Category Archives: Sport

Norbury comedian scores a winner with first football book

ELLA HOPKINS on how a son’s post-match reproach helped inspire Kevin Day to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition Kevin Day has always enjoyed reading. He dreamed of writing a book of his own one day. His dad taught him to read … Continue reading

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I don’t want to see a headline saying “Hodgson must go”

EXCLUSIVE: As part of a wide-ranging interview about his new book and football, one of Palace’s best-known fans, Kevin Day, says it could be time for change. By ELLA HOPKINS Roy Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has said ahead of … Continue reading

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Paul Nihill, Addiscombe’s Olympic hero, has died aged 81

Paul Nihill, a Croydon Olympic hero, has died. He was 81. Living in a nursing home in Kent, Nihill had fallen ill with coronavirus. Nihill won the silver medal in the 50km walk at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, on his … Continue reading

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Harriers sprinter switches to snow and ice in Olympic bid

Croydon Harriers sprinter James Dasaolu has switched sports in a bid to compete in his third Olympics – this time amid the snow and ice of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Dasaolu, 33, made his World Cup bobsleigh debut at … Continue reading

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Trams mark arrival at Crystal Palace with memorable comeback

After 10 months without a home game, the borough’s oldest non-league club enjoyed a homecoming with a difference on Saturday, with the most rousing of comeback wins, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports For the first time in almost 10 months, thanks … Continue reading

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Facebook offers fans tools to deal with ‘battleground of hate’

Facebook recently launched Take A Stand – an action-led initiative to empower fans to call out discrimination wherever they see it. Together with Kick It Out, football’s leading anti-discrimination charity, they spoke to fans from clubs across the English leagues … Continue reading

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Elmhurst footballers picked to play in schools’ World Cup

Two boys from a prep school in South Croydon have been picked to play for England in one of the world’s largest football tournaments. Elmhurst School’s Javahn Woode (Year 6) and Daniel Kaminski (Year 5) were selected from 250 triallists … Continue reading

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Police make arrest in murder inquiry over sergeant’s shooting

England’s rugby players paid tribute at Twickenham yesterday to Matt Ratana, the rugby-playing police sergeant who was shot dead while on duty Croydon in September. The emotive gesture came the day after the police announced that they had arrested a … Continue reading

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Palace defender Sakho wins millions in drug test libel case

Mamadou Sakho, the Crystal Palace defender, has accepted “substantial” damages from the World Anti-Doping Agency for defamation over allegations he took banned performance-enhancing drugs. It had been reported that Sakho was seeking at least £13million in damages, plus costs. Sakho, … Continue reading

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Palace in £1m agreement with council for Selhurst scheme

Crystal Palace FC’s long-delayed development plans to upgrade their Selhurst Park home could be about to get underway after Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, rubber-stamped a community levy deal that could be worth up to £1million to the local … Continue reading

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Non-league football ordered to suspend games and training

    Croydon FC’s dreams of playing their first home fixture of the season at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre this Saturday have been crushed after the FA this morning confirmed the postponement of all “non-elite” football due to the … Continue reading

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Lloyd Park stages first track and race trial for England Athletics

MATTHEW KIERNAN reports on how local runners tried out the ‘new normal’ on Saturday. Photos: NIGEL BRAMLEY By this time of year usually, the country’s hardened distance runners, fun runners and joggers would be two months into their winter of … Continue reading

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Rugby mates rally round to get SPOTY honour for Ratana

Matt Ratana’s rugby mates are rallying around to get the murdered Croydon police officer honoured at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Thousands of rugby players from across the south-east, including members of Old Walcountians, where Ratana … Continue reading

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Giles sees red after his side concedes controversial late penalty

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: With the Croydon “Wanderers” about to set up a new home at Crystal Palace, ANDREW SINCLAIR reports on an impressive unbeaten run, and how the Rams have managed to end their losing streak as one of their stalwarts … Continue reading

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Arena closure sees the Trams sidetracked to Crystal Palace

The borough’s oldest non-league football club has been forced out of Croydon, the latest casualty of the council’s cash crisis. Croydon FC have been unable to play any home matches since the new season began because their ground, Croydon Arena, … Continue reading

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Shearman is in the running to set Olympic record in Tokyo

The London Marathon takes place on Sunday. It will be 40th running, but entirely different from the previous 39 editions. And because of the special covid staging, a Purley-based sports photographer who has covered the race every year since the … Continue reading

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Rugby clubs’ season’s big kick-off gets postponed to 2021

The club rugby season was due to kick off today. But with barely 48 hours’ notice, amid a rapidly worsening situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the blazers at Twickenham issued orders on Thursday to postpone competitive rugby until January, at … Continue reading

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Walcountian clubmates offer their tributes to shot policeman

The police sergeant killed at Windmill Road custody centre in the early hours of Friday has been named as Matt Ratana, a 54-year-old with 30 years’ service in the Met and who was just weeks away from taking retirement. Ratana … Continue reading

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Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

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Virtual London Mini-Marathon opened up to primary schools

Cancelled because of covid-19 in April, the 2020 London Mini-Marathon could now be the biggest road running event for kids ever staged, as the organisers aim to get 45,000 youngsters from across the country to run 2.6 miles in a … Continue reading

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No panic says Rams boss after 13-game win-less streak

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Tough times at the Mayfield, while Croydon FC are enjoying their games on the road, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Croydon  Athletic have certainly picked up where they left off in the covid-abandoned 2019-2020 season, their 2-0 home defeat … Continue reading

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Councillor warns Purley leisure centre may never reopen

A ward councillor in Purley says that the council-owned swimming pool and leisure centre there, which has been closed since March because of coronavirus, is at serious risk of never being reopened.

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League promises to help Croydon’s homeless football club

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Croydon FC kick-off their league season tomorrow with no certainty about when they will be able to start playing home games again at the council-owned Croydon Arena – if at all. Croydon Arena, which is operated on behalf … Continue reading

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Mayfield Stadium takes special measures for return of fans

NON-LEAGUE NEWS by ANDREW SINCLAIR Football fans can return to stadiums to watch their favourite non-league sides, it was announced last week. If only Croydon FC had a stadium that was open and operating where they might be able to … Continue reading

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Palace For Life Wildcats Football, Heavers Farm, from Sep 5

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