FC Cartagena are enjoying a brilliant season in the Segunda B Group 4, where they are level on points with Marbella for top spot and the sole place in the winners’ play-offs.
Promotion would lift them to the second tier for the first time in six years and their fourth term at that level in their history.
But for Efesé, their records only stretch back to 1995. For their predecessors, it is a lot longer.
Cartagena’s original club
The Murcia city has footballing roots starting in 1919, when Cartagena CF were founded.
But they never reached the La Liga, instead spending most of their time between the Segunda and Tercera divisions, including winning the latter twice in the early 30s.
However, like many other Spanish sides in the lower tiers, finances were hard to come by and in their final season, they failed to pay their players. Cartagena CF dissolved in 1952, but that wasn’t to be the end of the sport in the city.
The successors and present day Cartagena
Despite being established in 1940, immediately after the disbandment of Cartagena CF, UD Cartagenera became recognised and took their place in the third tier.
For over 40 years, it was the main team of the area, enjoying a six-year spell in the Segunda division between 1982 and 1988.
But the establishment of FC Cartagena, who represent a continuation from the city’s original side, in 1995 saw them drop down the pecking order and eventually become their reserve outfit.
The ‘B’ team remain in the Tercera Division, but are not allowed to rise into the same tier as their parent club, nor can they compete in the Copa del Rey competition.
Meanwhile, in a nod to the city’s footballing heritage, the Cartagonova Stadium, where the senior side play, sits on the land that once held the El Almarjal, home of Cartagena CF.