Ground Number: 932
Tuesday 29th September 2020
Crowborough Athletic 0-6 Chatham Town
CROWBOROUGH ATHLETIC FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The club was established in 1894 and initially played in local leagues in the Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough areas. After much success, they made the step up to the Sussex County League in 1974. They joined Division 2 but despite a 4th place finish in their debut season, they generally struggled and were relegated to Division 3 in 1984. Three seasons were spent here until they bounced back as runners-up to Langney Sports (now known as Eastbourne Borough). They fared slightly better at Division 2 level this time and were champions in 1993. Three seasons were spent in Division 1 (with 1994/95 seeing technically their best-ever finish of 14th at step 4) before they were relegated back and the next nine seasons were spent yo-yo-ing between Division 2 and Division 3. By 2005, Crowborough Athletic were back in Division 1 and in 2008 they were champions. They spent a single season in the Isthmian D1 South, being relegated straight back from whence they came. They generally struggled back in the Sussex County Division 1 and in 2014/15 they were switched to the Southern Counties East League due to geographical reorganisation. 2016/17 saw Crowborough Athletic finish as runners-up to Ashford United, missing out on promotion back to the Isthmian League by a couple of points. Before the season was declared null and void back in March, the team sat in a disappointing second-bottom place.
Crowborough Athletic's best-ever FA Cup run came in 2008 when they beat Ringmer, Walton Casuals and Leighton Town before a defeat to Harlow Town after a replay saw them exit in the 3rd Qualifying Round. The club has twice reached the FA Vase 5th Round losing 2-0 to Kirkham & Wesham in 2008 and 6-3 to Coleshill Town in 2017, The club's only season in the FA Trophy in 2008 saw them reach the 1st Qualifying Round - beating Eastbourne Town 3-0 before a 2-0 defeat against Northwood. In terms of local competitions, Crowborough Athletic have won the SCFL John O'Hara Cup in 2007, the SCFL Division 2 Cup in 1978, the SCFL Division 3 cup in 2002 & 2004 and the Mid Sussex Charity Cup in 1952 and 1954. The town of Crowborough has a population of just over 20,000. Famous people who have in the town include Doctor Who's Tom Baker, David Jason - most famous as Delboy in Only Fools & Horses. singer Kerry Katona and celebrity cleaner Kim Woodburn. They share the town with another team, Jarvis Brook who play a couple of levels below in the Southern Combination Division 2. The town is twinned with Montargis in France and Horwich in Lancashire. The latter occurred in April 1990 and was the first time in history that two English towns have been twinned with each other.