Category Archives: AFC Croydon Athletic

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rams’ boss Rayner ready with a few surprises for new season

A seat in the boardroom and a new assistant means that the Croydon Athletic manager is working with more than the challenges presented by covid-19 ahead of the new season. Exclusive interview by ANDREW SINCLAIR Croydon Athletic are less than … Continue reading

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No Cup dreams as Croydon knocked out before a ball is kicked

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Any dreams that Croydon FC might have had of an FA Cup run taking them all the way to Wembley next May, however fanciful, have been cruelly snuffed out before a ball is even kicked in the new … Continue reading

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‘Promotion is the minimum. But I want to win that league’

As one football season ends, so preparations are well underway for the start of a new non-league term, and Croydon FC’s manager cannot wait. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports More than four months since their last competitive game in a covid-19 curtailed … Continue reading

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Croydon Athletic summer camp, Thornton Heath, Jul 21-Aug 20

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Season’s abrupt end leaves clubs uncertain over promotion

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: It was inevitable, but when the end of the season was announced, abruptly, on Tuesday, there was dismay and some shock among our local clubs, as ANDREW SINCLAIR, right, reports The decision was announced on Tuesday, with all … Continue reading

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Croydon FC’s game abandoned after referee is racially abused

Croydon FC’s match at Croydon Arena was abandoned at half-time on Saturday after the referee was racially abused by a player from the visiting side. This is the second game in a couple of months in the South East Counties … Continue reading

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Trams have 10 games left to salvage their promotion push

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Fixture congestion, cup knock-outs, floodlight failures, losing streaks, ANDREW SINCLAIR reports on a tough February for the local clubs. Croydon FC pictures: PAUL DAVIS Croydon’s non-league clubs have had a tough month, as one saw their promotion hopes … Continue reading

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‘It’s just terrible’: local football club rocked by fourth break-in

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: On the pitch, things had been running smoothly for Liam Giles’s Croydon FC. And then vandals and thieves broke into the clubhouse once again. ANDREW SINCLAIR reports For the fourth time in 10 months, the Croydon FC clubhouse … Continue reading

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Athletic cleared over racism allegations in Fisher match

There could be serious recriminations for a team of non-league footballers who walked off the pitch mid-game in Thornton Heath last month after the London FA handed down a ruling which cleared AFC Croydon Athletic and their players of all … Continue reading

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Athletic waiting for FA judgement over racist abuse claims

The former borough councillor who chairs Croydon Athletic says no further action will be taken by the club against their player accused of racist abuse. Exclusive by ANDREW SINCLAIR Croydon Athletic will be taking no further action against the player … Continue reading

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Croydon Athletic match abandoned amid racism allegations

Croydon Athletic, the sometime controversial non-league football club, is today at the centre of a racism row after an opposing team walked off the pitch on Saturday making claims that one of their players had been abused. The South East … Continue reading

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Whyteleafe striker given trial chance with Championship club

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: One of the local clubs’ outstanding players has been offered a trial with a Championship side, while there’s a massive opportunity for a cup giant-killing for another club’s youth team, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Whyteleafe’s Ronald Sobowale is … Continue reading

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Bad-tempered derby sees Athletic end six-match losing streak

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: The 2019 el Croydon Clásico between Croydon Athletic and Croydon FC at Mayfield Road on Tuesday night turned out to be less-than-a-classic, and ended with accusations surrounding a deliberate dive to get a rival player sent off. ANDREW … Continue reading

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Bumper crowds see Somo’s goals keep Croydon on the up

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Personal tragedies for players, three-goal leads squandered, the return of women’s football and continuing encouraging turn-outs at Croydon Arena, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Goals galore for the both Croydon clubs and a personal tragedy at Whyteleafe – it … Continue reading

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Holmesdale defeat showed how much Trams miss Somo

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Bumper Bank Holiday crowds and a bit of a cup run – the local teams have got through the first month of the season in reasonable shape, as ANDREW SINCLAIR reports Photographs by CLARE BARNETT Croydon FC drew … Continue reading

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