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View Annie Oakley's Profile Annie Oakley Flag South Croydon 02 Feb 21 7.02pm Send a Private Message to Annie Oakley Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add Annie Oakley as a friend

Thanks POG. Never a truer word (or 2) spoken. Its pretty much how I feel. COYP.

 

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View SpyroCrystal's Profile SpyroCrystal 03 Feb 21 4.43pm Send a Private Message to SpyroCrystal Add SpyroCrystal as a friend

I support Palace and im glad I chose Palace over Man Utd and Arsenal. COYP!!!

 


Big up the Palace!!!!

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View croydon proud's Profile croydon proud Flag Any european country i fancy! 07 Feb 21 8.18pm Send a Private Message to croydon proud Add croydon proud as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

I started supporting Palace in the late 50’s when Dad and I went on the bus every other week from Wallington, changing at West Croydon, to stand on the Holmesdale Road terrace. I squeaked ‘Up The Palace’ and rattled my, hand painted, black and white rattle as loudly as I could. I can remember the stinking Gents down the back and the Bovril hut which was roughly where the away dressing rooms are today... and I loved it.

We always went to the same spot and I’d perch on the barrier until I was big enough to stand and peer through a gap in the crowd. If I was lucky Dad would buy some peanuts from the bloke hawking his wares. Occasionally we’d walk right round the ground – there was only one stand in those days – and watch the second half at the Whitehorse Lane end if we were playing in that direction ‘so we could see all the goals go in’. When the game was a bit dull I’d wander round picking up the empty beer bottles from by the men’s feet and return them to the Bovril hut where they were worth a penny each... and I loved it.

The 60’s were a blur and in 1971 I married and work took me away from the area, but I’ve never lost my Palace passion. I’m not a season ticket holder and I don’t get to many games now. The last match I saw was in October 2019 when Man City beat us 2-0... and I loved it. Not the result – just being there.

Thing is, there are a lot of negative comments on here and, to be honest, it irks me although I am pleased to see some more positive and realistic things being written recently. We all accept that Crystal Palace FC is not a big club, but that’s the attraction isn’t it? I am retired now, but when I was out earning a crust I tried my best to do a good job although sometimes things didn’t work out. Well, as far as I’m concerned, Steve Parish tries hard to do a great job at Palace and let’s face it, he’s done exceedingly well. Same goes for Roy who has done a brilliant job in keeping us in the world’s greatest football league for a record period of time. Some of the criticism he and some of our players get on here is unfair I think. Sure, we sometimes play a nervy game and tactics such as his late and seemingly strange substitutions appear odd, but everyone at the club tries their best for it to be a success and it is quite normal if it doesn’t work out every time. A few of our players are not always performing at their best, but that doesn’t mean they’re not trying. I could name some that I regard as past their ‘Best Before’ date, but that would defeat the point of this post.

Our great club is run by a Board of lifelong supporters, the manager supported us when he was a lad and we are fortunate to have many loyal, long serving folk, including ex –players working hard behind the scenes to make the club a success within a limited budget. It always feels to me like ‘our’ club rather than ‘the’ club and I love it that way.

I suspect that, despite the criticism on here sometimes, most of us would be appalled if we were owned and run by a multinational conglomerate and managed by one of our friends from abroad. It wouldn’t feel right and, anyway, it was tried before Roy came on board and it certainly didn’t work then.
Lads, we should have faith in the stewardship of our club – it is in good and capable hands. Just let them do their jobs and stop trying to appear that we, as supporters, know better than they do. For sure Roy will retire gracefully before long and will be given many plaudits for the fine job he’s done. Rest assured that SP has this covered and probably has a succession plan in place. He has no obligation to share it with us. I know who I’d like to see take over the management and coaching reins, but, again, a suggestion from me would defeat the point of this post.

We will continue this strange season with more great results and a share of disappointments, but we will not be relegated. We will enjoy some sparkling football and endure some dour games. We will leap off the sofa and hide behind same in equal measure I suspect. Who knows what the future holds these days, but one thing is certain, being a Palace supporter will never be dull. And I love it that way!


I concur with the other responders, great post old fella, great post!

 

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View Tom-the-eagle's Profile Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 07 Feb 21 8.28pm Send a Private Message to Tom-the-eagle Add Tom-the-eagle as a friend

Originally posted by SpyroCrystal

I support Palace and im glad I chose Palace over Man Utd and Arsenal. COYP!!!

You don’t choose to follow Palace. You get lumbered with it.

It’s like a surname, if you are born in my family you are Palace. End off. There’s no choice.

‘Choosing’ who you support is everything that is wrong with football.

You either follow you live as l club or at the least, the club of you parents etc.

 


"It feels much better than it ever did, much more sensitive." John Wayne Bobbit

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View NEILLO's Profile NEILLO Flag Shoreham-by-Sea 07 Feb 21 9.40pm Send a Private Message to NEILLO Add NEILLO as a friend

Originally posted by Tom-the-eagle

You don’t choose to follow Palace. You get lumbered with it.

It’s like a surname, if you are born in my family you are Palace. End off. There’s no choice.

‘Choosing’ who you support is everything that is wrong with football.

You either follow you live as l club or at the least, the club of you parents etc.

Not in my case.

Born in the States, American father with no interest in football. Grew up in Bromley and decided to support a local team. Millwall, Charlton or Palace. Tried each of them and had no problem making my choice - and never regretted it !

 


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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 08 Feb 21 11.04am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Tom-the-eagle

You don’t choose to follow Palace. You get lumbered with it.

It’s like a surname, if you are born in my family you are Palace. End off. There’s no choice.

‘Choosing’ who you support is everything that is wrong with football.

You either follow you live as l club or at the least, the club of you parents etc.

Yep, you're right- no choice. My Dad's Dad was a supporter too. In fact, his Dad (my great Grandfather) was a Master of Ceremonies in that big, old glass place up on the hill.

 


Dad and I would watch games on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end, probably at the same time as Roy.

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag 08 Feb 21 11.26am Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

I don’t think I support a great club, it was just a short bus ride when I was a kid and 10 minutes walk away when I first left home, so I was sort of stuck with it

 

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag 08 Feb 21 11.36am Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

Originally posted by Tom-the-eagle

You don’t choose to follow Palace. You get lumbered with it.

It’s like a surname, if you are born in my family you are Palace. End off. There’s no choice.

‘Choosing’ who you support is everything that is wrong with football.

You either follow you live as l club or at the least, the club of you parents etc.

I’ve never understood how anyone can pluck a team out of the hat from 5000 miles away, surely it means nothing, if you haven’t got the memories of match day, experiencing it live, a connection to the area and club, you’ve got nothing as far as I’m concerned, but each to their own I guess, times have changed.

 

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 13 Feb 21 12.37pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

I started supporting Palace in 1964 toward the end of that promotion winning season.

Like others on here, it wasn't really a conscious choice to support Palace. After watching a few Bromley Town games I suggested to my dad that I'd like to see some "proper" football. Being the nearest league ground, Selhurst Park it was.

Apart from the end of that first season, and three seasons in the 70s, Palace have never been below the second tier of English football in those 57 years.We haven't won a huge amount in that time (Zenith Data Cup, a couple of Div.2 Championships, FA Cup runners up twice)but we have had 20 plus seasons in the top flight. However, I have seen most of the great players of the last 60 years grace Selhurst Park at one time or another.And every so often we have beaten some of the top sides.

I have some stand out memories, perhaps all the more special for them being relatively rare occurrences. That first promotion in 1964, promotion to the top division for the first time in in 1969, that Burnley game in 1979, Wembley Play-offs, two Cup Finals. That may not come near to the achievements of Liverpool, Arsenal etc. but the likes of Rochdale and Crewe wouldn't mind a bit of what we have had.

I have invested a remarkable amount of emotional energy in to supporting Palace over the years and still do. If we lose today's game against Burnley after another limp performance I will, as usual, be spitting feathers and in high dudgeon. All those past achievements will, for a while, mean nothing. But slowly the pain will subside and I will be back for more next game.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 13 Feb 21 1.31pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend


Supporting Palace is a bit like drinking.
There are rubbish pubs with dodgy beer and dangerous people.
There are some nights which are a bit ...boring.
It costs a lot of money.
Sometimes you have to walk home in the rain.
There can be the odd soul- crushing hangover.
But just occasionally, out of the blue, you have a blinding night out that you remember for years.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 13 Feb 21 1.33pm Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Pete53

I started supporting Palace in 1964 toward the end of that promotion winning season.

Like others on here, it wasn't really a conscious choice to support Palace. After watching a few Bromley Town games I suggested to my dad that I'd like to see some "proper" football. Being the nearest league ground, Selhurst Park it was.

Apart from the end of that first season, and three seasons in the 70s, Palace have never been below the second tier of English football in those 57 years.We haven't won a huge amount in that time (Zenith Data Cup, a couple of Div.2 Championships, FA Cup runners up twice)but we have had 20 plus seasons in the top flight. However, I have seen most of the great players of the last 60 years grace Selhurst Park at one time or another.And every so often we have beaten some of the top sides.

I have some stand out memories, perhaps all the more special for them being relatively rare occurrences. That first promotion in 1964, promotion to the top division for the first time in in 1969, that Burnley game in 1979, Wembley Play-offs, two Cup Finals. That may not come near to the achievements of Liverpool, Arsenal etc. but the likes of Rochdale and Crewe wouldn't mind a bit of what we have had.

I have invested a remarkable amount of emotional energy in to supporting Palace over the years and still do. If we lose today's game against Burnley after another limp performance I will, as usual, be spitting feathers and in high dudgeon. All those past achievements will, for a while, mean nothing. But slowly the pain will subside and I will be back for more next game.

I can relate to all you say Pete. It's certainly a wild ride, but, although illness and distance prevent me attending Selhurst much these days, we are very fortunate to see some of the world's finest grace our lil'ol ground in SE25.

All the while we can host top teams on our turf I'm happy.

Hope we're not spitting too many feathers later. But if we are, we'll get over it like we always do eh?

 


Dad and I would watch games on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end, probably at the same time as Roy.

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View joe_cpfc's Profile joe_cpfc Flag Basingstoke 13 Feb 21 2.32pm Send a Private Message to joe_cpfc Add joe_cpfc as a friend

It is a great club and its in great hands, just a shame its under terrible management.

 

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