The last time we won on August Bank Holiday was way back in 2017 when beating Wandsworth & Norwood at Mayfields. Lewisham have also held ongoing sway over Croydon at The Arena which continued this time.


It was nevertheless an entertaining encounter with play going from end-to-end in the first half despite it being goalless. David Green flashed one across the goal on two whilst the visitors sent in a couple of soft shots before rattling the crossbar on fifteen and a minute later, broke down their right flank but flicked the ball wide


Chances came and went and after a patient build up, Samuels screwed his volley wide of the target before George Kamurasi had to save low down.


Trams went off the boil during the interval, losing the ball in midfield and giving the away forwards time and space to crack home the opener on forty-seven.


Trams were back on terms on fifty-three when Morgan hit home a powerful low drive but behind again on sixty-four when an exquisite through ball was larruped home. Pushing forward, Croydon left things open and Lewisham pounced again for their third on sixty-seven.


Eighty-one saw Green pushed over and Reber net from the penalty mark. However, with three minutes of normal time remaining, Lewisham were again allowed run freely and dink the ball home to restore the two goal margin.


Croydon weren’t finished and following an Anderson back header, Rufus headed home on ninety-one and before the whistle, blasted a shot narrowly over.

The Coming of Age, the history of Croydon Amateurs FC’s first twenty-one years, is almost ready for print but an urgent request.

Do any readers have photographs (as opposed to press cuttings) of the Albert Road  Recreation Ground from pre 1953 and also the nascent Arena in 1953 and 1954? Emails please to historian Steve Tyler on


Croydon: Kamurasi, Abduelateif, Morgan, McGovern, Anderson (C), Rufus, Reber, Morton, Samuel, Chin, Green

Subs: Noiki, Richardson, Thompson, Allen, Bangerter

Match Report: Steve Tyler