|Full name||Croydon Football Club|
|Founded||1953 as Croydon Amateurs|
South Norwood, London
|League||Southern Counties East League|
|2013–14||Combined Counties League
Premier Division, 14th
|Website||Club home page|
Croydon Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in Croydon, London. Until 2006, they played in the Isthmian League, but lost their place in that league as part of the 2006 re-structuring of non-league football, and now play in the Combined Counties League. They play at Croydon Sports Arena in South Norwood. The club was founded in 1953 as Croydon Amateurs.
The club was founded in 1953 as Croydon Amateurs FC and its original players came from some of the stronger clubs playing in local football. The club spent their first ten years in the Surrey Senior League but whilst failing to win the championship (thrice finishing runners-up), evolved into one of that competition's strongest teams. In 1963–64, they joined the Spartan League, winning the league title at the first attempt in their only season in the competition. 1964 saw them join the Athenian League where they spent the next ten years, winning the Second Division title in 1965–66, suffering relegation four years later and then gaining two successive promotions to the Premier Division as runners-up to Herne Bay (1970–71) and Harlow Town (1971–72) under the managership of Jimmy Rose. Rose's departure to Dulwich Hamlet saw a mass player exodus and a season of struggle ensued. 1973 saw the suffix Amateurs dropped due to the impending changes to the status of players and a year later, under the management of Ted Shepherd, election to the expanding Isthmian League.
Two seasons later, after an unbeaten 1975–76 campaign, the club gained promotion to the Isthmian's top division – initially titled Division One but then retitled the Premier Division where they spent twelve seasons before deserved relegation to the First Division in 1989. A further relegation followed in 1994, but following Ken Jarvie taking over as Chairman / Manager and internal reorganisation, they were promoted back to Division One within two seasons. The club's first Isthmian League title – champions of Division One followed in 2000, before relegation two years later.
The non-league scene was reorganised at the end of the 2005–06 season and this restructuring saw them placed in the Kent League where following a third place finish in 2006–07, the club finished in mid-table the second two seasons. 2008–09 culminated with success in the Kent League Cup after a penalty shootout win over Erith Town.
That turned out to be the club's final Kent League fixture as they shuffled sideways into the Combined Counties League (a competition which evolved from the Surrey Senior League) for the 2009–10 season. This is effectively back where they spent their first ten years and there is long-term rebuilding underway - the first three seasons in the CCFL saw them finish lower midway. For the 2014–15 season, the club was switched to the Southern Counties East League (formerly the Kent League).
The club also runs a successful youth programme, with teams from Under 7 to Under 15, a midweek Under 18 team playing in Ryman Youth League and a very successful Sunday team who play in the Croydon Municipal league. In their first season the Sunday side were promoted and won the Leonard Vase Cup (2012–13) Recent players to have graduated from the youth programme include Danny Mills and Stefan Payne.
The club's nickname "The Trams" was adopted around 2000 when the Croydon Tramlink system was installed and runs round the back of the ground, Arena being the closest stop less than 2 minutes walk from the turnstiles.
Croydon play at Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL. For the 2012-13 it was announced that Croydon have let newly formed phoenix club A.F.C. Croydon Athletic play at the ground.
As of September 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Isthmian League Division One Winners: 1999–2000
- Isthmian League Division Two Runners-up: 1975–76 (undefeated) (retitled Division One 1977–78), 1995–96
- Isthmian League Cup Finalists: 1974–75, 2000–01
- Isthmian League Full Members Cup Winners: 1999-00
- London Senior Cup Winners: 2001–02 – Finalists: 1978–79
- Surrey Senior Cup Winners: 1981–82 – Finalists: 1976–77, 1999–00
- Kent League Cup Winners: 2008–09
- Kent League Challenge Shield Winners: 2009
- Athenian League Division One Runners-up: 1971–72
- Athenian League Division Two Winners: 1965–66 – Runners-up 1970–71
- Spartan League Champions: 1963–64
- Surrey Senior League Runners-up: 1956–57, 1960–61, 1962–63
- Surrey Senior League Cup Winners 1960–61, 1962–63 – Finalists: 1953–54, 1959–60, 1961–62
- Surrey Senior League Charity Cup Winners: 1962–63 – Finalists: 1957–58 Shared with Dorking: 1953–54
- Record attendance:
- At The Arena - May 1954 - 1600 - v Dorking - Surrey Senior League Charity Cup Final
– 1 November 1975 – 1450 v Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
- At Selhurst Park – 15 December 1979 – 9809 v Millwall (FA Cup Second Round)
- Record Goalscorers – Fred Morris (1959–64 – 159 goals), Tony Luckett (1962–73 – 125 goals), Peter McCluskey (1953–63 – 124 goals), Alec Jackson (1977–88 – 111 goals)
- Record Appearances – Alec Jackson (1977–88 – 441 plus 9 as sub), Tony Luckett (1962–73 – 409 plus 1 as sub)
- Record Win – 21 January 1961 home v Banstead Athletic 11–0 Surrey Senior League
- Record Defeat – 19 March 1994 away v Staines Town 0–14 Isthmian League, 2 April 1994 away v Berkhamsted Town 1–14 Isthmian League
- Best league position: 4th in Isthmian League, Premier Division (then level 6), 1985–86
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- CROYDON at the Football Club History Database
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- Croydon - Croydon Sports Arena Fan zone
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