The next ten years until 1957-58 were spent in the first division. Relegation was short-lived and Valladolid gained promotion in 1958-59 with 5-0 win over Terrasa under the trainer José Luis Saso, a legendary figure in the history of the team. He had originally been a goalkeeper for Valladolid, and he subsequently went on to perform many roles, ending up as president of the club.
Valladolid vacillated between the first and second divisions in the subsequent years, descending as low as third in 1970-71. Promoted La Liga for the 1992-1993 season, the team was again sent down after the 2003-2004 season.
Their highest position during their past stint in La Liga was 7th in 1996-97. Real Valladolid has also won the Spanish League Cup (a competition only played in the early 80s) once, in 1983.
It is remarkable too the role of Real Valladolid that same year in Copa del Rey, getting as far as quarter-finals after beating two top division teams: Nàstic (agg. 4-1) and 2006 Champions League contender Villarreal (agg. 3-1), while playing the whole competition with the reserve players.
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