Stockport County and Aldershot were defeated in the same competition in 1931-32, before Leicester City ended the run with a 7-0 win at Filbert Street in the third round. The club’s spell paying players nearly led to bankruptcy, so they returned to amateur status and rejoined the Northern League under their original name in 1935.
Future Newcastle United manager and former playing hero Joe Harvey cut his managerial teeth at Millfield in the 1954-55 season before taking his first Football League job at Barrow.
Crook lifted the Amateur Cup for a fourth time in the 1961-62 season. Wins against Dagenham, Wimbledon and West Auckland Town set up a Wembley final against Hounslow Town. The match was drawn 1-1 before Town took the spoils with a 4-0 victory at Ayresome Park.
This success was backed up with a fourth Northern League title in 1962-63. The good times continued to roll at Millfield as successes against West Auckland Town, Walthamstow Avenue and Barnet propelled Crook to Wembley once again in the 1963-64 campaign.
A 2-1 win against Enfield at Wembley saw the famous trophy head back to the north east mining town for a fifth time, before Crook's honours board began to dry up.
To enjoy some memorable Wembley moments, click here, here, here and here, as well as hearing about the halcyon days from keeper Ray Snowball, who won three Amateur Cup winners medals while at Millfield here.
Town ended the 1963-64 season as league runners-up; a finish that was copied the following campaign. Crook remained towards the top of the table until the end of the decade before they slipped down the pecking order as amateur football was coming to an end.
A period of disharmony also affected form and the management of the team, as the committee decided at one point that they should pick the team, as the club faced a couple of re-election battles. Manager Dave Carrick resigned in the 1974-75 season after saying his job became untenable.
The club made history in 1976, when Crook became the first English football side to visit India. A game against Mohan Bagan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata attracted a crowd of 100,000. The following season saw the team fight all the way from the FA Cup preliminary round to the first round, where they succumbed to Nuneaton Borough.
The 1976-77 campaign under player coach Brian Newton also saw a fine run in the FA Trophy as wins over Durham City, Bridlington Trinity, Whitby Town, West Auckland Town and Witton Albion saw Crook reach round three. They were knocked out at that stage after a replay to Slough Town.
After the brief upturn, Crook returned to being a lower middle table outfit after the departure of Newton to Bishop Auckland. Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shoulder having a spell as team manager. Eventually they were relegated to Division Two of the Northern League in 1988-89 after a few escapes from the drop.
The relegation occured in the clubs centenary season, as finances hit rock bottom and Crook continued to sack managers on an annual basis. Geoff Wade was the latest incumbent. He was replaced in October 1991 by Paul Adams.
After regrouping, Town won promotion as Division Two runners-up in 1994-95 with former Newcastle United striker Alan Shoulder taking over as team manager and the Main Stand being re-opened after safety works and improvements had been carried out.
Sir Tom Cowie OBE, the former owner of his own transport business, and later life president of the Arriva Group as well as Sunderland AFC chairman, was made Club President in 1995 as the club looked to regain former glories.
Shoulder resigned in 1997 before returning a year or so later. In the summer of 2000 Shoulder departed once more, after a disagreement with the board of directors. Further managers came and went as fears grew that the club may not survive.
A further demotion came in 2000-01. After another series of managerial appointments Alan Oliver found himself in the hot seat for the 2005-06 season. His side went on a fine FA Vase run, which saw wins over Ryton, Spennymoor Town, Winsford United, Billingham Town, Ford Sports Daventry, St Blazey and Arnold Town saw Crook reach the last eight.
Bury Town won the quarter final tie at Millfield in front of a crowd of 2,500. However, it had been the best season in many despite the team narrowly missing out on promotion. Oliver was sacked at the start of the following campaign.
Record appearance holder Dennis Pinkney stepped in for a second spell as manager. The club were in such a mess that he was forced to make a comeback at the age of fifty. Former Newcastle United and England defender Steve Howey had a brief spell in charge of the team.
More managerial mayhem followed, before Crook lifted the Division Two title in 2012-13 to regain their top flight status under manager Gary Pearson. The Black and Ambers were relegated in the 2014-15 season with the club in dire financial straights once more.
Crook finished the 2016-17 campaign in seventeenth place in Division Two of the Northern League under manager Tony Boakes.
Crook Town AFC will play in the Northern League Division Two in the 2017-18 season.
Wednesday 26th January 2017
My trip around the southern towns of County Durham before heading to Stokesley to watch some North Riding Senior Cup action was going well. I was in particularly good form after departing from West Auckland after a pint and some real history.
A number 6 bus took me to the club at Watling Street, on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, before changing for the Max 1, which deposited me in Market Place in Crook. The town seemed quite vibrant and not unattractive as I headed off for Millfield.
A short walk along West Road saw me by the closed gates of the wonderful old venue. Fortunately the view from a public path and banking gave me great views for my photography.
The Main Stand with its raised seating was a stunner. A sizeabkle covered terrace next to it was also real old school. The near end had a decent sized open terrace, while the other sides had a few open steps backed by grass banking. It reminded me of the home of Prescott Cables, which be viewed here, in many ways.
Once done I wandered back into the market square and then took the X46 service towards Willington. This wonderful area was definitely deserving of a future visit.