Match Of The Midweek FA Cup Special: Crawley Town 2-1 Derby County

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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16 Responses

  1. Nathan says:

    Evans is still nothing more than a crook. He ruined Boston United. How he can be celebrated is beyond me

  2. Great article and it’s particularly pleasing that you’ve seperated Steve Evans from Crawley Town. You won’t find many Conference managers that take their team to second in the table and the fourth round of the FA Cup and still don’t have the backing of the fans.

    Crawley fans do recognise what an odious toad Evans is. He constantly embarasses the club with his comments and statements, which resulted in the club having to issue a grovelling apology to Man City earlier in the year.

    In general, you won’t find Steve Evans celebrated by many Crawley fans.

  3. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    I’ve read some shit journalism in my time, but that piece in the Daily Mail has to be the absolute nadir – it’s about as well acquainted with the truth as the man that wrote it, dear old “Honest” Steve himself. It’s no wonder the Daily Mail don’t seem very keen to publish any comments on that piece.

    And, Half-time Whistle, it’s nice to know that Evans is reviled at Crawley – does the other fan think the same as you?

  4. Yiannakis says:

    Don’t know much about this manager but if he is the toad a lot of people are claiming he is, wouldn’t he be barred by the FA themselves. Some non-league fans I sense are jealous of what Crawley have done. I’m sure every other manager is a saint & only Evans is a toad. Dream on. Well done Crawley Town FC for standing up too Derby County, a team well above them & on a full time “professional” basis. The players did their job and the Derby players did not. As for the foul on Savvage, if it wasn’t on Savvage but another player maybe he would have got that Red card.

  5. Quacking Striker says:

    I thought we were class and deserved it. Give Stevie-boy a rest – he’s done good. Though he could do with losing some weight lol.

  6. ian says:

    @quacking striker, @yiannakis

    Firstly, Crawley Town are very much a professional side and I’d be amazed if their wage budget is far off most League 1 sides.

    Secondly, Evans is a criminal. He was convicted of tax evasion and funneled the profits of his crime into a bent promotion campaign. It took Dagenham and Redbridge several years to win the promotion that was rightfully theirs.

    Although the courts handed Evans a £1000 fine and suspended sentence and the FA handed Boston a 4-point penalty, both reaped the benefits of their crime since the deduction took effect the following season in League 2.

    Evans isn’t just one of those combative, unpleasant managers who divide opinion so (see Neil Warnock, Alex Ferguson, etc). He’s personally profited from breaking the law and the spirit of the game. To see him once again receiving plaudits from spending someone else’s money is a disgrace. The man should be banned from football.

  7. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Yiannakis – that’s the best laugh I’ve had all season. Evans is total and utter scum but you think because the FA haven’t banned him he’s OK?

    You should be keeping everything crossed that the FA don’t look too closely at how your club is financed, but no doubt Fatty’s made sure that the time bombs don’t go off until he’s done the double of fiddling a second club into the league.

    By the way – does the three Crawley supporters on here constitute their best away support of the season?

  8. O’Dreary – two dreary snipes at Crawley Town’s fan base. Just wanted to point out that for their entire history, Crawley have been a non-league club. If you expect them to have thousands upon thousands of fans overnight, just because some money’s pumped in, then that says more about you then anything.

    Building up a big fan base takes time, and those clubs with recent Football League history (York, Luton, even AFC Wimbledon if you consider want to consider them as an ex-football league club) they rightly have bigger crowds. It’s natural that the more successful the club, the more fans turn up and this is true of ALL football clubs. Crawley haven’t won anything yet, so don’t expect all these fans to come out of the woodwork just yet.

    I don’t know who you support, but if you think your club doesn’t attract more fans to the big games, and won’t get more fans if/when you go up and fewer fans if/when you go down, then you’re kidding yourself.

  9. Ian,
    I see 1,002 or 1,003 per game as Crawley Town’s average attendance last season. The first figure is from ESPN Soccernet and the second figure is from Mike Avery.co.uk. What source are you using for those 09/10 figures for Crawley Town? Because 913 per game vewrsu 1,003 per game is a significant, almost 10% difference. Ever since Tony Kempster passed away, it has been difficult getting accurate attendance figures for Non-League clubs.

  10. Johnny C says:

    Given McFraud’s alleged record of posting on Boston discussion boards whilst at our place, those last two Crawley fans are probably just his aliases…

  11. admin says:

    Bill, I’m taking the figure from Mike Avery, which I would assume as the more reliable of the two sites (though I haven’t particularly looked into how this discrepancy came about). Average league crowds shouldn’t be difficult to work out, so how they have come out with such different figures may be something that I have to look at in closer detail.

  12. Ian,
    It could be that some sources are not counting give-away/free tickets distributed. This is a thing that crops up when one looks at gate figures in Brazil, among other countries. The 1-person-per-game difference between ESPN’s and Mike Avery’s 2009-10 Crawley Town figures is because I have noticed that Mike Avery does not round up fractional numbers up when an average has a .5 to .99 number at the end of it, so if the avg. were, say, 1,002.6 or so, ESPN rounds it up. This season I have had to use ESPN figures for Non-League clubs when I listed current gate figures for my FA Cup maps, because Mike Avery has not updated past 4th September, 2010. Every time I have checked, the two sites have similar numbers (besides the aforementioned 1 digit differences).
    At any rate, European-Football-Statistics.co.uk seems to be very accurate, but unfortunately does not list Non-League figures.

  13. Oops, I meant to say ESPN does not round up figures such as 1,002.5 or so, and Mike Avery does.

  14. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Johnny C – did he ever call himself Ivan Speck and pass himself off as a journalist? Looks like he’s doing that now too.

  15. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Half-time whistle – glad you it, it was intended as a cheap shot, but none the less well deserved for the arrogant way the few Crawley fans are behaving.

    I wouldn’t mind, but when “Project Promotion” becomes “Project Oblivion” you and the tens of other die-hards will be expecting sympathy from the same people you’re (metaphorically at least) waving your wads of cash at now.

  16. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    Meant to say:

    Glad you liked it ….

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