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As with every club currently playing professional football in England, Crawley Town odds have increased in popularity in betting circles over recent seasons. League Two is well known for being a tough league to predict, with the division throwing up shock results and being home to teams who can be challenging for promotion one season and fighting against relegation the next. As such, odds on Crawley Town to be promoted are as commonly bet on as Crawley Town relegation odds.

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History

Crawley Town are a professional football club located in the town of Crawley in the county of West Sussex. Having spent much of their history playing in various non-league divisions, Crawley Town currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Crawley Town begins in 1896. The club became one of the founder members of the West Sussex Football League, playing in the Junior Division. After five years in the West Sussex division, Crawley Town moved to the Mid Sussex League.

The club remained in the Mid Sussex League until 1951. Then, Crawley Town became members of the Sussex County League, before moving to the Metropolitan League in 1956. Three seasons later, Crawley Town won the Metropolitan League Challenge Cup.

Having spent the first 66 years of their history as an amateur football club, in 1962 Crawley Town turned semi-professional. A year later, the club joined the Southern League, entering the First Division. 1969 saw Crawley Town earn promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, though the club suffered an immediate relegation a season later. 

Crawley Town remained a Southern League First Division club until 1984, when a second place finish earned the club another promotion. The 1980’s and 1990’s were a successful time for the club in terms of cup competitions, with Crawley Town winning the Gilbert Rice Floodlight Cup, the Southern Counties Combination Floodlight Cup, the Sussex Senior Cup and the Sussex Floodlight Cup.

The 1991/1992 season saw the club reach the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time in Crawley Town history. Unfortunately for the club, they were on the end of a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion.

After twenty years in the Southern League Premier Division, Crawley Town won the Premier Division title. The 2003/2004 campaign saw the club win the league by twelve clear points, and were rewarded with promotion to the highest non-league division in English football, the Football Conference.

A year later, and Crawley Town turned professional. However, the club began to struggle financially and almost went out of business in 2006. Crawley Town were saved just an hour before the club would have folded. The club struggled, and almost lost their place in the Football Conference, but managed to avoid relegation despite being deducted points for entering administration. 

In 2010, Bruce Winfield and Susan Carter became majority shareholders of Crawley Town. The two invested in the club, and also brought in overseas investment. This led to Crawley Town signing a huge number of players, helping the club to the Conference title in 2011.

This title win meant the club were playing in the Football League for the first time in Crawley Town history. As well as this huge advancement in the league for the club, Crawley Town also embarked on successful FA Cup runs. The 2011/2012 season saw Crawley Town beat Bristol City and Hull City, both Championship sides at the time, and also play a Premier League side for the first time at the Broadfield Stadium. The occasion didn’t end well for Crawley Town, beaten 2-0 by Stoke City.

However, the club’s league form improved, and the club won a second successive promotion to earn a place in League One. Whilst Crawley Town finished in steady mid table positions for their first two campaigns in the third tier of English football, the club struggled in the 2014/2015 season, culminating in relegation and a return to League Two.

Since 2015/2016, Crawley Town have played in League Two.

Crest

The current Crawley Town crest features a shield split into quarters and set inside a circle crest. The Crawley Town football badge features a diamond and an aeroplane to represent the club’s association with Gatwick Airport; a football with the words ‘West Sussex’ around it; the club motto Noli Cedere, which translates as Never Give Up; and an image of a red devil, based on the club’s nickname.

This Crawley Town football crest replaced the club’s use of the town’s coat of arms, which was situated inside two banners - one featuring the club name and the other the club nickname. A football was shown either side of the crest.

Colours

The Crawley Town colours are predominantly red. Red has featured in every Crawley Town kit since the club was formed, though Crawley Town kit colours have also featured white and black.

For the club’s first ten years of existence, the Crawley Town players wore red shirts, with black shorts and black socks. The colour of the Crawley Town shorts changed to white in 1922, and this kit was worn until 1938.

In 1938, the Crawley Town kit consisted of a red and white quartered shirt, worn with white shorts and red socks. This kit was worn until 1953, save for a period in the 1940’s where red shirts with a white trim, black shorts and red socks were worn.

In 1953, the Crawley Town kit changed once more. This time, the Crawley Town players wore a red and white hooped shirt, with white shorts and red and white hooped socks.

1964 saw the introduction of an all red kit. This was worn until 1972, when black shorts and black socks were introduced.

The club kit then changed to white shirts, white shorts and white socks, until the return of the all red Crawley Town strip in 1979.

Thin white stripes were introduced to the shirts in 1983, and white socks were brought in for the 1987/1988 campaign. From 1989 to 1991, the Crawley Town players wore white shirts with thin red stripes, worn with red shorts and white socks before the kit changed again to red shirts, red shorts and white socks.

The red shirt with white stripes shirt was reintroduced in 1993, before being replaced by another all red strip in 1995. Since then, the Crawley Town strip has featured red shirts, red shorts and red socks, sometimes worn with a white or black trim.

The 2018/2019 Crawley Town kit features a red shirt, red shorts with a white trim and red socks with white hoops.

Crawley Town Stadium

The Crawley Town stadium is the Broadfield Stadium, also known as the Checkatrade.com Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The club moved into this ground in 1997, after leaving their Town Mead ground.

The Crawley Town stadium capacity currently stands at 6,134 and features four main stands. The Crawley Town stadium layout features the West Stand, the North Stand, the South Stand and the People's Pension East Stand, which is the latest stand to have been renovated.

Crawley Town had spent almost five decades playing at their Town Mead ground. In 1997, the land was sold to a group of developers, meaning the club had to find a new home stadium. 

The Crawley Town stadium is owned by the Crawley Borough Council.

Supporters

The majority of Crawley Town supporters hail from the town of Crawley and other parts of West Sussex. There are a variety of Crawley Town supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance.

The Crawley Town supporters enjoy a rivalry with AFC Wimbledon. The two clubs are geographically close together, and both clubs have risen through the non league divisions to become members of the Football League at a similar time.

Ownership

The Crawley Town owner is Ziya Eren. Eren also holds the position of Crawley Town chairman.

Eren purchased Crawley Town in March 2016, leading to the departures of then chairman Dave Pottinger, along with Michael Dunford, Ian Carter and Matt Turner.

Stats

The list of Crawley Town stats begins with club’s all time record appearance maker. That record belongs to Cliff Cant. Cant made 448 appearances for Crawley Town, eight more than second placed John Maggs, who made 440 appearances for the club, and  thirteen more than third placed Alan Lester, who played in 435 Crawley Town matches. The only other player to have appeared in over 400 matches for the club is Tony Vessey, who took part in 428 games.

Seven Crawley Town players have made over 200 appearances for the club. These are Steve Breach (345); Gary Moseley (248); Grant Gallagher (228); Neil Wickens (221); Craig Whittington (215); Viv Jeffery (210); and David Myers (206).

Crawley Town’s all time leading goalscorer is Terry Robins. Robins scored 89 goals for Crawley Town, seven more than his nearest rival Craig Whittington who netted 82 times for the club. 

Five other players scored over 50 times for Crawley Town. These are Brian Gregory (75); Cliff Cant (68); Jeff Wood (64); Paul Fishenden (62); and David Boyce (53).

Crawley Town’s record attendance came in 2013. A total of 5,880 spectators watched Crawley Town play Reading in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Crawley Town Players

The current Crawley Town players list consists of 23 members of the first team squad. 

Notable ex Crawley Town players include those listed in the Crawley Town All Time Best XI. These players included were John Maggs, who also went on to become the Crawley Town manager and chairman; Ian Payne; Steve Breach; Roy Jennings, who also held the position of Crawley Town player-manager; Dave Myers; Cliff Cant; Grant Gallagher; Terry Robbins; Charlie McDonald and Brian Gregory. Tony Vessey, Alan Lester, Bob Glozier, Dave Haining, who also held the positions of Crawley Town manager, coach, secretary and vice president; and Vic Bragg are also a number of Crawley Town supporters favourites.

Crawley Town Manager

The Crawley Town manager is Gabriele Cioffi. Cioffi became Crawley boss in September 2018, following Harry Kewell's spell in charge.

Previous managers have included the famous English football league managers Dean Saunders, John Gregory, Sean O’Driscoll and Steve Evans. 

A number of precious Crawley Town players have gone on to manage the club. These include John Maggs, Dave Haining, Tony Vessey and Cliff Cant.

Honours

The Crawley Town honours list consists of one Mid Sussex Senior League title (1902/1903); one Montgomery Cup (1925/1926); one Sussex Intermediate Cup (1927/1928); one Metropolitan League Challenge Cup (1958/1959); one Sussex Professional Cup (1969/1970); one Southern League Merit Cup (1970/1971); two Gilbert Rice Floodlight Cups (1979/1980, 1983/1984); one Southern Counties Combination Floodlight League title (1985/1986); four Sussex Senior Cups (1989/1990, 1990/1991, 2002/2003, 2004/2005); four Sussex Floodlight Cups (1990/1991, 1991/1992, 1992/1993, 1998/1999); two Roy Haydn Trophy wins (1990/1991, 1991/1992); one William Hill Senior Cup (1992/1993); two Southern League Cup wins (2002/2003, 2003/2004); two Southern League Championship Trophy wins (2003/2004, 2004/2005); one Southern League title (2003/2004); and one Conference National title (2010/2011).

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