The Croydon Football Club is currently a member of the Combined Counties League. The club was previously a member of the Isthmian League, but eventually lost its place after a league re-structuring. Also known as ‘The Trams’, this semi-professional football club has managed to compile a respectable record in a number of leagues, including a number of club honours, including Isthmian League Division One winner and runner-up for a number of years.
The Story of Croydon FC
The club was founded in 1953, and was established to provide the large town of Croydon a football club of its own. Jack Milsted was the founding chairman of the club, and led the club in its campaign to gather public donations and other funding. The club subsequently joined the Surrey Senior League, and some of the early successes of the team included reaching the finals for the Charity Cup and County League Cup.
While the team managed to chalk up good winning streaks at the league, the club was never named the champion. During the 1963-64 season, the club was allowed to compete in the Spartan League, but this turned out to be the only season in that league for the club. Although this was just a brief stint, the club managed to win a championship, nailing more than 130 goals. In the 1975-76 season, the club also managed to make history when it completed the season without a loss, only to be defeated in the finals.
Ken Jarvie and recent successes of Croydon FC
The club achieved a successful run when Ken Jarvie joined the organization. It was through the leadership of Jarvie that players were inspired to perform beyond what was expected. Also, it was through the efforts of Ken Jarvie that the club managed to be promoted to another division, and finished second to Canvey Island. In 1999, the players achieved a club record when they managed to play for 883 minutes without allowing the opposing team to score a single goal!
Notable Achievements and Club Honours
When it comes to persistence, Croydon FC is definitely one of the best clubs around. Thanks to its training programs, its leadership in the form of Ken Jarvie and other top managers, this club has achieved a number of honours, including:
- Champion, Spartan League (1963-64)
- Division One winner, Isthmian League (1999-2000)
- Winner, London Senior Cup (2001-02)
The club recently reactivated its youth set-up, and has competed in the Southern Youth League. The club has been known for its youth team component, and it had great runs during the 1970s and 1980s, when the team participated in the FA Youth Cup.