Tag: Crystal Palace

How Protesting Fans Have Said “Enough is Enough”

Football has changed drastically over the last few years, and not always for the best. Lee Wagstaff takes a look at the burgeoning Ultra fan culture in England and speaks to the Football Supporters Federation about their role in the changing role of supporters within the game.

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Agents: Worth More Than Crystal Palace And Watford?

Crystal Palace and Watford are the two latest clubs to have made somewhat worrying news about their financial viability over the last few days or so, and it all jars a bit when compared with the £70m that the Premier League spent on agents’ fees over the last twelve months or so.

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Neil Warnock & The Phantom Goal

Sometimes, one has to wonder whether this sort of thing follows Neil Warnock around. In 2007, Sheffield United were relegated on the last day of the season after Carlos Tevez scored an unlikely winner for West Ham United at Old Trafford. In February 2008, he accused a linesman of celebrating a goal for Bristol City in a match against his Crystal Palace team. Last weekend, in what threatened to overshadow everything else that took place over the three divisions of the Football League, Crystal Palace ran into more problems at Ashton Gate with a “goal that never was” in their Championship match against – again – Bristol City. They had been playing for half an hour at Ashton Gate on Saturday when Palace’s Freddie Sears drove the ball past the onrushing Bristol City goalkeeper Dean Gerken and into the bottom corner of the net. Except for one small detail. The ball bounced up off the metal rim that holds the net down and bounced out. The referee and his assistants presumably thought that the ball bounced out off the post and refused to give a goal. In the final minutes of the match, insult was layered upon injury when Nicky Maynard scored the only goal (that was awarded) of the match for Bristol City. Cue an expected amount of apoplexy from Warnock and the Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan....

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Crystal Palace Punished – Earth Stays Resolutely On Axis

Unless you’re the footballing equivalent of a fetishist, it’s going to be a long summer without the football, and the silly season has already started. Kaka – hilariously – might be going to Madrid (more on that if it actually comes to pass), and Manchester City have confirmed that the answer to all of their problems is Gareth Barry. And the close season is only four days old. Not to be outdone, the Football League has waded in with a story that seems set to cause ongoing ructions for the rest of the summer break, with the possibility of football being dragged back into the courtrooms again. Not really. What the Football League has actually done is dish out possibly the feeblest punishment ever given to a football club. The club concerned are Crystal Palace, who have been docked points and fined for the fielding of an ineligible player. So far, so good. There are plenty of clubs that have bitter experience of that particular double-whammy over the last few months or so. The Crystal Palace punishment, however, is different in that it will barely have any effect on them whatsoever. What happened was pretty straightforward. They brought on Portuguese striker Rui Fonte ten minutes into the second half of their final match of the season when his loan period from Arsenal had already been completed. They have been...

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The Championship – The Final Day

They’ve been stumbling, lurching and tripping on their shoelaces, but Birmingham City are a Premier League club again. As it turned out, it was a surprisingly untense day. Kevin Fahey’s early goal at The Madejski Stadium meant that events at Selhurst Park, where former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock had a tug of love going on in taking two points off the club that he never tires of telling everyone that he supports. Kevin Phillips added a second Birmingham goal before Reading pulled one back, but by this time everyone knew that the game was up and that Reading, who had briefly threatened to look like a steamroller during the autumn, would join Sheffield United in the play-offs. The race for the final two play-off places was between Preston North End, Burnley and Cardiff City. Cardiff should have been absolutely nailed on for one of them, but they had failed to win in their previous three matches – seeing off Ninian Park in the process with a 3-0 home damp squib against Ipswich Town – and they failed again yesterday, going down 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday. This result left a window of opportunity for the two Lancashire clubs, and they both took full advantage of Cardiff’s end of season implosion. Burnley brushed Bristol City aside by four goals to nil in the manner that one would swat at a...

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