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View Pierre's Profile Pierre Flag Purley 31 Dec 20 5.18pm Send a Private Message to Pierre Add Pierre as a friend

I played for Mitchley United for some while and then we merged with Glendale United. At one stage Glendale had 2 league teams and third team 'The Pissheads' who played at lot of friendlies.
I also took over a club secretary at Glendale in the latter years and served on the CSL management Committee for a few years.
I remember at one stage we had 12 divisions of 10 teams in the league.
I used to take all the results on my answerphone on a Sunday afternoon!!!
Like others have said, muddy, bone dry or frozen pitches, removing dog crap, putting up the nets, waiting for opposition!
Getting to the venue and the park keeper calling the game off! Especially where there is 4-5 pitches, dozens of players all pissed off for turning out for nothing!!!
Also hoping your referee turned up? No ref no match!

Does anyone remember the plunge baths at Purley Way or as mentioned the bloody wind, goal kicks that blew back behind the goal line for a corner!! Hostile receptions from the home support at Warbank Cresent, nice pitches and facilities on private grounds.

We also went through a phase of wearing the worst coloured Arsenal kits at Glendale so we didn't ever have to change them due to a colour clash with the opposition!
I used to like Surrey cup matches when you met earlier than usual, ended up driving for miles in convoy (usually losing one or 2 cars on the way) deep into darkest Surrey looking for some park, field or common somewhere.
The player who usually had the contact details of the opposition was in one of the cars you had lost earlier on route! But in the end you usually all made it more by luck than judgement.
Glendale also went on football tours, some abroad. My god we had some fun, did some drinking and managed somehow to play some football as well!!
I remember we got sponsorship for a while from The 'Two Brewers' then the 'White Horse' pub now 'Holmesdale'.
I still occasionally see a few of the guys I played with up the Palace when I go, some of them still play in a vets league!!
Still looking back overall I had very good times.

 

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Originally posted by Pierre

I played for Mitchley United for some while and then we merged with Glendale United. At one stage Glendale had 2 league teams and third team 'The Pissheads' who played at lot of friendlies.
I also took over a club secretary at Glendale in the latter years and served on the CSL management Committee for a few years.
I remember at one stage we had 12 divisions of 10 teams in the league.
I used to take all the results on my answerphone on a Sunday afternoon!!!
Like others have said, muddy, bone dry or frozen pitches, removing dog crap, putting up the nets, waiting for opposition!
Getting to the venue and the park keeper calling the game off! Especially where there is 4-5 pitches, dozens of players all pissed off for turning out for nothing!!!
Also hoping your referee turned up? No ref no match!

Does anyone remember the plunge baths at Purley Way or as mentioned the bloody wind, goal kicks that blew back behind the goal line for a corner!! Hostile receptions from the home support at Warbank Cresent, nice pitches and facilities on private grounds.

We also went through a phase of wearing the worst coloured Arsenal kits at Glendale so we didn't ever have to change them due to a colour clash with the opposition!
I used to like Surrey cup matches when you met earlier than usual, ended up driving for miles in convoy (usually losing one or 2 cars on the way) deep into darkest Surrey looking for some park, field or common somewhere.
The player who usually had the contact details of the opposition was in one of the cars you had lost earlier on route! But in the end you usually all made it more by luck than judgement.
Glendale also went on football tours, some abroad. My god we had some fun, did some drinking and managed somehow to play some football as well!!
I remember we got sponsorship for a while from The 'Two Brewers' then the 'White Horse' pub now 'Holmesdale'.
I still occasionally see a few of the guys I played with up the Palace when I go, some of them still play in a vets league!!
Still looking back overall I had very good times.

Also played for Mitchley, then for Glendale....still remember Purley Way in Jan/Feb.....played in goal and had to search out the dog s***/broken glass in the goal areas before kick off....oh wonderful days
Also remember Surrey Cup away days...75 minute drive only to get battered by a team several leagues above us...oh what fun that was!

 

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Also remember very well 1983 to about 1998, played for Glenbury in 3rd Division and Helmets Pandas..(yes really) in 10th. Loved every minute apart from 2 broken legs. Remember at one of the Purley way sites it had a sunken bath, was awesome after a freezing cold day. Also vividly remember the rubbing on of horse liniment and the stench!

Happy days!

 

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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 11 Aug 21 6.36pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by the silurian

Also played for Mitchley, then for Glendale....still remember Purley Way in Jan/Feb.....played in goal and had to search out the dog s***/broken glass in the goal areas before kick off....oh wonderful days
Also remember Surrey Cup away days...75 minute drive only to get battered by a team several leagues above us...oh what fun that was!

Mitcham Common was as bad, 6 stitches in my knee attempting to score on muddy pitch, tackled by some broken glass

 

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Originally posted by the silurian

Also played for Mitchley, then for Glendale....still remember Purley Way in Jan/Feb.....played in goal and had to search out the dog s***/broken glass in the goal areas before kick off....oh wonderful days
Also remember Surrey Cup away days...75 minute drive only to get battered by a team several leagues above us...oh what fun that was!

I played for Glendale for one season. Seemed to remember most games were at PurleyWay

 

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I expect confrontations in the Croydon Sunday league now end up with threats of knives and knives coming out after the match.

 


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I remember playing Sunday League on Purley Way Pitch 13??(Croydon Municipal league). One Sunday It was so windy we played 2 right wingers and 2 right backs as the ball never made it to the left.

 


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rusheslake would have played for Mitchley United who, when on their last legs, merged with Glendale United on Duppas Hill Pitch One - Mitchley Avenue were a different outfit who were run by Richard Carey. What year did the CSFL disband please?And do any readers have league handbooks for Croydon Sunday, Thornton Heath and Croydon Leagues? And old Croydon Amateurs memorabilia for my club archives?
Dave Cooke became team manager for Glendale seconds as was there when I netted four against Catharine Wheel who had one Dennis Warren up front for twenty minutes. Palace fans will remember him!!

I played for Cheston United in the Thornton Heath League and Cheversley Rovers in the Croydon Sunday League from mid 60s to late 70s. I have a few TH handbooks. I do want to keep these but am happy to forward copy pages of league tables etc if interested. Also played Sunday morning football in the Brockley League for Castle Rovers in the 70s. Happy (mostly!) memories

 

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Originally posted by PaulMcCaff

PCBigNose
rusheslake would have played for Mitchley United who, when on their last legs, merged with Glendale United on Duppas Hill Pitch One - Mitchley Avenue were a different outfit who were run by Richard Carey. What year did the CSFL disband please?And do any readers have league handbooks for Croydon Sunday, Thornton Heath and Croydon Leagues? And old Croydon Amateurs memorabilia for my club archives?
Dave Cooke became team manager for Glendale seconds as was there when I netted four against Catharine Wheel who had one Dennis Warren up front for twenty minutes. Palace fans will remember him!!

I played for Cheston United in the Thornton Heath League and Cheversley Rovers in the Croydon Sunday League from mid 60s to late 70s. I have a few TH handbooks. I do want to keep these but am happy to forward copy pages of league tables etc if interested. Also played Sunday morning football in the Brockley League for Castle Rovers in the 70s. Happy (mostly!) memories

You could have played pro for chelsea back then mate, although it would have been smaller crowds!

 

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[quote=rusheslake;1888583

I went to John Ruskin 65-71 and remember playing against Heath Clark c1970. You had a lanky f**ker of a centre half who fancied himself as a bit of a hard nut. Was that you?

Blimey small world isnt it??
Used to go to Heath Clark Grammar School from 1965 -71
Played in the school 1st team Saturday mornings, Telecom FC Saturday afternoons then Glendale or Mitchley on Sunday afternoons, guess you could say I liked football
Didnt know that there was a team of old boys from there
I think the school was knocked down some years back, probably a housing estate now...

 

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