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We look at who The Yeltz will be taking on in the 2023/24 season, Next up is newly promoted Long Eaton United

Full name: Long Eaton United Football Club

Nickname: The Blues

WebsiteLong Eaton

Founded: 1956

Stadium: Grange Park

Surface: Grass

Distance from the Grove:  63 Miles

2022/23 finish: 4th in the Northern Premier League East, Winning promoted in the Playoffs

Manager: Ian Deakin

Head to Head: This season 23/24 will be the first time that both clubs have met.

Their History

Long Eaton St Helens became members of the new Derbyshire Alliance in 1907, the league having been formed as a rebranded Mid-Derbyshire League. The following year they were founder members of the Notts & Derbyshire League, where they played until becoming founder members of the Central Alliance in 1911. They were champions of the league in 1912–13 before being renamed Long Eaton Town in 1914. In 1925 the club joined the Midland League, but left after two seasons.

Long Eaton Town were re-established in July 1949 and joined the Central Alliance, taking over the fixtures of Mansfield Town 'A' during the 1949–50 season. In 1954–55 the club finished bottom of Division One, although they avoided being relegated to Division Two. In 1956 financial problems led to the club being rebranded as Long Eaton United with a new strip and directors replacing a committee. League restructuring also saw the club moved into Division One South of the Central Alliance. They were Division One South runners-up in 1956–57 and champions in 1958–59.

Long Eaton United moved up to the Midland League in 1961. The club won the Derbyshire Senior Cup in 1964–65 and again in 1975–76, by which time they had become members of the Premier Division after it gained a second division in 1975, and were Premier Division runners-up the following season. In 1982 the Midland League merged with the Yorkshire League to form the Northern Counties East League, with Long Eaton placed in Division One South. After winning Division One South in 1984–85 the club were promoted to the Premier Division

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