30 Oct 2016

Burnley The Barometer In Tough Fixture Run

As build up intensified for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday, one thing was palpably clear – Palace’s season is about to enter into one of its most crucial junctures. The visit of Jurgen Klopp’s high flying Reds signified the first in what many are calling a horror run of

17 Oct 2016

Kick In The Teeth A Reality Check

As the crowd plodded out of Selhurst Park on Saturday evening following the defeat to West Ham United, there was one thing everyone could agree with – this was one to forget. Having entered the international break on a good run of form that had propelled Palace to within touching distance

05 Oct 2016

Those In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones

The international tumbleweed is rolling in to town from the wilderness again, notable this time by the destruction left in its wake. On its jaunt into the unknown and back, English football was plunged into a crisis that went beyond even their own usual calamitous standards. While the acrimonious departure

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