FANCY getting your hands on a tasty burger – almost certainly with Reds sauce?

Crawley Town Football Club hope they have kicked off what will be a winning venture to feed club funds.

The Reds hope Crawley Ballerz, a takeaway and collection service operating out of the League Two side’s People’s Pension Stadium, will be a winner.

The club have put together a football-themed menu which they believe will play to their supporters’ tastes and also hit the spot for others.

The Glenn Morris Saver Deal, for instance, pays homage to their popular regular goalkeeper.

General manager Tom Allman said the response has been good since the takeaway was launched last Monday.

He said: “We are a week in and we have had a good uptake so far. The plan was obviously initially that the first spike would be through supporters, and the fans have supported it really well.

“It is how we go from now on and branching out to the rest of Crawley.”

Tom said: “We have based it on American style burgers, loaded chips and that sort of stuff, and then we put our own club spin on it.

“We got the players involved in it and therefore, for example, we have a macaroni and cheese meal which was named Joe ‘Mac’ and Cheese which was named after our centre-back Joe McNerney.

“One of our saver deals is the Glenn Morris, which gets you the burger, chips and a drink for a tenner.

“It is that tie-in with the club that we hope will get us off the ground and really running.”

The season is now over due to the coronavirus pandemic but Tom revealed the takeaway was in the pipeline before the lockdown.

The food is cooked at a converted tea bar. A minimum of two chefs are on duty with food available from noon to 10pm. There is no delivery service, as yet, but people order online and collect or use Uber Eats.

Tom said: “We get something like 20 to 30 orders a day and the weekend was not bad. At the moment it is firmly a branch of Crawley Town but we hope it picks up and becomes a separate entity that goes towards funding the club. It was something technical director Erdem Konyar was keen to get off the floor anyway.

“We were in a Zoom meeting thinking we would be in a better financial position than other clubs our size but everyone has a deficit at the best of times and we could capitalise on the idea now.

“Everyone has been eating more takeaways than normal so we thought why not give it a go right now. “

Crawley has also launched a crowdfunding campaign from which it will hand over ten per cent of money raised to NHS Charities Together.