Club History Timeline

Take a step back in time and look through the years of Crook Town AFC’s history. Relive the famous years of Wembley appearances and trophy winning eras.

From when the club was first formed in 1889 to the present day team under the management of Jamie Tunstall and Richie Hill

1889 - 1905

The club was formed in 1889 when the towns two teams, Crook FC and Crook Excelsior merged to form Crook Town. Millfield was used as their home ground but as it belonged to Crook Rugby club, they had first priority over its use. Tell me more…

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1905 - 1925

In the 1906/07 season, the Northern League opted to adopt “Amateur” status which meant a number of its clubs left to join the semi professional North Eastern League. This also heralded an up turn in Crooks fortunes, finishing 3rd in the league that season. Tell me more…

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1925 - 1945

1925/26 saw a lot of changes to the Millfield ground. A new main stand was built, Which still stands to this present day at a cost of £1,300 and waste from the coal mines was deposited around all sides of the ground to form grassed banks for better spectator viewing. Tell me more…

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1945 - 1955

Once hostilities were over and football was able to return, The old club Crook Town was replaced by Crook CW and was accepted back into the Northern League. On the 1st May 1946 3,500 watched Crook CW contest the League Cup Final against Bishop Auckland at Dean Street, Shildon. Crook CW ran out 2-1 winners to lift the trophy. Tell me more…

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1955 - 1965

The next decade proved to be the most successful period in the clubs history. They were nationally recognised as one of the best clubs in the country and their rivalry with local neighbours, Bishop Auckland intensified. Tell me more…

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1965 - 1985

he 1965/66 season started in controversy as rumours circulated that a number of players were refusing to sign for the club due to the cancellation of the Whitsuntide Continental Tour. This was vehemently denied by the Clubs committee and they stated that they were not aware of any playing not willing to sign for the coming season. Tell me more…

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1985 - 2005

The 1985/86 season started much in the same vain as previous seasons with Crook going through a total of 3 managers in one season and inevitable another poor season ensued. Tell me more...

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2005 - 2015

2005-06 was a memorable season. Aug 10th The Ernest Armstrong Trophy, a pre season tournament was won in front of a good crowd defeating Consett 3-0 in the final...

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2015 to Present

Crook Town AFC have made a number of monumental changes to its infrastructure both on and off the field. The first being the appointment of a new Chairman in the shape of highly experienced Northern League man, Vince Kirkup. Tell me more…

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