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View wollongongeagle's Profile wollongongeagle Flag wollongong 24 Apr 13 3.14pm Send a Private Message to wollongongeagle Add wollongongeagle as a friend

blind eagle - great post.

 


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View blind eagle's Profile blind eagle Flag Covington.Tennessee 24 Apr 13 5.18pm Send a Private Message to blind eagle Add blind eagle as a friend

I did not realize my memory is so bad until I re-read my previous post. I said Bert Kurz,it should have been Fred Kurz and the Bert belonged to Albert Dawes,Fred Dawes the captains brother. I also forgot to mention that I cried my eyes out when my idol Arfur Hudgell was transferred in 1947 to Sunderland which was the first team in Britain to cost a million quid. Len Shackleton played for them and my Arfur Hudge played for them a long time as a great defender. God Bless em all!.

 

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View TheEagleOfSteel's Profile TheEagleOfSteel Flag Minnesota, USA 30 Apr 13 8.57pm Send a Private Message to TheEagleOfSteel Add TheEagleOfSteel as a friend

I was born and raised in Croydon but never really got into football until high school when me and my mates kicked about and started a team.


I've been hooked ever since, went to most home games and a few away when I could. I moved country recently but got a Palace tattoo as a symbol of my hometown and club

(It's my profile pic if anyone's interested)

 


SO HERE'S TO YOU FAMOUS RED AND BLUE!!!
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When i was about 5 years old ( early 60s ) i like i think a lot of kids do at that age started to take a bit of an interest in some of the more glam teams of the day Man utd Leeds Chelsea ect. My Dad god bless him seemed to get wind of this and told me "You WILL support one of your local teams boy ! " i grew up in Walworth SE 17 on the kinglake est. He was more a Millwall fan than Palace but was never one for travelling outside of London for away games and when one team was at home the other away and so he started taking me with him to the Den and Selhurst park. As Palace started to become more succsesfull the more we went watching us rise from the third to first division and by then i was well and truly hooked! Also by the promotion of 69 was by then 13 and going with me mates from our estate and Walworth secondary school.
I do remember in the early days when i was about 5 me Dad would never pay for me to get in he would just say to the geezer on the turnstile " Room for a littlean mate " and lift me over the top ! He would then plonk me down the front of the holmesdale with the rest of the young kids as we would all bang with vigor on the advertising boards ! He would stand further up the terraces with a couple of his mates puffing away on his No 6s shouting and swearing at the opposing players and anyone else who seemed to upset him while forever questioning the reffs parenthood ! This was my introduction to what was to be a long adventure for me that later in life would see me travelling all over the country with me and me mates getting ourselves into all sorts of bovver along the way ! Especially in our boot boys and skinhead days ! sadly my Dad has long since passed away but i will always be greatful to him for putting me on the right road and making sure i did not turn into a glory hunting Man utd or liverpool fan ! He always made sure i was proud to be a South London boy !

Good luck to Cardiff mate i know a lot of the Palace lads here are giving you a bit of stick but i will always remember a monday night in Cardiff back in 1980 when we played Swansea in a fa cup second replay. Sadly one of our boys got done for murder that night for killing a Swansea fan ( although it was the next day he actually got nicked ) but i remember how Cardiff fans were out in force supporting Palace big time ! We needed it to i reckon swansea fans outnumbered us 3 or 4 to one ! Your lads saved me and a couple of mates from a right kicking that night ! Have always had a soft spot for Cardiff since then ))

 

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When my family moved from Battersea to Addiscombe, my sister starting seeing a palace supporter. Being your typical 7 year old kid at the time i supported Liverpool (i know i realise the error of my ways). But as i could here the crowds at Selhurst from my garden it was decided that Palace would be my first experience of live football.

I went on a Boxing day - played Chelsea drew 2-2 and have been hooked ever since, even managed to get my Dad to be a fan.

 


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delwboy Flag Tewkesbury 17 May 13 6.55pm

First match was against Notts Forest in the FA Cup, 1965 I think, we won 3-1.

 

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View JL85's Profile JL85 Flag London,SE9 17 May 13 7.15pm Send a Private Message to JL85 Add JL85 as a friend

First ever game, Palace v Bolton 1993. My old man took me. Went again that season and saw us play West Brom. The last game I went to that season was the home game v Watford when we lifted the 1st Division title in front of our fans before the game, going on to lose 2-0.

Went to Leicester at Wembley. Got a Season ticket at 15, 1st season under Jordan and was at Stockport away. Held that season ticket until the season we went up. In the 2002-2003 season did every league and cup game home and away.

Finally renewed my ST this season since my son is now old enough to go. Shift work limits what games i can attend but i did do the Amex!!!
Been to the 3 biggest games of the last 10 years. Stockport, Wednesday and Amex too.

What got me hooked? Seeing the old Holmesdale rocking like a b****** from the Arthur Waite back in 93.

20 years hooked, f***ing hell....im 27..

 

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View liamcpfc92's Profile liamcpfc92 Flag cheam 17 May 13 7.37pm Send a Private Message to liamcpfc92 Add liamcpfc92 as a friend

first ever game not sure when but it was early 2000s and we were against sheffield united and we were losing and david hopkin had a free kick in the last min my dad said watch this it will be amazing, it was hit straight at the wall, my dad then told me we're never coming here again, been going ever since then.

 


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View ron green's Profile ron green Flag Thetford norfolk 17 May 13 7.43pm Send a Private Message to ron green Add ron green as a friend

I started in 1969 my grandad use to take me to the palace that just got promotion to 1st division , the first game was palace v Newcastle what a game even in those days there was crowd trouble Newcastle fans started fire in the old white,horse lane end palace won 1,0 I use to wait for the old 68 bus that would drop me of like most of the old palace fans the crowds were great over the years , and I just got the bite for the club as the years went on I got to age were I use to take my self and stand in the homes dale end , I now moved near Norwich and at 51 years I still love the club more then the wife I even use to make sure my kids every night went to bed in there palace shirts now there got kids and I take the gran kids to palace now great days

 

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View Mike_Vancouver's Profile Mike_Vancouver Flag North Vancouver 13 Jul 13 9.06pm Send a Private Message to Mike_Vancouver Add Mike_Vancouver as a friend

I was only thinking about this the other day ! The madness that started the madness of being a Palace fan. I used to go to school in Orpington (sooooooo don't miss that dive!!) All my friend at school were Spurs, Arsenal or Liverpool (glory hunters!) One of my friends wanted to take me to a Spurs game ~ he went with his old mad. For some reason (maybe Int call ups or something) the Spuds game was called off. I think his old man suggested going to Palace. It was the first season we were promoted under Palace with Sir Steve. I think we played Plymouth(88/89 maybe?) and won 3-1 (help me out ! I could be wrong!) Im sure Wright scored at least one!

I was hooked from there ! After that my Spud friend kept asking me to go to WHL never went apart from when we played them !

I wouldn't change this insane roller-coaster for anything!!

 

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View Walter Wall's Profile Walter Wall Flag 22 Jul 13 2.06pm Send a Private Message to Walter Wall Add Walter Wall as a friend

Very simple reason really - I was taken to my first league match v ManU (by a ManU supporting relative) and we beat them 3-0 (2 from Wright, 1 from Salako).
We also finished above them in the 1st Division that year too.

 



S'all a load of bollocks really, innit?!

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View Face in Wetherspoons's Profile Face in Wetherspoons Flag 28 Jul 13 4.43pm Send a Private Message to Face in Wetherspoons Add Face in Wetherspoons as a friend

Quote favshirt at 15 Dec 2012 2.11pm

A big question this one, I know but I am genuinely interested in reading your replies.

Can you remember when you first developed a thing for the club? Did you visit as a youngster? See a great bit of skill/ a memorable game or atmosphere?
Please let me know.

I look forawrd to reading your replies.


Johnny Byrne who had the lot- goal scoring, heading, passing, tackling and a wonderful football brain. My dad took me to see Palace play at Selhurst back in the 1950s and we stood at the Whitehouse Road end which was then a mountain of mud with railway sleepers and a few railings in place to help us maintain our balance during the game. My outstanding memory of the game was Johnny Byrne turning on his magic and making the opposition players look like schoolboys. It was inevitable that we would lose him to a bigger Club and West Ham moved in to sign him soon after. Nevertheless, I feel honoured to have been given the chance to watch Palace's best ever footballer in his prime. When Johnny came back to finish his career at Palace, he still had the skill but he was rather overweight by then but he said that we were always in his thoughts and this must have influenced him to return and give us a few cameo performances.

 

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