Football


The Croydon-Kaliningrad connection

Posted on July 31st, by Charles Barber in Culture. 9 comments

Drawing comparisons between our borough and this unusual Russian city

I suspect many people in Croydon will not have even heard of the city and region of Kaliningrad. Yet for this particular Croydonian, it will always have a special place in my heart. Twenty-seven years ago, a few months after this then-Soviet city was opened up to foreigners, I married my dear wife. This June, tempted by … Read More »



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 »



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 »



How Croydon lads confronted the Auld Enemy

Posted on November 24th, by Andrew Dickinson in History. 1 Comment

Andrew Dickinson recalls a kickabout to remember on the Purley Way

It’s Saturday 4th June 1977, some time in the morning. A few mates and I have got on our bikes and gone up to the Purley Way playing fields to have a kickabout. All normal stuff. We’ve walked through the huge car park where the 194 and 115 buses used to turn around (this is pre-Colonnades … 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 »



Announcement of Wanderers fixtures at AFC Croydon

Posted on August 25th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

A press release from Wanderers FC announces the first round of fixtures for three of their teams.

Release begins:

5th September
Wanderers 1sts v Worcester Park ‘A’ @ Mayfield Stadium
FBB Wanderers v Conquerors @ Goals Tolworth
Wanderers 2nds v Shaftesbury Town ‘A’ @ Dulwich Park

12th September
Wanderers 1sts v NPL Reserves @ Mayfield Stadium
FBB Wanderers v AFC Ewell Reserves @ Nescot, Ewell
Wanderers 2nds v Worcester Park ‘B’ … Read More »



McArthur has Scot what it takes

Posted on March 13th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport, Topical. No Comments

James McArthur has been a shining light for Crystal Palace this season. Nadim Lilani argues that the Scottish midfielder will be key in the Eagles’ climb up the table, both this season and next

It was always going to be a difficult season for Crystal Palace. Expecting a smooth sailing campaign would be like expecting four inches of snow to leave the United Kingdom unmoved. … Read More »



Who are ya? The Wanderers come to Croydon

Posted on December 9th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

As the nomadic Wanders FC settles – for now – in Croydon Athletic’s Mayfield Stadium, Nadim Lilani details the rise, fall, and rise of Thornton Heath’s newest residents

If the name ‘Wanderers FC’ suggests a team without drive, without ambition, then it is a misleading one. Rewind over a century and a half to 1850, and one of the oldest names in football was born. Wanderers were … Read More »



Yannick attacks and Aussie rules as Eagles grind out key victory

Posted on October 10th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

Nadim Lilani is in buoyant mood. He reviews Palace’s first league victory at Selhurst Park this season, which catapulted the team to their highest league position since 1997

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

For three quarters of an hour on Saturday, Crystal Palace played like the champions of Spain. Resilient rear-guard action: check. Midfield dominance: check. Maximum exploitation of set-piece opportunities: check.

All of the … Read More »