Crofton Albion FC was formed in 1967 when six or seven former pupils of Forest Hill Comprehensive School moved from Lewisham Engineers FC and were joined by five Old Colfeians players under the management of Les Shiret. They were subsequently joined by some players from the Crofton Park area and as a number in that initial squad were Charlton fans, we hijacked the “C” and when we agreed on the “A”, CAFC was born.
Playing as AB Sports off Footscray Road our first season in the London & Kent Border League saw us finish top of Division 4 without losing game and we reached the semi-final of the cup.
The years that followed proved to be rather lean with the Club playing on Blackheath before moving to the Glentworth Club’s ground at Dartford. Many players were to come and go but it was at this stage at the Glentworth ground that the core of this Club was formed with still six or seven guys still friends today, and still playing after 40 years. Many would manage teams or complete the official duties that are so often forgotten.
These would be the people that were instrumental some 30 years ago in buying the Weigall Road ground so that the Club and in particular the players could remain together. As many of you will know the pavilion in named in honour of our first Chairman, the late Ted Davis who gave so much unstinting time in those early days here. Some of you will no doubt recall his many war stories and his dry sense of humour. We have lots of memories of events at our ground with one of the most poignant being when Tom Collier sadly passed away and his request being fulfilled by scattering his ashes on the far pitch in a private ceremony.
There are many memories of the efforts put in over the years, Dave Tarbat, Nick Brick and Phil Anderson for many years as Secretaries Nigel Robinson is the current holder of this position and has done so for over 10 years, Ed Davis, Kevin Gale, Mick Perryman, Gary Fletcher, Bryan Brown and Currently Dave Hurrell as Treasurer, and the Managers who brought success to the Club after long spells in the wilderness since that inaugural season. John Carter was the first captain to win the double in 1992, Keith Redmond and his Saturday team won the Bromley & District League Fred Crowhurst Memorial Cup 1992/93 and the league Premier Division and Cup in 1993/94 and Barrie Noyes probably the most successful Manager gained promotion four years running, the last three as Champions with a cup win to complete the double.
We have been very fortunate over the past few years in securing sponsorship deals that have provided kits for the teams. Our thanks go to John Carter, John Knowles and Chris Pemberton of Foremost Print, Gordon Randell of Randell’s Furnishing, and David Emanuel of Information Facilities Management (www.I-FM.NET) for their kind generosity. And our thanks go to the to the hundreds of players that have played for us over the years along with the fantastic touchline support.
If you fancy playing, or if you know of any players looking for a club please get in touch with any of the Club officials.