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Crawley Town (Played at East Grinstead) - July 17

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We play Crawley Town at East Grinstead Town’s ground on Tuesday 17 July in our second pre-season friendly.    The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to East Grinstead.

This is based on information from the Crawley Town and East Grinstead Town websites plus additional information specific to this game. 

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0)7968 876504.

Crawley Town Football Club information

Crawley Town are in League Two, finishing 14th in the 2017/18 season.  Their manager is Harry Kewell who Town fans will remember from his time at Leeds and Liverpool.  He joined Crawley from Watford where he was head coach of their U23 team.

Former Town defender Josh Yorwerth was named Crawley’s 2017/18 Young Player of the Year.  But if you were hoping to see Josh play, he has recently joined Peterborough United.

It will be a quick return for new Town player Jordan Roberts who joined us as a free agent having made 62 appearances for Crawley from 2016-2018 (source Wikipedia).

Crawley’s stadium is undergoing extensive work on its pitch over the summer so the game is being played at the home of East Grinstead Football Club.   The address is East Grinstead Town FC, The GAC Stadium, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 3LS.  

It’s a small non-league ground, with a clubhouse (which we assume will be open to all fans), a couple of rows of seating behind the dug-outs, and a small stepped terrace.  If you are familiar with Felixstowe & Walton’s ground, you’ll get the general idea.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

There are no advance tickets on sale for this game.  There will be cash admission on the night.  Prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and £1 for U18s.

Travelling to The GAC Stadium

Supporters Coach

There are no official supporters’ coaches for this pre-season game.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for The GAC Stadium is RH19 3LS.  (note, that if you put this postcode into Google Maps it doesn’t quite take you to the ground).

Note: this route includes the Dartford Crossing, which now has a toll charge of £2.50 each way, but there are no longer any barriers.  Payment for the crossing can be made online at https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford-crossing-charge and must be made by midnight the day after travel.  The toll applies between 6am and 10pm.

From Ipswich, follow the A12 to the M25.  Join the M25 heading towards the M20 / M23 / Dartford Crossing.  Continue on the M25 to Junction 6.  At Junction 6, take the A22 exit to A25 / Eastbourne / Caterham / Godstone / Redhill / E. Grinstead. 

Stay on the A22 until you reach the junction with the A264 (Moat Road).  Turn left onto Moat Road/A264 (signposted Hospital and A264 to Tunbridge Wells) and continue to the first roundabout (note Moat Road becomes Cranston Road and then Blackwell Road).  At the roundabout (at the junction of Blackwell Road, Blackwell Hollow and Holtye Road) continue straight for 50 yards to a mini-roundabout.  At the mini-roundabout double back – do not turn through the earlier gap in the central reservation as this is for emergency services only.   Turn left into East Court and immediately left into the lane which leads to the ground and car park.

Beware of average speed camera zones on the A12, before Colchester and also covering several miles between Colchester and Chelmsford – they are not as obvious as you’d expect.

Please keep in touch with traffic news.  With a clear run, www.googlemaps.co.uk suggests it will take just over 2 hours but bear in mind that the M25 will be busy, particularly around the Dartford Crossing. 

We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / Sat Nav suggested journey time but for this trip we would suggest adding yet another hour due to potential delays. 

Parking

There is no parking at the ground, however Crawley Town recommend parking at De La Warr Road car park which is around 15 minutes from the ground. Other Car Park options can be found at the following link:

https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/east_grinstead/?arriving=201807071230&leaving=201807071430

We are not familiar with street parking in this area so do make sure that there are no parking restrictions before leaving your car.

Train

Note:   The optimistic amongst you will have spotted that, with a 1930 kick-off, you might just make it back to Ipswich by train after the match.  Information is given below, but this is not a recommendation to risk the connections!  There are later services to Colchester, though some require a bus from Witham to Colchester. 

Trains to East Grinstead leave London from London Victoria taking around one hour.  From Liverpool Street take the Circle Line to London Victoria.  The total journey time from Ipswich is around 3 hours 15 minutes.

For those travelling from London there are trains back to Victoria at 21:36, 22:06, 22:36 and 23:06.

The 21:36 would mean missing the last few minutes of the game, as it is a 20-minute walk to the station.  That train takes you into Victoria, where a Circle Line tube may get you to Liverpool Street in time for the 2330 to Ipswich.  The fact that this connection is not shown on the booking system suggests that it is a bit tight, should there be any delay into Victoria. 

The 22:06 option involves a change at East Croydon onto a Thameslink to Farringdon, then a Circle / Metropolitan / Hammersmith & Circle Line tube to Liverpool St.  In theory, this connects comfortably with the 23:48 to Colchester (arrive 01:05), but you will know that Thameslink services are liable to delays and cancellation.  (The super-optimists will spot that there’s even a chance of making the 23:30 Ipswich / Norwich service, but we do not recommend taking this risk!). 

www.greateranglia.co.uk suggests that the 22:36 gives plenty of time to catch the 00:50 from Liverpool Street to Witham.  This connects to a bus to Colchester arriving in Colchester at 02:15.

Getting to the ground from the railway station

It will take about 20 minutes to walk from the railway station.   www.google.co.uk/maps indicates a number of routes to the ground.  

The easiest way is as follows:  From the station, turn left on to the A22, cross the road and walk past the Esso garage.  Take the second turning on the right onto St James’s Road.  At the end of that road, turn right onto London Road and cross it.  Walk past Jewson, and turn left onto a footpath immediately after the Jet garage (*).  Follow the footpath past the Kings Centre for about 200m, then turn right onto Moat Road, which immediately becomes Cranston Road and then Blackwell Road.  At the roundabout (including the A264 and B2110), cross the B2110, and take the footpath on the right just before the A264, following the left fork almost immediately.  The ground is just a couple of minutes from there. 

Pubs

We have not managed to find any pubs at or near the ground or on the main walking route from the station, but all is not lost.  There is a clubhouse at the ground, and experience suggests it will be open to all fans.  But there are also a few pubs that are not too far out of your way.  Turn right out of the station, and you’ll first find a micropub, the Open Arms, on Railway Approach.  Just a few yards further along, there’s the Railway Tavern (112 London Road), and a cluster of pubs around the High St (about 400m south of the Railway Arms, along the London Road).  To get to the ground, walk along the London Road from the Railway Tavern, and after only about 100m, cross the road towards the Jet garage, and follow the directions as above (*).