St George's Park History
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Soccer St George's Park - PE City were a Sensation
PE City were a Sensation

In the heyday of National Football League soccer PE City's home games were played on the Crusader ground at night from 1964 and attracted large crowds.

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EP Herald - September 6, 1965
In 1964, their first year, City drew crowds totalling 84,000. In 1965, aided by generous sponsorship from Ford Motor Company, they imported new stars from Britain and by the end of the year, the gates had soared to 183 000.

Then followed several "golden" years but towards the end of the, 1960s, things started to go wrong, and after a long and hard struggle, the founder of the club, Jimmy Crossan, stood down and handed over to the PE City Supporters' Club.

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A half-page beer promotion on the front page of the Eastern Province Herald advertising a PE City match.

They ran the club for a year but eventually the club went into liquidation. In 1971 a new board of directors took over. They had to operate without the aid of a sponsor and they faced numerous difficulties over grounds as the Crusader ground was no longer available for all games.

The "gates" began to slide and in 1972, in particular, several games were affected by bad weather and many spectators stayed away.

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