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Football Results

Crawley Town lost 1-0 to Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.  The Reds are in 21st place in the League 2 table, just two places above the relegation zone.

In the National League, Dorking Wanderers lost 2-0 away to Aldershot.  The two teams meet again next Saturday in the 5th round of the FA Trophy.

South Park Reigate move up to 6th place in the Isthmian South Central Division following their 4-3 win over Bedfont Sports.  Merstham gained a point in their 1-1 draw at home to Thatcham Town but remain second from bottom of the table.

Three Bridges drew their South East division match 2-2 against top of the table, Chatham Town. East Grinstead won 1-0 at home to Corinthian.

New signings to Crawley Town Football Club

Crawley Town Football Club has signed four new players to the team.

Kellan Gordon and Jack Roles have both signed 18 month contracts. Ryan Schofield and Jack Spong will join the League Two side until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, club captain George Francomb and defender, Owen Gallacher have left the club.

Midfielder, Jake Hessenthaler is on loan to Woking until the end of the season.

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Jack Roles joins Crawley Town FC

Jack Roles
Photo credit: Crawley Town Football Club

Crawley Town Football Club have announced the signing of Woking midfielder Jack Roles on a one-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Roles is an exciting attacking midfield player who first joined the Cards on a short-term deal towards the end of the 2021/22 season. He made ten appearances during his first campaign at Kingfield after joining the club from Premier League club Crystal Palace in February.

Roles had previously spent six years in the academy system of Tottenham Hotspur. He was highly thought of by Spurs and earned himself a two-year extension on his contract in the summer of 2019. The next year he enjoyed a successful spell on loan at League 2 side Cambridge United, scoring five times in 23 league appearances, winning the division’s Player of the Month Award once.

The Cypriot youth international had brief spells with Burton Albion and Stevenage, before ending a 16-year association with Tottenham to join London rivals Palace, following a successful trial.

Speaking on his move to the Reds, Roles said: “I am so happy and so grateful to everyone at Crawley for taking me on this opportunity. I found out a couple of weeks ago, and straight away, I thought if this could happen for me, it would be great. I have spoken to some of the lads I have known at Tottenham, and they have said what a great club it is, so I am looking forward to it.

Manager Scott Lindsey added: “We are incredibly excited to have Jack on board. He has a great pedigree coming from great academies with Spurs and Crystal Palace. He also has great experience in the Football League. He’s of a good age and is someone I am looking forward to coaching and trying to make a great player of.”

Interim CEO and Director of Football Chris Galley said: “Jack is a fantastic young, technical midfielder, who works incredibly hard and is a real danger in the final third.”

Crawley Town FC have also confirmed midfielder Jake Hessenthaler has joined National League side Woking on loan until the end of the season.

Jake Hessenthaler
Photo credit: Crawley Town Football Club

Hessenthaler joined the Reds in the September of 2020 and has gone on to make 113 appearances, scoring six goals.

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Local Football Results

In League 2, Crawley Town gained a much needed three points on Saturday following their 3-2 home win over Salford City.  It was new manager, Scott Lindsey’s first game in charge due to postponed matches in recent weeks.

Dorking Wanderers lost their National League match 3-0 against Solihull Moors at Meadowbank.  Marc White’s side now face back-to-back trips to Aldershot Town over the next two weekends; in the league on Saturday and then the FA Trophy on the following Saturday 11th February.

FA appeals ex-Crawley Town FC manager ban

The Football Association has appealed against the 18-month ban from football imposed on former Crawley Town boss, John Yems.

An independent regulatory panel banned Yems until June 2024 after he admitted one charge and was found guilty of 11 others relating to comments that referenced either ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion, belief or gender between 2019 and 2022.

The FA had been pushing for a two-year ban, and said last week it “fundamentally disagreed” with the panel’s findings that this was not a case of “conscious racism”.

Kick It Out said it was “very hard to understand” the panel’s findings, while Tony Burnett, the organisation’s chief executive, described them as “utterly bizarre”.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham revealed on Wednesday his organisation was exploring its legal options and the governing body has now confirmed an appeal.

In a statement, the FA said: “We are appealing against the sanction imposed by the independent panel on John Yems.

“We believe a longer sanction is appropriate. We are unable to comment further until the appeal is complete.”

The investigation into Yems began when a number of players from the Sky Bet League Two club took their grievances to the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Yems was banned from football for 18 months, which is believed to be the longest punishment ever meted out for the use of discriminatory language, after the panel decided his words were “offensive, racist and Islamophobic”.

The panel concluded that Yems:

– Described Muslim members of the squad as “terrorists”

– Deliberately mispronounced the second half of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name to emphasise the N-word

– Used a racial stereotype to a black player of African origin by asking if he liked jerk chicken

– Told Muslim players “your people blow up stuff with vests”

– Said that an Iraqi youth international at the club “would probably blow up the stadium”

– Repeatedly made comments about another player “carrying a bomb in his bag”

– Called one player a “curry muncher” and asked if the player was unhappy that they did not serve “curry pizza”

– Made a remark to one player about “how dark his skin is'” on his return to Crawley after representing Grenada

Four allegations were dismissed, including claims that he segregated Crawley players and based his team selections on race.

The panel agreed with Yems’ solicitors that their client was not a racist and neither did he “ever intend to make racist remarks”, adding in their findings: “We regard this as an extremely serious case.

“We have accepted that Mr Yems is not a conscious racist. If he were, an extremely lengthy, even permanent, suspension would be appropriate.

“Nevertheless, Mr Yems’ ‘banter’ undoubtedly came across to the victims and others as offensive, racist and Islamophobic. Mr Yems simply paid no regard to the distress which his misplaced jocularity was causing.”

The FA was unhappy that the panel chose, in its judgement, to question whether Yems is a “racist”, when the panel’s job was in fact to assess whether racist language had been used.

The panel consisted of black former footballer Tony Agana, experienced lawyer Robert Englehart KC, and Wolves club secretary Matt Wild.

Sky Sports News spoke to Yems after the original decision, and he remained adamant he is not racist and points to the words of the independent panel which stated he “is not a conscious racist”.

Yems admitted that, at the age of 63, he is lacking education and used outdated language.

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