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Ex-Reds on the move

5 August 2014

What's happened to some former Crawley Town favourites

Magno Vieira has joined Nuneaton Town on a one-month loan from Forest Green Rovers.

The Brazilian has been with Forest Green since 2012 and during his time in Gloucestershire has found the net five times from 49 appearances. Magno spent the 2007-08 campaign with Crawley and bagged five goals in 22 games before joining Cambridge United on loan for the end of that season.

He moved to Wycombe in 2008 and left after a year. He did a similar stint with Ebbsfleet United before heading north to spent two seasons with Fleetwood Town. A 1 in 2 goal ratio after netting 31 times in 64 games wasn’t enough for the Cod Army and he was surprisingly let go by Micky Mellon before joining Forest Green.

Johnny Marsden (pictured), who was on trial with Crawley over the summer, has made the move to Southport on a one-year contract. 

The Scouser was with Shrewsbury Town prior to coming on trial with John Gregory’s side. A serious injury meant that Marsden missed the second half of last season, but prior to joining the Shropshire-based side he had an excellent record in the Welsh divisions and in the youth ranks at the likes of Wrexham, Celtic and Stoke City.

Another striker to have moved clubs recently is former Red Jonathan Forte.

He was here during Richie Barker’s first season at the club in 2012-13 and after joining on loan from Southampton he scored three times for Crawley against Scunthorpe United, Notts County and Walsall. However, on returning to Southampton, he failed to break into the side and was loaned to Sheffield United during the last two years.

After being released by Southampton at the end of the season, the 28-year-old Barbados international linked up with Oldham on trial and did enough to earn a one-year contract.

A fourth former Crawley forward to make a move recently is Jon-Paul Pittman, who has transferred to Grimsby Town.

The fans’ favourite had two separate spells in a Crawley shirt but initially joined back in 2007 after arriving on a free transfer and becoming one of Steve Evans’ first signings when he arrived at the club from Doncaster Rovers.

In 18 months as a Red JP scored 22 goals in 61 games which prompted Wycombe to take him to the Football League for an undisclosed five-figure fee in February 2009.

During his time with the Chairboys, Pittman scored 14 goals in 77 games before departing for Oxford United. He returned to Crawley for a short loan spell in 2011 before spending last season at Wycombe.


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