Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a selection of questions I am often asked by Palace fans. If there is a question you have that isn’t answered here, please feel free to ask me via the contact page.

What was your first Crystal Palace match?

It was a home game against Stoke City on 10th January 1981. Just 14,154 people watched the game and I stood on the mud bank that was the Whitehorse Lane end.

The game ended 1-1. Terry Boyle scored for Palace in the 45 minute and Mike Doyle equalised for Stoke in the 90th minute.

A typical Palace performance really.

What was your first away game?

The day was 22nd April 1986 and it was against Millwall at The Den.

I was a 15 year old lad at the time and the friend I went to all Palace home games with wasn’t allowed to go because it was Millwall. So I went on my own.

Palace lost 3-2 which probably explains why I am still alive today.

What is your favourite away ground?

Does Wimbledon or Charlton count when they were ground sharing with us? 🙂

This is a tough question really because most of my football life was before all the new crop of plastic sanitised stadia came into use.

However, to answer the question I would have to say Craven Cottage, Fulham’s ground. The fact it is on the banks of the Thames and it is a nice walk to the ground from East Putney Tube station puts it top of my list.

I’ve been to St. James Park, Anfield, Old Trafford and so on but I think I have to include the travelling experience into my decision. Generally fans board a coach at Selhurst and disembark at the destination.

If I had to choose a long haul ground then it would be Oakwell, home of Barnsley. It just reminded me of a good old fashioned community club surrounded by hills.

What is the most intimidating away ground?

One once in my life have I genuinely been worried about leaving an away ground.

I’ve been to countless Brighton and Millwall away games. You can throw Leeds and Chelsea into that as well but the most worried I’ve ever been was at Manchester City’s old ground, Maine Road, back in 1988.

When we got to the ground the coaches dropped us outside the Main Stand and we were led by police to the other side of the ground via a maze of alley ways behind the local houses.

Palace won the game 3-1 and the City fans were singing “you will die!” towards the end. The thought of going back through the alley ways and getting ambushed wasn’t the best.

In the end we were kept in the ground for 20 minutes and were led back without incident.

What's your favourite Palace kit?

Without doubt my favourite ever Palace kit is the Admiral sash kit of 1979/80. It was just the most perfect kit ever produced because not only was it a sash kit but it had red and blue detailing on the collar and shirt ends. The red stripe on the shoulder with blue Admiral logos topped it off.

My second favourite is the 1984 red and blue stripes by Adidas, also know as the Red Rose kit. The kit incorporates my two favourite shades of red and blue. It’s the best striped Palace kit ever!