FA Vase tie at Arena offers Palace fans their football fix

With England and Scotland playing their World Cup qualifier on Friday night and a blank weekend for Premier League sides, GENE GERMAINERS has a suggestion for football-loving Palace fans this Saturday

There’s an international weekend and Crystal Palace don’t have a game.

With no Premier League action on Saturday, Croydon FC is appealling to Palace fans to get their weekly football fix at the Arena

With no Premier League action on Saturday, Croydon FC is appealing to Palace fans to get their weekly football fix at the Arena

You could make the most of the Whitgift Centre in the last Christmas shopping before it is knocked down (if it does get knocked down), or do that DIY job you’ve been meaning to do since August Bank Holiday.

But really, you want to watch a football match, don’t you?

The pick of the games this Saturday would be at Croydon FC at Croydon Arena on Albert Road.

Now that the car park is open again, and the pathway between Arena tramstop and the ground is reopened, there should be no stopping you.

This Saturday sees Croydon FC on the Road to Wembley.

OK, some years ago Croydon faced Wembley FC  in the Combined Counties League, but in this case I do actually mean Wembley Stadium.

For Croydon are on the trail to the national stadium in the FA Vase when they host Andover Town of the Wessex League. The Hampshire side play at the same level as Croydon, who play in the Southern Counties East League, so it should be a well-matched contest.

Croydon have won two games in the Vase so far, against Loxwood 2-1 and against Bracknell Town 4-1, quite impressive considering that Bracknell beat their opponents 8-0 in their previous game.

Croydon hope that local football fans take the 312, 197, 130 or 289 bus, or a car (did I mention, the car park is open again?) to the Arena for their  football fix.

And Sheppey United recently rated Croydon’s food stall very highly, so if that doesn’t persuade you nothing will!

Near neighbours Croydon Athletic appear to have peaked early in the season. Out of various cup competitions, they have also been knocked off their perch at the top of the Southern Counties East League by Ashford United. 

Only a solitary win against newly promoted Bearsted has taken place in recent games. This weekend the Rams visit Deal Town.

The other local side, Whyteleafe, also visit the coast as the Ryman League South side visit Lewes. Manager John Fowler, previously at Croydon, recently left Whyteleafe following mixed results, and Leafe have won their last couple of matches, beating the mighty Guernsey FC 5-1 and East Grinstead 7-2.

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