1940s - 1950s

The autocratic 40s were a continuous forward looking escape. Altough the club grazed the ascent to the fisrt division in the early adventures after becoming UDLG, the economic crisis called into question the institution’s stability. From a sports point of view, Levante U.D. (renamed in June, 1941), picking up the unique Gimnástico colours, known as ‘azulgranas’ (blue and deep-red), sailed between Second and Third Division, briefly staying in a regional category. Nevertheless, the qualifying round of Copa del Generalísimo (Spanish cup) had epic moments when fighting against the Athletic Club.

The 50s emerged from the fog. Levante used to play at Vallejo since Gimnástico rented a land, a property of the Martínez de Vallejo family. The owners of this land decided to revoke the established resolutions, creating a serious problem, which the chief executives of the entity found hard to resolve. Levante suffered the consequences of foreclosure and eviction. From an institutional perspective, this terrible obstacle coincided with the opening of the first stage of Antonio Román as the head of the society. Soon, he determined the key to solve the problems coming from these terrifying circumstances. As an essential measure, Antonio Román avoided the dramatic effects to survive the foreclosure, to counter-attack and venture the purchase of the facilities which would revert to the possession of heritage in a type of society where these kind of goods were missing.

Antonio Román, who modernised the club’s internal structures, suggested the purchase of Vallejo as the Philosopher’s Stone of his project and the new projection which could catapult Levante. He always stood up for the propsperity of this deal, as the fact of increasing his properties generated much attraction. In the sports section, after moving between the Second and Third Division, the ‘azulgrana’ squad became established in the Second Division and even tried to promote to the First Division, fighting Las Palmas in season 1958-1959. At the time there was Wilkes, a historical contracting, and Joseíto amongst other ascending footballers.

De UDLG a Levante UD

Fue en los primeros días de junio de 1941. Una escueta nota de prensa recogía las permutas en materia jurídica de la entidad que había nacido a la conclusión de la Guerra Civil tras la fusión obligada del Levante y Gimnástico. La UDLG (Unión Deportiva Levante-Gimnástico) pasaba a la historia. Los rectores de la sociedad notificaron a la Federación Valencia...

Estreno de los colores azulgranas ante el Real Madrid en 1941

El Real Madrid y el Levante estaban citados sobre la superficie del feudo de Vallejo el domingo 21 de septiembre de 1941. Era el típico encuentro de presentación en sociedad de la escuadra levantinista. Atrás quedaba el verano y la reestructuración de la plantilla destina a competir en Segunda División en el curso 1941-1942, pero aquel choque trascendió al tiempo....

Vuelve el fútbol a Vallejo tras la riada de 1957

El día uno de diciembre de 1957 el fútbol regresó a Vallejo en su máxima expresión. Atrás quedaban los efectos devastadores de la riada que anegó la ciudad de Valencia en octubre tras desplomarse el cielo con una virulencia inusitada. Las consecuencias del desbordamiento del cauce del Río Turia fueron catastróficas. El feudo azulgrana sintió los efectos aniquiladores del agua....