Category Archives: Football

AFC Whyteleafe kick-off thinking ‘the impossible could happen’

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: With a new chairman and manager, a Surrey phoenix club is working with the fans with renewed belief. By ANDREW SINCLAIR A month is a very long time in football. In the case of the borough’s newest team, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Caught Short: ‘incompetent’ licensing chair told to resign

After receiving a threat of legal action, three Sutton FibDems have admitted that the content of their newsletter about the local non-league football club was a pack of lies. BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK reports There have been calls for the resignation of … Continue reading

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Football club threatens libel action against three councillors

Our Sutton reporter, BERTIE WORCESTER-PARK, on how the LibDems have been accused of having a ‘vendetta’ against Carshalton Athletic “At best incompetent, at worse downright dishonest, and in either case incredibly negligent.” That is how three Liberal Democrat councillors have … Continue reading

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Veteran Palace boss Hodgson heading towards his final game

It seems a foregone conclusion: after nearly four years of steady, mid-table safety, and 162 games in charge, Roy Hodgson’s last match as manager at Crystal Palace will come on the final day of the season at Liverpool, one of … Continue reading

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Palace fans’ donations help homeless charity cook up hope

Homelessness charity Evolve Housing + Support, together with Crystal Palace FC and their charity, the Palace for Life Foundation, are launching a 12-week cooking course for people who are homeless in Croydon. The Foundation has donated £1,000 to pay for … Continue reading

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Social media black-out is ‘start of a fightback’ says Townsend

Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend says that the social media boycott by English football which begins this afternoon is just the start of a fightback against online abuse and discrimination. Townsend, Palace and the majority of clubs in the country will … Continue reading

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Trams’ most peculiar season comes to fitting end in Peckham

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: For Croydon clubs, their interrupted and curtailed covid season ended with a whimper rather than a bang at the weekend. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports. Match photos: PAUL DAVIS Croydon FC had the opportunity on Saturday to end a disjointed … Continue reading

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Teacher recalls Merton’s park stars finest hour and a half

Two south London boroughs have managed to produce a profusion of footballing talent, from Neil Sullivan to Callum Hudson-Odoi, from Jason Cundy to Wilfried Zaha. Here, DAVID MORGAN looks back to the days when he was manager of one of … Continue reading

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Non-League club Sutton set to make the biggest leap

Semi-pro club Sutton United are closing in on a historic achievement, and after 123 years could soon be following the footsteps of the likes of Wimbledon, Crawley and Stevenage by winning Football League status. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Although a late … Continue reading

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Ex-Liverpool star Gerrard announces academy in Surrey

A football academy set up in the name of Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, will be run in Whyteleafe from September. The Steven Gerrard Academy made the announcement last week. In February, Inside Croydon reported that Whyteleafe … Continue reading

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Wildcats girls’ football centre, Monks Hill, every Monday

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Singapore-based firm buys up Whyteleafe’s football ground

Whyteleafe Football Club’s ground has been bought by a Singapore-based company in a half-million-pound deal which could see the Isthmian League side have to leave their Church Road home. “This could end up finishing the club,” a sports website has … Continue reading

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