Tag: Crystal Palace

Match Of The Past: Crystal Palace

The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we’re slowing down on this series now that the new season is properly under way. We’ll work our way through the rest of the Football League over the next few weeks and months, but tonight we continue with Crystal Palace and we have six matches from the years between 1971 and 1990. The first match is from November 1971, and is a home match at Selhurst Park against Manchester United. By 1976, the club was in the Third Division and our second match is from the clubs FA Cup run of that year, a trip to Elland Road to play Leeds United in the Fourth Round of the competition. Next up is a match from the 1972/73 season against Chelsea at Selhurst Park. Our fourth match is from October 1978, and is a home match in the Second Division against Brighton & Hove Albion from a season during which these two rivals battled it out for the division championship. We then have one match from the 1980s, a home league match against Wolverhampton Wanderers from the 1982/83 season, and finally the 1990 FA Cup semi-final match at Villa Park against Liverpool. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Crystal Palace Avoid The Axe… Just

It has been a long Bank Holiday weekend for Crystal Palace supporters, and the new working week started with the longest day of all. With no take-over of the stricken club having been confirmed, the club’s administrator Brendan Guilfoyle had announced that the consortium looking to purchase the club from the administrators had until three o’clock this afternoon to reach agreement over the purchase after talks with the administrators for the company that owned Selhurst Park, Price Waterhouse Cooper, had hit a dead end. They got there in the end, stumbling over the line an hour or so over the deadline, but their story should be a salutory tale for all football supporters and club owners. The tale of financial mismanagement at Crystal Palace was a familiar one but how the club came so close to extinction was less so, and key to the close shave that the club had was the separation of Palace from Selhurst Park. Previous owner Simon Jordan had claimed to have purchased the freehold to the club’s home for £12m in November 2006, but this was a half-truth that almost proved to be highly expensive. What actually seems to have happened is that Jordan did purchase the freehold from its previous owner, Ron Noades, but that that he had financed the deal through a former director of Tottenham Hotspur, Paul Kemsley, and the ownership...

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Are Wednesday & Palace Cracking Up?

A brave, or foolhardy, contributor to the Sheffield Wednesday fans’ website “Owlstalk” last week asked the straightforward question “Who did what?” about club chairman Lee Strafford’s recent departure. The last time I dared look at the thread, it had stretched to 57 pages of responses but barely an answer. Meanwhile, at Crystal Palace, former chairman Simon Jordan is right where he wants to be, at the centre of the story. He is, so about 94 local and national newspaper headlines have informed us, the “key to Crystal Palace’s future.” But he’s been that for a long time and look where it’s got them So the Sheffield Wednesday saga drags on. Again. Having won a few ambiguity awards over the months, US “investment group” Club 9 Sports finally made an investment offer to Wednesday’s board on May 13th, and went terrifyingly public with the detail on May 17th. However, on May 14th, Wednesday’s board said an unequivocal “Foxtrot Oscar” to the terms. And on May 17th, Strafford resigned as chairman, to be replaced by rave from the Wednesday grave Howard Wilkinson, who had been “acting as technical adviser to the club” – which may have explained a lot to a lot of Wednesday-ites. Wednesday’s relegation had a significant, ultimately fatal impact on Club 9’s offer, not so much reducing it as moving it a decimal point to the right. What...

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Planning For Future, The Palace & Wednesday Way

Of the two teams involved in the unreasonably tense relegation “showdown” at Hillsborough last weekend, Sheffield Wednesday look the best, and possibly the only club capable of dealing with life in League One next season. On the brink of a takeover since Christopher Ecclestone was “The Doctor”, Wednesday will have been delighted with potential owner number 94’s pre-match assurances that they, Club 9 Sports from Chicago, would be as interested in a Wednesday team playing Rochdale for league points as one playing Reading. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, are reliant for survival on a mostly anonymous group of supposedly reluctant investors with a 1970’s Radio One disc jockey as its public voice, thankful for the twin mercies of Championship survival and the disc jockey not being Dave Lee Travis. Palace were worthy survivors on the pitch. Without the ten-point deduction for entering administration they’d have finished alongside Neil Warnock’s QPR in mid-table, possibly higher if Warnock had stayed. And at Hillsborough, they played that way, offering what understandably little composure was on offer and having the best player on the pitch by a country AND a city mile in Darren Ambrose. Wednesday, however, huffed and puffed and missed a load of chances, which, according to a Wednesday-ite acquaintance of mine, rather encapsulated their season. As a result of the result of the match, though, at least both sides now have a...

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