COMMUNITY AWARDS: Crawley FC proud of links with the town

Crawley's Matt Harrold (18) celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Crawley Town and Luton Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in Crawley. October 17, 2015.'James Boardman / Telephoto Images'+44 7967 642437 TPI-0055
Crawley's Matt Harrold (18) celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Crawley Town and Luton Town at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in Crawley. October 17, 2015.'James Boardman / Telephoto Images'+44 7967 642437 TPI-0055

Crawley Town are the only professional football club in West Sussex and play their home games at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in Broadfield.

The Red Devils were founded back in 1896 but the current club, formed after the amalgamation of three local teams in 1938.

The club started life in local leagues and then played in the Metropolitan League, Southern League and Conference. They moved to their current home in 1997, having previously played at Town Mead, the site of the leisure complex in the town centre.

In 2011, Crawley won promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford when more than 9,000 Crawley fans were in a crowd of 74,000.

The following season they were promoted to League One and spent three seasons in the third tier of English football. The Reds are currently in League Two under the management of Mark Yates, who was appointed in May.

If you want to come and watch football in a family-friendly environment the Checkatrade.com Stadium is just the place. We do special ticket deals for families and local junior clubs and other youth organisations.

The club are always trying to strengthen their links with the town. The club’s community foundation run a variety of programmes, courses and initiatives which take the beautiful game to the people of Crawley and now have their own 3G Ball Court at the stadium which can be hired by local people.

To find out more about your local Football League club visit our website www.crawleytownfc.com

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