Brian Caffarey
12:00am, Tue 25th Nov 2008


Surrey Senior Cup

7.45pm on Wednesday 26 November 2008

Our Surrey Senior Cup journey starts with a trip to Kent League side Croydon tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. The winners will be at home to the winners of the Cobham v Leatherhead tie.


Especially with no game this Saturday, Phil Gilchrist will want to give a run-out to those members of his squad who didn?t play the full 90 minutes against Torquay. Up front, he will also be without the services of Liam Marum, who, I understand, is suspended for the Salisbury Setanta Shield game and, apparently, has to miss Wednesday night?s game too. So, there?s a chance for one or more of Giuseppe Sole, Joel Ledgister, Delano Sam-Yorke and Charlie Moone to show what they can do.


The Trams, as they are affectionately known, play at the Croydon Arena. It is said to hold 8,000 people but an awful lot of them would be sitting on the grass! Croydon?s crowds for their Kent League games, needless to say, are considerably lower than that! They were relegated to the Bulmers Cider Kent League Premier Division the season before last after many years in the Isthmian League. The Trams are not to be confused with the Rams, Croydon Athletic FC, who play in the Ryman League Division One South and whose ground is at Thornton Heath.

An old foe, David Leworthy, has just taken over the managerial reins after considerable turmoil at the club, which had led to the resignation of former manager, Mark Tompkins, on 23 October.

The Trams? greatest strength seems to lie up front, with new signing, Reggie Savage (who I think was previously with AFC Wimbledon) joining Tony Atkins. Bronek Dabrowa seems to be a key figure in midfield judging from match reports but there are frequent references to defensive weaknesses, so perhaps the Cards? forwards can take advantage and get some shooting practice. But we?ve had enough upsets in this and other competitions in recent years not to take anything for granted.

The Trams are two places off the bottom of the Kent League, having won four games, drawn one and lost six of their 11 league games so far. In the process they have scored 20 goals and conceded 21. Last Saturday they lost 2-1 at home to third-placed Hythe Town.


Croydon FC Arena

Albert Road

South Norwood

London SE25 4QL

Tel: 020 8654 8555


The Supporters? Club are not running coaches to Surrey Senior Cup matches.

By road

The AA suggests heading for the A3; join M25; leave at J7 to join the M23 and then merge onto A23; follow A23 till Fiveways Corner traffic signals, then turn right onto A232 (signposted Croydon); at The Waddon public house turn right (signposted Bromley/Croydon); continue forward to cross flyover; at roundabout take 3rd exit onto A232 (signposted Bromley/Sevenoaks); at next roundabout take 2nd exit onto A232; at following roundabout take 1st exit onto A215 (signposted Crystal Palace); at traffic signals turn right onto A222 (signposted Beckenham, South Norwood, Crystal Palace); at traffic signals turn left onto A215 (signposted South Norwood, Crystal Palace); at traffic signals turn left into Portland Road (signposted C London, South Norwood, Crystal Palace); turn right into Dundee Road and then left into Albert Road.

By public transport

Tram: Nearest stop is Arena (two minutes from ground). Take Tram 1 or 2 from East Croydon or Elmers End / Beckenham Junction
Bus: 312 towards South Norwood from Croydon or from Norwood Junction Station
Train: Nearest stations are East Croydon or Norwood Junction. From East Croydon, take either the Tram or 312 bus. From Norwood Junction, either 312 bus or a short walk.

Come on, you Cards!

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