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Gretna Football Club
Raydale Park
Gretna
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Dumfries and Galloway
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Gretna F.C. is based on the border of Scotland and England, and has an unusual history of border hopping between English and Scottish Leagues. A club Gretna Green F.C. had existed since the 19th century, but went bankrupt in the 1920s. There was no replacement until a new Gretna F.C. was formed in 1946 playing initially in its own locality in Dumfries, Scotland. In 1947 the club decided to make the unusual move of applying to play in the Carlisle and District League in England. They remained in this league for all but one year in until the early 1980s when they joined the newly created Northern League in England. They won several titles resulting in promotions leading to them playing in the Northern Premier League in 1992. In the nineties they became the first Scottish club to appear in the FA Cup proper since Rangers did it back in 1887. The team applied on two occasions during the nineties for acceptance to the Scottish League and was finally accepted in 2002. In five years, largely thanks to investment from the club's owner Brooks Mileson, the team has gone from the fourth tier to the Scottish Premier League, the top tier of Scottish Football.


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