    I would like to thank the Chairman for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a great vision at a club and for giving me control over such assets and giving me the time and patience even during tough times earlier on.

    I hope that Crawley is able to go on to become the club the Chairman envisions and I am sure that the next person they bring in will be the right person for the job, and he will be getting to join up with a great bunch of lads and an excellent boss!

    All the best to everyone at Crawley Town Football Club.

    Adam Moore
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  21. gr8 idea ...... love it

  22. Gutted for Adam as I believe he would of had the ability to turn it around but as we all know this industry is all about the results, keeping my fingers crossed that the new man will be able to come in and change the clubs fortunes for the better....Great read by the way.
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  23. Ekstrom Appointed Crawley Town Manager

    Crawley Town have today appointed former Helsingborg manager Daniela Ekstrom as their new manager. Ekstrom will become the only female manager in the professional English leagues. She will definitely be out to prove that a woman can make it in the mens game. Rollinson wrote on the clubs website:

    "I am delighted to be able to welcome Daniela to the club. There will obviously be questions raised over the appointment of a female manager, but she has excellent experience, and I know she will do a fine job at the club.

    Our expectations for the rest of the season is to avoid getting pulled into the relegation scrap, so we ask you fans for you continued excellent support, to help us ensure we remain in the league next season."

    Crawley are currently in 16th place, just four points away from the relegation zone.

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  24. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
    Modern Day Legend
    ​Daniela Ekstrom: Female Intuition comes to Crawley


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    As much as it pained me to leave HIF, I felt that taking a position within the English leagues, the pinnacle of which is the promised land of European football, the Premier League. It is every manager's dream to manage in such a league, playing against the Manchester Uniteds, the Liverpools, the Chelseas week in, week out.

    The legends of my country - Freddie Ljungberg, Olaf Mellberg, the Olssons and Helsingborgs legend Henrik Larsson - have all come to this league and impressed, and I hope my name will join them.

    I believe that I can guide Crawley Town to those heights, with the support of the new chairman - whilst my initial job is to guide the team away from the drop zone - I am looking forward to taking the club higher than ever before.
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  25. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
    Modern Day Legend
    Management 101: Or How to Take Points and
    Alienate People - February/March 2014

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    A fantastic start to my career as Crawley boss, taking over where Adam left off with an opening tie against MK Dons in the southern final of the JPT. After changing up our tactics, ditching the old regime for a 4-5-1 of my own style.

    We managed to get clear of the transfer embargo in mid March, bringing in Ashley Fletcher, Samed Yesil and Conor Coady from Manchester United and Liverpool respectively on loans until the end of the season.

    March also saw our youth intake come in, and one of the lads stood out massively, who I will highlight later.

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    MOTM: Franck Moussa

    The attacking midfielder inspired us to a 2-0 win on the night, the 3-0 aggregate scoreline taking us into a final showdown with Notts County...



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    MOTM: Tom Eastman

    We hammered on the door all game, eventually grabbing the lead from a corner. Eastman was solid in both defence, and grabbing us the important goal.


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    MOTM: Jamie Jones

    This time we were on the receiving end of the hammering on the door, 3rd place Peterboro' had five clear cut chances, but Jones in the goal was inspired.


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    MOTM: Tom Eastman

    This was a game we should've won, beyond all doubt. Gillingham were in the drop zone at this time, and we pressed them back into their box all game, only for them to smash-and-grab an equaliser from a corner.


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    MOTM: Franck Moussa

    A good result against a team close to us in the league. Moussa grabbed a pair of assists as we comfortably won away from home.


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    MOTM: Mark Smith

    The 16 year old youth prospect came straight in for the out of form Darikwa, and grabbed an assist and a very good performance on his debut.


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    MOTM: Samed Yesil

    A goal and an assist on his debut for the on loan Liverpool striker. Putting a good run of form together and beginning to climb the table again.


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    MOTM: Samed Yesil

    Close between Yesil and Smith for the MOTM award, however the striker makes it two games in two with a goal and another assist. Smith gets a mention for scoring his first professional goal.


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    MOTM: Mark Smith

    The young lad really came of age in this final, after losing our captain to a red card thirty seconds in, the 16 year old hit a scorcher, got fouled for the penalty, and rounded off the game with a calm finish to ensure the JPT came back to Broadfield.

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    So, as it stands we've climbed the table up to 10th, only four points off the playoffs with a game in hand. Promotion could still happen to the Red Devils, especially if our form continues!
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  26. Well done with sorting out the mess I made! Prospects are looking good for Crawley now
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  27. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
    Modern Day Legend
    End of Season Blues - April/May

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    A poor run of form, including three 1-0 losses to teams we should really be beating, meant that we dropped away from the playoff places. A late resurgence sent us back up the table, but we ended 9 points from 6th place.

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    MOTM: Franck Moussa

    A really disappointing result, Crewe got a penalty for a collision in the box from a throw-in and then played with 10 men behind the ball for the rest of the game.


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    MOTM: Jamie Jones

    Despite conceding three to a team right up there at the top of the table, our keeper gave a good showing of himself to keep it to only three goals.


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    MOTM: Franck Moussa

    'A controversial penalty' is what decided this game, echoes of the Crewe match showed through as we just could not break through and get the deserved equaliser.


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    MOTM: Ryan McGivern

    A bore draw against a team we really should've been beating. Disappointing.


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    MOTM: Jamie Jones

    Another day, another penalty given against us in a 1-0 defeat. Thought we'd come away with a draw only for the ref to hand County the victory on a plate.


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    MOTM: Declan McManus

    Finally! A win in these last two months of the season. Oddly enough, when it came to playing a team up near the top, we performed fantastically and held on for a 1-0 smash and grab.


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    MOTM: Tom Eastman

    And this is how we should be playing. Eight clear cut chances against the team that finished third to beat them 2-0. Solid at the back and back to scoring form, hopefully.


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    So, we finished eventually in 9th place, nine points from the playoffs. Those three 1-0 losses due to penalties left us thinking 'What if...', however...



  28. Chairman's Log

    So our first season is now over, and it has certainly been a very mixed one. After an excellent start from Adam, we were unable to keep the run going, and then went a horrible losing streak which resulted in the sacking of Adam. Once Daniela was appointed though, our fortunes started to change, and it really looked like we had an outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs. Unfortunately a string of one-nil losses ended any chance of that, but things are now looking very good for next season. I am hoping Daniela will be the right person to take the club to glory now.

    Whitehawk Update

    It ended up being a very close run in the lowest English league with Whitehawk just missing out on a play-off position by just one point. We also had some very good players come through our youth system, one of which has already moved to Crawley. Mark Smith has an excellent future ahead of him, and has already got three goals for Crawley.

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    ​Just some of the top youth prospects





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