The Ryman Football League
Published 6th June 2012
The move is to help put the progressive club on the map nationally as well as to attract additional support, both in terms of sponsorship and spectators.
Recently-appointed manager John Maggs said: “It is a slight rebranding. With the inclusion of Gatwick, which is the biggest employer in the area, it will help us in terms of sponsorship and bringing additional funding to the club which is a step in the right direction.
“At the same time we are not dropping the Crawley Down name.
“Nationally, people tend not to know where Crawley Down is but they all know where Gatwick is.
“It is not a bad thing, it will help us cast our net wider in terms of support, both sponsorship and people through the turnstiles.”
Secretary Mick Martin said that the club were also fed up of receiving calls about League One new boys Crawley Town, but when the FA got the two mixed up they decided enough was enough.
"We would get phone calls about Crawley all the time but when we found Pablo Mills' suspension was added to our disciplinary list we couldn't believe even the FA had confused the two clubs.
"We decided to change it and everyone knows where Gatwick is.
"The name was a compromise between us, the FA and the Ryman League."