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ODD PHOTOS

 

A few photographs of the less than ordinary kind.  Click on the thumbnails to see the full sized images.

A hot air balloon at a club open day breaks loose and causes havoc. (1912) A fire destroys the stand at The Nest.  It probably didn't look much better before the blaze. (1908)
       
One wonders why a horse was at a training session. (1913) An unusual team photograph.  It is in fact the supporters' club. (1911)
       
The referee calls all twenty two players to the centre circle in a London Professional Charity Fund match between Croydon Common and local arch rivals Crystal Palace to tell them to cut out the rough stuff.  The players were later driven from the field by torrential rain.  Crystal Palace won 1-0. (1910)

Sam Bacon, Jack Harrow, David Gardner and Percy Barnfather practice their golf at The Nest. (1911)


And the golfing theme continues in this photograph of a group of players, with Allman eschewing the obligatory cap. (c.1912)
       
A photograph showing a Croydon public house and stables with, in the window, a poster advertising the home match with Brentford at The Crescent on Wednesday 1 April 1908 and the upcoming Reserves match with Acton United.  Note the misspelling of Brentford. (1908)

Any information on the identity of the premises would be gratefully received.
A view of the crowd for a match at The Nest, most probably during the tenure of Croydon Common.  The photograph has been marked with the word MILLWALL in reverse (alongside the Sportsman advertisement).  If the visitors were indeed Millwall, photograph was taken in one of the following seasons; 1909-10, 1914-15 or 1915-16.  There is a possibility that the photograph was taken while Crystal Palace were residents at the ground (1918-1924), but the Sportsman advertisement was a Croydon Common feature.