Croydon

Address Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL
Website croydonfc.com
Founded 1953
Stadium Croydon Sports Arena
Phone No. 020 8654 8555
Affiliated to: Surrey FA
Social

Chairman: Andy Hillburn
07753 888 742
andy.hillburn@landregistry.gov.uk
Secretary: Sally Maher
07970 879 807
sallycroydonfc@aol.com
Correspondance Address: Sally Maher, 13 Scadbury Gardens, Orpington BR5 2TR
Fixture Secretary: Sally Maher
07970 879 807
sallycroydonfc@aol.com
Programme Editor: Steve Tyler
07796 554350
tyler672@aol.com
Colours: Shirts: Dark Blue / Light Blue; Shorts: Dark Blue; Socks Dark Blue; Keeper Shirt: Pink
Change strip: Shirts: Yellow; Shorts: Black; Socks Black; Keeper Shirt: Green
Manager: Liam Giles
M: 07572 452705
E: Liam_gilesy@hotmail.co.uk
Midweek home games: Wednesday
Matchday pass numbers: Away = 321-326, All = 327-328

Croydon FC - A History

Croydon Amateurs FC was founded on 17th April 1953 to provide senior amateur football at the newly built Croydon Sports Arena. And whilst the idea for a senior club carrying the town’s name had been mooted prior to the war, nothing had become of the suggestion and the catalyst proved to be the laying of the running track and the need for the football pitch to be used.

At the inaugural meeting, Jack Milsted was elected Chairman and George Burrows Secretary, a strong partnership for the first twenty-years. At the time, the club had nothing, its initial funding being by way of public donations.

The Surrey Senior League suddenly found itself with a space to fill and this enabled the fledgling club to have somewhere to compete and ten years were spent in that competition.

The club was ambitious and after its annual rejection by the Athenian League, 1963-64 saw elevation to the Spartan League where it won its first Championship. The original clubhouse was also erected during this season, having been obtained from a local building site.

The extended Athenian League gave them the opportunity of further advancement in 1964 and the Division Two title won in 1966. Four years later, there was relegation followed by two successive runners-up spots which meant Premier Division football. But manager Jimmy Rose who masterminded those two seasons departed to Dulwich and the team broke up.

A season of struggle followed and then the Isthmian started to expand although the club missed out on the first intake, a time when clubs could openly pay their players. With the impending end of amateur status, the club dropped its suffix during the summer of 1973.

Ted Shepherd took over as manager, introduced a professional attitude and thus began one of the club’s most successful decades. 1974 saw election to the Isthmian League and in 1975-76 the team went undefeated in its league programme to gain promotion to the top table.

Shepherd’s decade saw four final appearances in the League, London Senior and Surrey Senior Cups, winning the latter in 1982. 1979-80 saw the club’s best run in the FA Cup, losing to Millwall in a Second Round replay.

Shepherd was succeeded by Barry Webb for the 1984-85 campaign and then Adrian Hill (1985-87) who took the club to its highest ever League position – fourth in the Premier Division – in 1986.

It was at this time that finances took

a turn for the worse, money – or rather the lack of it – was the root cause and seven seasons of struggle ensued. Matters weren’t helped when the local authority decided to redevelop the Arena, exiling the club causing a massive loss in revenue.

Founder Chairman Milsted, together with two of the Club’s other elder statesmen, Alf Haylock and President Charles Waters retired in 1990, and the years that followed under new management culminated in the Club’s name being dragged through the gutter.

There was little stability either on or off the field. Five Chairmen and eleven team managers, mounting debts and threats of closure are ample evidence of that.

The nadir of the mismanagement was 1993-94 but in stepped local businessman, Ken Jarvie at the eleventh hour. Phoenix Sun, his Thornton Heath League side, stepped up nine levels of football to keep the Club’s name alive.

Jarvie’s arrival sparked one of the club’s most successful periods but there was a financial cost He tended to do things his own way which caused some friction but he inspired loyalty from his players.

He led the club to promotion from Division Two in 1996 and a nineteen match unbeaten run at the beginning of 2000 saw Croydon storm to their first league title since 1966. In addition, the club reached its first cup finals since 1982. Defeat against Woking in the Surrey Senior Cup was forgotten a day later with victory over Purfleet in the Full Members Cup.

The club survived its first season back in the Premier Division winning the London Senior Cup but budget cuts led to the loss of a number of quality players and relegation followed a year later.

Jarvie stepped down during the summer of 2002 leaving the Club in a poor position and Dickson Gill took over to begin a fifteen year reign. The Club continued to struggle and was duly relegated to Division Two in April 2005.

Money remained an ever present problem and 2006 saw a season of consolidation and being placed in the Kent League in the big reorganisation of the non-League game.

A third place finish in its inaugural campaign was the best. Matters stagnated and regressed, the one on-field success being in 2009 when the Kent League Cup and Charity Shield found their way across the county border. There followed a short spell in the Combined Counties League before moving back east to the SCEFL Premier Division.

Gill’s resigned in January 2017 and left an void which has now been filled and the club is now looking to move forward once again under new Chairman Martin Burr.

On the field the club have shown a steady improvement over the past few seasons. Two 18th placed finishes were followed by 11th in 2016-17 and an impressive 5th place result last campaign.

The vultures from Whytleafe came and took the manager and a few players have followed.

2018/19 was a very bad year for the Club. Just 11 points were collected and relegation was confirmed early on. There was no chance of a quick return thanks to the Coronovirus Pandemic ending the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons early so we now go into the 2021/22 campaign looking to earn our place back in the Premier Division.

Club Stats
Home Away All
Played 8 4 12
Wins 5 3 8
Draws 1 0 1
Losses 2 1 3
Home Away All
Per Match Total Per Match Total Per Match Total
Goals 2.5 20 2.5 10 2.5 30
Goals Conceded 1.6 13 1.5 6 1.6 19
Yellow Cards 1.5 12 1.8 7 1.6 19
Red Cards 0.3 2 0 0.2 2
Clean Sheets 0 0.5 2 0.2 2
Corners 0 0 0
Fouls 0 0 0
Offsides 0 0 0
Shots 0 0 0
Shots on Goal 0 0 0
Fixtures
London Hire Ground 23 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Sutton Athletic
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Croydon
23 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
London Hire Ground
Sutton Athletic
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Croydon
| London Hire Ground
Croydon Sports Arena 30 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
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Faversham Strike Force
30 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
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Faversham Strike Force
| Croydon Sports Arena
Latest Matches
Croydon Sports Arena 6 Oct 2021 7:45 pm
Croydon
1 2
Forest Hill Park
6 Oct 2021 7:45 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
1
2
Forest Hill Park
| Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon Sports Arena 2 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
4 1
Larkfield & New Hythe
2 Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
4
1
Larkfield & New Hythe
| Croydon Sports Arena
Ladywell Arena 18 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Lewisham Borough
1 3
Croydon
18 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Ladywell Arena
Lewisham Borough
1
3
Croydon
| Ladywell Arena
Wibbandune 15 Sep 2021 7:30 pm
Westside FC
5 2
Croydon
15 Sep 2021 7:30 pm
Wibbandune
Westside
5
2
Croydon
| Wibbandune | Referee: Abdul OLOL
Croydon Sports Arena 4 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
3 2
Rochester United
4 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
3
2
Rochester United
| Croydon Sports Arena | Referee: Paul GREENFIELD
Croydon Sports Arena 28 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
1 1
Kent Football Utd
28 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
1
1
Kent Football United
| Croydon Sports Arena | Referee: Kehinde Agboola
Imperial Fields 24 Aug 2021 7:45 pm
Tooting Bec
0 3
Croydon
24 Aug 2021 7:45 pm
Imperial Fields
Tooting Bec
0
3
Croydon
| Imperial Fields | Referee: Andrew STANFORD
Croydon Sports Arena 21 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
3 2
FC Elmstead
21 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
3
2
FC Elmstead
| Croydon Sports Arena | Referee: Ben WRIGHT
The Lindsey Field 14 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
0 2
Lydd Town
14 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
The Lindsey Field
Croydon
0
2
Lydd Town
| The Lindsey Field | Referee: John QUIRKE
Chalky Lane 11 Aug 2021 7:45 pm
Chessington & Hook
0 2
Croydon
11 Aug 2021 7:45 pm
Chalky Lane
Chessington & Hook
0
2
Croydon
| Chalky Lane | Referee: Teddy OSBORN
Croydon Sports Arena 7 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
4 1
Greenways
7 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
4
1
Greenways
| Croydon Sports Arena | Referee: Joseph TURNPENNY
Croydon Sports Arena 31 Jul 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon
4 2
Staplehurst Monarchs
31 Jul 2021 3:00 pm
Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon
4
2
Staplehurst Monarchs
| Croydon Sports Arena | Referee: William DONNELLY
## Goalkeepers
## Defenders
## Midfielders
## Forwards
## First Team Manager
Liam Giles
Age - Nationality
Player Stats
Player Position
Nic Taylor Goalkeeper 9 9 810 1 0 0 15 2
Player Position
Aaron Loftus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Reber 2 0 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aiden Lopeman 5 2 181 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Morrison 8 8 720 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Darren Titre-Wilson 3 2 181 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Quarshie 4 4 315 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gavin Quintyne 9 9 780 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
Jahquan Springer 1 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Kaate 4 1 131 1 0 0 3 0 0 0
Jermel Johnson 4 3 239 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
John-Prince Rylah 7 7 600 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Johnny Akoto 5 4 387 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Owen 5 2 271 2 0 0 4 0 0 0
Jubril Adamson 3 1 118 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kieran Rufus 9 9 765 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Michael Campbell 1 0 45 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Nathan Oliver 0 0 80 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nicholas Wilson 2 1 116 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Oliver Spedding 6 6 540 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rhys Coleman 2 1 135 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richard Pingling 9 8 702 2 0 0 3 1 0 0
Richard White 8 8 603 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Tayler Maddock 1 1 90 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Beckford 9 7 613 2 0 0 5 1 0 0
Zach Powell 7 6 513 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Transfers
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