CROYDON COMMON FOOTBALL CLUB
More than 40 Croydon Common players were featured on cigarette and trade cards during their careers, although only one did so while at the club (see Billy Yenson below). Most cigarette and trade cards issued at that time were based upon black and white photographs, but drawn cards provided a welcome opportunity for a splash of colour. For a list of cards (excluding variations) featuring players who appeared for the club at some point in their career, click the link here. Please let me know if you are aware of any others.
A list of the cards that I still need for my collection can be seen by clicking the link here. Please let me know if you have any to sell.
WILLIAM YENSON (Gallaher - Association Club
Billy Yenson played for West Ham, Bolton Wanderers and QPR before moving to Croydon Common in 1909. He was soon made club captain and spent six seasons at The Nest before finishing his career at Brentford.
Throughout his time at Croydon, he also owned a local tobacconist shop which advertised in the club's handbooks.
WILLIAM WOOLDRIDGE (Cohen Weenen - Football Captains 1908)
Billy Wooldridge (not Woolridge as per the card) played for Wolverhampton Wanderers for ten seasons from 1900 before joining the Robins. Five of his seasons with Wolves were at centre forward, where he scored freely, before dropping back to centre half. He scored 81 times in total in an old gold shirt.
JOHN LEWIS (Ogdens -
Famous Footballers 1908)
Much travelled John Lewis played for Bristol Rovers (where he was capped for Wales), Portsmouth, Brighton (whose shirt he is wearing in the picture) and Southampton before joining Croydon Common in 1908.
He played just one season for the Robins, where he made an incredible 60 appearances, scoring 40 goals including 12 in the club's F.A. Cup run, with 5 in one game.
JOHN EGGETT (Cohen Weenen
- Owners, Jockeys, Footballers & Cricketers 1906)
John Eggett was a goalkeeper who began his career at Doncaster Rovers before moving to London. After spells at Woolwich Arsenal and West Ham, where he failed to make any first team appearances, he moved to Tottenham in 1904 where he played for three seasons. He joined Croydon Common in 1907 and played for just one season, making 57 appearances.
JACK HARROW (Pals
Magazine - Famous Footballers 1922)
A local lad, Jack Harrow joined Croydon Common as a centre forward in 1908 at the age of 20. He soon moved to the defence and three years later he was transferred to Chelsea where, over the next 15 seasons, he made 400 first team appearances as a full back.
After retiring, he was on the Chelsea training staff until 1938.
JACK COCK (Players -
Football Caricatures 1927)
In a career that took in Huddersfield Town, Brentford, Chelsea, Everton, Plymouth Argyle and Millwall, Jack played just once for Croydon Common. He was a wartime guest player in the 1915-1916 season.
A fine semi-professional singer, he managed Millwall following his playing days and took them to a wartime Cup final against Chelsea in 1945.
Over a period of around 20 years, John Baines of Bradford issued several hundred cards carrying the names football and rugby clubs. As with many of the cards, the colours of the shirts shown on the Croydon card do not relate to those actually worn by the club.
A number of Croydon Common players have also been represented on modern nostalgia cards, with Jack Harrow and Jack Cock appearing on several. The following represent a sample.
GEORGE HUNTER (JF Sporting Collectibles - Famous Footballers Pre-Great War 2003)
Born in Peshawar on the Khyber Pass, Hunter played for several top clubs, including Aston Villa (with whom he won a league championship medal in 1909-1910), Chelsea, Manchester United, Southampton and Birmingham. He also appeared twice for the Football League.
|JACK HARROW (Futera - Captains of Chelsea 1998)
|JACK COCK (David Rowland - Association Footballers 1998)
SAM WOLSTENHOLME (Everton
- 100 Seasons at the Top 2002)
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.
HESHAM (JF Sporting Collectibles -
Football's Fallen Heroes of World War One 2014)
I can find no record of a cigarette or trade card featuring Frank Hesham issued in his lifetime, but he now features in this centenary series of cards commemorating footballers who died in the Great War. Further details of his playing career and untimely death can be found on the In Memoriam page.