Category Archives: Football

All ale and hearty – a welcome return to beer festival season

The beer festival season is back. After covid cancellations, this year feels like it’s back to business for these jamborees of brewing, and BILL LACEY went along to Selhurst Park at the weekend to experience one of the very best … Continue reading

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Trams look to turn over new Leafe with updated league

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: The season may be over for the borough’s part-timers, but as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports, there’s still plenty going on behind the scenes with derby dates to arrange for a renewed local rivalry Croydon FC will have a local … Continue reading

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Croydon FC youth academy trials, free entry, Apr 30 & May 7

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‘Home form at Arena cost us’ says departing Trams boss Giles

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: End of an era at Croydon Arena, as the manager who helped pull the club together after crisis-hit years has announced he is stepping down. ANDREW SINCLAIR with a round-up on another tough season for the Trams, Rams, … Continue reading

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Vieira looks to Brentford and Bernabeu for Wembley glory

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: Even though they are denied arguably their player of the season, Crystal Palace fans are approaching Sunday’s big match with nothing-to-lose optimism Crystal Palace will never have a better chance of beating the world champions and … Continue reading

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‘Bitter pill’ for Trams as they are cruelly denied semi-final place

On the eve of ‘Non-League Day’, when the country’s smaller clubs ask fans from Premier League sides to pay them a visit, ANDREW SINCLAIR rounds up the latest news from Croydon FC and Croydon Athletic Robbed of a shot at … Continue reading

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As the pressure mounts, Trams are taking it one game at a time

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: As the football season enters its vital last few weeks, ANDREW SINCLAIR catches up with the local sides’ managers One win and just six points from 10 games from October and mid-January reads like the form of a … Continue reading

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Trams’ New Year game hits back of the net for local community

Croydon FC might have lost their first game of 2022 to an unlucky injury-time goal at the Arena yesterday, but the people of South Norwood turned out as the real winners after an impressively generous donations day held for the … Continue reading

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Croydon 2021: Where Eagles care and people power takes hold

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: In the second part of our review of the year, loyal readers step up to report raptor sightings, there’s the retirement of a much-admired Palace manager, worrying election results for Labour and the council … Continue reading

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Trams kick-off New Year with collection for community kitchen

Croydon FC’s first game of 2022 will be running a fund-raiser for the South Norwood Community Kitchen. The match, against Tooting Bec, kicks off at Croydon Arena at 3pm on bank holiday Monday, January 3. “Come along and cheer on … Continue reading

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Southgate and Hodgson honoured at British Sports Awards

Former Palace manager’s career recognised with prestigious award – ‘He made football better’ Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson, two Crystal Palace all-time greats, were among the award winners at the 2021 British Sports Awards on Thursday. England manager Southgate was … Continue reading

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Club kept in the dark over light bulbs at council-owned Arena

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Croydon FC fear dire consequences over the poor lighting at their council-owned ground, while Athletic try to get over a crucial game where six players were sent off. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Croydon FC’s brightish start to the season … Continue reading

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Nothing to see here: police back down over Palace banner

As the old saying goes, tweet in haste, repent at your leisure. Croydon’s police are certainly repenting that tweet they sent out on Saturday evening after Crystal Palace’s match against Saudi-owned Newcastle United, following a backlash from fans who reminded … Continue reading

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Met Police score spectacular own goal over Saudi banner

Palace fans’ group accuses the Premier League of choosing ‘money over morals’ on £300m Newcastle takeover deal and doing ‘business with one of the world’s most bloody and repressive regimes’ Croydon’s police invited scorn and ridicule on Saturday, when they … Continue reading

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Angry Giles blows the whistle over dodgy penalty decision

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: As groundsharers Croydon Athletic and Balham get off to a slow start in their new league, ANDREW SINCLAIR reports on how their neighbours at the Arena are mounting a promotion challenge Croydon boss Liam Giles was left fuming … Continue reading

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Hodgson rules himself out of the running for ‘impossible job’

By our Town Hall correspondent, PEARL LEE Roy Hodgson, Croydon lad, Freeman of the Borough and all-round local hero, has firmly ruled himself out of the reckoning to become the first directly-elected mayor of Croydon next year. Hodgson was at … Continue reading

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Crimestoppers kick off campaign to stop hate crime at football

With discrimination and incidents of hate crime taking place at football matches across the country, Crimestoppers has begun a campaign urging London football fans to take action and report information about crimes 100 per cent anonymously. The four-week campaign will … Continue reading

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Champions! Schoolboy footballers lift the cup after final thriller

Croydon Schools’ under-15s have been crowned national champions, after winning a tense English Schools Inter District Cup final against Chester-le-Street 3-1 on Sunday. The game, played at Worcester’s rugby stadium, Sixways, was evenly matched from the start, with Chester-le-Street’s strong … Continue reading

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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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