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Fan Diary: New Season Brings Familiar Excitement

As you may have been aware, TEB has a proud tradition of supporting the glitz and glamour of non-league, as believe it or not it is not just about Crystal Palace Football Club in the surrounding area of SE25.

There are plenty of local clubs which ply their trade in the notoriously difficult non-league who deserve to get the limelight shone on them as well as Palace.

If you missed it previously, here is a link with our plans for our non-league feature this season. Here at TEB we like to uphold tradition with our non-league friends so as you will have seen, we will be sharing a monthly supporters dairy from each of our chosen clubs.

So without further ado, Suniel Bhardwaj who follows Croydon Football Club shares his views on the start to the season.

“The wait for a league fixture list is eagerly anticipated by football fans everywhere. However, if you are a fan of a club eight divisions below Palace, that wait takes longer. Just a month before the season starts, long after the Premier League fixtures are released, the Southern Counties East League fixtures are out.

When you get the list, you look out for the local derbies (or just the games against AFC Wandsworth and Norwood). For the uninitiated, Croydon FC fans cannot bring ourselves to refer to ‘The Other Lot’ as a Croydon side. We just prefer to refer to them by their original name, which prior to 1991 was Wandsworth and Norwood FC.

The fixture list also threw out some long treks to East Kent to teams such as Deal Town and Canterbury City. Admittedly it’s a doddle compared to Newcastle United against Palace, but you get my gist… We also have exciting games at Whitstable and Sheppey United to look forward to.

But best of all are the new grounds we will visit. Coming up are trips to newly relegated Chatham Town, plus newly promoted Glebe and Rusthall.

The first game at the Arena was against Barnet. It was actually a development side led by Barnet star Wesley Fonguck. Croydon won 6-0 that night in front of a large crowd of 117. The next home game was against Rusthall and there was a crowd of 40+. All those Barnet glory hunters eh?

But I’m still on cloud nine after beating Wandsworth, so stay tuned for more from me next month.”



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Michael Stokoe

Michael Stokoe

Michael is an avid football fan growing up through the highs and lows of following Palace. Currently pursuing a career in journalism at the University of Brighton.

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