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Ryman North Preview- Cray Wanderers

Ryman North Preview- Cray Wanderers

Aveley Football Club4 Jul 2015 - 08:30
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Next up in our daily preview until the season begins is one of the oldest football clubs in the world, Kent side Cray Wanderers.

Manager- Tony Russell
Last season finish- 16th

Who are they?
Cray Wanderers F.C. is an English semi-professional football club based in Bromley, Kent. It is one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club was established in 1860 in the twin villages of St. Mary Cray and St Paul's Cray, near Orpington.
They currently play their home matches at Bromley's Hayes Lane ground (capacity 5,000). Cray Wanderers were Kent League champions four times, and have reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup once in their history. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Division One North.

Up to much last season?
Cray pulled off the great escape last season. On Saturday 14th of March they lost to league leaders Needham Market 3-1 and found themselves second bottom with 22 points, 13 points behind Romford in 21st position. Cray got wins at Redbridge and rock bottom Burnham Ramblers which gave them hope. Another win at home helped to close the gap to three off Barkingside and eight off of Romford.

Tuesday 31st of March, Cray managed to beat Great Wakering 3-1 at home to close the gap once more on the clubs above. Cray then travelled to Harlow Town and came out winners 2-0 which helped keep the Hawks in second place. Another win would soon follow on Easter Monday as Cray again won, this time 3-0 over Chatham.

With four games left Cray found themselves one clear of Romford and two ahead of Barkingside. Next up for Cray was a trip to Brightlingsea Regent and somehow even with ten men, the Wands ran out 4-2 victors over the R's.

On another Tuesday night game Cray won their 8th match in a row beating Waltham Abbey 4-0 at Hayes Lane. It rocketed Cray up to 19th.

That was followed by another two wins which meant 10 wins in a row for Cray which helped them up to 16th and the great escape was somehow achieved.

North or South?
Cray did in fact appeal to the FA to be reallocated to the Ryman South instead of the Ryman North for the upcoming 2015/16 campaign following various permutations elsewhere in the non-league pyramid however this was rejected by the FA on this occasion as there were no circumstances to they could be moved.

New Gaffer?
Recently appointed Tony Russell joined a month ago as he looks to being instant success to Cray. Tony, as an ex Cray player has achieved instant success with Erith Town and VCD taking the latter from the Kent League through Ryman North to Ryman Premier in just 2 years.

What the new Gaffer had to say about his new job.. “I respect Cray's historical heritage as the oldest club but I feel I am at the beginning of ‘something special’ for Cray's future without there being any limitation to where the club can progress to“.

Transfers in

Transfers Out
Adrian Stone (Sevenoaks Town)
Steve Springett (Phoenix Sports)
Giannoulis Fakinos (VCD Athletic)
Alex Fitzgerald (VCD Athletic)
Tom Bolarinwa (Sutton United)
Alex Teniola (VCD Athletic)
Carl Rook (Folkestone Invicta)

No transfers updates on clubs official website so don't know any ins. All the outs are updated on various social media channels.

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