CROYDON COMMON FOOTBALL CLUB
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.|