New town football – successful, after all

STEVENAGE and Crawley Town are both members of the Football League, albeit the lowest division. Neither are what you might call “traditional” clubs, although football in Stevenage dates back to 1894 and Crawley 1896. When the game was in its infancy as an organised sport, they were merely amateur concerns in the south of England, unable to be truly competitive with the rise of industrial … Continue reading New town football – successful, after all

Through the turnstiles: Crawley Town v Luton Town

NEW TOWNS are invariably dismissed by middle Englanders as soulless developments, functional rather than aesthetic. Basildon, Harlow, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead all fall into this category, towns full of roundabouts, underpasses and organised retail therapy. You sometimes forget that Crawley is also a new town, as defined by the New Towns Act 1946. So should we really be that surprised that this is the home … Continue reading Through the turnstiles: Crawley Town v Luton Town