How Croydon won the World Cup

Posted on July 25th, by Ian Lavis in Sport. 4 comments

Watching the World Cup from Boxpark Croydon became a worldwide sensation

The sun was beating down through the clear plastic roof and burning my face. I was sweating lager from every pore. I was drenched in beer. My eyes were fixed on the giant screen and I daren’t blink. The tension was off the scale.

And then it happened. Harry Maguire sent a towering, bullet header … Read More »

Take up tennis and improve your Croydon life

Posted on June 15th, by Michelle Wall in Sport. 1 Comment

How joining a local tennis club can change your life for the better

I did not take up tennis until I was in my mid-forties, as a way of averting the middle-age spread, staying off cigarettes, learning something new, and – most importantly of all – increasing my social circle in Croydon.

I started with some beginner group lessons and, when I found that I enjoyed … Read More »

Review: Oxygen Freejumping Croydon

Posted on January 16th, by Alison Roberts-Tse in Sport. No Comments

This well-equipped venue allows customers to shake up their routine with a new approach to getting fit

Oxygen Freejumping is a trampoline park which opened in April 2017 with more than 100 trampolines, hosting up to 160 jumpers every hour. Visitors can opt for an unstructured hour-long ‘freejumping’ session, or classes with the Oxygen School of Trampolining. Whether for play or learning, Oxygen Freejumping Croydon allows children to burn … Read More »

What does it mean to be a Crystal Palace fan in 2017?

Posted on February 17th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

Tom Lickley is in a reflective mood after the Eagles’ latest defeat

There seems to be little need to pick apart Palace’s 0-1 defeat away at Stoke City last Saturday, rock-bottom confidence and an organised and effective home side the dominant factors.

Instead, as the Eagles seemingly slide towards another phase in the so-called ‘wilderness’ that is English football outside of the Premier League, it seems … Read More »

Crystal Palace’s burning problem

Posted on February 10th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. 3 comments

The Eagles are on their final warning

0-4 better than 0-1

Yes, you read correctly. Few would have appreciated the sentiment as Jermain Defoe slotted easily for his second and Sunderland’s fourth just before half time in the miserable defeat last Saturday, but it’s possible that a thorough thrashing is the last shred of hope for Palace in terms of firing the players up. Had the Eagles succumbed … Read More »

Restless Crystal Palace fans must rally around their team

Posted on January 27th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

Palace fans must keep their heads up, as the Eagles are not relegated yet

Different approach, same result

A confidence-sapping late winner for Everton against Palace last time out will have further reinforced the belief that Crystal Palace’s four year stay in the Premier League is coming to a close. Without playing particularly well, the Eagles looked to have held on to their first point of 2017 before … Read More »

Allardyce needs to motivate his Crystal Palace players

Posted on January 20th, by Tom Lickley in Sport. No Comments

The ability to stay in the Premier League is there, but the manager and fans will need to unearth it

Hardly the most popular choice of a new manager for Crystal Palace, ex-England manager Sam Allardyce has done little to endear himself to supporters in his first few weeks in charge and even less to suggest that the Eagles have the talent and drive capable of keeping … Read More »

Review: Tony Collins: Football master spy

Posted on November 14th, by Paul Dennis in Sport. No Comments

The amazing story of Crystal Palace’s first black player

Born in 1926, Tony Collins was Crystal Palace’s first black player, joining the club in the 1957/8 season, and scoring 15 goals in 55 appearances – a decent return for a left winger.

To be honest to Palace fans, Tony Collins’ appearances for the Eagles are only a small part of a fascinating story which saw him … Read More »

I moved to Croydon and married a Chelsea fan, but Leicester City’s written on my heart

Posted on May 23rd, by Sue Harling in Sport. 1 Comment

As Croydon’s Eagles dare but don’t quite succeed, a Foxier football fan confesses her loyalties

The news that Leicester City FC had done the impossible and won the Premier League led me to reflect on my relationship with my home-town club. It fits neatly into four stages. First there are early childhood memories of the Filbert Street floodlights when we were taken to the dentist in nearby Sawday … Read More »

An ode to Pardew

Posted on May 7th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

With the Premier League season drawing to a close, Nadim Lilani assesses Crystal Palace’s new boss and looks at what lies ahead

He’s a silver fox. He’s a dark horse. He’s a black sheep. Wait, hang on a minute. Scrap that last one. Alan Pardew definitely isn’t a black sheep. In fact, his honesty makes him perhaps the most relatable of all the managers in … Read More »