Under the floodlights at the Haven Sportsfield
Crawley's other club
League One Crawley Town are not the only side from the Sussex town to have enjoyed a rise through the divisions in recent years. Now playing in the Isthmian League Division One South, Crawley Down have risen to their current position after joining the Sussex County League Division Three in 1995.
Their progress might have been quicker still had they not been prevented from being promoted out of Division Two in 1999 due to a lack of floodlights at their Haven Sportsfield ground. They were finally installed in 2007 and were followed by two promotions in three years, culminating in the 2011-12 campaign being their first at Isthmian level. This photo shows the side, and their floodlights, in action during the 0-0 draw with Corinthian Casuals in November that season.
As well as finishing safely in 15th to record their highest-ever league position they also played at Brighton's AMEX Stadium in the Sussex County Cup final, narrowly losing to divisional champions Whitehawk. In an attempt to broaden their catchment area they changed their name to Crawley Down Gatwick at the start of this season.
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