Crystal Palace: The Ron Noades Connection


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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13 Responses

  1. Terry says:

    A fair assessment of the situation. Thank you Ian.

    One point of order if I may. Most Palace fans are used to a lack of media coverage so the somewhat underwhelming response is not a surprise. Palace is not a well liked club. Even the guy from Supporters Direct spend most of his interview on BBC News pushing the broader agenda of governance in football which is fair enough I suppose.

    As for Noades, I wonder to what extent the former owner is taking advantage of his contacts in the SLP to rub Jordan’s face in it. Hardly the most dignified position but then the whole situation is a collossal undignified mess.

    Hey ho!

  2. Dave says:

    To be fair to Supporters Direct’s guy, the alternative was to speculate on the sources of palace’s debts, the situation regarding the ground and the likely prognosis for the club. All interesting, and all not the best use of 2 minutes of airtime, all told.

  3. Colin says:

    Noades is the reason why Palace don’t own Selhurst any more. Noades is the reason why Jordan inherited (but didn’t fix) a staggering debt problem.

    If Noades is the solution, perhaps our friends at AFCW might like to lend us their copy of “Introduction to the Combined Counties League”.

  4. RichardG says:

    On a broader issue, I can’t help thinking that it’s high-time that the officers of a business, whether football or otherwise, are made legally responsible for the timely and correct payments of taxes etc. After-all, if they don’t or (more correctly it seems in most such cases) won’t pay, then it’s the rest of us that have to cover the short fall. Shouldn’t the FA make it a condition of membership/participation in league football that you DON’T use monies owed to the tax authorities and/or other clubs/businesses as a form of loose change?

  5. Hugh Mungus says:

    I can understand the supposed lack of interest from the media but I listened to Radio 5 in the car last night around 7pm and most of the chat was with the Administrator and about Palace……

    The bottom line is that this is now such a common occurrence that it is not a news item much anymore.

    It will take a big league club to go bust properly before the media actually make it a main news story.

  6. Hackney Badger says:

    Superman lives in Metropolis, not Gotham City. Though he does visit from time to time apparently…

  7. Keith says:

    So, another club “re-financing” by shafting its creditors. I’m amazed anyone would do business with a football club anymore, tbh.

  8. Although I support a team who may benefit from Palace’s news, I feel little but sympathy for them – my only slight flirtation with schadenfreude is centred upon Simon Jordan. It’s desperate news in a way that administration for Pompey would not be. Palace have hardly overpsent – they did all they could to be sensible financially when they were promoted a few seasons’ back. It seems par for the course now that promotion for a smallish club will bring fiscal difficulties in its wake. I hope they get a good fee for Victor Moses who has been amazing this season – sadly, I think the administarors may accept a lower fee than they deserve.

  9. Bern says:

    Thanks for that contribution Keith but it was Agilo, one of Palace’s creditors who put our club into administration. The Chairman is personally ruined and the fans once again devastated that we are back in the financial mess we escaped from when Simon Jordan stepped in to save us in 2000. Contrary to the lies being peddled by Sky, the fans have every sympathy for Jordan. He gambled and lost and has now had to fall on his sword unlike Ron Noades who made a tidy sum by separating the club from its ground and then selling off the lease to a “property developer”

  10. Martin says:

    BBC London News at 10.30pm last night balljacksed up their report of it completely and didn’t even mention it again!

    Now Palace fans will know how we felt in 2002 when the state of David Beckham’s foot was more newsworthy than the birth of the first franchise in English football.

  11. Lol says:

    “If Noades is the solution, perhaps our friends at AFCW might like to lend us their copy of “Introduction to the Combined Counties League”.”
    Certainly would Colin! Can also lend you a manual on “How To Own Your Own Ground” as a gesture of goodwill too!
    Nothing wrong with Combined counties if you have enough support and faith to progress out of it. As a supporter of AFC Wimbledon I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! There again,boxing above your weight in most leagues is a sure-fire road to disaster as so many teams are finding out in this current climate.

  12. Leo Hoenig says:

    As a matter of interest, who owns Selhurst Park these days?
    As a creditor (to be accurate, my wife was, rather than me), who recieved nothing at all last time Crystal Palace went into administration, I am staggered that nothing has changed in the decade since. The reported £30 million of debt must have been accumulated in the last decade, except for a small portion that may have come from the previous club (remember, nothing was paid to non preferential creditors, that was over £20 million written off).
    Ten points, not even relegation, for a loss of £3 million per annum over ten years, and we get people asking whether players are going to be sold. When we did not get paid by Palace, we needed a patient bank manager, or we could have lost our home. Now, a new series of creditors are in the same boat. The rule should be, pay them all, or get ye to the Combined Counties League.

  13. Martin says:

    Leo, football in general has screwed thousands of businesses like yours over the last decade or so.

    It’s about time the sport grew up and took responsibility for its actions but yet again all the ignorant media coverage is about the poor, hard done-by clubs and their fans…

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