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Hodgson reveals the blueprint behind victories at Man City and Brighton

3 March 2021

After Roy Hodgson became the first man since Steve Coppell to reach 150 matches in charge of Crystal Palace, he sat down to talk through some of his most unforgettable victories to date. In Part Two...

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Hodgson: The secrets behind first-season turnaround, and beating champions Chelsea

3 March 2021

After Roy Hodgson became the first man since Steve Coppell to reach 150 matches in charge of Crystal Palace, he sat down to talk through some of his most unforgettable victories to date. In Part One...

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Crystal Palace Head Chef reveals players' vast plant-based diet

3 March 2021

There’s a certain perception of Premier League footballers and their diet. It’s the image of the superhuman-sized man, crushing a quaking chair and powering through a mountain of boiled meat, pasta...

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Paul Cleal OBE: The former Palace ball boy shaping Premier League's fight against racism

28 February 2021

Paul Cleal remembers life as a Palace ball boy in vivid detail. He remembers the changing hut between the Main Stand and Whitehorse Lane. He remembers the green tracksuits, wooden stalls and pre-match...

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Women

Crystal Palace Women complete remote support for 615 players

28 February 2021

Professional footballers in both the men’s and women’s game are, rightfully, commended for creating time around training, matches and family lives to support others in their clubs’ communities.

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Academy

Omilabu recalls a unique introduction to football

16 February 2021

Aged just 18-years-old, Crystal Palace forward David Omilabu has already scored at Selhurst Park. Netting for Palace Under-23s in the dying seconds of their win against Burnley, Omilabu lived a dream...

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First Team

Eberechi Eze: How Ronaldinho videos inspired a south London showman

13 February 2021

“I don’t think there’s anything anyone can show me now that I haven’t seen of him,” Eberechi Eze says insistently. “I’ve watched so many videos of him… I want someone to show me a video that I haven’t...

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Shefki Kuqi's incredible journey from refugee to Premier League

13 February 2021

Shefki Kuqi opens up about his escape from war in Kosovo, playing in the Champions League, Roy Hodgson and THAT incident against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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First Team

Messi, Speroni, Cañizares - Guaita stories highlight career calibre

2 February 2021

He may be a Palace fan favourite, but the language barrier means Eagles don’t always get to hear from Vicente Guaita.

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Goalkeeper coach Kiely reveals Guaita's attitude after signing for Palace

31 January 2021

In 2020, speaking ahead of his two-year anniversary since joining Crystal Palace, Dean Kiely reflected with the Palace programme on a career in coaching, the attributes of management and the character...

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Famous Fans: Hey Duggee creator Grant Orchard

14 January 2021

If you are a parent with a child under the age of five, there is absolutely no question that you will have watched Hey Duggee. The primetime CBeebies favourite features a larger than life dog - Duggee...

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Programme

Jadan Raymond reveals why former-Eagle father chose Palace Academy

12 January 2021

Jadan Raymond signed his first professional contract in October 2020, making the most significant step on the young south Londoner's career so far.

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Programme

Cole, Moses, Ibrahimović - Cahill reveals stories from career's defining names

11 January 2021

What do you ask a Premier League, FA Cup, Europa and Champions League winner?

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Academy

Meet the Academy's Iraq international captain, Cardo Siddik

31 December 2020

Earlier in November, during the incessantly labelled ‘unprecedented times’, Cardo Siddik received an Iraq international call-up through unprecedented means.

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Hodgson: A message to Palace fans at close of 2020

31 December 2020

As one of football and the world’s toughest years comes to a close, Roy Hodgson addresses the Crystal Palace fanbase in his own words to reflect on 12 challenging months and brighter times ahead.

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Tough tackling, penalty protests and packed stands: Palace's first league meeting with Brighton 100 years on

28 December 2020

On Christmas Day 100 years ago, one of English football’s most notable rivalries began in earnest, as Crystal Palace faced Brighton & Hove Albion for the first time in the Football League.

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First Team

Mudbaths, freezing showers and sheepskin coats: Palace’s training grounds through the years

17 December 2020

As Palace’s redeveloped Academy ground begins to take shape, an entire generation of young players will have the best possible facilities in which to develop. But it wasn’t always that way.

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The Catford Cat, Mars Bars and south London grit: The making of Ellie Scotney

2 December 2020

Ellie Scotney began life in boxing and with Crystal Palace in unconventional ways.

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Value for money: How Coppell and Noades built Palace’s most successful squad

26 November 2020

Today, few teams at the top of English football would ever scour the ‘bargain basement’ in search of their most successful ever squad.

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Academy

Gary Phillips: Crafting Palace’s first Academy goalkeeper since 1978

18 November 2020

When Gary Phillips began life in football, he rubbed shoulders with Cyrille Regis and Bryan Robson on a daily basis. Aged just 18 at the foot of his 20-year career, Phillips couldn’t have been better...

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Punk frontman Laurie Vincent talks Palace and starring on FIFA's soundtrack

11 November 2020

There are a lot of similarities between a rocking Selhurst Park and a punk gig in full-flow; frantic energy, unfiltered emotion, bodies clambering over each other.

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Academy

Mooney reveals 15-hour days that secured a professional contract

10 November 2020

Before every home game, the Crystal Palace programme shines a light on one of the club's rising Academy stars. In the Leeds United edition, Fionn Mooney explained his passion for football, inspiration...

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Academy

How Palace continue to produce Academy graduates using football analytics

27 October 2020

From a well-rounded education to protecting players’ mental wellbeing, Crystal Palace’s Academy is fully aware of the responsibility it has to its aspiring crop of talented youngsters across all age...

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Tony Collins: The Palace history maker dubbed 'a pioneer' by Roy Hodgson

27 October 2020

At 94-years-old, Tony Collins couldn’t be blamed for sitting back and enjoying retirement. With a 56-year footballing career behind him, he has more than served his sport as a pioneering player, scout...

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How the Queen, a fox and British Telecom confused Kagisho Dikgacoi

21 October 2020

Roy Hodgson didn’t know he’d set up Kagisho Dikgacoi for the fright of his life when signing him for Fulham in 2009. Instead, the then-Cottagers manager had innocuously swooped for an international...

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Programme

Musician Butch Dante reveals how he works Palace into BBC radio punk music

20 October 2020

Every edition, the official Palace programme speaks with prominent south Londoners on their experiences of life in the capital or as Palace fans. Before the Brighton & Hove Albion clash, musician...

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Club News

Remembering Malcolm Allison 10 years after his death

14 October 2020

On October 14th, 2010, football lost one of its largest characters: Malcolm Allison.

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Meet the Palace fan behind Selhurst's eye-catching new mural

23 September 2020

‘Everywhere was red and blue,’ proclaims Palace’s much appropriated Blaydon Races. The chant paints a brief but vivid picture of matchdays at Selhurst Park - ‘Everyone was running, All the lads and...

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How Palace fan Richard Riakporhe overcame stabbing to become cruiserweight champion boxer

22 September 2020

Britain’s boxing cruiserweight champion, Richard Riakporhe, talks through his upbringing on the Aylesbury Estate, being stabbed at 15-years-old and how now he is helping schoolchildren avoid the...

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How Palace and Selhurst Park inspired the makers of hit Apple series Ted Lasso

19 September 2020

For anyone who passed – or even entered - Selhurst Park in November last year, they may have found a slightly different stadium to the usual buzz of matchday preparations, lawnmowers and the chatter...

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The day a Southampton win filled the Thames with fedora hats

11 September 2020

Kevin Day, writer, broadcaster, comedian and Palace for Life Trustee, talks to Richard Foster about going to watch Palace away at Southampton in two memorable years.

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Neil Emblen opens up on pain at frustrating £2m dream move

30 August 2020

“I want to sound, even written on paper, brutally honest,” Neil Emblen says, emphasising his point several times during a lengthy conversation.

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The truth behind the eventful end to Leon Cort’s time with Palace

27 August 2020

Leon Cort talks through a smile, but with a slightly reticent air, seemingly on the verge of disclosing something secret.

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How a 7-year-old fan inspired the design of Palace’s new kits

19 August 2020

When Richard Melik and his seven-year-old son sat down with sheets of paper and a handful of crayons in October last year, they didn’t realise they’d inspired the process behind designing Crystal...

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Lewington gives dugout insight as he talks through sideline instructions

31 July 2020

In the dying minutes of Crystal Palace’s final game of 2019/20, one voice can be heard reverberating off Selhurst Park’s iron surrounds above all. It’s Ray Lewington’s, and, after nine matches in an...

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Women

Meet lawyer, goalkeeper, coach and ambassador signing, Chloe Morgan

23 July 2020

It's hard to know where to begin with Chloe Morgan. Is it best to start with her impressive legal career, or her rapid rise in football? Alternatively, do you talk coaching, ambassadorial work or...

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'A fury of frustration': When Hunter and Charlton came to Selhurst

13 July 2020

From Ferenc Puskas to Eden Hazard, Selhurst Park has hosted its fair share of footballing stars in its 96-year history. But Crystal Palace fans at the end of the 1960s were the first to see the game's...

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Peter Taylor recalls Allison’s failed pursuits, leaky Leeds and Hodgson the ‘artist’

7 July 2020

In the early 1970s, Manchester City manager Malcolm Allison was relentless in his pursuit of a little-known teenage winger from fourth-tier Southend United.

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Bannan recalls ‘Tony Pulis’ surprising his squad at a Las Vegas pool party

7 July 2020

Wet Republic, Las Vegas, is not often associated with south London footballing stories.

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‘Welcome to hell’: Palace’s one-match European tour

2 July 2020

‘Welcome to hell,’ is how Academy graduate Jimmy Hibburt describes his visit to Samsun, Turkey with Crystal Palace in 1998.

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