Formed in 1896, Crawley Town began life in the West Sussex Junior League Crawley turned semi-professional in 1962 and the following year they joined the Southern League First Division. In 1969 they were promoted to Premier Division of the Southern League but the joy was short lived as the following they were relegated back to the first division where they remained until the 1983-84 season when they were promoted as runners-up. The club have enjoyed many cup successes, winning the Sussex Professional Cup in 1970, the Gilbert Rice Floodlight Cup in 1980 and 1984, the Southern Counties Combination Floodlight Cup in 1986, and the Sussex Senior Cup in 1990 and 1991. The Sussex Floodlight Cup was won in three consecutive years from 1991 to 1993 and also again in 1998/99.
In 2011 after major investment into the club, the team was promoted to the Football League for the first time. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, playing in front of 74.000 fans against Manchester United at Old Trafford including 10,000 Crawley fans. In February 2012 they again reached the fifth round after knocking out Bury, Redbridge, Bristol City and Hull City before losing 2-0 to Premier League Stoke City at the Broadfield Stadium.