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post #21 of 1163 (permalink) Old March 17th, 2002, 14:39 Thread Starter
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I think it's a bit too soon to be so certain about the Akinbiyi transfer, perhaps one of the other strikers will get sold this summer, and either way having too many good players can't be a bad thing, I just hope they make some more transfers.

As for yesterdays game, I was too busy to be here writing anything, but I did see the game. In the first half it was all City, and Palace was a poor sight at that time. City took the lead, and it was all rather depressing, since no Palace players really played that good. In the second half, especially towards the end, Palace came much much stronger, and for a while there I thought Palace might even get the equaliser. Some decent chances and constant pressure was not enough however, and City won it 1-0.

However, there is still a chance to get a playoff place, and we need some good wins now.
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I think it's a bit too soon to be so certain about the Akinbiyi transfer, perhaps one of the other strikers will get sold this summer, and either way having too many good players can't be a bad thing, I just hope they make some more transfers.
This is the difference, Akinbiyi is not good, he is useless. A waste of time and space. And in Palace's case, a waste of money as well.

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This is the difference, Akinbiyi is not good, he is useless. A waste of time and space. And in Palace's case, a waste of money as well.
Yup, agree completly, Leicester will be laughing all the way to the bank.

In fairness, Palace did well to keep the game at 1-0, you would have thought once city broke the dead-lock they would score 3 or 4. Full credit to Palace

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post #24 of 1163 (permalink) Old October 25th, 2002, 13:26 Thread Starter
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Current table:

ENGLAND DIVISION ONE
P W D L F A Pt GD
Portsmouth... 13 10 2 1 29 11 32 18
Norwich C.... 14 8 5 1 25 9 29 16
Leicester C.. 13 8 3 2 19 11 27 8
Sheff. Utd... 14 8 3 3 24 17 27 7
Nottm Forest. 13 7 3 3 24 13 24 11
Watford...... 14 7 3 4 20 21 24 -1
Coventry C... 14 6 5 3 19 17 23 2
Burnley...... 14 6 4 4 18 20 22 -2
Rotherham U.. 14 5 5 4 23 18 20 5
Reading...... 13 6 2 5 17 13 20 4
Gillingham... 14 5 4 5 17 19 19 -2
Derby Co..... 14 5 3 6 15 17 18 -2
Wolves....... 12 5 2 5 23 16 17 7
Ipswich T.... 13 4 4 5 18 17 16 1
Bradford C... 14 3 7 4 14 19 16 -5
Walsall...... 14 4 3 7 19 23 15 -4
Crystal P.... 13 2 8 3 17 17 14 0
Preston NE... 13 2 8 3 18 21 14 -3
Stoke C...... 14 3 5 6 16 21 14 -5
Millwall..... 14 3 4 7 13 25 13 -12
Sheff. Wed... 14 2 6 6 13 20 12 -7
Wimbledon.... 14 3 3 8 13 21 12 -8
Grimsby T.... 14 2 3 9 9 23 9 -14
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2002/03 squad for Crystal Palace FC
Squad # Name Position
1 Matt Clarke Goalkeeper
2 Curtis Fleming Defender
3 Danny Granville Midfielder
4 Danny Butterfield Midfielder
5 Kit Symons Defender
6 Tony Popovic Defender
7 Hayden Mullins Midfielder
8 Andy Johnson Forward
9 Dougie Freedman Forward
10 Shaun Derry Midfielder
11 Julian Gray Midfielder
12 Jamie Smith Defender
13 Alex Kolinko Goalkeeper
14 Stephen Thomson Midfielder
15 Aki Riihilahti Midfielder
16 Tommy Black Forward
17 Andrejs Rubins Forward
18 Dean Austin Defender
19 Craig Harrison Defender
20 Steve Kabba Forward
21 Andrew Frampton Midfielder
22 Wayne Routledge Forward
23 Gareth Williams Forward
24 Will Antwi Defender
25 Gregg Berhalter Defender
26 Ben Surey Midfielder
27 David Hunt Midfielder
28 Robert Smith Midfielder
29 Gavin Heeroo Midfielder
30 Lance Cronin Goalkeeper
32 Darren Powell Defender
55 Ade Akinbiyi Forward

Transfers (post 2001/02 season)

To Palace:

Name From Fee
Danny Butterfield Grimsby Town Free
Andy Johnson Birmingham City 750,000
Shaun Derry Portsmouth 600,000
Darren Powell Brentford 400,000

From Palace:
Name To Fee
Clinton Morrison Birmingham City 4,250,000
Simon Rodger Released Free
David Hopkin Released Free
Richard Harris Wycombe Wanderers Free
Jovan Kirovski Released Free
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post #28 of 1163 (permalink) Old October 28th, 2002, 10:02 Thread Starter
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I usually never post articles, but since I didn't see the Palace match at all, I don't know exactly what to write about. This is of course the main reason, why I have never made any real efforts to keep this thread active. Whenever I see them play though, I have no problem writing about it, the problem is that it only happens about twice each year.

Here is an article written at: http://www.palace-eagles.com/reports/261002.html

Nationwide League. 26 Oct 02 @ Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace - 5 (Johnson 3. 34. 55. Freedman 51. Gray 57.)
Brighton & Hove Albion - 0

Having waited for 12 years to play a match against arch-rivals Brighton, or 14 years for those pedantic enough to only consider League matches, we found the kick-off for this match delayed by 15 minutes, due in no small part to the fact that the crowd could not squeeze into the ground by the scheduled 3pm. Palace finally got the game away, and the first move forward saw Wayne Routledge fouled, the free kick going behind for a corner. Julian Gray fired the corner goalwards, and keeper Michels Kuipers tipped the ball over the top for another corner on the other side. This simply went out the other side, and again Julian lined up the corner kick; this time the ball being safely held by the visiting keeper. Wayne then fired a cross in to Andy Johnson, and for the fourth time in quick succession the ball went behind for a corner.

Julian sent the ball into the goalmouth area, Tony Popovic sent it on its' way to the goal, and it was AJ who forced the ball home to open the scoring with only three minutes showing on the clock. Tony then had to be alert to force the ball behind as Bobby Zamora looked threatening, but the resulting corner was easily cleared by the Palace defence. Kuipers then came well out of goal to close down AJ, and as the ball came back into the area Tony headed the ball just wide of the mark.

Wayne was next with a shot that flew just wide of the post before Danny Granville sent in a cross from the left that was forced behind for yet another Palace corner. With Kuipers looking decidedly uneasy at set pieces, could this be our second?

The ball pinged around the area, and was forced behind for a series of corners before Tony finally managed to get on the end of one good ball into the area, and just as we were celebrating our second of the afternoon the referee signalled a foul, and we were back where we started.

Hayden Mullins gave us all a slight heart murmur when he headed the ball back to Alex Kolinko, making his return to the side, as Alex was obviously not expecting the ball, and he had to rush to collect the ball before the Brighton attack whipped in. Graham Barrett fired the ball goalwards, held comfortably by Alex; the clearance finding Wayne in good position for a shot which once again went just wide, so we waited for the action to bring us a second goal.

AJ was caught offside, and shortly after a tackle on Wayne saw the first substitution of the afternoon, Dele Adebola coming on to replace him. A good piece of play between Dougie Freedman and Julian resulted in Danny G trying for a goal, but the keeper came well off his line to avert the danger. Zamora then missed an open goal before AJ won a corner that Julian once again stepped up to take. The ball was sent in, and AJ had little trouble heading the ball in at the near post, and this time it was certainly 2-0.

A series of free kicks to Palace came to little, the final effort being stopped by the keeper. Darren Powell kept Barrett clear of the ball in what looked a rare Brighton attack, and the half simply finished without any further raids on goal. One can assume that Trevor Francis would have been far happier than Steve Coppell in the dressing rooms, but the fans in the ground were noticeably nervous - perhaps the thoughts of Wimbledon last week, and Portsmouth previously were coming back to haunt them?

Coppell received a standing ovation when he took his place for the second half, and though the man is certainly popular we were all hoping that today just would not be his!

Zamora was caught offside in the first attacking move, and AJ couldn't quite latch on to the ball before it reached the keeper at the other end. A corner to Brighton was wasted, and as AJ ran on to the ball he was tripped in the area resulting in an immediate penalty being awarded. The Palace contingent expected AJ to take it, and thus complete his hat trick, but it was Dougie who stepped up and blasted the ball high into the back of the net - the score now reading a comfortable 3-0.

A trespasser made his way on to the pitch, and he was hauled, somewhat unceremoniously, off the ground, much to the delight of the fans on the sidelines.

From the bounced ball that got play underway once again Brighton attacked, but the ball came back to AJ who set off back into the area, and once again got pulled down for his trouble. This time the referee decided that sterner action was required, and after pointing to the penalty spot once again he showed the red card to Paul Brooker, who trooped disconsolately off. This time AJ did step up to take the kick, and firing the ball along the ground he completed his hat trick, the score now reading 4-0.

Within moments the score was increased once again. This time Julian fired the ball goalwards from the edge of the area, and it flew straight into the back of the net to see us leading 5-0, and surely there was now no way back for our visitors? With half an hour left, just how many could we score if the mood takes us?

Andrejs Rubins came on for Danny G as Charlie Oatway and Richard Carpenter made way at the other end for Paul Rogers and ex-Palace player Simon Rodger. Danny Cullip foiled Dele when he looked like he might make it six, then a rare Brighton corner went just over the top, just in case we needed a reminder that there were two teams on the pitch.

Andrejs won yet another corner, but it was cleared by the Brighton defence, and following a corner at the other end the ball was cleared to AJ who bore down on goal. From an impossible position he fired in a shot when it would have been so easy to pass the ball to an unmarked Andrejs, and our sixth goal went begging. It looked, from the next corner that a Brighton defender's hand was involved in the play, but I guess the referee must have had enough of penalties for the day, and he waved play on.

Daniel Marney came on for Barrett, and shortly after, following yet another bad tackle, AJ came off, making way for Tommy Black. Dele put in a poor shot that really deserved better, then Andrejs made a good run up the field, his cross just failing to find Dougie. Dele fired another shot over the bar, and time ran away from us, the referee signalling the end of the game just when the Palace faithfull would really have enjoyed another half an hour or so of this. I guess the Brighton players were pleased to get off the field though. Mr Coppell will have his work cut out to just ensure that Brighton stay up for another season.

Perhaps this might just be the start of a good run for Palace, maybe Walsall away on Tuesday night might tell the story?

Colin Pryce

Crystal Palace: Alex Kolinko, Danny Granville (Andrejs Rubins 58), Hayden Mullins, Tony Popovic, Darren Powell, Danny Butterfield, Shaun Derry, Julian Gray, Dougie Freedman, Andrew Johnson (Tommy Black 75), Wayne Routledge (Dele Adebola 31).

Substitutes not used: Nikolaos Michopoulos, Aki Riihilahti.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Michels Kuipers, Dean Blackwell, Danny Cullip, Kerry Mayo, Paul Watson, Richard Carpenter (Simon Rodger 59), Gary Hart, Charlie Oatway (Paul Rogers 59), Graham Barrett (Daniel Marney 74), Paul Brooker, Bobby Zamora.

Substitutes not used: John Keeley, Adam Hinshelwood.

Attendance: 21,796

Referee: Mr P Walton (Northamptonshire)
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looks like another season of mediocrity for Palace....

Selling probably our best defensive prospect since Bobby Moore is sound business practice. Of course.
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Three wins in a row in the league, and today Palace beat Coventry 3-0 in the league cup Something must be right about Palace this season...maybe it won't be such a mediocre season anyway.

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post #32 of 1163 (permalink) Old November 7th, 2002, 14:39 Thread Starter
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Trevor Francis is the current Manager of Crystal Palace
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Trevor Francis leaves Palace

Friday, April 18, 2003

Francis shown door by Palace

Trevor Francis has left Crystal Palace.

The former Birmingham manager has paid the price for Palace's failure to challenge for a play-off place this season, though his departure as been announced as coming 'by mutual consent'.

Palace are currently 11th in Division 1 and finished 10th last year, despite being one of Division 1's big spenders this season.

Francis did lead the Eagles to an FA Cup win over Liverpool at Anfield, but chairman Simon Jordan has become vocal in his frustration at their disappointing league form this season.

Coaches Steve Kember and Terry Bullivant will take over for the remainder of the season, with their first game against Rotherham at Selhurst Park.

Jordan told the club's official website: `I am totally committed to playing in the Premier League and I will ensure the new manager can achieve this aspiration.

`I would like to thank Trevor for all his hard work and would like to wish him the very best for the future.'

Francis, who has also managed QPR and Sheffield Wednesday, was a surprise appointment at Selhurst Park when he completed a job swap with now-Blues boss Steve Bruce.

It is only three weeks since Jordan told Francis, who took over at Selhurst Park in November 2001, he would have to wield the axe if he wanted to save his job.

Jordan blasted his players for lacking the hunger to reach the Barclaycard Premiership after watching Palace's play-off hopes fade.

He said at the time: `I'm not having this group of players here next season. There will be dramatic changes in the summer. I have players here who have no appetite for real success.

`They're earning eight grand a week and they have a big-time Charlie attitude. I'm not watching next year what I've had to watch this year. At times we've been a disgrace.'

Jordan also demanded a written blueprint from Francis and his assistants Terry Bullivant and Steve Kember outlining their strategy for winning promotion next season.

But he admitted being unimpressed by the document and said: `The report they produced wasn't really the mentality I wanted. I wanted a road map to the Premiership.'

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I never rated Francis as a manager. He spent a fortune at Birmingham without any success. He always had daft excuses when the team lost like "the grass was too long or their players were too physical etc" I doubt he`ll be back in football anytime soon!
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Yeah he is so boring as well, speaking in a monotone voice all the time.

His excuses are legendry in Birmingham, Grass too long, the wrong sort of rain, the opposition players drank tea before the game !

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Not so clever Trevor is one of footballs characters though, and if he's not in management he'll be in TV punditry I would imagine.

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He was a great player though wasn't he?

Shame that doesn't make him a great manager though!
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hes the nearly man of football management.

Selling probably our best defensive prospect since Bobby Moore is sound business practice. Of course.
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Crystal Palace sack Kember

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Crystal Palace have parted company with manager Steve Kember after their poor start to the season.
Palace were left languishing in 20th place following their 5-0 thrashing by Wigan at the weekend.

The humiliating defeat at Wigan proved the last straw for Eagles chairman Simon Jordan, who has appointed defender Kit Symons as caretaker manager.

Jordan said: "Kit Symons is taking over for a temporary period. He might want to put his name into the ring for the permanent position.

"It's important to keep the dressing-room together and maintain order at the club."

The Palace chief insisted he had to act quickly to keep the club's Premiership hopes alive.

"The players have ultimately been responsible for their performance but the management team are responsible for the players," said Jordan.

"Despite the recent downturn in results there is still an inherent belief within the club that the season is far from over, and with that in mind I felt it was imperative I acted decisively to get our season back on track in line with our early-season form.

"My ambition to put the club back in the Premiership remains undiminished and I will be looking to appoint a manager capable of achieving that goal."

Palace, who entertain Preston on Saturday, are still in the Carling Cup but have lost their last three League matches and have just two points from the last 15.

Kember took over after the departure of former manager Trevor Francis in March 2003.

"This performance was totally unacceptable and we got what we deserved - nothing," said Kember following the drubbing to Wigan on Saturday.

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It was a good decision. I am very seldom for sacking managers, but if Palace continue in their current form, they will get relegated, and that would be a disaster for the club.
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