CROYDON COMMON FOOTBALL CLUB
The club toured Sweden in May and June 1912 and played six matches in just eight days. The tour was at the invitation of the Swedish Football Association, who met all the costs of the trip. The results were:
|Monday 27 May||Walhalla, Gothenberg||Gothenberg Combination||2-1||2-2||Hartness (2)|
|Wednesday 29 May||Ostermalm, Stockholm||Stockholm Combination||1-0||2-0||Allman, Hartness|
|Thursday 30 May||Ostermalm, Stockholm||Stockholm Combination||1-0||Hartness|
|Saturday 1 June||Walhalla, Gothenberg||Gothenberg Combination||0-0||0-0|
|Sunday 2 June||Walhalla, Gothenberg||Gothenberg Combination||0-0||0-0|
|Monday 3 June||Walhalla, Gothenberg||Orgryte IS||0-0||2-1||Hartness (2)|
The first five matches were played against teams made up of players selected from a number of local clubs. The final match was against Orgryte IS, the oldest club in Sweden (founded 1887), and the four matches held in Gothenberg were all played at the club's ground.
The two matches in Stockholm were played in Ostermalm, which is the district in which the Stockholm Olympic Stadium is located. It was the venue for several events, including equestrian, fencing and tennis, in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics which commenced just a few days later.
|Croydon Common players and their Swedish opponents mingle together at one of the matches.|
|... and another photograph taken at the same match.|
|The Croydon Common
side that played on 29 May
1912. The photograph appeared in the Swedish sports newspaper,
Idrottsbladet (Sports Leaflet), on 31 May.
The line up is, from left to right:
Hartness, G. Yenson, Little, Hutchins, Watson, Pace, Bushell, W. Yenson, Burke, Romain and Allman
|A postcard of the Rasunda Stadium in Stockholm sent to his wife from the tour by David Gardner. This stadium was the venue for several of the matches in the Olympic football tournament of 1912, including the bronze medal play off game.|
|The reverse of the David
Gardner postcard, which was dated 30 May 1912 and postmarked the next
Dear Jessie, We did not play yesterday owing to the rain having flooded the field but will play today + tomorrow here then go back to Goteberg to play Saturday + Sunday. Bowman arrived this morning he had a pretty rough voyage. I can't suggest whether we may play more games or not. This is a view of the ground where the Olympic football will be played. I am keeping well. Best love for you and kisses for Davie + you from your own David.
Given that the card was dated 30 May, this would appear to suggest that a match was not played on 29 May due to the weather, but it is known that one was. Given the comment that there would be two games in successive days before the return to Gothenberg, it would appear that the card was actually written on 29 May and the postponed game was therefore due to have taken place on 28 May; however, this schedule would not have allowed a day's break to travel from Gothenberg to Stockholm following the opening match. A mystery!