Category Archives: Sport

Football’s coming home for Croydon’s non-league sides

Local non-league sides kick-off the new season on Saturday with a home-coming and hopes that, at the very least, they will be able to complete their fixtures this time round, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Having been left to count the … Continue reading

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New format that offers a way in to cricket for our youngsters

For DAVID MORGAN, his first Hundred cricket match struck a chord I went to a cricket match at The Oval on Thursday. It wasn’t the first time I had been to a game there, but it was the first time … Continue reading

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Fore! Golf course and hotel latest properties in council fire sale

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Four public-owned properties, not mentioned in the council’s original disposals list, are now being sold off as the Town Hall gets itself out of the hotels business. By PEARL LEE, our south of the borough correspondent The … Continue reading

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Selsdon golf club offers youngsters chance to kickstart careers

A group of leisure venues and golf clubs, including Farleigh in Selsdon, is running another recruitment drive as a new crop of ambitious young professionals are given their chance to shine. The government’s Kickstart scheme is being used at the … Continue reading

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France star Vieira now in the frame for Palace manager’s job

Pizza delivery riders in the Selhurst Park area had better get ready: Patrick Vieira could be coming to town. Now, given the disappointments, twists and turns in previous news reports about the appointment of a manager to replace Roy Hodgson … Continue reading

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Whitgift old boy aiming to knock England out of Euro2020

Twelve months ago, there was a decent chance that a sporting prodigy that had enjoyed coaching and schooling at Whitgift in South Croydon might play a part in the Euro2020 tournament, as Callum Hudson-Odoi was making progress as an attacking … Continue reading

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From Montserrat to Norwood Junction: a goalkeeper’s journey

ANDREW SINCLAIR charts one of the more remarkable pieces of summer transfer business conducted in the Southern Counties East League Div 1 On June 2 this year, Nic Taylor kept a clean sheet for Montserrat in a 4-0 victory over … Continue reading

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Favre’s 11th-hour U-turn leaves Palace fans with questions

Even by Crystal Palace standards, the excitement and anticipation over the news that Lucien Favre was set to sign a three-year contract to manage the football club was extremely short-lived. Little more than 24 hours after reports that the former … Continue reading

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Parish gets his man as Palace agree three-year deal with Favre

What could possibly go wrong? Crystal Palace have agreed a three-year appointment for their new manager, and just need the government to issue a work permit… There was palpable excitement among Eagles fans last night when the news emerged that … Continue reading

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Four signings show new season ambition at Hamsey Green

RUGBY ROUND-UP: With fingers, and pretty much everything else, crossed, Warlingham RFC are gearing up for their first full competitive rugby season since 2019 by adding some serious clout to their coaching set-up. Covid lockdowns saw the premature end of … Continue reading

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Warlingham go close in their first real rugby for 18 months

It has been a long wait, but after nearly 18 months without any serious competitive rugby, a Warlingham side finally got a chance to play on Saturday, their senior Sevens squad losing narrowly in the final of the Egham Hallowegians … Continue reading

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Sanderstead mum’s Channel swim closes in on bionic target

An amputee from Sanderstead has added “Channel swimmer” to her list of accomplishments after a 15-hour relay effort at the weekend gave the latest cash boost to her fund-raising campaign to pay for a bionic hand. Nicola Wilding, 44, was … Continue reading

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Wilfried Zaha Academy summer camp, Purley, Jul 26-Aug 27

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Whyteleafe league exit raises doubts over property investors

The Steven Gerrard Football Academy has tried to distance itself and the eponymous former Liverpool and England captain from any mention in the public outrage caused by two non-league football clubs being forced to quit their home grounds after they … Continue reading

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Refugee Week cricket festival, Norbury Park, Jun 20

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Delays at Croydon put Parkrun’s national return in jeopardy

Delays at Croydon Council could force the abandonment of the post-covid return of hundreds of popular Parkruns across England. Following the government’s “roadmap” out of lockdown, national organisers have been targeting June 26 as their English resumption date – but … Continue reading

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Gazza’s Euro ’96 shorts sell at auction for £5,000 – unwashed

Just how much might Harry Kane’s socks be worth if the England captain leads his side to victory over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday in their European football championships opener? Or Marcus Rashford’s shorts? Mason Mount’s shirt? You could name … Continue reading

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Okoye makes giant comeback with Olympic qualifying mark

Nearly a decade since he stepped into the circle for the discus final at London 2012, and Lawrence Okoye looks set to return to the Olympics in Tokyo next month. Having made an athletics comeback after his misadventures in American … Continue reading

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Victoire Ladies Football Club open trials, Jun 20 & 27

Victoire Ladies Football Club is looking for players aged 16 upwards for the 2021-2022 season. They will be holding trials on June 20 and 27 at Croygas Sports Club, 48 Mollison Drive, Wallington SM6 9BY from 11am to midday.

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Mitcham & Carshalton rugby club to host first London Pride 7s

Mitcham and Carshalton Rugby Club and the London Stags are staging the inaugural London Pride 7s tomorrow. This will be the first tournament of its kind in south London, with clubs around the country taking part, looking to champion inclusive … Continue reading

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Reader offer: 10% off your rounds of golf at Farleigh in June

Inside Croydon readers will receive an exclusive 10 per  cent discount off all green fees at Farleigh Golf Club on Mondays to Fridays through the month of June. At Farleigh, off Old Farleigh Road, close to Selsdon and Warlingham, they … Continue reading

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Four! Golfers start young with Farleigh’s coaching offer

At one of the most popular golf courses around Croydon, the traditional cry of “Fore!” has been replaced of late by “Four!”, as a squad of young golfers have been taking the chance to take up the game. Weekend classes … Continue reading

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Selhurst Park charity match scores big for children’s hospital

A charity football match in aid of Great Ormond Street children’s hospital featuring Jimmy Bullard and Anton Ferdinand has already scored a major goal by beating its fund-raising target more than a week before kick-off at Selhurst Park. The Goals … Continue reading

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All change for the Rams as local leagues get FA shake-up

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: A reshuffle of non-league divisions across the country by the FA looks to have dealt Croydon FC a tough hand. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports The chances of an el Croydon Clásico derby between the borough’s leading non-league sides have … Continue reading

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Palace confirm Hodgson to retire after last games of season

Roy Hodgson’s final home game as Crystal Palace manager will be tomorrow night at Selhurst Park. At least Eagles fans will be able to give their veteran manager a proper send-off, as some spectators will be allowed in for the … Continue reading

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