So who am I? I was born and raised in south London but moved to Sweden just before my 31st birthday. Looking back I think I was having an early mid-life crisis. These things happen.
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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. However, my first football was in August 1979 when Chelsea played Everton. I stood in the Shed End as a 7 year old because my 16 year old brother was trying to convert me. He failed!
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 ones in London.
During the time I was at school I trained a few times with the youth team which had Jason Cundy playing for it. He was also in the same year as me at Rutlish High School in Wimbledon. I also happened to go to the same primary so we played football together 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 a couple of my friends and 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, especially if they were not involved in first team games. Back then there was one 1 substitute unlike how things are today and the players were far more accessible on fan nights and so on.
I was also a founding member of Lifeline, a season ticket holder, played for the supporter’s team in 1989/90 season and was interviewed by Danny Baker or the 6 o’clock show after that 9-0 defeat. We had just finished training when Baker turned up and interviewed a few of us who had been at Anfield.
It was from the start of the 1993/94 season that my opportunities to go to games diminished because of the job I had at the time. I was working as a train driver and in 1993 I finished the driver training so I had to start working a normal shift pattern 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 me away from the community and people I felt most at home with.
My Crystal Palace family.