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Crawley Town History
Crawley Town FC was formed in 1896 and played their formative years in the West Sussex and Mid Sussex Leagues at a variety of grounds in and around the town. The Reds played ameteur football until they entered the Sussex County League over 50 years into their existence, in 1951. The club then switched to the Metropolitan League in 1956 and won the Metropolitan League Cup in 1959. Crawley adopted professional status three years later in 1962, and subsequently joined the Southern League the following year – get the latest Crawley Town news here!
Crawley played in the Southern League First Division for the next 20 years, and they managed to reach the Premier Division in 1969-70. Over ten years later in the 1983-84 season, under manager John Maggs, Crawley returned to the Premier Division where they remained until 2004. During this period the Reds enjoyed various cup success, including their Sussex Senior Cup double triumph in 1990 and 1991. The following season of 1991-92, Crawley enjoyed what was at the time their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the third round of the domestic competition, they eventually lost 5-0 to neighbours, Brighton and Hove Albion.
In May 1997, Crawley had played their last match at Town Mead, which was their home since 1949. After almost 50 seasons at the ground, it was sold for redevelopment and the club moved to the brand new Checkatrade Stadium, which holds over 6,000 spectators to this day – stay up to date with the latest Crawley Town news from Checkatrade Stadium here!
For the first time in club history, Crawley Town managed to finally win promotion from the Southern Premier Division up to the Conference in 2003-04, after triumphing as champions of the league. Financial issues struck, and they were about to enter administration for a second time in just seven years, but were saved by an offer in 2006. They played in the Championship for seven consecutive seasons before winning back-to-back promotions up to League One for the first time in their existence. This massive achievement came after winning the Conference title in 2010-11, and winning automatic promotion the season after by finishing in third. Crawley enjoyed three seasons in League One, with their highest finish being 10th, in 2012-13. Unfortunately, the league was proven to be tough for the Reds, and they were relegated back down to League Two in 2014-15.
Crawley Town are currently sitting in the middle of the League Two table under manager John Yems, who took over at the end of 2019. Yems hopes to take his side back up to League One, and star duo Ollie Palmer and Bez Lubala have a combined 25 goals to their name this season – you do not want to miss out on the latest Crawley Town news from League One here!
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