Gray Dawes Group has joined forces with Sir Stanley Matthews Travel to create a winning partnership for specialist sports travel management.

Do you want to be on our team?




The partnership we have formed with Sir Stanley Matthews Travel means we’re able to offer you the very best of both worlds – market-leading travel management expertise with a thorough understanding of the nuances and unique demands of sports travel. We’re able to support every aspect of travel for the UK’s top sporting institutions, delivering outstanding solutions across the entirety of your travel programme.

Sports travel is like no other. We get that. Whether it’s mastering the complexity of arranging travel for dozens of umpires to cover county cricket over an entire summer’s worth of fixtures, or creating the perfect Caribbean holiday for the Premier League’s most demanding striker, we’ve got it covered. 


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Coordinating match officials’ itineraries and travel movements can be a logistical challenge. It’s a challenge we relish. 

Team Travel

Ensuring your team arrives in peak condition to not only play, but to win, is what we see as our responsibility. It’s all part of the Gray Dawes Sports service. 

Family Travel

A winning team is influenced and motivated by many things, not least the loved ones of those involved. We care for the ones you care about. 

Disabled Travel

With a sensitive respect for the needs of less able-bodied sportsmen and women, our travel consultants ensure all the right boxes are ticked to meet their demands. 

Preseason Training Tours

We’ll get you off to a winning start by handling all your preseason training tours and itineraries, so you can focus 100% on preparing your team, not your travel.

Fan Travel

Moving your legions of travelling supporters safely and efficiently around the world takes tenacity, experience and understanding. We have all three. 

VIP & Concierge Services

When the game is won and it’s time for a little R&R, our luxury leisure travel consultants will custom create the perfect solution to care for your sporting stars. 

Meetings & Events

We believe that experience is everything, both yours and ours. Our MICE Team delivers a creative combination of logistics, administration, inventive flair and negotiation. 

Promotional & Sponsorship Tours

Managing the travel of people is one thing, coordinating the global movement of promotional activities and kit is something else. We do both, perfectly. 




Knowing the best hotels that are closest to the stadium is one thing. Understanding if they’re suitable for your player’s unique demands is quite another.

That level of knowledge only comes from decades of experience working with some of the biggest and most discerning names in sport, including Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Denis Bergkamp to Sebastian Coe.

Our Sports Consultancy Team work with you to fully understand your team’s strategic objectives for travel management. We’ll then put in place policy proposals designed to meet and exceed those goals, including budget control, VIP treatment, policy adherence and duty of care solutions. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, keeping players and staff safe has never been more important. Creatively managing travel during these unprecedented times is just part of our innovative service. For more information and to receive a complimentary consulting session, please click on the link below: 



Commenting on Gray Dawes Sport’s Head of Sport, Paul Johnson, ex-Arsenal Manager, Arsène Wenger OBE, said:

“Paul’s professionalism and dedication to the team has always been outstanding. His commitment and utter dedication to delivering the very best travel experience for us meant my players and I could always rely on a him to solve any issues.”  Wenger continued, “Paul’s knowledge and, more importantly, understanding of the needs of our first team players was invaluable.”




As we strive to build this partnership between Sir Stanley Matthews Travel and Gray Dawes, who we really want on the team is you.

We would be thrilled to have the opportunity to consult with you – the key travel buyers and managers in sport – to really get under the skin of your association to completely understand your requirements of a winning travel team. 


Our First Eleven

Matthew Gough

Matthew Gough

MD, Sir Stanley Matthews Travel

Ian Currington

Ian Currington

Director of Account Management & Client Implementation

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Head of Sport

Laura Busby

Laura Busby

Head of Sales

Katie Whitby

Katie Whitby

Head of Events Commercial

Lucy Carragher

Lucy Carragher

Head of Sports & Entertainment

Paul Richer

Paul Richer

Director of Operations

Lesley Tyler

Lesley Tyler

Head of Events Operations

Joe Owen

Joe Owen

Project Manager

Sarah Winkworth

Sarah Winkworth

Team Logistics