So who am I? I’m someone who was born and raised in south London but moved to Sweden after a little over thirty years living life in the best city in the world.
Why did I leave London if it is so good? A lot of people leave London for other towns or cities in the United Kingdom for a better quality of life. I just happened to move to another country for the same reasons.
I also go in to more details about me, as a person, in the section called ‘My Expat Life’, which you can find a link to in the menu above.
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Crystal Palace Background
The first time I went to see Crystal Palace play was at Selhurst Park in January 1981. It was a cold winter’s afternoon with Stoke City the visitors and we drew 1-1.
From 1983 onwards I began going to games on a fairly regular basis which escalated in 1986 when I began working so I could start going to away games too, besides the London ones.
During the time I was at school I trained a few times with the youth team which had Jason Cundy playing for it. I also happened to go to the same primary and high school as he did so we played in the same school teams too.
For 2 seasons between 1987-1989 I managed to see every game home and away. I was a regular on ‘Coach 2’ which was stewarded by Robbie Tobin, who I’m sure many of you will know?
In addition to this I used to go and watch the Palace reserves play at Tooting & Mitcham. It was more interesting in those days because a lot of first team players would play to keep their fitness levels up if they were not involved in first team games. Back then there was one 1 substitute unlike how things are today.
I was also a founding member of Lifeline, a season ticket holder, played for the supporter’s team in 1989/90 and along with other supporter’s team players I was interviewed by Danny Baker at the training ground for the 6 o’clock show after that 9-0 defeat.
It was from the start of the 1993/94 season that my opportunities to go to games diminished because the job I had at the time. I was a train driver and in 1993 I finished the driver training so I had to go into a normal shift rota and that meant I had to work most Saturdays.
I still went to games whenever I could but the reality of being an adult took in a job that saw me work shifts and bank holidays took me away from the community and people I felt at home with. My Crystal Palace family.