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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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‘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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Olympic hero Fraser gives her club the shirts off her back

You could have a real Olympic vest, worn by a real Olympic athlete in a race at a real Olympic Games. And by buying it, you could be helping the next generation of Croydon’s stars fulfill their dreams of competing … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Libraries, pool and Arena may not open because of cash crisis

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More embarrassment for Tony Newman as Croydon-owned sports centre in his ward remains closed, while fears have been revived that the Labour-run council could flog off some libraries for housing Several of the borough’s public libraries and … Continue reading

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League promises to help Croydon’s homeless football club

NON-LEAGUE NEWS: Croydon FC kick-off their league season tomorrow with no certainty about when they will be able to start playing home games again at the council-owned Croydon Arena – if at all. Croydon Arena, which is operated on behalf … 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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Croydon Women ready to kick off in search of old glories

Training in a public park, wearing borrowed kit and unable to use their traditional home ground, but still with dreams… ANDREW SINCLAIR reports on how a once great football club is slowly rebuilding itself Two decades after being disbanded, Croydon … 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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Football club forced to play games away over Arena uncertainty

The borough’s longest-established non-league football club go into the new season forced into a nomadic existence, uncertain of when their home ground at Croydon Arena will be available to stage home games. The council-owned Arena, the home ground of Croydon … Continue reading

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Councillor claims: We can’t afford to reopen Arena stadium

Track where Olympic stars Donna Fraser, Martyn Rooney and Lawrence Okoye began their track and field careers is under threat after covid-19, as senior council figure claims it could cost £200,000 to reopen Oliver Lewis, the council cabinet member, last … Continue reading

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Shut Arena has Croydon trailing in national fitness campaign

With the government launching a £10million health awareness campaign to encourage the public to take more exercise and lead active and fitter lifestyles, it appears Croydon has made a false start. There’s mounting concern among some of the borough’s biggest … 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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Vandals ‘trash’ South Norwood clubhouse for fifth time

ANDREW SINCLAIR on another bitter set-back for a local sports club Croydon Football Club’s premises at Croydon Arena in Albert Road, South Norwood was broken into on Friday – the fifth break-in at the non-league team’s clubhouse in a year. … Continue reading

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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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