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Croydon Arena football pitch savaged as ‘danger’ to players

Inside Croydon

The borough’s longest established non-league football club is threatening to withhold its hire fees from Croydon Council over the poor state of the pitch at Croydon Arena.

The Croydon Arena pitch looked rough and not very ready for the FA Cup tie against Tunbridge Wells on Saturday

Officials from opposition clubs who have played Croydon FC in the opening week of the season have described the state of the pitch as “not up to the standard required at our level of football”, and “a danger and a risk of serious injury to our players”.

Croydon FC are charged £250 per match for ground hire, but the club was savage in its criticism of the state of the pitch at their own home ground in its programme notes ahead of its FA Cup tie on Saturday.

“It’s not fit to play a game of tiddly winks on,” was one remark following…

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