Founded in 1928 by the merger of Real Union Deportiva de Valladolid and Club Deportivo Espanol, Valladolid did not reach the top flight until the 1947-48 season, yet made a first Copa del Rey final appearance just two years later, losing 4-1 to Athletic Bilbao at Chamartin.
The following years were mainly spent in the top flight but the club reached an all-time low in 1970 when it descended to the third tier of Spanish football. Although promoted immediately, La Pucela did not return to the elite until 10 years later, but subsequently spent all but three of the next 24 years in La Primera.
The side’s highest position during this era was seventh in the 1996-97 campaign, the best achievement since a fourth-place finish in the 1962-63 season.
Although honours have been hard to come by for Valladolid, they have been Copa del Rey runners-up twice and winners of the short-lived Copa de la Liga in 1983-84.
There have also been two UEFA Cup campaigns in 1984-85 and 1997-98, with a run to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals in 1989-90.