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History of the Club

A DREAM COME TRUE, NUMANCIA RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE GREATS

Numancia began their top-flight journey with Andoni Goikoetxea in the dugout. It was an exciting year for the fans, a year that was a gift, a long-yearned for dream, one that is even reflected in the lyrics of the club anthem. The Sorianos knew they would have to dig their heels in and fight, but the team confirmed their survival in the division with a game to spare. After earning a draw in Vitoria, against Mané’s Alavés, Numancia would stay in the Liga de las Estrellas for at least another season, reason for more jubilation in the city.

The following season, the 00-01 campaign, would also prove difficult, and this time luck did not smile on the team, nor did certain results go their way. Numancia went down to the second tier at the end of the season.

Those two seasons in the top flight did, though, give the fans some moments of great football, and some unforgettable results, such as the 3-1 victory over Real Madrid or the draws earned against Barça, a team that continue to choke when visiting Soria. Numancia did not manage to stay up, but they were now among the greats, a solid, much-loved and respected professional football team.

Life in the top flight was not, though, a passing phenomenon, as Numancia were to return there again, which they did in the 2004-05 and the 2008-09 seasons.

The Sorianos’ last major achievement was to finish top of the then Liga BBVA Second Division and go up to the top flight at the end of the 2007-08 campaign. Numancia, under the guidance of Gonzalo Arconada, went top of the table several weeks before the end of the season, and were mathematically promoted with seven games still to go. The Guipuzcoa-born manager led a fine side, one that proved infallible over the duration of the campaign and lifted, at the end of the season, the first title in the Rojillos’ history, the Second Division Champions’ trophy.

Since the 2009-10 season, C.D. Numancia have been playing in the second tier, known as the Liga Adelante until 2016 and, since then, the Liga 1|2|3. This is a club who are settled in the Spanish Football League (Liga de Fútbol Profesional), one whose institutional stability and business and sports model place it among the veterans, and is considered a reference within professional football.

CDN / CD NUMANCIA TIMELINE

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CD Numancia founded as a federated club

1948-49

First-ever promotion and two successive seasons in the Second Division

1960-61

Winners of the ‘Copa Primavera’ (Spring Cup) in the (old) Third Division

1969-70

The restructuring of the Third Division (technically the fourth tier) relegates Numancia to the Regional category

1974

Numancia leave the ground at San Andrés and, thanks to the Garray Town Council, play at the San Juan ground for several seasons

1977-78

Promotion back up to the Third Division (fourth tier), where they remain for 10 years

1988-89

Promotion to Segunda B, the third tier. Non-league football is now a thing of the past. The legendary Los Pajaritos Stadium, with a capacity of 3,000, is inaugurated

1993-94

Francisco Rubio and a consortium of business people take over the running of the club and leave a mark on the management style, making Numancia a reference in professional football. With Miguel Ángel Lotina at the Helm, Numancia reach the promotion play-offs for a spot in Segunda two seasons running

1996

Numancia make history in the Copa del Rey. After beating San Sebastián de los Reyes and then knocking out first-division Real Sociedad, Racing and Sporting, Numancia finally went out with their heads held high at the hands of Johan Cruyff’s Barça. It was an epic knockout round, in which the Sorianos earned a 2-2 draw in the first leg, and finally went down 3-1 at the Camp Nou. The heroics displayed by Numancia, a team from Segunda B, earned them respect and affection all over Spain

1996-97

Promotion to Segunda A, fifty years on, after an unforgettable season for the Sorianos

1998-99

CD Numancia achieve the longed-for promotion to the First Division, finally making the decade-long dream come true for the Sorianos. The team manage to survive in the top flight the following season but return to the second tier in the 2000-01 season
1999

The Nuevo Estadio de Los Pajaritos, with a capacity of 9,052, is inaugurated

2004-05

Numancia play in the top tier again but are unable to hold their place in the division

2007-08

Champions of Segunda and promotion to Primera after another brilliant season

2008-09

Numancia play in the top flight for the fourth time in their history

Since 2009

C.D. Numancia have been playing in the second tier, the Liga Adelante until 2016, now the Liga 1|2|3. This is a settled club in Spanish football. Their institutional stability and business and sports model make them a reference within professional football

Since 2013

The Spanish Football League (LFP, initials for Liga de Fútbol Profesional) elect CD Numancia to occupy the Vice-presidency. The LFP comprises all first- and second-tier professional clubs at national level. It is the most prestigious institution within the world of professional football
22 SEP

18:00 Nuevo Estadio de Los Pajaritos

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Day7 CD Numancia - Elche C.F.

28 SEP

20:00 El Sardinero

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Day8 Real Racing Club - CD Numancia

01 OCT

19:00 Nuevo Estadio de Los Pajaritos

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Day9 CD Numancia - CF Fuenlabrada

06 OCT

16:00 Carlos Tartiere

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Day10 Real Oviedo - CD Numancia

13 OCT

16:00 Nuevo Estadio de Los Pajaritos

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Day11 CD Numancia - R. Zaragoza