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Nearly twenty years after the club's name disappeared, whilst holders of the FA Women's Cup, Croydon are back in the women's game and are competing in this season's Capital Women's Junior Cup.
"We have started this season as Under-18s and are so far having a good season," Chairman Jason Casey told Women's Soccer Scene, "although we haven't played teams we know, we are winning by high scores.
"We are in the next round of the Capital Cup against Edgware Town Ladies on 17th November, which we will play at the Arena. We recently played there for the first time in 20 years and our local newspaper, the Croydon Advertiser did a half page team photo and half page write up.
The original Croydon was founded in 1994, having previously been known as Bromley Borough. They went on to become one of the top teams in the country and indeed, won the FA Women's Premier League on three occasions - 1995-96, 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The also won the FA Women's Cup in 1996 and 2000 and had as many as six players in the England squad. Two of their most famous ex-players are Hope Powell and Debbie Bampton.
In 2000, the club was taken over by Charlton Athletic and although that club stayed at the top of the women's game during the following decade, playing nowadays in the FA Women's Championship, the Croydon name vanished until fate started off a relaunch this year.
Following a break in at Croydon FC back in February, at the club's AGM two months later it was suggested they started a women's team after memorabilia salvaged reminded the club of its history.
"In May, Crystal Palace Under-16s were told there would be no Under-18s for them next season, and needed to get trials elsewhere," explained Casey. "Myself and Paul Fleming (u16s secretary) decide to relaunch Croydon FC. Coaches lenin and Phil joined and started trials and friendlies. Following another break-in in July, five girl players and their parents repainted and cleaned up the Club, creating a 'womens' wall display.
"The team played Mole Valley in an SCWGL match at Beckenham's Club Langley in September and a month later, following sponsorships and a grant from FFD (FSA), Croydon Women played Molesey Juniors at the Arena in front of 70 supporters and raised money selling cakes and refreshments.
"We have Ken Jarvie as our honorary president and he has promised to come to a match soon. The original Croydon's main local journalist, Don Madgewick, sadly passed away in 2004 but his son, also Don, wrote our match report for the return to the Arena match. Hope is aware and others will be contacted for the 17th November. A local group (SNTB) are hosting a quiz night to raise funds for the Croydon Women's team on 14th November."
The club is also looking for more players to strengthen the squad, anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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