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F.A. CUP FINALISTS

 

A number of Croydon Common players appeared in an F.A. Cup final at some point in their career, as detailed below.

WILLIAM BALMER appeared for Everton in successive finals in 1906 (beating Newcastle United) and 1907 (losing to Sheffield Wednesday). JACK HARROW appeared for Chelsea in the last final before the war.  The Blues lost 3-0 to Sheffield United.

Click on his photo to see a clip of him walking out to play for The British Army v. The Belgian Army during WW1.  He is the sixth player in the line.

       
SAM MESTON played for Southampton for several seasons before joining Croydon Common.  He appeared for the Saints in the finals of 1900 and 1902. SANDY TAIT appeared for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1901 final, when Sheffield United were beaten after a reply.  A strong tackling full back, he later played for and managed Croydon Common.
       
ROBERT THOMSON played for Chelsea in the 1915 final along with Jack Harrow.  Having only one eye following a childhood accident did not prevent him scoring 51 goals in his only season at Croydon. WILLIAM WOOLDRIDGE played for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United in 1908.  As with many other players, he finished his career with a spell at Croydon Common.
       
BILLY YENSON was in the Bolton Wanderers side that lost by a single goal to Manchester City in the 1904 final.