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Sausage Rolls

We love a sausage roll but it’s hard to get good ones and even harder to know if the pork in them is of a good quality from a sustainable source. It’s far better to make your own for the party season… Ingredients For the meat filling 1kg finely minced pork, ideally a mixture of […]

No Ifs Or Buts This Time – Ban Them!

Last week at the Emirates Stadium a banana skin was thrown at the Arsenal players after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the opening goal. While last week I felt the media outrage could have been a ‘rush to judgement’ that the incident was racially motivated this week there can be no doubt. Even Stevie Wonder could lip read […]

Hodgson Out! Really?

As the final whistle went at the London Stadium social media exploded into a flood of posts wanting Roy Hodgson removed from his post as manager of Crystal Palace. And I can sympathise with that point of view. After Tueday’s awful display away at Brighton you would expect just about any manager to send a […]

Are Sussex Police Competent?

After Tuesday’s abysmal performance against Brighton at the Tampax Amex Arena I was left with a lot of questions that needed answering. I’ll be making another post with my thoughts about the game tomorrow so for now I’ll comment on the one that sticks out like a sore thumb for me which is; why are […]

Tottenham’s ‘Banana Skin’

On Sunday during Arsenal’s 4-2 victory over their north London rivals Tottenham a banana skin was thrown onto the pitch after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for the hosts. Immediately everyone jumped to the obvious conclusion, that there was racist intent. But was there? The Bad Old Days I have to begin by saying I have […]

Burnley Given A Thrashing – Palace Style

It seems that every season, no matter what division we’re in or how dire we are, we go on a run of form that causes pundits and people alike to suggest that sooner or later we’re going to give someone a good thrashing. Yesterday was that day, though the scoreline might suggest otherwise. We all […]

Wayne Rooney Deserved Another Cap

Ever since it was announced that Wayne Rooney was being recalled to the England squad to earn his 120th and final cap it polarised the media and fans alike. Rooney has always been somewhat of a ‘Marmite’ player and I admit I have never been much of a fan of his. This can be blamed […]

Iced Fingers

As a kid, there was nothing better than an iced finger from Broomfield’s as an occasional treat. Every day my dad would go to the bakery to buy the bread to make the sandwiches and rolls to sell in the pub at lunchtime. Back in the seventies pub food was a lot more simple than […]

John Bostock – Forgiven But Not Forgotten

In 2008 John Bostock left Crystal Palace under controversial circumstances when he signed a professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The transfer fee was set by tribunal and undervalued the player.

Premier League Wins Court Order To Block Streams For 2018/19 Season

The Premier League have once again won a court order to block live streaming of Premier League football in the UK. What does this mean for pirates with Kodi powered set-top boxes and what are the consequences for attempting to access the streams?

Replacing Cabaye With Wilshere Would Be Crazy!

Yohan Cabaye has signed for AL Nasr FC of Dubai on a two-year deal after rejecting Crystal Palace’s offer of a new contract. Rumour has it that Jack Wilshere will be signing to replace Cabaye but does that make financial sense?

Halmstad v Crystal Palace (Local Guide)

Crystal Palace will play their second pre-season game in Sweden against Halmstad who play in the second tier of Swedish football. The game will see Roy Hodgson return to the club where he began his managerial career in 1976.

Helsingör v Crystal Palace (Local Guide)

Crystal Palace have announced two pre-season friendly games in Denmark and Sweden. The games will see us take on Helsingör in Denmark and Halmstad in Sweden.

My Four Legged Friends – Eric The Cat

I have been an animal lover my whole life and I can say I don’t think I would be here today were it not for the love, companionship and company of my four-legged friends. Here’s the story of how Eric came into my life

My Four Legged Friends – Molly The Cat

I have been an animal lover my whole life and I can say I don’t think I would be here today were it not for the love, companionship and company of my four-legged friends. Here’s the story of how Molly came into my life.

Are Palace’s New Shirts The Best Designs We Ever Had?

On Wednesday 9th May at BoxPark in Croydon, Crystal Palace held the Player of the Year function and as in previous years they presented the club’s new kit for the following season.

Who Might Be Leaving Palace In The Summer?

Crystal Palace has mathematically secured their Premier League status for a 6th season so I thought it would be a good time to take stock of who we have under contract for next season and who might be flying the nest. Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Julian Speroni Wayne Hennessey Diego Cavalieri Joel Ward Patrick van […]

Why Benteke Is Misfiring For Crystal Palace?

Christian Benteke is continuing to have a miserable run of form but is it all down to the player or is the club partly to blame for not playing to his strengths?

The Stockholm Metro System

The Stockholm metro system is said to be the longest art gallery in the world and it is only when you see it up close that you really appreciate how wonderful it is and how the London Underground is bland by comparison.

Visiting Stockholm – My Home Away From Home

Stockholm is a city I consider to be my ‘hometown’ as an adopted Swede and the place where I became an expat Englishman. Stockholm is my home away from home.

Here’s How Many Players We Need In The Summer

With a number of players being out of contract in the summer, just how will Crystal Palace manage to find the money to plug the massive gap that will appear in their squad once the season ends?

Was The Transfer Window A Success?

Crystal Palace concluded their business for the transfer window by signing Norwegian striker Alexander Sørloth to add to their previous signings, Swedish midfielder Erdal Rakip and Polish defender Jaroslaw Jach.

Erdal Rakip Signs On Loan – My View

Erdal Rakip has signed for Crystal Palace on loan from Benfica until the end of the season. What can we expect from Rakip in the 4 months that he will be with the club and why is the signing more than a little strange?

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace – Opinion

Crystal Palace played Arsenal at the Emirates and was beaten 4-1. Palace played awfully in the first-half featuring a performance that was totally shambolic belies the good progress we’ve made in recent weeks un Roy Hodgson.

Aaron Lennon Would’ve Been Perfect For Palace

Arron Lennon is about to sign for Burnley and I can’t help wondering why Crystal Palace didn’t try to sign the England international from Everton. He’s just what we need and would be a perfect fit for us.

Steve Parish on FYP Podcast

Steve Parish was a guest on the Five Year Plan podcast this week. Was this going to be a sycophantic interview or a decent listen?

Why VAB Annoys The Hell Out of Me

VAB (Vård Av Barn) is a system in Sweden whereby a parent can stay home from work if their kid is sick and they will not be penalised by their employer. Why does it annoy me so much?

Why Bakary Sako Should Get A New Contract

It’s January and players with less than 6 months left of their contracts can talk to other clubs. It’s time to give Bakary Sako a new contract!

Why Has Our Academy Become A Joke?

Since Steve Parish took over in the summer of 2010, our academy has not produced one player for a regular place in the first team.

How To Cook Rice For Frying

Cooking rice for frying is quite different from cooking rice to eat directly. Here is how to cook rice fit for the wok.

LEAKED: KFC Fried Chicken Recipe

For many years people have been trying to figure out what the recipe for the coating on KFC chicken is. Now, a photo of the recipe has emerged online and it tastes pretty damn close to the shop bought chicken.

Who Should Be Palace’s 1st Choice Striker?

Palace’s striker crisis seems to be taking care of itself at the moment but if you had to choose one player to head our attack, who would you choose?

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Bakary Sako scored again to secure Crystal Palace’s 6th win of the season in a 1-0 win over Burnley at Selhurst Park. The win lifts them up to 12th place in the Premier League.

Expat’s Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken is rapidly becoming one of Britain’s hottest food trends. Here I share my ultimate recipe so you can make your own KFC style chicken at home.

Swedish Waffles

Swedish waffles are thinner & crispier than their Belgium cousins. I love Belgium waffles but occasionally I have the urge for a thinner, crispier waffle. Ingredients 4.5 dl plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch salt 1 tbsp sugar 3 dl milk 1 dl whipped cream 100g melted butter (not fresh from the stove, […]

Match Opinion: Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace

Palace travelled south to play their 3rd game in 6 days with tiredness and mounting injuries, could Palace win at Southampton for the first time since 1990?

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Manchester City visited Selhurst Park looking to set a new record with 19 consecutive league wins in a top flight European league. Spoiler alert: They failed!

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal

Arsenal visited Selhurst Park with last season’s 3-0 defeat fresh in the memory. Would they be able to get revenge and end Palace’s unbeaten run?

Virgil van Dijk – Proof That It Can Be Done!

This evening Liverpool announced that they have agreed to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m, four days before the transfer window opens.

My View on The New Doctor Who

On Christmas Day Doctor Who regenerated from a man into a woman, the first in the show’s history. Is it a good thing or will it be a disaster? What should they have done instead?

What Is A Fanzine?

Back in the day, a fanzine was something that poked fun at the players and owner of the football club. Today they are more like snuggle buddies.

Match Opinion: Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travel west to Swansea City who sacked Paul Clement on Tuesday. Can Palace stretch their unbeaten run to eight games?

Match Opinion: Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travelled north to visit Leicester City in search of their first away win of the season and Christian Benteke still looking for his first goal.

My Guide To Avoiding Christmas In London

Christmas. You can’t escape it no matter how hard you try but with a little planning, you can minimise its effect on your life & ruining your December.

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

Three days after missing a penalty and the opportunity to collect 3 points, can Christian Benteke score to help Crystal Palace beat Watford?

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth visited Selhurst Park to try and bring Palace’s unbeaten run of games to an end. Could Palace continue their run?

New ‘Old Stand’ Stand

On Monday, Crystal Palace unveiled plans for a redeveloped Old Stand but after 4 years in the planning, you’d think it would be perfect. Right?

Match Opinion: West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travelled to the “highest altitude” ground in English professional football to take on West Brom in Alan Pardew’s first game in charge.

Match Opinion: Brighton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace took a 50 mile trip down the M23 to play Brighton in the first-ever meeting between the two in the Premier League.

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City

Crystal Palace entertained Stoke City today but both teams forgot to entertain the watching public who decided to give up their time to view the match.

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton

Crystal Palace took on Everton at a rain-swept Selhurst Park today with the need to get points becoming more and more desperate.

My Second Ejection

My second ejection, like the first, is a story about being over excited and the things that it can involuntarily make you do, leaving you feeling embarrassed. If you missed the first part of this story, you can find it here.

Gennaro’s Perfect Pizza

Who better to show you how to make pizza than Gennaro himself? Using his family recipe he guides you through every step from kneading the dough to making the classic Margherita topping. Ingredients: 500g strong white bread flour 1 tsp sea salt 7g dried yeast 1g semolina 5 tbsp passata 5 tsp olive oil 120g […]

Chunky Oven Chips

You can’t beat a good old-fashioned chip. They go with everything and even as a snack on their own. This is a modern take which are oven-cooked. Ingredients: 750g Desirée potato (about 3 medium-large), peeled groundnut oil, for drizzling sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Method: Heat oven to its highest setting, ideally 250C. […]

Rough Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is the staple of many a pie, sausage roll and even desserts such as apple turnovers. It’s always handy to have a batch in the freezer. Ingredients: 250g strong plain flour 1 tsp fine sea salt 250g butter at room temperature, but not soft 150ml cold water Method: Sift the flour and salt […]

Crispy Baked Potatoes

Crisp-skinned, fluffy-fleshed jacket potatoes are a cheap and cheerful way to feed a crowd – great with beans and sausages.

Double Chocolate Brownies

These have both cocoa powder and real chocolate in them – hence the ‘double chocolate’. They are much easier to make than a cake, as they are meant to be dense and fudgy, not light and airy. Ingredients: 250g good dark chocolate 200g unsalted butter 200g caster sugar 3 free range eggs 125g plain flour […]

Match Opinion: Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travelled to Wembley in a good patch of form in the Premier League to take on a Tottenham side full of confidence after beating Real Madrid.

Slow Roast Pork Belly

What could be better than a slow roasted pork belly dish? Perfect as the main part of a Sunday dinner or to keep aside as sandwich fillings. I suggest an overnight marinade, I often prepare it in the morning and leave it in the fridge loosely covered. Ingredients: 1¾ kilograms pork belly (rind scored) 4 […]

Maple Chicken ‘n’ Ribs

You need no more than a few minutes to load up a couple of freezer bags with ribs and chicken, oils and marinades and then, after a day or so’s untroublesome marinating in the fridge, you tip out the contents into a roasting tray and slot it in the oven. Ingredients: 12 pork spare ribs […]

Facts Are Facts

One thing that annoys me is when popular, well know podcasts keep repeating incorrect statistics or facts. Here are the two which annoy me the most This season has given me a lot of reasons to be frustrated but one of the things that has irked me the most is established podcasts such as Holmesdale […]

Why Did Sam Allardyce Leave Crystal Palace?

With Sam Allardyce odds-on favourite to land the Everton job and Palace earning £2 million in the process, just what were the real reasons Sam left Palace?

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham United

Crystal Palace welcomed West Ham United to Selhurst Park on Saturday just 4 days after an embarrassing performance losing to Bristol City in the League Cup.

Basic Pizza Dough

This is a simple, versatile, Italian-style dough that can be chilled or frozen to store, then shaped and cooked by oven or barbecue. Ingredients: 500g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tsp salt ½ tsp dried yeast (not fast-action) 400ml warm water Oil, for greasing Method: Put the flour and salt in the bowl and […]

Men Can’t Be Sexually Harassed, Apparently

In a remarkable new blow against sexual equality, Kit Harington has been forced to apologise for implying that men can be sexually harassed too.

The #MeToo Movement Is Predictably Unjust

Typically, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, women are crawling out the woodwork all over the place claiming they have seen sexually assaulted when in truth the probably haven’t.

Match Opinion: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

A week after Crystal Palace’s shock 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea they travelled to St. Jame’s Park to take on Newcastle United. Could Palace continue where they left off the previous game?

Tartar Sauce

A must-have for fish and chips, fishcakes and a fish finger sandwich, tartar sauce is a quick and easy sauce to knock up at home. Ingredients: 200ml mayonnaise 3 tbsp capers, drained and chopped 3 tbsp gherkins, drained and chopped 1 small shallot, finely chopped Squeeze of lemon juice 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Flaked sea […]

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Making puff pastry is a labour of love, but the flaky, buttery result is such a treat. You can’t beat sausage rolls made with homemade pastry. Ingredients: For the puff pastry 550g plain flour, plus extra for dusting ¾ tsp salt 200ml cold water 2 tsp lemon juice 550g unsalted butter, soft enough to be […]

Home Made Sausage Meat

Homemade sausage meat is easy to make and can be used in a variety of foods from sausage rolls to sausage plait and pork stuffing. Ingredients: 2 tsp dried mixed herbs Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 700g minced pork 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp chopped fresh sage 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme […]

Does Anyone Really Understand What Equality Means?

The Richard Keys and Sian Massey-Ellos sexism row has reared it’s ugly head again recently and while part of me wants to join in with the outraged liberals I honestly think it is a load of twaddle!

Match Opinion: Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea

After league seven games without scoring a point or a goal, Crystal Palace took on the champions at Selhurst Park. Could we do the unthinkable and win?

Just Because It’s Legal It Doesn’t Mean It’s Okay!

When moving to a different country you have to get used to different customs, different laws and doing things in a different way. However, one thing I don’t think I will ever be able to get used to is people talking on their mobile phones while driving. I am not talking about people using a […]

Should Wilf Play On Saturday?

Crystal Palace welcome Chelski Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday and the big question is centred around if Wilfred Zaha will play.

Match Opinion: Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace made their second trip to Manchester in a week to face Manchester United. Would we make more of a game of it this week?

Self-Raising Flour

If, like me, you live abroad then you will probably find it difficult to find self-raising flour. Here is a quick and easy way to make your own when needed.

Match Opinion: Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace travelled to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester to play a Manchester City team full of confidence after spanking Watford last week.

Sometimes A Salad Hits The Spot

On Saturday evening after Palace’s defeat at the hands of Southampton at Selhurst Park, John Salako took to Twitter to give his view of where the club has gone wrong in the last couple of seasons. In doing so he confirmed some things a few of us have been saying for a while.

Match Opinion: Palace 0-1 Southampton

Roy Hodgson took charge of his first game in charge of Crystal Palace today at Selhurst Park in the early game. Did Palace get a new manager bounce?

Match Opinion: Palace 0-1 Burnley

Crystal Palace made the long journey to Burnley in a match billed as a must in game for under pressure manager Frank de Boer.

Home Made Pizza Sauce

A good tomato sauce can make or break the homemade pizza. While it is easy to think you can’t screw up a basic tomato sauce anyone who has eaten a homemade pizza knows this simply isn’t true!

Why Doesn’t Simon Jordan Get More Credit?

Simon Jordan is the man who bought the club he supported as a boy, took them to the Premier League and lost it all. Why doesn’t he get more credit?

Sakho – A Chink of Light On A Dark Deadline Day

Every cloud has a silver lining. The summer transfer window of 2017 is a dark cloud with the colourful character of Mamadou Sakho the silver lining.

Match Opinion: Palace 0-2 Swansea City

Crystal Palace entertained Swansea City at Selhurst Park on Saturday in a game which has been billed as the season’s first 6-pointer.

Signing Oliver Burke Makes No Sense

I rarely talk about transfer rumours because it is futile, pointless and a total waste of my time and yours. But the Oliver Burke transfer is an exception.

A Judas Returns

On Monday afternoon, Crystal Palace quietly announced on their website that they had appointed Dougie Freedman as Sporting Director. Twitter meltdown ensued for the second time in two days.

Match Opinion: Liverpool 1-0 Palace

Crystal Palace made the long journey to the north-west to Merseyside where they met Liverpool fresh from their trip to Hoffenheim in Germany.

Simon Jordan on Sky Sports The Debate

On Friday 18th August, Simon Jordan was a guest on the Sky Sports show called The Debate in which he discussed different subjects.

Match Opinion – Palace 0-3 Huddersfield

Crystal Palace entertained newly promoted Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park for the first game of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The New Season Is Here – The Story of The Summer (Part II)

In part two of the recap of the summer I go through the departures and arrivals at Selhurst Park during the summer and look forward to the first game.

The New Season Is Here – The Story of The Summer (Part I)

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here, the new season starts today! There has been a lot happening at Selhurst Park since May, here’s a recap.

Alan Pardew Is An Utter Cretin!

Alan Pardew has been appointed as a head pundit by Sky Sports for the coming season and it seems he has wasted no time in talking utter nonsense.

Is The Loan System Crooked?

The loan system has been under the spotlight in recent years with clubs such as Chelsea and Liverpool loaning out 40 or more players a season.

A Trip To Tivoli In Copenhagen

It’s the summer and there’s no football on so why not have a day trip to Copenhagen? Why not indeed, as long as the weather holds up, what could go wrong?

Did They Pick The Wrong Top?

It’s inevitable that when any new football kit is released that there will be a mixed reaction between the likes and dislikes.

A New Dawn As Palace Appoint de Boer

On Monday Steve Parish unveiled Frank de Boer as Crystal Palace’s latest manager after the Dutch manager signed a 3 year contract with the club.

Nookie the Bear To Be Palace Manager?

News seems to be getting stronger and stronger that Crystal Palace will finally be announcing a new manager in the coming days. But, as usual, I smell bullshit.

Why Are Palace Undesirable To Managers?

On Tuesday 20th June it will be 4 weeks to the day since Sam Allardyce resigned as Palace manager. Why are we unable to appoint a new manager?

2017/18 Fixture List Released

The fixture list for the 2017/18 season were released this morning (Wednesday) and it seems all the bugs in the Premier League’s system have not been ironed out.

Confirmed: Palace Release Players

The silly season is well under way and it seems the board have released players without a new manager to approving their departure.

Happy 110th Birthday Helsingborgs IF

It isn’t often that I look at another football team with envious eyes. While our support is right up there with the best in England I sometimes look at other teams and wish we could take a leaf out of their book by being more rebellious.

Did We Really Try To Keep Bolasie?

Last summer Crystal Palace sold Yannick Bolasie to Everton for an estimated £27m but something has been bugging for the past year and now I know what it is.

Steve Parish Speaks To US Radio – My Reaction

On Wednesday afternoon Steve Parish spoke to a US radio station that focuses on football and broadcasts on satellite radio. He gave some insight into recent goings on and thoughts for the future at the Palace.

The Expat Eagle Awards 2016/2017 – Part 2

It seems like everyone who has any form blog, YouTube channel or podcast does a season review or awards post. So why should I be any different?

The Expat Eagle Awards 2016/2017 – Part 1

It seems like everyone who has any form blog, YouTube channel or podcast does a season review or awards post. So why should I be any different?

Wilfred Zaha Signs A New Contract – So What?

The Palace fans on the internet seem to be wetting themselves that Wilfred Zaha has signed a new contract. I couldn’t be more unmoved if I tried.

Sam Allardyce – My View

Sam Allardyce has resigned as manager of Crystal Palace and in the space of 24 hours I went from wildly optimistic to terribly pessimistic.

Perception Is A Funny Thing

Football is a game which is all about perception, opinions and beliefs. Sometimes they are biased in favour of or against certain individuals. Some players can do no right and some can do no wrong. But facts are facts.

OFFICIAL: Crystal Palace’s Home Kit For The 2017/18 Season

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has revealed the clubs new home kit on Twitter and Instagram ahead of the club’s final game at Manchester United.

Squad Players I Think Will Leave This Summer

Last summer we failed to improve the quality of the over all squad though we did improve the first eleven. Can we afford to make the same mistake this year?

It’s The Silly Season Again!

Yes, it’s here again! It’s the silly season, that time of year when we are linked with just about every play who wants a move.

Damien Delaney Signs New One-Year Contract

Damien Delaney has signed a new one year contract with Crystal Palace. He follows Julian Speroni who signed a new deal earlier this week.

Can We Really Afford To Buy Sakho?

With the news that Liverpool will let Mamadou Sakho leave this summer for a transfer fee of at least £30m, can Crystal Palace really afford to buy him?

Liverpool Will Let Mamadou Sakho leave for £30m

Liverpool have confirmed that they will let Mamadou Sakho leave the club this summer for a fee of at least £30m after the defenders loan at Crystal Palace.

Glenn Murray, Once A Murderer Always A Murderer

There is a well known expression ‘once a murderer always a murderer’ which is used to imply that once you’ve committed a crime you are forever tarnished.

Palace Confirm Speroni’s Contract Extension

Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed club legend Julian Speroni has signed a one-year contract extension with Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace Secure Premier League Survival

Crystal Palace secured their Premier League survival this afternoon with a 4-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hull City at Selhurst Park.

Will Pulis Get The Ultimate Revenge?

Love him or hate him but Tony Pulis might have a say on Crystal Palace’s Premier League future once again on the final day of the season.

My Team To Face Hull City

It’s the last home game of the season, it’s a game we can’t afford to lose and a game Hull City must win. Let’s not fuck around like verses Manchester City!

The Situation Is Crystal Clear

With 7 days to go until Crystal Palace face Hull City in the penultimate game of the season at Selhurst Park, the situation is crystal clear.

2017/18 Shirt Design

It’s that time of year again when, as we draw near to the end of the season, fans start to think about the next season. We think about the potential signings we might make, the players we can get rid of and also the shirt designs we will be wearing.

The Palace Youth Academy (Updated)

The Crystal Palace Youth Academy is considered to be one of the best in the English game but does that hold up under scrutiny?

Mamadou Sakho’s Injury Not As Bad As First Feared

Mamadou Sakho’s knee injury isn’t as bad as first feared Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, revealed on Friday during a press conference.

Get Used To The Idea, Wilfred Zaha Is Leaving

I know this isn’t something you want to hear or even think about but it is clear to me that Wilfred Zaha will leave Crystal Palace in the summer.

We Lost to Spurs, So What?

Last night we lost to Spurs 0-1, a team that is second in the league yet there didn’t seem to be a gulf in class that the league table suggests.

Steve Parish Pulls Out of Dragons’ Den

According to the BBC, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has withdrawn from the TV show, Dragons Den before filming has even begun.

Transfers Since 2013, Hit or Miss?

As the season is drawing to a close I needed a distraction from the ‘Wenger Out’ campaigns so I thought I’d take a look at our last 4 years of transfers.

Is There One Last Game For Speroni & Mandanda?

With just 5 games of the season remaining what are the chances that Julian Speroni or Steve Mandanda to play for Crystal Palace again?

Pardew Should Be Committed To A Mental Hospital

I thought my days of having to consider what Alan Pardew thought was a thing of the past but it seems he is still suffering delusions of grandeur!

Do Looks Count?

Do looks count? I guess it all depends what we are talking. Our partner’s looks may have faded years ago but we’ve got used to them and after all, they can make a decent cup of tea and a mean bacon sandwich! But be it a car, a football shirt or an ornament, we all […]

Steve Parish To Join Dragons’ Den

According to the BBC, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is to join the panel of TV show Dragons’ Den as one of two new investors.

Would Relegation Be So Bad? (Part 4)

In the summer of 1991 Palace fans were delirious with pride after seeing their team finish 3rd in the top flight, narrowly missing out on a European place. This is something I never thought would happen. Surely we wouldn’t cock things up again? Yes we did, and don’t call me Shirley!

Wake Me Up, I’m Enjoying This Dream Too Much!

If I were to liken Crystal Palace’s current form to a type of dream then it would have to be like a teenager’s wet dream. 

Summer Clear Out, If We Stay Up

As it seems like Big Sam is not afraid to make some tough decisions, here is my opinion who should stay and who should go in the summer.

Why Am I Surprised By This?

Last night Crystal Palace manager, Sam Allardyce, decided to start Martin Kelly instead of Damien Delaney. This raised a few eye brows but should it have?

I Should Be Pissed Off, But I’m Not!

Last night’s defeat at Southampton should have come as more of a surprise but it is something that I expected after out fantastic win at the weekend over Chelsea.

Liverpool Away Will Be A Tough Game

As if travelling to play Liverpool isn’t already a tough enough game, we will be without someone who has become a rock in the heart of our defence.

Perception Is A Funny Thing

As we go into tonight’s game with Southampton we sit in a precarious position. Perception would lead us to think we are better off than we really are.

The Chelsea Result Was Great But We Mustn’t Get Complacent

Saturday’s victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was a classic heroic Palace performance and one what might define our season.

Would Relegation Be So Bad? (Part 3)

I regard the six years between 1987-1993 as the best period of my life, both personally and professionally not to mention as a Crystal Palace fan.

Memories From Another Time

Time waits for no man and it finally caught up with me. During the last two weeks I’ve been cleaning the basement out. It’s needed it for a while and I finally succumbed and did what was required of me.

Would Relegation Be So Bad? (Part 2)

I don’t want Crystal Palace to take a trip back to the Championship, especially if Brighton are going to get promoted. But relegation from the Premier League could be the chance to take the metaphorical broom out of the closet and give the squad a spring clean

Palace Take A Step Closer To Safety

Crystal Palace took a step close to Premier League survival with a 1-0 victory over Watford at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

Watford A Vital Game Towards Survival

Crystal Palace take on Watford at Selhurst Park today in a game that Palace must win if our bid for Premier League survival is to be successful.

I’m Gooner Feel So Stupid!

I’ve always been taught that if I am not sure about something, ask! Don’t just assume the worst and certainly don’t extract revenge without being sure that you’ve been wronged. I’ve thought for a long time that we as a society are too easily offended these days. We tend to assume the worst rather than […]

My First Ejection

My first Ejection. I wonder how many of you misread the title? If you did then you might be slightly disappointed by this article. If you didn’t, you still might be disappointed!

Don’t We Have Enough To Complain About?

Currently Crystal Palace sit in a precarious position in the Premier League. We sit in 17th position, one above the relegation zone on goal difference. We have many challenges facing us in the lead up to the end of the season. There are many points we could be discussing such as who to buy, who […]

My Plan For The Beautiful Game

Like many of you, I endured the Swansea game and upon it’s conclusion I felt a mixture of resignation and anger at a range of people. So this morning, during my morning constitutional, I started to think about how I would change football for the better if I were to become dictator of football at […]

Madhur Jaffrey’s Chicken Tikka Masala

There is nothing better than tucking into a warm plate of comfort food after a hard day and what better way to satisfy this craving than with a classic chicken tikka masala? Chicken tikka is a classic Indian dish but chicken tikka masala was created in England but Indian chefs to cater for our love […]

The 25-Man Squad 2017 (Confirmed)

Crystal Palace have completed their transfer window activity and the amended 25-man squad has been revealed. The Ins and Outs of The Transfer Window In came Jeffery Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt, Luka Milivojevic and Mamadou Sakho (loan). Out went Jordan Mutch (loan to Reading). It seems now that there is no possibility of an free agent as 25 […]

Is Nude Photography Art or Porn?

Social media sites like Facebook and Instagram have banned pictures that display nipples. Other sites, such as Tumblr and Twitter don’t censor pictures at all but Pintrest draws the line at images they consider to be porn. So where should the line be drawn? Are nude photos art or is all nude photography actually porn? […]

Palace Sign Patrick van Aanholt

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from relegation rivals Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. Upon signing van Aanholt on a 4 and a half year deal Sam Allardyce said “We’ve finally got Patrick over the line. You like to bring players you’ve worked with before and should bring something to the […]

Jeffery Schlupp Out For Up To 12 Weeks

Injury to new signing Jeffery Schlupp was undoubtedly the most disappointing thing to come out of Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup. On 76 minutes with The Eagles losing by two goals Jeffery Schlupp overstretched for a ball and needed to leave the pitch. He walked straight down the tunnel, usually an […]

How Might The Squad Look?

How might the squad look when the transfer window shuts at 23.00 on Tuesday night, just after the Bournemouth game? The Ins and Outs of The Transfer Window If recent quotes by Sam Allardyce are to be believed then we have bid on roughly 30 players and anticipates that we’ll sign a total of 4 […]

Goodbye 2016 And Good Riddance

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and is published here 1 month after it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  Just a day or two left of 2016 and hopefully the nightmare will be over. Yes, 2016 and all the misery that it […]

Spicy Fried Chicken

This is a quick and simple recipe for Asian style spicy fried chicken. It is a little like a hot version of sweet & sour chicken Hong Kong style you find in Chinese take away restaurants in the England. To begin with, start cooking your rice. This recipe goes together perfectly with Jasmine rice but […]

Zaha Has No Regrets Over England Snub

Wilfred Zaha made his full international debut against Sweden for the second time. At the weekend Zaha appeared as a second half substitute for Ivory Coast in a 2-1 win over Sweden. Zaha has no regrets about turning his back on England in order to play for the Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup, […]

Fraizer Campbell, I Feel For The Lad!

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  I genuinely feel for Frazier Campbell. He doesn’t seem to get much love from the Palace faithful and I am not really sure […]

Repeating Something Doesn’t Make It True

Towards the end of last season we kept being spoon fed the same old line that “Crystal Palace are in the most successful period in the clubs history” and my favourite “Crystal Palace has never been in the Premier League for a forth consecutive season before!” Both these points are true but only from a […]

Are We Really That Fickle?

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  Are Palace fans really as fickle as we recently appear to be? I always thought we were several steps above the supporters of […]

Has Steve Mandanda Got Itchy Feet?

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  According to reports coming out of France, Steve Mandanda has itchy feet and is feeling a little restless with life at Selhurst Park. […]

Yes, You Are A Bigger One Than I am

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  So, you think you are a bigger one than I am? This is a common expression thrown around when Palace fans start bickering […]

It wasn’t like that in my day, part 3

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  In this, the final part of my series, I’ll be rounding up some other aspects of football which we’ve lost since the Premier […]

It wasn’t like that in my day, part 2

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  In my previous article for TEB I moaned explained how since the formation of the Premier League football players have gained a higher […]

Is Benteke An Out of Fashion Type of Striker?

When Christian Benteke signed for Crystal Palace I wasn’t particularly impressed. At the time were blinded by the price tag and were desperate for a big name signing to replace Yannick Bolasie who had just departed for Everton. The reason I wasn’t particularly impressed was because I saw him as a younger version of Emmanuel […]

It wasn’t like that in my day, part 1

Information: This is an article I wrote for The Eagles Beak and has been published here 1 month it was published on their website. This version may differ slightly from their version.  Contrary to popular belief, football wasn’t invented in 1992 when the Premier League spewed forth out of the Football Associations orifice office. For […]

Overreaction Is Par(dew) For The Course

For the first time since May I am sitting in my home office, in front of my computer with a cup of tea and two slices of toast. The only way this scene could be improved is if I had a few rashers of crispy bacon between the slices of toast. Everything seems at ease in […]

Should The Overhead Kick To Be Banned?

Nothing in football looks more graceful, elegant or beautiful than a well timed and well executed overhead kick. A perfectly timed sliding tackle and an acrobatic flying save come close but an overhead kick sailing into the top corner of the net is a glorious thing. However, these may become a thing of the past […]

The beginning of the end for ‘Super Al’?

Over the past week or two I have noticed more and more fans who have either started complaining about the situation at the club, things that weren’t being complained about before. In particular I’m referring to our lack of squad depth and poor results. In the summer I wrote about how people seemed to have […]

Delaney Embodies The Palace Spirit

I feel I need to confess something straight away… my favourite current player is Damien Delaney. I don’t think it is anything to be ashamed of but judging by the criticism he’s been receiving on social media recently it’ll certainly put me in the minority. I doubt very much you’ll see many shirts with ‘Delaney 27’ across […]

How I would choose a squad

We all like to think we could do a better job of managing the football club than the manager. It doesn’t matter who the manager is, his achievements or coaching badges, we all think at some point that we could do a better job. It’s with this in mind that I got to think about why […]

Time to panic?

I’ve been fairly quiet recently. What with one thing or another I have been moving back in to my flat, getting things straight and watching the Palace. I’ve only really had time to fulfil my commitment to The Eagles Beak and making my podcasts. That isn’t a complaint, just making my excuses. I have been keeping […]

Are overseas ticket schemes a good thing?

With Crystal Palace’s appeal in the footballing growing there comes with it new problems that growing clubs in other parts of the country don’t have. On the face of it, getting more fans around the globe can only be a good thing. Gone are the days that, when asked who I support I get met […]

Pep isn’t the second coming of Christ

For anyone reading the football press over the last couple of week you’d think that the second coming of Christ has finally happened and that he decided to take over the manager’s job at Manchester City. The average publication, podcast and blogger has been salivating at how Manchester City have started the season and been […]

Yannick Bolasie… To boo or not to boo

Crystal Palace’s trip to Everton on Friday night saw the first meeting of Yannick Bolasie with his former club and the travelling fans let their feelings about him be known. This led to one or two unhappy Crystal Palace fans on Twitter who branded our travelling fans “twats” and other such inspiring names. Never being […]

Reasons to be cheerful…

Visitors to this site will know I have been going on a lot recently about Palace getting results that we should have got and that they were not something to be elated about.

This is where I think we’ll finish this season

As you may know I have been critical of the start we’ve made to our season so far, mainly our inability to win our first two home games, I think we’re not far off where I feel we should be. We’ve won 3 games in a row, which are games I think we should have […]

Delusions of grandeur

First of all let me say I love my team, but I am not blinded by love. I’m honest and not biased in favour of my team and that is something I think sets me apart from a lot of Palace fans. Take when Liverpool visited Selhurst Park earlier this year and Christian Benteke won […]

Glass half empty or completely full?

With 6 Premier League games completed it seems Palace fans are fairly evenly split in their opinions as to if we are performing above or below par. Some fans see how we performed in the second half of last season and think we should count ourselves lucky to avoid relegation this season while the other […]

Sunderland is already a 6 pointer!

On Saturday Crystal Palace travel to the Stadium of Light to take on a struggling Sunderland team in a game that I think is already a 6 pointer. There is a saying in football that points won in August count just as much as points won in April. Sunderland have struggled so far this season […]

Let’s not get carried away!

I know many of you will be on a high right now. For the first time this year we have managed to win back to back games in the Premier League. Suddenly a lot of fans seem to think we’ve turned the corner. We’re on the march. Let me bring you back down to earth […]

This is not our longest stay in the top flight!

They say that if you say something enough it will become true, or at least an accepted truth. It shocks and saddens me that our chairman and “lifelong fan” can keep making such a mistake. The press, who are lazy by nature, like to run with it and it gets spoon fed back to us meaning […]

Our transfer window in comparison

Here is a graphic to illustrate our transfer window against the other 19 teams that make up the Premier League.   As you can see, we were joint 15th highest spenders, equal to Hull City who started the season with 13 senior players. Perception is a funny thing, while it seemed like we’d spend a […]

Tony Pulis won’t resign, here’s why!

Just as in the final few months of last season, Tony Pulis is crowing and making noises about wanting to leave West Brom because he didn’t get what he wanted in the transfer window. Fans of Crystal Palace know him from the 8 months he spent as manager of our club. First he moans about […]

This is our best signing this summer

A lot has been written about our transfer dealing this summer and a lot will be written during the coming months. In this writer’s humble opinion, I think more will be written about who we didn’t sign rather than who we did as our midfield short comings are exposed by the ravages of autumn and […]

What is our standing as a club today?

With the transfer window at an end and coming to terms that Jack Wilshire chose to go on a year long loan from Arsenal to Bournemouth I began to wonder just what our standing is in the Premier League. What do I mean? Who would a player chose to sign for if you strip away […]

Was the transfer window really a success?

In most of the tabloids and sports channels the transfer window has been hailed as a massive success for Crystal Palace but I disagree. I think the transfer window should be classed as a failure! According to the official Crystal Palace website (click here) these are all the ins and outs this transfer window: First-team […]

It’s the Bolasie situation again, so why is Zaha being forced to stay?

Just under two weeks ago, Yannick Bolasie left Crystal Palace for Everton for a club record £25m fee. At the time, many fans were disappointed, upset and bemused about what had gone on but in an interview Palace manager, Alan Pardew, claimed that Bolasie’s heart and soul were no longer with the club so he […]

Blackpool, must win game?

If early reports are accurate, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, will hand a debut to France international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for the League Cup game against Blackpool at Selhurst Park. Mandanda will be desperate to impress, not only because it will be his debut but because Hugo Loris, the French number 1, is injured and […]

Are we really in our most successful period?

I grow tired of people trying to brain wash me in to believing that this is the most successful period in Crystal Palace’s history. It just simply isn’t true! Contrary to popular opinion, football existed before 1992. It existed a bloody long time before the Premier League sprang forth in August 1992! To many, the […]

Will we see the end of the Bosman rule?

For many of you reading this post, you won’t remember a time when footballers were bound to their club, even when their contract expired. Prior to December 1995 football was very different to industry it is today. Back then professional clubs in the UK (and some parts of Europe) were able to prevent players from joining […]

Jedi, not the first captain humiliated

With the recent treatment of Mile Jedinak and his inevitable transfer to Aston Villa, the situation reminded me of how another legendary Palace captain had his career at Selhurst Park ended in a cold hearted brutal fashion leaving him humiliated. Steve Coppell is regarded as a saint by most fans at Selhurst Park but there […]

Goodbye Jedi

It has been reported in the national press that former Crystal Palace captain, Mile Jedinak is signing for Aston Villa for first team football. Wanting to leave the club in order to play first team football at his age is quite understandable and I don’t begrudge Jedinak leaving for those reasons. While Jedinak is not […]

Bolasie, my final comments

There has been a lot written over the past few days regarding Yannick Bolasie’s transfer from Crystal Palace to Everton for a fee of £25m raising to £30m. From what I have seen, in the lead up to the transfer it was a 50-50 split as to whether the transfer would take place with people […]

This is (one of) our problem(s)

For any club that has suffered from decades of under investment and also have been in administration as recently as 6 years ago, promotion to the Premier League is a difficult task. For many, achieving promotion is the hard part but that isn’t the case. Staying in the Premier League and becoming established is even harder […]

Matchday 1 preview – West Brom

The new Premier League season gets under way this Saturday when Crystal Palace welcome West Bromwich Albion, managed by ex-Palace manager Tony Pulis, to Selhurst Park. Nothing adds more spice to a game than the return of a former player or manager who has done the dirty on you and Pulis did the dirty on […]

What the hell is going on?

Have you ever sold your home? Have you been part of one of those annoying chains where you can complete when the person you are buying from completes? I’ve been lucky in my time, I bought and sold the same property in the UK without any chains and did the same thing in Sweden. I […]

The Palace Academy

The Crystal Palace academy is considered to be one of the best in the English game. At least that is what we’re told because we’ve churned out star players such as… Erm… Wilfred Zaha… Nathaniel Clyne… Erm… Okay, I need to look this up! The fact is the academy hasn’t churned out as many gems […]

The Force is with you Yannick, but you are not Jedi!

When the dust settles on Yannick Bolasie’s £25m transfer to Everton, I think everyone will agree it was the right move for all concerned. I have never seen opinion so split so heavily in favour of a ‘star’ player leaving as I have in the case of Yannick Bolasie. Usually, the fans would favour keeping a […]

The battle for number 1

And then there were three… Now that Alex McCarthy has transferred to Southampton from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, thought to be about £3m, there are only 3 candidates left for the number 1 spot. So, who should start the season as out goalkeeper? Should it be fans favourite, Julian Speroni? Much maligned, Wayne […]

Did we sell the right goalkeeper?

Last season, many fans were certain that Julian Speroni should have been the club’s first choice goalkeeper but they were split down the middle between which goalkeeper they preferred between Wayne Hennessey and Alex McCarthy. Or to put it another way, which one they liked least. I, along with many other fans, thought Alex McCarthy […]

The secret life of a train driver – Induction

On Monday 28th January, 1991 I began my career as a trainee train driver for British Rail. I reported at my depot, Wimbledon Park in south west London at 09.00 and along with 6 other people, waited for a manager to come into the room and give us our induction training. A manager duly entered […]

The secret life of a train driver – Assessment

In December 1990 I found myself unemployed for the first time in my life after being made redundant by British Telecom. I’d worked at BT for 18 months and did not qualify for redundancy money because I had not worked for the company for longer than two years. My manager at the time, Terry, suggested […]

New Premier League rules for the season ahead

Ahead of the 2016/17 season, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have made nearly 100 alterations to the game which will come into force in the Premier League for the first time. It follows the FA Cup allowing an extra substitution in the three final rounds if they go to extra-time on the recommendation of […]

Brede Hangeland retires from football

Former Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland has announced he has retired from professional football.

Official – first team squad numbers 2016/2017

The official Crystal Palace squad numbers have been announced for the 2016/17 season and are as shown below:-

Damien Delaney, fu*king hero!

More often than not the world of social media can be a brutal environment.

Rumours, lies and bullshit

It seems some parts of the media have got it in for us, in particular the tabloid media.

Alex McCarthy leaves the Palace

Alex McCarthy has joined Southampton, for a fee believed to be four million pounds, and signs a three year contract.

Palace youngsters fly the nest

Palace youth academy graduates Jerome Binnom-Williams and Jake Gray have left the club on free transfers.

My favourite eleven

Every fan has his or her favourite eleven players that, if dreams came true, would line up to take on the rest of the Premier League.

How’s the squad is shaping up?

With just a month to go until the end of the transfer window and the deadline for the 25 man squad, just how are things looking?

We are screwed

Apparently friendlies are ‘just’ friendlies when you lose but the same people seem to be sabre rattling when we win.

Perfect Pitta Bread

These barely leavened breads, known to us by their Israeli name, but common throughout the Arab world, are some of the most ancient in existence.

My first match

The first Crystal Palace game I ever attended was in January 1981. It was a cold, horrible Saturday and my youngest brother (though 9 years older than myself), a Chelsea fan, took me with his girlfriend of the week. My brother had recently passed out from his army training at Woolwich and was about to […]

Appreciation Is Worth More Than Money

On June 1st 1995 Alan Wilder left Depeche Mode. During his press conference he stated: “Since joining in 1982, I have continually striven to give total energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the furthering of the group’s success and in spite of a consistent imbalance in the distribution of the workload, willingly offered this. Unfortunately, within […]

Being A Train Driver In A Nutshell!

Last week angry Thameslink passengers complained about the route’s new train operator, which in turn has admitted to a deteriorating service. Faced with near-daily delays, driver unavailability and old trains, passengers have criticised Govia with one saying on Twitter: “I didn’t think it was possible to deliver a worse service than FCC but somehow Thameslink […]