Eight long months have passed since we were able to throw open the doors to our supporters but that’s about to change this weekend as the Hop Oast hosts a footballing bonanza!

On Saturday our former boss, John Yems, is bringing his Crawley Town side to the CWCS for an attractive local derby that should be well-attended by fans from either end of the A264.

Both sets of supporters endured a frustrating last campaign, with the Hornets playing just 13 matches before the season was brought to a premature conclusion, while Crawley fans were forced to follow their club’s fortunes online thanks to a Covid-enforced ban on spectators. It would have been particularly disappointing for Reds fans, who missed out on the ‘best result in the club’s history’ when they knocked Premier League Leeds United out of the FA Cup so they are sure to be champing at the bit to return to the Broadfield Stadium this coming season.

For the Horsham faithful unable to get to our most recent friendlies at Dorking and Haywards Heath, Saturday will represent their first opportunity of casting an eye over our impressive summer signings as well as getting their hands on our new line of leisurewear at the club shop. Pre-season and full season tickets will also be available for collection.

Although operating at reduced capacity, in line with government guidelines, we’re anticipating a bumper crowd for this fixture with tickets just £10 (adults), £6 (students and seniors), and just £1 for U16s. Tickets can be bought in advance here.

Soft drinks and hot food will be available on Saturday but we regret that, due to restrictions, alcohol will NOT be served. Anyone found bringing alcohol into the ground will be asked to surrender it at the turnstiles.

As if that’s not enough to sate your appetite, Sunday brings the HFC Vets Tournament with 25 teams competing for the inaugural trophy. Included in the line-up will be a team of former Horsham legends, comprising Ian Chatfield, Matt Geard, Jahmahl King, Stuart Myall, Lee Carney, Jamie Taylor, Michael D’eath and Nigel Brake and what’s more, admission is FREE for all!

Doors open on Sunday at 9am, with hot food available throughout the day and bar facilities from 11am. The first match kicks-off at 10.15, with the final scheduled for 2.45pm, and it promises to be lots of fun for all the family.

Supporters are reminded that parking for both these events is at the Park & Ride (3 minute walk from the ground), unless by prior arrangement.

Further details regarding the Vets’ Tournament can be found here

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