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Non league club move into historic 24,000 seater stadium

One particular non league club have stirred up plenty of talk this month after choosing to move into a historical 24,000 seater stadium.

Croydon Football Club, who play in the Southern Counties East League Division One, are playing their ‘home’ matches at a ground that has huge amounts of history.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, their home ground, Croydon Sports Arena, remains closed with the surface unplayable.

They are pleased to announce a temporary switch of home ground to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. It has a capacity of 15,500, but can be and has been in the past expanded to 24,000 with temporary seating.

The stadium is on the same site that hosted 20 FA Cup finals between the years of 1895 and 1914. It also hosted 5 international matches and was home to Crystal Palace in the early 1900’s.

  • 3 April 1897 – England 1–2 Scotland
  • 30 March 1901 – England 2–2 Scotland
  • 1 April 1905 – England 1–0 Scotland
  • 3 April 1909 – England 2–0 Scotland
  • 4 March 1911 – England Amateurs 4–0 Belgium

21 teams competed in the twenty FA Cup Finals staged at Crystal Palace, with ten different winners. Four more teams won the FA Cup during this time, after replays at other grounds. Newcastle United appeared in the most finals at the ground, five, but never lifted the cup there, whilst Aston Villa won all four of their games there.

Football ground guides

YearAttendanceWinnerRunner-up
189542,560Aston Villa10West Brom
189648,036Sheffield Wed21Wolves
189765,891Aston Villa32Everton
189862,017Nott’m Forest31Derby
189973,833Sheffield United41Derby
190068,945Bury40Southampton
1901110,802Tottenham 22Sheffield Utd3–1 in replay at Burnden Park, Bolton
190276,914Sheffield Utd11Southampton
Replay33,050Sheffield Utd20Southampton
190364,000Bury60DerbyLargest ever cup final victory
190461,734Man City10Bolton
1905101,117Aston Villa20Newcastle
190675,609Everton10Newcastle
190784,584Sheffield Wed21Everton
190874,967Wolves31Newcastle United
190967,651Man Utd10Bristol City
191076,980Newcastle 11Barnsley2–0 in replay at Goodison Park, Liverpool
191169,098Bradford 00Newcastle 1–0 in replay at Old Trafford, Manchester
191254,434Barnsley00West Brom1–0 in replay at Bramall Lane, Sheffield
1913120,028Aston Villa10Sunderland
191472,778Burnley10Liverpool

It was opened in 1964 in Crystal Palace Park, close to the site of the former Crystal Palace Exhibition building which had been destroyed by fire in 1936.

The current stadium built in 1965 has hosted international athletics events and me open air concerts where world famous artists have performed including Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Sex Pistols and Depeche Mode.

Their first home game will be on Saturday the 7th of November with a 1.45pm kick off against Sutton Athletic.

Entrance is via Jubilee Stand (East Stand) Gate F, Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2BB. All home Saturday Kick Offs will be at 1.45pm. A full map of the ground can be found here.

Admission is payable on the gate in cash only. They do not currently have a cashless system.

Admission Prices

Adults (17-65) – £7

Concessions (66+) – £3.50

Children (Under 16’s) – Free!

Season Tickets 

Adult (17-65) – £88

Concession (66+) – £45

Season tickets are for home SCEFL League games only

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Please fill out their SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM and club management will process and confirm your request.

All applications are made agreeing to their season ticket terms and conditions.

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