CROYDON COMMON FOOTBALL CLUB

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MANAGERS

 

JOHN BARTLETT

The most influential person in Croydon Common's history, John Bartlett was a regular goalkeeper for the amateur club before becoming its manager.  He then prompted and oversaw its change to professionalism.   After resigning in December 1909 to become club secretary, he returned for a second spell between the close season 1911 and April 1912.  He also even once played in goal for the professional club in an emergency.

He later managed Leicester Fosse (now Leicester City) and Swansea Town (now Swansea City).  Upon becoming manager at Leicester, he was at 34 the youngest such postholder in the Football League.

   
NAT WHITTAKER

In 1907, then the honorary secretary of the Southern League, Nat Whittaker attended the public meeting at which the professional Croydon Common club was announced.   Having assisted with the transition from amateur status, he became manager in December 1909 at a time when the club was at the foot of Division One of the Southern League and destined for relegation.  He lasted just 3 months.

He also refereed an F.A. Cup final. 

   
DAVE GARDNER

A Scottish international, Dave Gardner played for Third Lanark, the all conquering Newcastle United side of the early 1900s, Grimsby Town and West Ham United before joining Croydon Common as a player at the start of the 1907-1908 season.  After hanging up his boots, he managed the Robins from February 1910 until the end of the season, thereafter becoming trainer for the remaining years of the club's life.

In 1919, he became trainer at Leicester City and held that position until his death in 1931.

   
SANDY TAIT

Alexander Tait played for Ayr, Motherwell and Preston North End before joining Tottenham Hotspur, where he spent nine seasons and made two F.A. Cup Final appearances.   After retiring as a player, he joined Croydon Common as manager in the 1910 close season, a post he held for just a single season.

Click on his photograph to see a very short film of him running out for Tottenham Hotspur in the 1901 F.A. Cup Final.  He is the fourth player.

   
JOHN BOWMAN

After playing for Burslem Port Vale (now Port Vale), Stoke and QPR, John Bowman became Norwich City's first manager after the club had embraced professionalism.

He became manager at Croydon Common in April 1912 and guided the club for the remainder of it's life, winning two championships along the way.   He even turned out when the side was a player short against Watford in 1915.   Closely linked with QPR, he had spells there as secretary (in 1903 and the 1920s), manager (1931) and director.