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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old June 28th, 2004, 20:55 Thread Starter
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Friendly games

Wed 14th July
Crusaders (a) 2-0

Sat 17th July
Glentoran (a) 5-0

Tue Jul 20
Woking (a) 0-2

Sat Jul 24
Ipswich Town (a) 1-2

Wed Jul 28
Sporting Lisbon (h) 1-0

Sat Jul 31
QPR (a) 0-3


Sat August 7
SAMPDORIA (h) 0-1

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old June 29th, 2004, 08:23
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So do CP start the training camp in Northern Ireland?

I guess wed Jul 28 is not vs themselves :notlist:
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Don't know what you mean Toni :embarass:
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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old July 5th, 2004, 16:14 Thread Starter
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Italian side Sampdoria have been confirmed as Palace's final pre-season opponents.

The match will take place at Selhurst Park on Saturday August 7, kick-off 3pm.

The Genova side finished eighth in Serie A last season and narrowly failed to qualify for Europe but they won the Italian championship in 1990/91 and have also won four Coppa Italias, an Italian Super Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup.

Former Eagles favourite Attilio Lombardo was a key player for Sampdoria during the early 1990s as he guided them to four trophies in six seasons. Lombardo returned to the club in 2001 for two more seasons before retiring in 2002, he played 235 league games for the club and scored 35 goals.

The current crop of players at Sampdoria include Italian international Fabio Bazzani who was unlucky not to make the Euro 2004 squad. The 28-year-old striker scored 12 goals in Serie A last season and he will be looking to cement a place in the national squad during the forthcoming season.

Also looking to impress will be new signing Vitaly Kutuzov. The Belarus international has just joined on a season long loan from AC Milan and with an international record of four goals in nine games he will be one to watch.

The Sampdoria match is the latest fixture to be added to the Eagles' pre-season programme. Palace are scheduled to meet Crusaders and Glentoran in Northern Ireland on the 14th and 18th of July respectively. Palace will then play Conference side Woking at Kingfield on July 20 before travelling to East Anglia to take on First Division Ipswich Town at Portman Road on July 24.

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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old July 5th, 2004, 18:18
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Good for you guys, too bad I don't share your die hard devotion to Crystal Palace...
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old July 14th, 2004, 22:50 Thread Starter
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Crusaders 0-2 Palace

Both goals to Tommy Black.

Team: First Half – Kiraly, Boyce, Togwell, Powell, Leigertwood, Berry, Soares, Watson, Borrowdale, Williams, Black (no subs used)
Second Half - Speroni, Boyce (Butterfield 60), Hudson, Togwell (Popovic 70), Borrowdale (Granville 70), Berry (Routledge 60), Riihilahti, Derry, Watson (Leigertwood 75), Williams (Johnson 70), Freedman



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*Neil Shipperley has returned to London after injuring his knee in training.

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Hey Mart, is the friendly vs Sampdoria confirmed. Unfortunately Samp have not given an official programme of the friendlies yet. There are just rumours about an "international" match... :undecide:
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old July 15th, 2004, 14:35 Thread Starter
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Palace are selling tickets for it , so i would assume yes:thmbup:I'll put something in the strangers forum on QB later.
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Good, I think the people of the QB will appreciate it :thmbup:
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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old July 15th, 2004, 20:17 Thread Starter
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ok, the QB now knows.
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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old July 17th, 2004, 22:37 Thread Starter
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Glentoran 0-5 Palace

Goals: AJ (3), Tommy Black(2)

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Speroni(Berthelin*), Butterfield(Boyce), Granville(Leigertwood), Powell(Hudson), Popovic(Togwell), Riihilahti, Routledge(Berry), Johnson, Freedman(Williams), Watson(Soares), Borrowdale(Black).


*Kiraly

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What happened at Woking?
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post #14 of 21 (permalink) Old July 22nd, 2004, 01:05 Thread Starter
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Woking 2-0 Palace

Palace Team: Berthelin, Wilson, Fray, Soares, Togwell, El-Sahali, Noto, Pritchard, Onouchie, Berry, Simpson

Subs: Dolan (For El-Sahali), Wilkinson, Marshall (For Soares), Beckles, Conroy (For Wilson), Graban (For Berry)


That's a team of youth and reserve teamers, plus a couple of trialists.
Woking were a bit upset when they found out the 1st XI weren't turning up
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Ipswich 2-1 Palace

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They say Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday, whoever decided to satge a noon kick-off in Ipswich on the first day of the school getaway, with a rail replacement service in operation and killer roadworks on the A12 is probably both.

Thanks to that ludicrous decision your correspondent missed half of the first half, so is unable to comment on Ipswich’s opener after five minutes. Apparently “Speroni had no chance after an unmarked Diallo drilled in a header from a Magilton corner” (description courtesy of Radio Suffolk). When we finally got there, Palace were under a fair amount of pressure and only poor finishing by the Tractor boys preserved the scoreline.

After a 5 minute water break on the half hour, Palace came out refreshed and immediately AJ and Dougie Freedman had decent chances and Hughes had a spectacularly bad miss from just 2 yards out. The ball has taken up orbit beside Beckham’s recent penalty. Speaking of Penno’s, Palace had a clearcut one denied as Freedman was tugged off the ball, but the referee’s gaze was elsewhere.

Palace got back into the match on 40 minutes when they were awarded a free kick out on the left edge of the box about 5 yards from the touchtine. With the Ipswich keeper, dippy Kelvin Davis advancing to claim the high cross he presumed was coming, Shaun Derry very cleverly toe-poked the ball along the floor into the net, leaving Davis stranded.

Palace’s lead didn’t last long, however, right on half time another Ipswich corner caused panic in the Palace defence. Popovic had the ball at his feet but somehow it squirmed away to Bowditch who clipped the ball beyond Speroni’s rather limited reach.

Despite several substitutions (and another water break), Palace had the better of the second half, with some great deliveries in from the right by Wayne Routledge. The finishing, however, was woeful.

Several really decent chances went begging, Freedman especially, will be hanging his head this evening. AJ almost caught the keeper with an audacious overhead kick from a quite ridiculous angle on the byline, but found the side netting. Dolan shot just over late on and Palace finished strongly with a series of corners which Ipswich somehow kept out with deflection here and elbow there.

At the other end, Speroni gave some cause for concern with his insistence on trying to dribble past attackers, once losing the ball, but the resulting shot found the side-netting. Ipswich’s best chances came when De Vos headed just over the bar and then after a breakaway presented an open goal to Ipswich’s number 12 who inexplicably missed the target.

A low-paced game that no-one, apart from one apopletic bald bloke behind me (“Calm down dear, its only a friendly”), seemed that bothered about, hence the result didn’t come as that much of a disappointment.


Palace (4-4-2): Speroni, Boyce (Butterfield 45), Powell (Hudson 45), Popovic capt (Togwell 75), Leigertwood (Borrowdale 45), Routledge, Riihilahti (Soares 75), Hughes (Dolan 80), Derry (Black 45), Johnson, Freedman.
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Palace 1-0 Sporting Lisbon

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Crystal Palace slayed the Lions of Sporting Lisbon with a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

It was the proverbial game of two halfs - as Lisbon dominated the opening period and let their foot off the gas to allow Palace back into it in the second half.

The Portugues giants featured Hugo Viana - on a season-long loan from Newcastle - and a number of Portugal internationals on the bench.

They dominated the first half and had Palace chasing shadows with some fantastic slick pass and move football. The Eagles struggled to get out of their own half and conceded a number of corners early on.

Palace cleared their lines well and Julian Speroni was on hand to collect Carlos Martins' fizzing shot from one flag kick. Then captain Danny Butterfield stopped lively Brazilian Tinga from scoring with a good blocked tackle as he shaped up to shoot from eight yards.

Shaun Derry and Tommy Black got booked for bad fouls before ironic cheers greeted Palace's first corner of the game on 37 minutes.

Four minutes later, Ben Watson got Palace's first real effort on goal when he turned a defender on the edge of the box and fired a weak effort at keeper Tiago.

Seconds afterwards, a great bit of skill by Wayne Routledge gave himself a bit of space and he released Dougie Freedman with a defence-splitting pass. With the Scot through on goal, he opted to round Tiago, but the keeper managed to stretch out an arm and claw the ball to safety.

He had to be on his guard soon after to palm away Routledge's swerving cross-cum-shot from the right.

From the resulting corner, Lisbon broke clear and Douala found himself in a similar situation to Freedman with just the keeper Speroni to beat. Luckily for Palace, he sliced his shot high into the Holmesdale Stand.

Palace should have scored a minute into the second half, when Freedman's left-sided cross was scuffed by second half sub Gareth Williams and Tommy Black fired at the keeper.

Black set up Watson, whose fierce drive was pushed away by Tiago and a few minutes later, Black dinked a delightful ball to Freedman, unmarked in the box, but Tiago came out to save his header.

Lisbon had a couple of chances to score themselves - Danny hit the side netting with a low drive and Viana went close with a strike from the edge of the box.

Second half sub Tony Popovic got what proved to tbe the winning goal in the 71st minute with a header from a Joonas Kolkka corner. His looping header at the far post bounced into the danger area but deceieved the keeper as Williams tried to get a final touch as it went over the line.

Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Borrowdale, Powell (Popovic 46), Boyce (Togwell 71), Derry (Hughes 63), Watson (Riihilahti 67), Routledge (Williams 46), Freedman (Soares 71), Black, Kolkka.

Sub not used: Berthelin.
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QPR 3-0 Palace

PALACE: Speroni, Butterfield, Popovic, Powell, Boyce, Routledge, Riihilahti, Hughes Johnson, Freedman, Kolkka

Subs: Berthelin for Speroni, Derry for Riihilahti, Black for Routledge, Borrowdale for Boyce, Soares for Freedman, Williams for Johnson, Togwell for Butterfield, Watson
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crystal palace is a nice team but do you really think they have a chance of not being relegated???
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old August 1st, 2004, 07:34 Thread Starter
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No chance But at xmas last year we had no chance of promotion either
The main thing is to enjoy it while we can, it's an unexpected bonus
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Palace 0-1 Sampdoria

The Eagles could only manage a 1-0 defeat in their final pre-season game before the start of the Premiership but the performance was a huge improvement on the defeat at Loftus Road a week ago.

Palace made a few changes for this inaugural BT Cup match. New £750,000 striker Sandor Torghelle was handed his debut by Iain Dowie and the big Hungarian partnered Andy Johnson up front. Emmerson Boyce moved from the centre of defence to replace the injured Danny Butterfield at right-back and Mark Hudson started alongside Tony Popovic at the back.

The hot weather meant that the game started at a slow pace with both teams content to pass the ball around the midfield areas. However, the game would have been completely different if Sampdoria's Aimo Diana had converted an easy chance after only three minutes. Biagio Pagano beat Boyce on the right and drove a fierce pass across the six yard box where Diana, under pressure from Danny Granville, could only slide the ball wide of Julian Speroni's left-hand post.

Both sides passed the ball around well in midfield but could not get behind the defences and create chances. Diana sent a right-foot volley over the bar following a long goal kick from Antonioli in the 14th minute but both sides were guilty of giving the ball away in promising positions.

Sampdoria captain Sergio Volpi tested Speroni with a 30 yard right footed drive after 17 minutes but the Argentine keeper lunged to his left to palm the ball away for a corner.

The heat was dictating the pattern of the game as there were few chances and players struggled to get forward. Half-way through the second half referee Andy D'urso sensibly stopped play for a drinks break and the rest seemed to invigorate the Palace players.

On the half hour mark a Wayne Routledge corner was easily cleared but when the ball was lofted back into the box Tony Popovic found himself in acres of space. Unfortunately the ball took an eternity to come back down to earth and Antonioli blocked the Australian's shot when he finally got one away.

Four minutes later Andy Johnson was cynically brought down on the left corner of box by Marcello Castellini. The Italian received a yellow card for his troubles and he was nearly punished a second time as Michael Hughes flicked the free-kick over the wall for Johnson who could only screw wide from the corner of the six yard box.

In the final minutes of the half the tackles started to fly in and after one such tackle in the middle of the field Danny Granville squared up to Max Tonetto with a number of other players also getting themselves involved. After the officials had calmed both sets of players down the result was a yellow card each for Granville and Torghelle.

Sampdoria emerged for the second half having made two changes. Italian international Cristiano Doni replaced Pagano on the left and Belarus striker Vitali Kutuzov replaced Francesco Flachi up front.

Doni was instantly into the action firing a powerful volley just over the bar after his initial effort from a free kick was blasted straight at the wall. The midfielder was centre of attention again a few minutes later but this time it was after receiving a yellow card for a late tackle on Torghelle.

An explosive start to the second half continued as Hughes chased a long ball into the area and fell under the challenge of Giulio Falcone but no penalty was given by referee D'urso.

Palace nearly took the lead after 61 minutes when Granville's curling cross from the left just evaded a lunging Andy Johnson at the near post and Emmerson Boyce at the back of the six yard box.

Sampdoria responded by forcing Speroni to make a fantastic save. Fabio Bazzani headed strongly towards goal after a cross from the left and Palace's new keeper flung himself to his right to tip the ball around the post for a corner.

Bazzani was involved again on 71 minutes as his flick sent substitute Kutuzov through the middle. The Belarus international's through ball found Diana on the right and the 26-year-old cut inside the last defender before unleashing a shot that hit Speroni's legs.

Iain Dowie made a number of substitutions in midfield as he replaced Riihilahti and Hughes with Ben Watson and Shaun Derry. Watson nearly conjured a goal within minutes of his introduction as his free-kick from the right missed everyone in the penalty box until Hudson arrived late to head just wide from the penalty spot.

As the game wore on the pace of the game slowed but Sampdoria snatched victory with a late goal. Derry brought down the lively Doni on edge of his own box and Sergio Volpi struck in a blistering 25 yard free kick that flew into the back of the net giving Speroni no chance.

Despite some late substitutions from the Eagles they could not get back into the game and Sampdoria returned to Italy with the BT Cup.

Even though the game ended in defeat Palace will be encouraged by the fact that they created enough chances to win the game. Torghelle has settled in well and made some good touches when linking with Johnson and the defence looked secure with Hudson and Boyce particularly impressive.



Palace: Speroni; Boyce (Leigertwood 82), Hudson (Togwell 84), Popovic (Powell 76), Granville (Borrowdale 82); Routledge (Soares 82), Riihilahti (Derry 69), Hughes (Watson 69), Kolkka (Williams 88); Johnson (Black 76), Torghelle (Freedman 76).

Bookings: Granville, Torghelle



Sampdoria: Antonioli; Sacchetti, Castellini (Pavan 61), Falcone (Carrozzieri 84), Tonetto; Pagano (Doni h-t), Volpi, Edusei, Diana (Iacopino 84); Bazzani (Job 76), Flachi (Kutuzov h-t).

Bookings: Castellini, Doni

Attendance: 5,551

Referee: Andy D'urso

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