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Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Ground, Crook

Crook Town AFC

Now playing in a stadium named after an influential North-Eastern businessman who helped the club survive, Crook became the first English club side to tour India in the mid-70s which included a 1-0 loss to the Indian national side in front of 100,000 spectators.

Crook have had several notable players represent them, key among them being England international Jack Alderson, Chelsea and Liverpool player and Scotland international David Speedie, and Barcelona wing-half and later Barcelona manager Jack Greenwell. The English flag still remains on the Barcelona club crest in recognition of Mr. Greenwell’s achievements, which include five Catalonian championships and two Copa del Reys.

Armed with formidable players who would go on to bigger and better things, Crook gained an impressive collection of silverware between the turn of the century and the 1960s, most notably four Durham Challenge Cups and five FA Amateur Trophies. Their best attendance game whilst competing for the latter in 1952 against Walton and Hersham, where 17,500 people saw them march on to victory and eventually lift the trophy.

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