Posts Tagged ‘crystal palace’

Any other neutrals supporting man city?

May 17, 2019

I have a friend who’s a crystal palace fan. He said he’s going to support man city in the FA Cup final. One of his reasons is because Harry the Hornet (the watford mascot) once mimicked Wilfried Zaha diving. It strikes me as an out there reason. It also strikes me that there won’t be many other neutrals who’ll be supporting city, are you one?


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In solidarity with Frank.

September 11, 2017

I have a fair amount of sympathy for Frank de Boer, not only has he been sacked by Crystal Palace after 4 games, he’s likely to be replaced by Roy Hodgson. No one wants that on their CV.

I don’t know if Frank is married but if he is I hope his wife didn’t give up her job to join him in London or he might have had an awkward conversation earlier today.

In solidarity with Frank, when have you moved country for a job only for it to rapidly unravel? You can contact me via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev

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It’s Crystal clear (sort of)

February 16, 2017

I’m not a Crystal Palace fan.

I only mention this because a colleague is convinced I am, even though in the past I have pointed out I am not.

I now think I’ve gone past the point of no return. I even feel under pressure to know what is going on at Palace for when we talk football.

Like most things in my life, I’ve probably only got myself to blame. A while back, I read Simon Jordan‘s book, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ and mentioned this to my colleague who is a Palace fan. Naturally, my colleague assumed that the only people who would be interested in this book would be Palace fans and has stood by this view despite my efforts.

Ps. My immediate boss thinks I’m a Man City fan. I’m not. It’s comforting to know I’ve made such an impression at work.

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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Harry the Hornet

January 26, 2017

My favourite football story of the festive period was Sam Allardyce falling out with Harry the Hornet (Watford’s mascot). Harry’s crime was mimicking a dive by Wilfried Zaha. Big Sam was so upset by this that he wanted the FA to charge Harry the Hornet.

Imagine if the FA had taken Sam at his word and charged Harry and then Harry the Hornet wanted a personal hearing. Would Harry the Hornet have to turn up in his mascot’s outfit? Does Harry the Hornet even speak? With so many questions like these going unanswered it’s probably best the FA decided Harry the Hornet didn’t have a case to answer.

All this on Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace. Feel free to let me know who you argued with on the first day of a new job. You can contact me via the comments button.


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The science of football

September 22, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’ve just finished reading ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ by former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.

Having never owned a season ticket, nevermind a football club, it gave me a good insight into what happens behind the scenes at a Premier League/Championship club.

For example, here’s his strategy for when he’s interviewing Steve Bruce for the manager’s position,

‘rather than the usual boring standard questions, I try to throw them off balance and get them to show their true selves’

And here’s his approach when interviewing Bruce’s successor, Trevor Francis

‘I threw in an opening question to get him off balance and see the real person’

It would appear that at the top level of football the way you choose a manager is to throw an awkward question at them and see how they respond. Who knew it was so scientific?

Also in the book, Simon Jordan mentions that he dates Sara Bosnich, the former wife off Mark Bosnich and Suzanne Walker former wife of Ian Walker. As types go, ex wives of Premier goalkeepers is quite niche. I would ask what specifics you like in a partner but I’m too scared with what might come back.

Til next time, stay safe!



I spy with my little eye

August 22, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

At the end of last season I said to anyone who would listen, which turned out to be no one, that Tony Pulis should leave Crystal Palace, not because I have anything against Palace but because his stock would never be higher, having taken Palace to 11th place and being named manager of the year. Having said that, I was still surprised that 2 days before the start of the Premier League season Pulis had left Palace.

On hearing the news, my thoughts did turn to Martin Kelly who had only signed for Palace a few hours previously. I wonder if Tony Pulis knew he’d be off as Martin was putting pen to paper? This made me think, does this kind of thing go on in real life?

Have you ever got a job and then the person instrumental in getting you that job leaves shortly afterwards? Or maybe you got a job and not long afterwards the company went out of business. Hopefully things have turned out ok now but if that was you, let me know the circumstances via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

And Finally… Crystal Palace were found guilty for spying on Cardiff last season, in order to find out Cardiff’s team the day before the game. Palace went on to beat Cardiff 3-0. I find it hard to believe it was the prior knowledge of the Cardiff team that caused this result and not more to do with Cardiff being a bit rubbish. With this in mind, I want to know have you ever spied on someone, especially if you got caught.

Til next time, stay safe!