We've met Before - Corinthian Casuals

Formed in 1939 out of the merger of two famous amateur clubs, Corinthians and Casuals, we have crossed swords with our near neighbours on fewer occasions than you might think, just 36 times and counting.

Most of our earlier meetings came in the Surrey Senior Cup and our first one came in 1955-56 where we went down 3-4 at home. We met again the following season, going down 1-6 away. We had to wait a decade to gain our revenge though, winning 1-0 at home in the first round of the 1966-67 competition before losing 2-1 to Farnham Town in the second round. We won again in 1968-69, this time 1-0.

We did not meet in a league fixture until we moved into the Isthmian League and in the 1974-75 season we played each other three times, twice in the league, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 1-0 away and also going down 1-3 at home in the second round of the Surrey Senior Cup. For 1976-77 we met in a different competition for the first time, the Isthmian League Cup where we won 1-0. In 1989-90 we next played each other, in the London Senior Cup and won 6-0 before bowing out in the third round 2-3 at Boreham Wood. For our Isthmian League Division One Championship winning season in 2002-03 it was the turn of the Isthmian League Cup again where Casuals were victorious winning 2-1, we had played them a league fixture just three days previously, winning 2-1. Both games were played at King George’s Field. The later league fixture at Colston Avenue was a 2-2 draw.

Casuals have a fine record at Colston Avenue, losing just once in all their visits since 2015-16. That defeat came in October 2020 when Paris Hamilton-Downes beat Danny Bracken from 25 yards in front of 600 spectators to finally end the Casuals undefeated record. We next met on New Years Day at King George's Field and went down 1-2, Luke Read grabbing the Robins' goal. We met again in the Surrey Senior Cup in March and, with a much changed side, drew 2-2 with goals from Ore Bello and Marc Gballou-Lida. The resulting penalty shoot out went the way of the hosts, with Casuals skipper, and 'keeper, Danny Bracken making his 500th appearance he had to be the hero of the hour saving two of the four Robins spot kicks.

Played (and managed!) both teams: From the current Casuals squad no fewer than four players have also worn the Robins red; Ben Cheklit, Nat Pinney, Hakeem Adelakun and Warren Morgan. Also having played for both teams are Harry Ottaway (now at Dorking Wanderers), Danny Dudley (now at Horsham) and Jordan Clarke. Matt Howard succesfully managed Casuals for just over a season from February 2014 to April 2015 before taking up the reins at Colston Avenue where he was manager for a brief spell in 2015-16 before moving on after a traumatic 7-1 away defeat to Ramsgate in January 2016.