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CRADLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB - West Midlands (Regional) League

Cradley Town Football Club is based in Cradley, near Halesowen, in the West Midlands
Nickname(s) The Lukes, The Hammers


Founded 1948 (as Albion Haden United)
Ground Beeches View, Beeches View Avenue, Cradley, Halesowen
Capacity 3,000
Chairman Trevor Thomas
Manager Duane Darby
League West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division
2015–6 West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division, 8th

The club was originally formed in 1970 as Albion Haden United following a merger between the Haden Rangers and the Albion RoversThe name changed in 1975. In 1971, the club joined the Midland Football Combination in Division Two. They were league champions at the first attempt, but were not promoted. They also finished runners-up in Division Two on two occasions in the mid 1970s, but it was not until 1979 that they finally gained promotion to Division One. In 1983 they switched to the West Midlands (Regional) League, starting off in the Premier Division, but were relegated in their first season. Promotion back to the top flight came in 1991, and for the next seven seasons they were generally a mid-table team in the Premier Division. In 1998/99, however, a sudden change of form caused the Lukes to finish in second place and gain promotion to the Midland Football Alliance, where they played until 2010. In those eleven seasons they have only twice finished outside the bottom four in the league. They were finally relegated after finishing bottom in the 2009-10 season.

Since returning to the West Midlands (Regional) League, the Hammers have seen a number of managers at the helm. Duane Darby returned to the club for the 2014-15 season due to Nigel Birch standing down at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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