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View oghash's Profile oghash Flag 14 Feb 21 12.21am Send a Private Message to oghash Add oghash as a friend

Originally posted by monkey

Iíve never understood how anyone can pluck a team out of the hat from 5000 miles away, surely it means nothing, if you havenít got the memories of match day, experiencing it live, a connection to the area and club, youíve got nothing as far as Iím concerned, but each to their own I guess, times have changed.

The OP is a great post but Iím not local to the club but have been supporting them for over 30 years now. As a young child I had no interest in football until my friend made me watch a semi final on the tv, Palace vs Liverpool. Since then Iíve loved football and us. Yes Iíve seen us play live many times before my job took me out of England a few years ago.

But your post and the other similar ones means I shouldnít support the club I have loved for all this time? The club I loved at all times? Iíve always believed the club chose me, without it Iíd be one of those strange people that doesnít watch football.

As for people knocking Parish, I still remember being devastated when it looked like Iíd lose the club I support and had told myself Iíd have to live life without a club to support until he was one of the ones who saved us, so those complaining about our football this season should be thankful he allowed us to watch our club still.

 


Why would anyone chose to be a Seagull? The Eagle is a far superior creature.

The Seagull lives under it's damp pier meekly looking out, blinded by the sheer quality of the Eagle's palace.

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View Mapletree's Profile Mapletree Flag Croydon 14 Feb 21 12.36am Send a Private Message to Mapletree Add Mapletree as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle


Yes, I agree with you. I started going in the mid-60s and it wasnít so much a choice as a fact of life - Palace were the local team so they were mine. My Grandad went from pre-Selhurst days until he died in the late 80s and always maintained weíd win the Cup one day. Still waiting but thatís Palace.

Same for me. Grandad that I never knew, then Dad who took me into the old stand mid 1960s then I moved into the Holmesdale for the atmosphere and the freedom. When I first went you paid 3D to go over to the Whitehorse to watch from the other end, through a turnstile.

I love that itís our club. End of.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 14 Feb 21 1.42am Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Mapletree

Same for me. Grandad that I never knew, then Dad who took me into the old stand mid 1960s then I moved into the Holmesdale for the atmosphere and the freedom. When I first went you paid 3D to go over to the Whitehorse to watch from the other end, through a turnstile.

I love that itís our club. End of.

I only saw one game from the Whitehorse - donít remember who against but Alan Stephenson scored for Palace.

 

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View jhillman's Profile jhillman Flag USA 14 Feb 21 2.11am Send a Private Message to jhillman Add jhillman as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

I started supporting Palace in the late 50ís 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 ĎUp The Palaceí 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 Iíd 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 weíd walk right round the ground Ė there was only one stand in those days Ė and watch the second half at the Whitehorse Lane end if we were playing in that direction Ďso we could see all the goals go iní. When the game was a bit dull Iíd wander round picking up the empty beer bottles from by the menís feet and return them to the Bovril hut where they were worth a penny each... and I loved it.

The 60ís were a blur and in 1971 I married and work took me away from the area, but Iíve never lost my Palace passion. Iím not a season ticket holder and I donít 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 Ė 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 thatís the attraction isnít 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 didnít work out. Well, as far as Iím concerned, Steve Parish tries hard to do a great job at Palace and letís face it, heís done exceedingly well. Same goes for Roy who has done a brilliant job in keeping us in the worldís 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 doesnít work out every time. A few of our players are not always performing at their best, but that doesnít mean theyíre not trying. I could name some that I regard as past their ĎBest Beforeí 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 Ėplayers working hard behind the scenes to make the club a success within a limited budget. It always feels to me like Ďourí club rather than Ďtheí 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 wouldnít feel right and, anyway, it was tried before Roy came on board and it certainly didnít work then.
Lads, we should have faith in the stewardship of our club Ė 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 heís 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 Iíd 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!

As a fellow traveller, I heartily agree with you. I started watching around the same time, in the '50s. We could see the floodlights on the main stand from our kitchen window in Whitworth Road. It was never in doubt that Palace were our team. It was in the days of Chairman Arthur Wait, manager Cyril Spiers and players like Mike Deakin, Terry Long, Johnny McNichol, Johnny Byrne and Vic Rouse. Millwall were our biggest rivals. So I have been through similar turmoil over the decades. Getting to the top division was always just a wild dream. Now some of us feel that we are living that dream. Similar ups and downs but at a higher level. If it was perennial success, it would not be football. Let's just ease up on the hand-wringing and calling for the manager's head every time we lose a game or two. Sure, we could get a Guardiola, Klopp or Mourinho - but could they work within our club's means as well as Roy does? I doubt they would even try. That's me and my barrows's outside.

 

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View Mapletree's Profile Mapletree Flag Croydon 14 Feb 21 9.55am Send a Private Message to Mapletree Add Mapletree as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

I only saw one game from the Whitehorse - donít remember who against but Alan Stephenson scored for Palace.

Sorry, I meant you could change ends at half time. I only remember doing so once though.

 

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View Pete53's Profile Pete53 Flag Hassocks 14 Feb 21 12.07pm Send a Private Message to Pete53 Add Pete53 as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

I only saw one game from the Whitehorse - donít remember who against but Alan Stephenson scored for Palace.

As a matter of interest Alan actually contributes to one of the Palace Facebook groups.

 

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I've just joined Holmesdale.net because this post was pinned. Let's have some perspective -I lived Oliver Avenue from 1966-1976 moved away but still a Glazier fan (sorry, Eagle). So many memories, sometimes bizarre, of following Palace - even other fans recognise our ups and downs. As I write, yet another bizarre Palace result at Brighton of all clubs...

 

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View Tom-the-eagle's Profile Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 26 Feb 21 12.03am Send a Private Message to Tom-the-eagle Add Tom-the-eagle as a friend

Originally posted by herbolive

I've just joined Holmesdale.net because this post was pinned. Let's have some perspective -I lived Oliver Avenue from 1966-1976 moved away but still a Glazier fan (sorry, Eagle). So many memories, sometimes bizarre, of following Palace - even other fans recognise our ups and downs. As I write, yet another bizarre Palace result at Brighton of all clubs...

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