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INTERNATIONALS

 

No player was capped while at Croydon Common, although twelve internationals played for the club at some time in their careers (see below).  The player who came closest to winning a cap while with the club was goalkeeper Robert Evans, who was capped by Wales both before and after his time at Croydon.

WILLIAM BALMER played for eleven seasons at Everton before joining the Robins.  He played for England in the 1-1 draw against Ireland in 1905 at Middlesbrough.

JACK COCK played for a number of Football League clubs and guested once for the Robins during the war.  He won both his England caps during the 1919-1920 season.

Click on his photo to see a clip of him playing in 1920 against Tottenham Hotspur - he is the player in the dark shirt falling to the ground.

       
ROBERT EVANS, who also played for Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Wrexham, won a total of ten caps for Wales between 1902 and 1912. DAVID GARDNER won his single international cap in 1897, playing for Scotland against Wales.  Then with Third Lanark, he joined the Common from West Ham United ten years later.
       
HARRY HADLEY spent seven years at WBA, and also appeared for Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Southampton, before moving to Croydon Common.  He won his England cap in 1903. JOHN LEWIS won a single cap, appearing for Wales in a 1-0 home defeat against England in 1906.  In doing so, he became the first Bristol Rovers player to win an international cap.
       
JACK HARROW transferred to Chelsea from Croydon Common and played 400 times for the Blues.  He won his two England caps late in his long career.

Click on his photo to see a short clip of him leading out Chelsea in 1920.

ALBERT HODGKINSON was capped by Wales against Ireland in 1908.  As well as playing for Croydon Common, he also had spells at several Football League clubs.
       
SAM WOLSTENHOLME won three England caps; the first when he was at Everton and the other two while with Blackburn Rovers.  He joined Norwich City after leaving the Robins. ERNEST WILLIAMSON was the goalkeeper for Croydon Common for three seasons before he joined first Arsenal and then Norwich City.  He won both his England caps in May 1923 against Sweden.

Click on his photo to see a clip of him in action for Arsenal against Newcastle in 1919.  He is the goalie in the dark jumper.
       
ATTILIO FRESIA won his sole cap playing for Italy against Belgium in May 1913 while at the Andrea Doria club.  At Croydon Common, he failed to appear for the first team, having previously suffered the same fate at Reading. ERNEST COLEMAN won an England cap in March 1921, while playing in goal for amateur non-league club Dulwich Hamlet.  He was also an amateur international and his one game for Croydon Common was in 1912.