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ACTION PHOTOS

 

Unfortunately, action photographs of Croydon Common matches are rare.  Also, those that do exist are often from games against lesser opposition, with the result that the crowds usually appear very small even though attendances of 4,000 plus were common.

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Croydon Common attack the Catford Southend goal in a 2-1 home win in the London League in September 1910. A photograph from a home match played during the period 1909 to 1911.  The opponents are almost certainly Luton Town (light blue shirts with a dark blue V neck and band around the bottom of the shirt). The date of the match is not known for certain, but there are valid reasons for believing that it is the Southern League fixture in February 1910, which the visitors won 3-2.
       
Action from the 4-3 home defeat by Portsmouth in the Southern League in November 1909.  The crowd at least looks sizeable. Croydon Common attack in the 4-1 home win over Norwich Reserves in the South Eastern League in September 1911.
       
Croydon Common (playing in white) pile on the pressure in an 8-0 home win over Kettering in the Southern League in February 1911. Croydon Common (playing in green) attack the Crystal Palace goal in the 1-0 away defeat in the London Professional Cup in September 1908.  The Robin facing the camera is Ernie Colpus.
       
Another photo from the London Professional Cup away match with Crystal Palace in September 1908.  The Croydon players on the left are former England internationals Sam Wolstenholme and Harry Hadley, together with (probably) William Taylor.  The Robin on the extreme right is future Palace half back Bob Spottiswood and the one with his back to the camera is almost certainly John Christie. A third photo from the London Professional Cup away match with Crystal Palace in September 1908.  The Croydon players are again Harry Hadley, (probably) William Taylor and Sam Wolstenholme.
       
Robins Ernie Hayward (nearest the camera in white) and John Lewis attack the Crystal Palace goal in the home Western League fixture in February 1909.  Croydon won 2-0. A scene from the 1-1 home draw with Norwich City Reserves in a South Eastern League fixture played in September 1908.

(Thanks to Crystal Palace fan, Ian Weller, for the scans of the final five photos)