By Damian Dolan
There’s a new face in London GAA this year as Gaelic Football returns to Crawley for the first time for over a decade, as the Crawley and Brighton Gaels prepare to take their bow.
Drawing heavily on graduates from the University of Brighton, the club held its first official meeting only six short weeks ago as its ‘base’ – the Emerald Club in Crawley – and it’s now all systems go for their opening fixture in the McArdle Cup.
While drawing players from all across Sussex, as well as from Red Hill in Surrey and including several English born lads, the origins of the club lie with the university and the club’s colours of black, purple and green reflect that, with black and purple also being those worn by the university.
Keen to pay homage, however, to the now defunct Crawley Gaels GFC, the new club’s logo incorporates the crow to represent Crawley, alongside Brighton’s traditional emblem, the seagull. It was designed by one of the club’s own players, Finnian Kelly.
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