Mind in Croydon

Croydon Eagles Season Review 2015-2016

The Croydon Eagles have just completed another successful season; we completed the double in the Surrey Community Inclusion League. We began the season by retaining the Community Cup coming top in a round robin format. We followed this up with a highly impressive league campaign giving a number of top drawer performances and almost going the whole season with a 100% record. We got to the second to last game before losing to Guildford and Waverley.

However we were content to have achieved a second successive league and cup double. We would like to thank all at the Surrey League for their warm welcome and the graciousness of the other teams. For the 2016/17 season we have decided to also enter a team into the South London Grassroots Football League and we look forward to what we know will be a highly competitive season for both teams.

We had a very busy time away from the league entering quite a few tournaments around the south of the country visiting Arsenal, Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Charlton. The most successful of these were our trips to Lewes and Brighton. We unluckily lost the final in Lewes on penalties after a tight 1-1 draw with an Everton team as tough as they come but our lads gave it their all.

In Brighton we went all the way beating the hosts in their own backyard with Dan Butler getting the winner. We won’t gloat too much but know The Seagulls don’t like to lose to a team connected to Palace. That aside we left as friends and they were, as always, fantastic hosts.

We also for the second year hosted our own tournament at The Dome in Crystal Palace Park where we were joined by old friends from QPR, Arsenal, Lawn Court, Status and others. We had two teams on the day and both gave a good account of themselves. One of our teams reached the final before losing to Brixton Pumas. We led the game through a Jamie Singers goal until the dying seconds and it was heart-breaking when Brixton equalised. Brixton eventually won 2-1 in extra time through a goal worthy of winning any match. Brixton had just won a very competitive Grassroots League so no great shame in losing to them, everyone said they enjoyed the tournament so that was what counted.

We gave out a few individual trophies at the end of the season: Dan Butler top goal scorer and player of the year. James Prins and Kelvin Olugbosun drew in the voting for most improved player and our budget just stretched to a trophy each. Marlon Hobbs won the managers award for being an ambassador for the club when playing for other teams.

We would like to thank all our players and opponents , our management team of old codgers Jel Clifford and James Cregan, Mind in Croydon’s Peter Rogers and all at the Crystal Palace Foundation.

Croydon Eagles are the Mind in Croydon and CPFC Foundation mental health football team.

By Tim Mattias

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