Xerez Club Deportivo, S.A.D.
, usually just Xerez
, is a Spanish football team
based in Jerez de la Frontera
, Province of Cádiz
, in the autonomous community of Andalusia
. Founded on September 24, 1947, it plays in Segunda División
, holding home matches at Estadio Municipal de Chapín
, with an overall 22,000-seat capacity.
Team colours are usually blue shirt and socks, and white shorts.
Due to the link between Jerez de la Frontera
and the United Kingdom
created by the exports of sherry
), football had its beginnings in the region towards the second half of the 19th century. In the early 20th century, Sir Thomas Spencer, who worked with the William & Humbert winery
, founded Sociedad Jerez Foot-Ball Club
. He also served as chairman, player and captain.
From 1942–47, the club had several names, ending with Jerez Club Deportivo
, which was changed to the current name in 1960s. Xerez first reached the second division
in 1953–54, remaining there for five years. Previously, in the 40's, the team had promoted on the field but, due to the "high national interest" of the dictatorial government
, left its position to España de Tánger Football Club
The team's new stadium, Estadio Municipal de Chapín
, was inaugurated on July 10, 1988, replacing the old Estadio Domecq
. The first match there was a friendly against Real Madrid
. After decades in that category and also in the third
, it had a 2001–02......