Category Archives: Football

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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Non-league clubs left to count costs of season-that-never-was

The borough’s grassroots football clubs have had a second season abandoned because of coronavirus, reports ANDREW SINCLAIR It was seemingly inevitable, but last night the Football Association declared the non-league season below the National League null and void. It is … Continue reading

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Virtual Comedy Night for Croydon Athletic, Feb 11

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Crystal Palace give stadium over to NHS for vaccination centre

Sports centres in South Norwood are being turned into emergency coronavirus medical facilities. A hospitality suite at Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park stadium has been adapted into one of London’s biggest covid-19 vaccination venues, playing a pivotal role in vaccinating … Continue reading

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After 27,000 meals for charities, Palace Kitchen is still cooking

The Palace Kitchen project is being extended into February so that thousands of local people in need can continue to receive nutritious food. Palace Kitchen, based at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium and backed by the Palace for Life Foundation … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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