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MATCH PREVIEW: CRAWLEY TOWN v LUTON TOWN

6 November 2015

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie

Crawley Town v Luton Town
FA Cup first round
Saturday 6th November 2015, kick-off 3pm 

Official live online commentary on Hatters Player

• Town lost on last visit three weeks ago
• Hatters never won at Crawley (D1, L2)
• Red Devils 16th in League 2
• Crawley scored just seven goals at home
• Town leading away scorers with 18
• First-ever FA Cup meeting

WHO? The Hatters’ next port of call is to Crawley Town, aka the Red Devils, from Crawley, West Sussex. Crawley lifted the Conference title in 2011 under Steve Evans to win promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history. The Red Devils subsequently then won promotion to League 1 the following season, but last term the club were relegated back to League 2 for the first time since 2012. 

WHERE? Crawley play their home games at the Broadfield Stadium, which is also known as the Checkatrade.com Stadium. It’s a 6,134 capacity ground which was opened in 1997. Hatters fans making the trip can choose from a covered, shallow terrace behind the goal, or covered seats beside the pitch. The stadium’s record attendance stands at 5,880 when the Red Devils took on Reading in the FA Cup in 2013.

HOW TO GET THERE. It is 78.3 miles from the Maple Road car park to the Broadfield Stadium which should take you just under an hour and a half if driving by car. Take the M1 south and M25 anticlockwise. From the M25 then take the M23 southbound towards Gatwick Airport and Brighton. At the end of the M23 (before it becomes the A23) leave the motorway at the last exit, Junction 11 (sign-posted A264 Horsham, Pease Pottage Services). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley. The ground is down on the left just before the next roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and then left again for the stadium car park. The postcode for the ground is RH11 9RX.

TICKET NEWS. Tickets have been available to buy from the Luton Town ticket office but Hatters fans can purchase tickets on the day at Crawley. Click here for prices and for more information.

CUP HISTORY. The Town's record in the FA Cup in total: played 369, won 168, drawn 80, lost 121, scored 708, conceded 561. Last season the Town beat Newport in the first round 4-2, beat Bury following a replay in the second before losing to Cambridge in the third round. United went on to draw Manchester United in round four.

SILENCE, PLEASE. Prior to kick-off there will be one minute's silence to mark remembrance weekend. Remember you can bid for one of the special match-worn poppy shirts from our game with Plymouth - for more information please click here.

THIS TIME ROUND. Since their relegation from League 1 the Red Devils had continued to struggle this season under manager Mark Yates but have picked up form in the last month. Crawley failed to win their first six matches on home soil before beating Leyton Orient and then the Hatters, three weeks ago. They lie 16th in the table – just one point behind the Town.

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Saturday’s game will be the seventh meeting between the Town and Crawley. The Hatters haven’t won their last five games against the Red Devils, with their sole victory coming at Kenilworth Road in September 2009 in the Conference. That night two goals from George Pilkington and one from Tom Craddock sealed a 3-0 win. Since that victory the Hatters have drawn one and lost four. At the Broadfield Stadium the Town lost 2-1 in February 2010 before earning a 1-1 draw on the night Crawley were presented with the Conference championship trophy in April 2011. Then, three weeks ago, the Hatters lost 2-1 having led 1-0 at half-time through Cameron McGeehan’s header.

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU…Crawley have one former Town man their midst in the shape of midfielder Luke Rooney. The winger joined the Red Devils this summer having previously scored five goals in 19 appearances for the Hatters. Scott Griffiths and Magnus Okuonghae are members of the Town side that have previously played for Crawley.

TOWN TEAM NEWS. John Still is set to welcome back striker Paul Benson to the squad after playing a second lot of 90 minutes this week in the development squad. Craig Mackail-Smith is doubtful with a hamstring injury while an ankle problem is set to rule out Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. Ryan Hall returns from a one-match ban following his dismissal against Plymouth.

IN THE OTHER CAMP… Lanre Oyebanjo (knee) and Joe McNerney (knee) are missing for Crawley. Gavin Tomlin scored in Reds' defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday and could be involved this weekend. Mitch Hancox won't be involved as his parent club Birmingham City do not want him cup-tied.

REF WATCH. Nick Kinseley takes charge of his second Town game this season having previously overseen the 2-1 JPT win over Orient in which he sent-off Jack Marriott. So far this season the Essex official has booked 30 players and sent off four players in 10 games.

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from the Broadfield Stadium. Build-up starts at noon, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 3pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!

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