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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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‘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 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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Prize money and pride from a cup run could transform Croydon

Last week, ANDREW SINCLAIR recalled Croydon FC’s best FA Cup run 40 years ago. This week, he examines the reasons that the club did not manage to build on that precious success For many non-league football clubs, the experience, success … Continue reading

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The FA Cup run 40 years ago when Croydon lived the dream

ANDREW SINCLAIR recounts the footballing events of this week in 1979 when the local non-league club came within a game of being in  the FA Cup third-round draw alongside the Manchester Uniteds, Liverpools and Tottenhams Forty years ago this week, … Continue reading

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Goal-scorer Smith slots in quickly as Trams sign three players

NON-LEAGUE NEWS by ANDREW SINCLAIR They must have considered installing revolving doors at the dressing room entrance at Croydon Arena by the end of last month, as while two players left Croydon FC during October, manager Liam Giles was signing … Continue reading

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Croydon FC upcoming fixtures, Croydon Arena, Nov 9-Dec 21

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Croydon FC v Elmstead, Croydon Arena, Oct 26

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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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Non-League Day: Croydon v Meridian, Croydon Arena, Oct 12

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FA Vase 2nd Q Rd: Croydon v Colliers Wood, Arena, Sep 14

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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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Newly confident Trams are up for the FA Cup this Saturday

NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Forget transfer deadline day, for the area’s amateur clubs, this weekend is one of the biggest of their season. By ANDREW SINCLAIR There’s a wave of fresh optimism down at Croydon Arena this week, as Croydon FC, the … Continue reading

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