Tag: Croydon Athletic

Croydon Athletic’s Fifteen Minutes Of (Unwanted) Fame – When A Cricket Scandal Arrived In The Ryman League

The walk to Isthmian (Ryman) League Croydon Athletic’s ground from the nearest road is a dangerous one. And in that, it mirrors the club’s recent relationship with money and those that, allegedly, do illegal things with it and to get it. As fellow Kingstonian fans gathered for their Bank Holiday fixture in Horsham, the talk was of little else but the Rams’ supporting role in the latest match-fixing allegations attached to Pakistan’s cricket team.  The alleged cricket agent allegedly filmed by the News of the World allegedly predicting the precise time of no-balls bowled by Pakistan during their test match at Lord’s last week was also alleged to have said he was laundering his alleged ill-gotten gains through his very real local football club (“the only reason I bought a football club is to do that”). And, as a result, Croydon FC got some unhelpful attention from the lazier newspapers, and the phrase “all publicity is good publicity” lost its credibility in Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon, as said cricket agent was one Mazhar Majeed, co-owner of the Rams since 2008. Back in Horsham, there was a none-too-brief conversation about German football teams with railway links. But once we’d got that sadly regular lunacy out of the way, the inevitable questions began to be asked: “Does anyone know how Croydon Athletic got on next Saturday?”, “With...

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Match Of The Week: Worthing 2-1 Croydon Athletic

It’s a big weekend of football across the length and breadth of the country. One of the unique qualities of the English football season is the way in which, over the course of the Easter weekend, we pass seamlessly from the tail end of the mid-season into the final straights. Saturday lunchtime sees Manchester United play Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League’s match of the weekend. We watch it in a pub near the sea front in Worthing, West Sussex, surrounded by braying men in Manchester United and Chelsea replica shirts and Chelsea edge a critical win, but this is only a sideshow prior to the main event. Woodside Road is a mile and a half or so from Worthing town centre, but it’s about a million miles from Old Trafford. Set in the middle of a residential housing area in the north side of the town, it’s a hotch potch of corrugated iron and wooden structures with a large, pre-fabricated stand that runs three-quarters of the length of the pitch. We’re here today for what could be the last hurrah for Worthing’s bid for automatic promotion from the Ryman League Division One South. The race at the top of the table has come down to three sides. Croydon Athletic lead the table, with Folkestone Invicta in second place and Worthing in third. Croydon are six points...

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