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CyRoGeNiCz_eViL Flag Epsom 15 Oct 10 5.55pm

I may be too young to remember Big Malc but certainly bought a tear to my eye when I heard this today, Will be a great moment for Selhurst to applaud him for a minute tomorrow for all the memories he bought to the older palace generation

rip Malcolm, Thank you for everything you bought to Palace

 


*Red.... Red and Blue Armyyyyy!!!*

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View Eagle of the North's Profile Eagle of the North Flag Huddersfield 15 Oct 10 6.07pm Send a Private Message to Eagle of the North Add Eagle of the North as a friend

The best comments he ever made were at half time of that FA cup Semi against Liverpool. We were 1-0 down but he said we would win because we were fitter and stronger than them. A minute into the second half Pembo proved it.

Another of football's legends has gone.

 

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View Crystal_Clear's Profile Crystal_Clear Flag Belfast 15 Oct 10 6.08pm Send a Private Message to Crystal_Clear Add Crystal_Clear as a friend

The BBC website have listed some classic Allison comments :-

MALCOLM ALLISON QUOTES
"A lot of hard work went into this defeat"
"You're not a real manager unless you've been sacked."
"John Bond has blackened my name with his insinuations about the private lives of football managers. Both my wives are upset."
"A lot of people in football don't have much time for the press; they say they're amateurs."

 

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View ed_the_eagle8's Profile ed_the_eagle8 Flag Aldershot 15 Oct 10 6.10pm Send a Private Message to ed_the_eagle8 Add ed_the_eagle8 as a friend

He smokes cigars and he drinks champagne, Malcolm, Malcolm ... RIP Malcolm, never be forgetten at the Palace

 

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Don Rogers Tache Flag hanging around the local Taco Bell... 15 Oct 10 6.19pm

RIP Big Mal.
No chance of a minute's silence tomorrow.

 


I know you are but what am I?

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View Alexi_the_Eagle's Profile Alexi_the_Eagle Flag Newton-le-Willows 15 Oct 10 6.28pm Send a Private Message to Alexi_the_Eagle Add Alexi_the_Eagle as a friend

RIP Big Malcom Allison, a true legend that will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the Palace faithful.

Let's just hope the East London knuckledraggers have some decency and show some respect.

 


"Look at that. Accident blackspot? These aren't accidents! They're throwing themselves into the road gladly! Throwing themselves into the road to escape all this hideousness!"

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View Forest Hillbilly's Profile Forest Hillbilly Flag in a hidey-hole 15 Oct 10 6.38pm Send a Private Message to Forest Hillbilly Add Forest Hillbilly as a friend

^ ^ ^
They won't show any respect.

Millwall are cvnts

All the Best Big Mal , and to your family too

Edited by Forest Hillbilly (15 Oct 2010 6.41pm)

 


"The facts have changed", Rishi Sunak

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View MKGlazier's Profile MKGlazier Flag Milton Keynes 15 Oct 10 6.47pm Send a Private Message to MKGlazier Add MKGlazier as a friend

Before he came along we were perceived as a small team who had spent a few years above our station. Big Mal totally changed the whole club and made us look like a big club even in the old 3rd division. So well did his vision put things in place that in the last year of the seventies we had the most exiting promising team in the country and Selhurst Park had the biggest league crowd anywhere that season.

Big Mal changed the nickname, the colours, the youth policy, everything and gave us what was unique at the time, the sash, which is still associated with us to this day.

I would wholeheartdley support all attempts to ask Millwall to wear their normal blue tomorrow and we wear the sash away kit with pride.

There could be no finer tribute to the man who made Crystal Palace Football Club known throughout the country.

 

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View Maggot's Profile Maggot Flag Bromley 15 Oct 10 6.54pm Send a Private Message to Maggot Add Maggot as a friend

Quote crystal balls at 15 Oct 2010 12.57pm

When I started secondary school I had a very good friend whose father was the Maitre D at a top Italian restaurant in London. Big Mal was one of his best customers whenever he was in London. At the time Mal was coach at Man City (he took over as manager a year or so later) but he effectively ran the team as Joe Mercer was increasingly shifted "upstairs" to a general manager role.
My mate's father told Mal how much his son and friends supported Palace, and as luck would have it, City were due to play Palace a week or two later. Mal gave him two directors box tickets, and said we should to get to the ground early and to ask for him at the main entrance.
On the night we duly pitched up at the ground and sure enough, we were wisked through the gates and big Mal strode up, shook our hands and showed us into the City dressing room.
City were at the peak of their powers, having won the championship the year before, and in the dressing room were Franny Lee, Colin Bell, Neil Young, Tony Book etc etc; all household names. Autographs were signed, and we sat among these great players as they prepared for the game. Big mal was larger than life, joshing with the players, keeping the atmosphere relaxed and fun, but professional at the same time.
We then took our seats in the directors box (we had never sat at a game before) next to the commentator Brian Moore and his son. I can't remember what the score was (I think City won), but it was an experience of a lifetime. Imagine how I felt when, a couple of years later, Big mal came to the Palace as manager! It was never a dull moment with Mal at the helm, Cup semi final, relegations, foreign players brought in, Fiona Richmond, playing a sweeper system etc etc., and all the while Mal in his fedora,cigar in one hand and champagne glass in the other.
He bought a pub in Brigstock Road and re-named it "The Ref and Whistle". What a man. He established a scouting network throuout the country and brought the very best youngsters to Palace,and when he brought in Terry Venables as a coach he put together the team of the eighties, but left before they came of age.
So sad to hear the news, he will definately never be forgotten.
RIP Big Mal, thanks for all the wonderful memories.

That's a lovely story!


RIP Big Mal


They don't make them like that anymore.


 

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View danincyp's Profile danincyp Flag Old Bexley 15 Oct 10 6.55pm Send a Private Message to danincyp Add danincyp as a friend

A real character, he certainly lived his life. Hope to see some fedoras tomorrow.

 


"I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."

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View Lewisham Eagle's Profile Lewisham Eagle Flag Lewisham 15 Oct 10 7.23pm Send a Private Message to Lewisham Eagle Add Lewisham Eagle as a friend

Very sad news. Before my time but he is still a Palace legend giving some great times in our history and helping build the identity we have today. Also minutes applause tomorow [Link]

 

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View Plumpton eagle's Profile Plumpton eagle Flag East Sussex 15 Oct 10 7.44pm Send a Private Message to Plumpton eagle Add Plumpton eagle as a friend

Malcolm Alisomn's reign was earlt days for me as I Palace suppoerter but certainly some of the best. I can remember being really proud that I was the only Palace supporter in a West London school in 1975/76. I went to the away wins at Chelsea, Leeds and Sunderland. The train broke dowm on the way to Sunderland and we had to run from the station. I got to the game about 30 minutes into the first half. I even bought a fedora and I still have my red and blue scarf from that season. I remeber the pain of losing to Southampton in the semi final.

Malcolm Allison really did help make Palace a bigger club and many peoples second favourite team. He was a great character and we played great football.

I will raise a glass of bubbly to Malcolm on Saturday evening.

Farewell to a true Palace legend.

 

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