EXCLUSIVE: Crumplin moves to Crawley Down

CRAWLEY Down have tempted Brighton & Hove Albion legend John Crumplin back into football to become their manager.

He is one of the all-time favourite players among Brighton fans, who

affectionately called him 'Johnny Crumplin Football Genius.'

Crumplin has recently enjoyed two years having a break from the game, having quit as manager of Ringmer when they could not go up into the

Ryman League due to their facilities.

At that time Crumplin was establishing his reputation as a manager, during two seasons in charge at Ringmer.

He led them to win the Sussex RUR Cup, to the final of the Sussex Senior

Cup (losing 2-0 to Crawley Town) and to finish runners-up in County League Division One.

Before that he had cut his teeth as a manager at Selsey and Three Bridges, played at St Leonards and Lewes, where he was also physio.

He had also played for the Anvils under his old pal Darren Barker, then

stepped up to run the side when Barker quit through business commitments.

Crumplin revealed: "I have had two years off, have recharged my batteries and I'm chomping at the bit to get back into football management.

"I know how long it has taken Crawley Down to get planning permission for their ground improvements.

"They have gone about it the right way and they have got aspirations to get into the Ryman League and beyond.

"On top of that the chairman, Brian Suckling is very persuasive and is a top bloke and the club is very friendly and always made me feel welcome."

For full story see this week's Crawley Observer.

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