Football League happy with Crawley Town’s backers

JAMES BOARDMAN / 07967642437.Crawley Town Football Clubs new Chairman Dave Pottinger. April 27, 2013. ENGSUS00120130828141707
JAMES BOARDMAN / 07967642437.Crawley Town Football Clubs new Chairman Dave Pottinger. April 27, 2013. ENGSUS00120130828141707

Crawley Town’s mystery investors have been declared suitable to back Reds by the Football League.

This has come after supporters questioned whether the club’s backers were above board.

We have now received confirmation from the Football League that all board members and benefactors comply with the provisions of the ‘fit and proper persons test’”

Crawley Town chairman Dave Pottinger

Three fans were recently banned for conducting a disruptive campaign behind the scenes.

Crawley Town chairman Dave Pottinger revealed: “In July, the board were contacted by the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance, who were seeking reassurances about the funding and ownership of the club.

“We consulted the Football League who confirmed that the club was within its rights to keep information about our benefactors confidential.

“But as a gesture of goodwill, and following further correspondence from the CTSA, the benefactors voluntarily agreed to take the ‘fit and proper persons test’ again which they were happy to do so.

“We have now received confirmation from the Football League that all board members and benefactors comply with the provisions of the ‘fit and proper persons test’ and we are happy as a board to make this information known to all our supporters.

“As we have consistently stated, the ownership of the club remains within the boardroom with director Matt Turner and myself each owning 50%.”

CTSA chairman Carol Bates has called for the recent ban on three fans to be lifted.

She said: “The CTSA’s primary concern has always been that the Club complied with Football League regulations in respect of ownership and funding and the Club’s Statement has now confirmed this is the case with the Far East benefactors taking the “fit & proper persons test” (sic).

“The CTSA has never disputed the absolute right to privacy for any club benefactors, but this privacy can never be at the expense of due process and League regulation.

“We would now call on the Club to withdraw the Exclusion Orders, without delay, after this recent, positive step forward.”

Reds have been drawn at home to League One Southend United in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

This game will take place on Tuesday, October 6, kick-off 7.45pm.

Three of the squad took part in international matches this week: goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was on the bench for England U19s for their 3-2 win against Germany and a 1-1 drew against Croatia.

Liam Donnelly played for Southern Ireland U21s who lost 2-1 to Scotland travelled to Iceland for a qualifier on Tuesday and Shamir Fenelon came on as sub for Northern Ireland U23s 4-1 win against Qatar.

Crawley resume their campaign after a two-week break when they travel to eighth-placed Mansfield Town this Saturday.