Ahead of the new Sky Bet League 2 season we asked Liam Govey to take a look at each of our 23 opponents. Next up is Crawley Town...
Address: Checkatrade.com Stadium, Winfield Way, Broadfield, Crawley, West Sussex RH11 9RX
Stadium capacity: 6,134
Manager: Dermot Drummy
Enzio Boldewijn (Almere City), Jason Banton (Notts County), Glenn Morris (Gillingham), Josh Payne (Eastleigh), Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town), Yusuf Mersin (Liverpool), Chris Arthur (Woking), Mitchell Beeney (on loan from Chelsea), Jordan Roberts (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock), Alper Tursun (Alanyaspor), James Collins (Shrewsbury Town), Aryan Tajbakhsh (Cray Wanderers), Addison Garnett (QPR) and Andre Blackman (MaS Fes)
Andy Bond (released), Lee Barnard (Braintree Town), Roarie Deacon (Sutton United), Lyle Della-Verde (released), Callum Preston (released), Gavin Tomlin (released), Shamir Fenelon (released), Gwion Edwards (Peterborough United) and Simon Walton (released)
It wasn’t the happiest of returns to League Two for Crawley Town having been relegated from League One. Having finished in 20th place, many fans of the Sussex club will want to move on quickly, particularly with the season ending as poorly as it did. A run of ten games without victory saw Mark Yates sacked. Dermot Drummy was brought in as a replacement, and he’ll hope to revive Crawley’s recently fading fortunes.
Though many of the former Boro men at Crawley have left, midfielder Jimmy Smith remains, and will play a key role as captain next season. Otherwise, it’s all change down south, as Crawley bring in unknown quantities from the Netherlands and Turkey respectively; Enzio Boldewijn and Alper Tursun could well be shrewd acquisitions. The signing of James Collins from Shrewsbury should also fire up the Red Devils, having impressed on loan at Northampton last season.
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