Football’s Lost Homes: Mitcham Stadium

Tooting and Mitcham/Croydon Rovers

Tooting and Mitcham played at Sandy Lane, near Figge’s Marsh in Mitcham, between 1932 and 2002. It was eventually declared a fire hazard and they moved to their current stadium at Imperial Fields in Morden. The site is now a housing estate, and some of the roads are named after former players; such as Hasty, Slade and Stepney.

In 1974 they were knocked out of the first round of the FA Cup by a Crystal Palace side that included Terry Venables and Peter Taylor in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Sandy Lane. The record attendance at the ground, though, was 17,500 against QPR in 1956.

In an alleyway across the road from the former site of the Sandy Lane ground is the only reminder of the area’s sporting heritage; the foundations of the ground which stood opposite, Mitcham Stadium. Although more regularly home to rugby club Streatham and Mitcham, it also held home matches for Croydon Rovers for a season in the mid-1950s. The main stand, which held around 2600 fans, was sold to Leyton Orient in 1956 and is still in use at their Brisbane Road ground today.

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