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Carshalton Athletic

The Robins

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Carshalton Athletic Football Club, nicknamed “The Robins,” is a non-league football club based in Sutton, Sutton.

Established in 1905, they currently compete in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls War Memorial Sports Ground their home ground.

Originating from Mill Lane Mission in 1905 and merging with Carshalton St Andrews in 1908, the club has a rich history marked by early successes in local leagues. The club, officially playing as Carshalton Athletic from 1907, achieved successive promotions leading to the Southern Suburban League before World War I. Post-war, the club moved to Colston Avenue in 1920–21 and won the Surrey Intermediate Cup twice in the inter-war years.

After World War II, Carshalton joined the Corinthian League in 1946, winning two league titles in the early 1950s. They then spent 17 years in the Athenian League, experiencing limited success. The club became a founder member of the Isthmian League Division 2 in 1973, eventually promoting to the Premier Division.

Financial challenges in the 2000s led to relegation, but the club bounced back under Graham Roberts. The new millennium saw further financial struggles until local businessman Paul Dipre’s acquisition in 2008. Dipre revitalized the club with new facilities and a community focus. Stability returned under managers like Hayden Bird and Peter Adeniyi, with the club achieving promotion and contending in playoffs. Ambitiously aiming for the National League by 2025, Carshalton’s progress was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.