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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag 24 Feb 19 11.35am Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by JRW2

I first went in 1954 but "The Flatterer" doesn't mean anything to me. Could you please enlighten me?

'The Flatterer' was a converted Volkswagon which had a roller attached and it used to be driven by Len Chatterton across the hallowed turf to flatten uneven areas in the goalmouths.

 

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View Pierre's Profile Pierre Flag Purley 24 Feb 19 12.02pm Send a Private Message to Pierre Add Pierre as a friend

The first 'Flatterer' was a converted Fiat 500 the second version was a Volkwagon Beetle. I have attached pictures of them. The wheels were also rollers!
Hope they come out.

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The first 'Flatterer' was a converted Fiat 500 the second version was a Volkwagon Beetle. I have attached pictures of them. The wheels were also rollers!
Hope they come out.

flattrer mkl.jpg Attachment: flattrer mkl.jpg (106.30Kb)

 

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View Curlyeagle 2's Profile Curlyeagle 2 Flag Crowborogh 24 Feb 19 12.07pm Send a Private Message to Curlyeagle 2 Add Curlyeagle 2 as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

'The Flatterer' was a converted Volkswagon which had a roller attached and it used to be driven by Len Chatterton across the hallowed turf to flatten uneven areas in the goalmouths.

Oh happy memories! Remember Len and the Flatterer like it was yesterday! Remember Len being a big part of the Palace community for many years. Always used to entertain at the Kids Christmas party dressed as a clown.

My first game was 17th April 1971 a 3-5 home defeat to Manchester United. United had the likes of Stepney, Sadler, Best, Charlton and Law in their side. If I remember correctly I believe Alan Birchanel put us 1-0 up. I noticed yesterday that Birch still works for Leicester City in some capacity.

 

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag 24 Feb 19 12.11pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Pierre

The first 'Flatterer' was a converted Fiat 500 the second version was a Volkwagon Beetle. I have attached pictures of them. The wheels were also rollers!
Hope they come out.

Remember them now !

I actually thought that there was a big roller where the wheels are housed going across the width of the vehicle ! Long time ago, I am 67 this year and the passing yeas have somewhat dimmed the memory ! Was right about Len Chatterton !

 

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View palace chick's Profile palace chick Flag South Croydon 24 Feb 19 1.19pm Send a Private Message to palace chick Add palace chick as a friend

Iíve done 50 years as well :-) It was 1-1, donít remember much about it but I was hooked and have been going ever since. Mind you the Alan Mullery days stopped me attending Selhurst for a while :-(

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View Willo's Profile Willo Flag 24 Feb 19 1.27pm Send a Private Message to Willo Add Willo as a friend

Originally posted by Curlyeagle 2

Oh happy memories! Remember Len and the Flatterer like it was yesterday! Remember Len being a big part of the Palace community for many years. Always used to entertain at the Kids Christmas party dressed as a clown.

My first game was 17th April 1971 a 3-5 home defeat to Manchester United. United had the likes of Stepney, Sadler, Best, Charlton and Law in their side. If I remember correctly I believe Alan Birchanel put us 1-0 up. I noticed yesterday that Birch still works for Leicester City in some capacity.

I think he was 'Leo the clown' but I could be wrong.
Also think he used to be a sports teacher in a school.
A lovely man - never heard a bad word said about him, only positives.

 

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Originally posted by Curlyeagle 2

Oh happy memories! Remember Len and the Flatterer like it was yesterday! Remember Len being a big part of the Palace community for many years. Always used to entertain at the Kids Christmas party dressed as a clown.

My first game was 17th April 1971 a 3-5 home defeat to Manchester United. United had the likes of Stepney, Sadler, Best, Charlton and Law in their side. If I remember correctly I believe Alan Birchanel put us 1-0 up. I noticed yesterday that Birch still works for Leicester City in some capacity.

I was at this game.
I believe Birchenall did put us 1-0 up with an early goal.
Denis Law got a hat-trick and I think one of the goals was at the Whitehourse End when the ball went in off the post.
Birchenall is a Club Ambassador at Leicester and has been at the club for several years.I have a recollection of him on the pitch with a microphone many years ago but perhaps my memory is playing tricks !

 

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View Jefroc's Profile Jefroc Flag Crete 24 Feb 19 2.15pm Send a Private Message to Jefroc Add Jefroc as a friend

Originally posted by YT

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I just looked him (Danny Light) up on Wiki. Not a lot there, but sadly he died in 2014 aged just 66.

TVM :-)

 


Always remembering walking from the Holmesdale to the Whitehorse end at half time!

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View JRW2's Profile JRW2 Flag Dulwich 24 Feb 19 2.36pm Send a Private Message to JRW2 Add JRW2 as a friend

Thanks for all the info on The Flatterer - especially the pictures.

The registration numbers date from the early seventies, which goes to explain why I was unaware of these wonderful vehicles. I got married towards the end of 1971 and a few years elapsed before I was able to impose some authority and start watching Palace again!

 

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View Curlyeagle 2's Profile Curlyeagle 2 Flag Crowborogh 24 Feb 19 8.29pm Send a Private Message to Curlyeagle 2 Add Curlyeagle 2 as a friend

Originally posted by Willo

I think he was 'Leo the clown' but I could be wrong.
Also think he used to be a sports teacher in a school.
A lovely man - never heard a bad word said about him, only positives.

Cheers Willo I have been trying to remember the name he went as!! You are spot on it was Leo. As you say never a bad word said about Len. Had the pleasure of chatting with him a few times! Was a real top guy and Palace through and through.

 

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View peterg's Profile peterg Flag Anerley 24 Feb 19 8.39pm Send a Private Message to peterg Add peterg as a friend

Originally posted by A1969Eagle

My first ever Crystal Palace football match, I was just 11 and went with lad who was 12 to celebrate my birthday on 23rd!!!!x!! This is my 50th season.... who else was at that match??
We play Arsenal away on 20th April, would be great for Special day at the "Library" of football lol


Saturday 19th April 1969

Crystal Palace 3-2 Fulham

League Division Two Ė Att: 36,126

Manager: Bert Head

The Glaziers were promoted to the top flight for the very first time in a dramatic match at Selhurst Park. A point would be enough to secure Palace promotion over local rivals Charlton, but the visitors raced into a 0-2 lead through goals from Brian Dear and Frank Large.

Palace came storming back, and goals from Steve Kember and Mark Lazarus levelled proceedings before Cliff Jackson sealed the win and promotion. Just like in 1961 (above), ultimately the result didnít matter as Charlton lost 1-0 at home to Preston.

Rather fittingly, this turned out to be Johnny Byrneís last ever game in English football. The Palace legend lined up for Fulham on the day and would move to Durban City in the summer Ė no doubt delighted that his boyhood team had found their way to the top flight.

Before the match, the Palace Dolly Girls lined up in front of the Main Stand to receive orchids from the players.


Yes, I was there!

 


The right place at the right time

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