Crawley Town, 19th October 2019


Published in the Bradford City AFC match day programme for the above fixture

The first fixture between Bradford City and Crawley Town was in September, 2011 at Crawley and the return was in March, 2012 at Valley Parade. City lost both of those games, the only previous occasion we have competed together at this level in Division Two. The latter game is sadly remembered for the wrong reasons.

We renewed acquaintances in League One in October, 2013 at Crawley and the home side won that game to achieve a 100% record against us. Since then there have been three further games – all of which have been won by Bradford City – and the last meeting was in March, 2015 at Valley Parade.

Despite having only joined the Football League as recently as 2011, Crawley Town have a long history having originally been formed in 1896 as Crawley FC (with the club’s name changed to Crawley Town in 1958). Nevertheless, for most of their existence they have operated as an amateur and semi-professional side. The club’s meteoric rise has been principally in the last ten years and undoubtedly the milestone in the club’s modern history was its rescue from financial difficulty and mismanagement in 2006.

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