The fixture lists for the English football teams were announced yesterday and for one team in particular, Crawley Town FC, nicknamed the Red Devils, a tough bunch of fixtures await them.

Crawley will begin only their third season in the Football League after being promoted from the Blue Square Premier at the end of the 2010/11 season.

The Reds have coped well with the sudden step up to higher class football finishing third in League Two and 10th in League One in the 2012/13 season just gone. 

However, this season is likely to be the hardest they have faced in their time in the Football League with big named clubs entering League One. 

The likes of newly-relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers being one of the big names on fans' lips.

Richie Barker, the Reds' current manager is relishing the prospect of welcoming these big named clubs to the Broadfield Stadium and subsequently travelling to their grounds too.

One big club that Crawley have already faced in their previous League One campaign last season, Coventry City, will be the Reds' first fixture of the 2013/14 season and to the delight of the fans will be at home too. 

In a report on the club's official website Barker said: "There are no easy games in this league, we know that and we're pleased to be at home.

"Coventry will have a very good team so were pleased we have home advantage."

The first month of the 2013/14 season will be a tough test for the Reds with the visit of Coventry City and newly-promoted side Rotherham United to the Broadfield Stadium. 

Also the three away games at Tranmere Rovers, Peterborough United and big name side Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Barker added: "It's a tough start, the teams that have come down from the Championship are massive clubs and we're playing two of them away in the opening month. 

"It's probably the toughest start we could have wished for."

The visit of newly-promoted Rotherham United brings more than just a fixture. 

Reds' former boss Steve Evans is the current manager of The Millers and facing the side which he took to the fifth round of The FA Cup and guided to two successive promotions will not be easy.

The Reds also have another fixture to look forward to as their involvement in The Captial One Cup begins on Tuesday 6th August with a visit to Cheltenham Town.

For a full list of Crawley Town's fixtures for the 2013/14 season click here


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