Croydon’s future is in doubt

THE future of Ryman League Premier Division side Croydon is in serious doubt.

THE future of Ryman League Premier Division side Croydon is in serious doubt.

The club have contacted the league as a result of internal problems following allegations made in a national newspaper regarding the person widely regarded as the owner of the club.

The club have been unable to pay the August wages for the players and are faced with a number of other financial claims. At the end of the club’s home match with Concord Rangers on Saturday the management team indicated that the side would be unlikely to play together again.

The league have been working closely with the club during the past week and attended a meeting at the club last Wednesday with the chairman and three other senior members of the club.

Croydon Athletic FC are doing all they can to stay in business and are hoping that by publicising their plight they may find someone willing to take over the club. The league have agreed to a request from the club to postpone their next two league fixtures – away to Tooting & Mitcham United on Tuesday and home to Sutton United on September 18 – in order to give the club time to see if they can survive.

The league and the club will then reconsider the position to ascertain whether or not the club can meet their commitments to the League for the remainder of the season.

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League chairman Alan Turvey commented: “The league is very sorry that the club has suffered such a blow. We are concerned to act in the best interests of all parties in this matter and to make sure that every avenue is explored to see if the club can continue. We do not want players to play in matches which may not count nor do we want spectators to pay to see matches whose results are then erased from the records.”

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