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Football began to be practiced in Spain at the end of the XIXth century, mainly at the seaside towns with British immigration. Huelva and Águilas, they fought for the pride of being the first club, although nowadays the general opinion says that the Huelva club began first. In Bilbao and Barcelona this new sport rooted deeply and very soon it will arrive to Madrid.

During the European War period the hobby of foot-ball (at that moment still known for its english word). There were no organized clubs, just the young guys removed the stones and the bushes away from the field —they even employed kids to help them and they were paid “reales”— and after that they install the goal. Then they had a more or less proper field which was officially inaugurated 19 March 1924, in the area, currently called San Esteban (north-centre in the town, near the bus station), at present there is a statue that remembers the local football pioneers. It is very typical the image of that fenced Torrevieja field, with some old cars at the gate and a great deal of observers watching one of the matches. C. D. Torrevieja, whose foundation dates from the same month, played against teams from the Vega Baja and others like Eldense, Hércules or Elche. In summer Torrevieja played against teams from Murcia and Alicante, what caused great expectation.

The Civil War means the stop for the Spanish clubs (the Cup, that started in 1902, and la Liga, founded in 1928, stopped too), as well as the rest of clubs. Once the war finished, in Torrevieja (and the rest of Spain) it will be needed several years to recover the normal run of the town after the tragedy. It was a very difficult time and the first problem was eating, what was not possible every day.

But the liking of football had not disappeared, since it came back intensely. It is still remembered the visit, an exhibition match of Valencia de Puchades in 1944. In the mid 50’s there are two clubs in Torrevieja: El Español Frente de Juventudes(SpanishYouth Front) known as “el Hueso”(the bone) and Club Deportivo Torrevejense (also called “el Remiendo”),these clubs protagonized important local matches on which the passion overflew. (This rivalry also moved to the musical field thank to the choirs created for the first Habaneras contest, el Apargate y el Sapato, whose components also played charity matches. El Remiendo still played in the same field, but at that time they receive the so called «campico de San Mamés»(mini San Mamés) (near Gregorio Marañón Avenue) as the headquarters of el Hueso.

The Torrevieja teams, at that moment not playing in an official league, played in regional tournaments, such as the San Pedro Cup or the Vega baja Cup, especially in summer. Nevertheless, people still remember exhibition games against important teams such as Hércules, Callosa, Murcia or Orihuela. In these matches there was no cashier, since the people moved a bag throughout all the spectators on which all of them put the amount they considered. Later Torrevieja Club de Fútbol returned to the competition, which stopped for a few years. That does not mean the practice of football stopped, because all the groups (such as Peña Madridista (Real Madrid supporters), in the field located in Islas Canarias) until the first club in town returned to its normal run.

This event took place in 1971. The local newspapers included small advertisements asking for collaboration of the supporters to establish the bases of the club. But it was necessary a new stadium, so thank to the local support, the current stadium was built with the name of the major at that time, Vicente García García. This stadium was inaugurated with the visit of Hércules, 18 November 1971.

Torrevieja Club de Fútbol, began the competition in Segunda Regional, it promoted among the different categories, and in 1976 arrived to Preferente and in 1978 reached Tercera División(Third Division) (then composed by only six groups, because it was not regional, like the composition we have today), That was a motivating party in Torrevieja. In that group V played, among others, Mallorca (First Division nowadays) and some Balear teams, Albacete, Cartagena, Eldense and Alcoyano.

As an anecdote of the promotion to Third Division, we point out that the stadium was finished by the supporters themselves. It had been inaugurated and it stayed like that for several years, without the el total stands; it only had the side where we have now the covered stands; but it did not exist the east side and those behind the goals. It was that big the enthusiasm around the team, that many building workers and their groups worked for the club uninterestedly and they built the rest of the stadium as you can see it nowadays.

Ten years later it took place the best achievement of the local team, the promotion to Segunda División B(Second Division B) after a tough fight against Orihuela, the «eternal» rival, and with one matchday remaining, 15 May 1988, just in Águilas, the club got the only one point necessary. Again a great party spread through Torrevieja, and especially in the next match, home match, which was the end of the last of the year.

During the period in Tercera División, and then Segunda B, Torrevieja played the King’s Cup. Besides against teams in higher divisions, here you are the First Division teams: Elche (season 1978/79), Murcia (1981/82 and 1983/84), Mallorca (1986/87), Español (1990/91), at that time the coach was Luís Aragonés) and Tenerife (1992/93, with Valdano as headcoach). We also mention, as an anecdote that our club was in “la quiniela” (weekly sports national bets) on four occasions.

Torrevieja C. F. played, playing a decent role, for five years in Segunda División B, until the economical problems ceased its continuation. In 1993, After the study of the circumstances, it was decided to found a new club, Club Deportivo Torrevieja, which started in Segunda Regional, whereas Torrevieja Club de Fútbol kept in Preferente, because the Federation imposed as a penalty the downgrade of another category because of the financial debts with the players.

The managers of the local football thought the new club would be the representative of the town, so it promoted quickly until it arrived to Preferente in 1996, year on which the club adopted the current name Fútbol Club Torrevieja. The old club, at that time playing in an inferior category, became the affiliate team.

F. C. Torrevieja promoted to Tercera División in 1997, but once again the difficult economical situation did not allow the club to have a competitive team, therefore in 1999 the club goes down to Preferente. Six years later, in 2005, it comes back to the national category. In 2007 it almost gets Segunda B, but our club lost in an exciting playoff against UD Fuerteventura.

In season 2007-2008, F. C. Torrevieja played the most important match in its history, which was the fight against the economical and institutional crisis but thank to the board of directors, the Town Hall and the local managers the club stayed afloat.

After two years the torrevejenses had another opportunity that neither would fructify when falling against the riojanos of the Haro.

Following approval by the socios, starting in the 2014-2015 season, the club reverts to it's original name  -  Club Deportivo Torrevieja. The club was founded in 1993 with this name and started out in the lowest division of the Valencian Football - Second regional . Two years later, rising to the Preferente and changing the name to FC Torrevieja. The Valencian Football Federation accepted the new name, which since then has appeared on all fixtures and documents . But the political authority ( Valenciano Sports Council ) did not subscribe to the name change, retaining the original.

Thus, the club has had two names, one for each administration. Socios decided that it was necessary to remedy this anomaly so that there would be no further confusion with any of the documentation and in particular to maintain the same registration number that has been issued.  Therefore the club reverts to Club Deportivo Torrevieja.

After twelve years in third Division, the club suffered its second descent to the Preferente in 2017.


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