Relegation will cost Crawley Town £300,000

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders watches his side against Coventry City (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-150505-091401008
Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders watches his side against Coventry City (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-150505-091401008

Crawley Town chief executive Michael Dunford has revealed Reds will lose £300,000 in revenue for being relegated to League 2.

He would like to see the gates increase from this season’s average of 2,710 which fell by 810 from last year.

Financially it’s a blow because our revenue distributed to us from the Football League will be reduced by £300,000 as we will be a League 2 club.”

Crawley Town chief executive Michael Dunford

Dunford said: “We are all bitterly disappointed with the outcome and are keen to give a good account of ourselves next season.

“Financially it’s a blow because our revenue distributed to us from the Football League will be reduced by £300,000 as we will be a League 2 club.

“If you take away the season ticket holders, that equates to the total amount of our revenue from ticket sales from all home games.

“At the start of the season we had a top-12 budget before we were hit by falling attendances which reduced what we could spend. We still had a very competitive budget though.

“We spent a lot of extra money on loan signings to support Dean Saunders.

“There’s no point looking for someone to blame - we must dust ourselves down, we are in League 2 and having been given a taste of League 1, we want to return to it!”

Dunford offered a crumb of comfort by pointing out that League 2 will be less travelling and could bring in larger crowds as it includes more southern-based clubs.