Croydon face Crowbourough in The Buildbase FA Vase second round proper. This will be a tough challenge but the team is up for it.
The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase are two competitions which truly embody The FA’s mission statement of football ‘for all’. Formed in 1969 and 1974 respectively, the Trophy and Vase offer smaller clubs up and down the country the opportunity to battle their way through a knockout competition to grace the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium connected by EE. Since their conception, the two competitions have continued to flourish, with 276 teams accepted into the Trophy and 619 teams accepted into the Vase for the 2017/18 season.
Last season saw the second combined Non-League Finals Day take place at Wembley Stadium. Full of the passion and dedication which is characteristic to the grassroots game, almost 40,000 fans descended upon Wembley Way to watch two high class fixtures at the national stadium. South Shields wrapped up an impressive season with a 4-0 win against Cleethorpes Town, whilst York City edged out Macclesfield Town in a closely contested 3-2 victory.
The stadium bowl was awash with noise and colour, whilst Wembley’s inner concourses were transformed into four themed pubs culminating in a real sense of community at the national stadium. The day also gave us the opportunity to champion two volunteers from each of the finalists, who’d dedicated such time and energy to the benefit of their beloved club. The eight individuals - in a range of different roles - were presented an award by The FA Chairman in front of the fans before kick-off and received the recognition and acclaim their efforts deserved.