Tag: Crystal Palace

End Of Season Crowd Trouble Blues – Part One

What to make, then, of the events at Kenilworth Road this afternoon? On the one hand, there are plenty of plenty of supporters of other clubs in the Blue Square Premier that seem to hold the viewpoint that serious crowd trouble at a Luton match has been something that has been waiting to happen for some considerable time. However, although finding more precise documentary evidence for this is obviously difficult, the links between the extreme end of the club’s support and various unsavoury political organisations has been noted elsewhere on plenty of occasions and talk of minor disturbances at Luton matches this season has not been uncommon. Was it a major surprise that there should be significant crowd trouble after a Luton home defeat in a play-off match? The unfortunate answer to this is no, probably not. Still, however, even if there were hundreds of people involved in scenes that cannot be condoned in any way whatsoever (and the predictable claims and counterclaims about what happened this afternoon will undoubtedly go into overdrive over the next few days), the picture is less clear-cut than simply being a matter of shouting for massive points deductions, fines or throwing the club out of football altogether. There will be many thousands of Luton supporters – far more than were involved in any trouble this afternoon – that will have been appalled by...

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Match Of The Week: Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Crystal Palace

That it should have come to this. Somehow, through a season-long narrative of financial implosion and mixed fortunes on the pitch, the final day of the season in the Championship has come down to a straight shoot-out at Hillsborough. Those that hold the belief that there is some kind of divine power with a steadying hand over the world may well take he fact that these two clubs are here this afternoon as proof of his (or her) existence. Results and circumstance have combined to ensure that the Football League’s match of the weekend will be watched by a sell-out crowd of almost 40,000 at a stadium that has seen triumph, occasion and, of course, the most awful of all British football tragedies in its past. Today promises to provide yet another extraordinary chapter in the life of one of our few remaining traditional, old football grounds and, for once, the mathematics are simple. Wednesday need to win to stay up – anything else, and Palace will avoid the drop. This is a match that doesn’t carry any tangible prizes. There will be no silverware handed out at full-time today. Yet what is on offer at Hillsborough this afternoon may even be more important. Both Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace are in a financial hole, and dropping from the Championship at any time would carry a cost that would...

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Palace vs Wednesday: The Tension Mounts

With Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion having already secured promotion back into the Premier League, the last day of the season in the Championship this weekend might have threatened to be something of a damp squib. At the top of the table, however, there is still one play-off place to be fought for, and anybody that has raised their eyebrows about the recent promotions of Burnley and Hull City into the Premier League from the Championship play-offs may well have more to get excited about if Blackpool, of all people, can beat Bristol City to secure the fourth play-off spot on Sunday afternoon. The main event of the weekend, however, will come at Hillsborough, where Sheffield Wednesday take on Crystal Palace. If Palace win or the match end in a draw, Wednesday will be relegated. If the home side can win, however, they will stay up and Crystal Palace will drop into the bottom two divisions of the Football League for the first time since 1977. It promises to be quite an occasion. The BBC will be covering the match live and, with tickets on sale for just £10, it is expected that a capacity crowd of almost 40,000 will be there for it. For the two clubs concerned, both of whom have significant financial problems, it is an absolutely critical match. Crystal Palace had a chance to...

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Exclusive: Details Of Palace Diddy Takeover Confirmed

Exiting from administration might prove to be more painful than Crystal Palace supporters than they had at first expected after plans were leaked today over the proposed take-over of the club by music producer and clothes designer Sean “Diddy” Combs earlier today. Combs is said to have been looking to invest in English football for some time and had considered Portsmouth as well as Crystal Palace, who are currently fighting a desperate bid to retain their place in the top two divisions of English football, a record that they have held since 1977. The club was involved in the scramble for a place in the play-offs in the Championship, but a ten point deduction after they were put into administration last month coupled with a poor run of form after the departure of manager Neil Warnock for Queens Park Rangers shortly afterwards. The club has been up for sale since it was forced into administration, but Combs emerged as an unlikely buyer for the club last month. It was said that he had considered Portsmouth and Palace but has expressed a preference for Palace because of its closer proximity to Central London and because he “liked the name” of the club. Details have now been leaked of how he intends to save Palace and rebrand them, according to sources close to him, “to bring them into the twenty-first century,...

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Match Of The Week: Crystal Palace 1-2 Cardiff City

For supporters of both Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, 2009/10 has been a season that has taken a turn for the strange. Both clubs are in mortal peril. Crystal Palace are in administration and the Championship relegation places following the ten point deduction that comes with entering it, whilst Cardiff City still haven’t seen off the tax man and still face a winding up petition. However, both clubs could find routes off the hook. A place in the Premier League – certainly not an unreasonable proposition, considering that they are in fourth place in the table and heading for the play-offs at the end of the season – is still possible for Cardiff City, and this may be a route out of the crippling debt that they are currently burdened with. If that seems a contradictory state of affairs, it’s not quite as crazy as what has been going on at Crystal Palace. The club’s entry dropped them into a relegation zone like a stone into a pond. This put them up for sale, and amongst the most serious interest in buying the club is reported to have come from the noted hip hop producer, fashion designer and (probably) wearer of diamonds, Sean “Puff Daddy or P-Diddy, Depending Upon How Old You Are” Combs. The likelihood of Palace taking to the pitch wearing fur-lined and diamond-studded shirts and replacing...

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