Tag: Crystal Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace: An Impartial Preview

This evening at The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion play Crystal Palace in one of the most eagerly awaited ties of this this year’s FA Cup Third Round. Not only is this a critical match for two clubs who haven’t won the FA Cup between them over a combined history of two hundred and thirty years, but this is also a (not) local derby match at which passions are likely to be running high and the Bantz™ is likely to be both spicy and fertile. With both clubs in the Premier League, though, even some more seasoned...

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Crystal Palace: A Dream That Couldn’t Happen

There’s a lot of snobbery in modern Britain, and at the time that Crystal Palace appointed Frank De Boer as their new manager, there were those who said that Croydon didn’t deserve the sort of revolution that the owners of the club were planning for it. Seventy-seven days on from his appointment, De Boer has left Selhurst Park and a dream, of sorts, has died. Just a few weeks ago, there might have been some degree of hope that the club, having survived two successive narrow brushes with relegation, might have been set to turn a corner and turn...

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Football Shorts: Pardew Out at Crystal Palace

He’d been hanging on for so long that it was beginning to feel asa though it might never happen, but today Alan Pardew was finally bounced out of Selhurst Park at the end of a run that blew last season apart for Crystal Palace and has seen this year’s campaign turn into a battle of attrition against relegation from the Premier League. Palace have had about as dismal a calendar year as it’s possible to have. Even though the club reached its first FA Cup final in more than a quarter of a century, Pardew was only able to...

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Crystal Palace & Tony Pulis’s Payback Time

Another production at football’s theatre of the absurd. Tony Pulis, an ex-manager of about 47 clubs (for the purposes of this story, Crystal Palace), loses a huge legal battle because his chairman was seen at a hairdressers. And Pulis himself with little more than one hair for each club he’s managed. Not even Pulis could make it up, And he’s done a fair bit of that this year, according to rulings made against him by a Premier League managers’ arbitration tribunal in March. These were released on November 28th in a 32-page judgment by Sir Michael Burton (“sitting as...

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The 2016 FA Cup Final: More By Accident Than Design

In the space of four minutes at Wembley Stadium yesterday afternoon, we saw a microcosm of Alan Pardew’s managerial career. There had been the solid adherence to an unadventurous plan which had worked reasonably well. Then there was a moment of fleeting success, which was followed by a show of hubris that bordered on the ridiculous, and then the puncturing of that hubris, swiftly followed by a low national snigger. It wasn’t that the neutral hates Crystal Palace, more that Alan Pardew being there makes loving them less than as straightforward as it should be, especially when they’re playing...

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