18 Sep 2016

Souare Lay Off Highlights Defensive Needs

Ahead of the visit of struggling Stoke to Selhurst, Palace are facing up to the reality that injuries are again depriving Alan Pardew of some key players. With Pape Souare ruled out for up to six months following a horrific car accident last week, the question of who will play

05 Sep 2016

Interest In National Side At Lowest Ebb

Is there a more unwelcome international break than the first one after a disappointing and underwhelming major tournament? In a summer where England failed miserably/hilariously (delete as appropriate), the break up after the opening round of games was met with about the same enthusiasm as a lamb has of an

22 Aug 2016

Pessimism Rears Its Ugly Head

It has been one of those weeks at Palace. Arrivals, departures, fleeting hope, carefully manufactured distractions and more of the same. This column in an entry two weeks ago talked of ‘new ideas, new faces, new beginnings’ and what we are now seeing is only one of those to be

16 Aug 2016

Bolasie You Later…

Just like that, he was gone. While there was a distinct inevitability about the departure of Yannick Bolasie to Everton once the Merseysiders’ upped their bid to twenty-five million, it was still hard to prepare for it. We were told by Alan Pardew at the weekend to expect as much,

07 Aug 2016

Out with the Old…

With a new season comes new beginnings. New faces, new ideas, new overpriced kits, new optimism. While full of its frustrations, pre-season can be quite therapeutic for some. Wade through the stream of rumours and outlandish make believes that populate the sports pages, and it is a place of safety.

01 Jun 2016

Plenty Of Heroics But Patchy Palace Need Mending

It’s never straightforward. As Christmas approached late last year, the Crystal Palace blogosphere was in high spirits. Twitter was teeming with positivity and the likes of Holmesdale Online and the BBS were in raptures. This was to be the season. The season where expectations were to be surpassed and the

24 May 2016

An Alternative FA Cup Final Diary

As the dust settled on an ultimately disappointing outcome at Wembley on Saturday, this is how my day unfolded. 08:00 The sunlight peered through the crack in the blinds and woke me from my slumber. It takes me eight or nine seconds to come to terms with my surroundings, before then

08 May 2016

Final Month Of The Season Provides Mixed Emotions

The heralding of May in football terms is usually bittersweet, and with particular focus on Palace over the last few seasons this has very much been the case. It has become a ritual in the past three seasons to reflect on a season that surpassed expectations with continued optimism for

24 Apr 2016

Opportunity To Forge More Great Memories

The 24th of April 2016 seems like it has been coming for an eternity. While eager Palace fans with the requisite loyalty points have been surveying their view from their seats for the FA Cup semi-final with Watford, time seems to have slowed down. The victory over Reading at the

10 Apr 2016

Romantic Football Is Dead and Gone

Romantic football is dead and gone. In a season where the media narrative is hailing the current Premier League campaign as a seismic shift back to purism of old, some are finding it increasingly hard to be convinced. Football in recent years has been subject to many the forensic analysis.