Palace vs Brighton fans charity game confirmed at the Amex

Written by Robert Sutherland

Palace and Brighton fans may not like each other but each year sets of fans from both teams play each other to raise money for charity.

The game usually takes place as non-league Lewes FC but this year there is a big change; the match will be at Brighton's Amex stadium.

The venue where Glenn Murray scored. The venue where Zaha netted twice in the 2013 Championship. play-off semi-finals.

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund match has been an annual event since Robert was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York City.

Since 2001 over £150,000 has been raised for impoverished children in America, Africa, Sussex and Croydon. The REMF fund donated £5,000 to Sutton Eagles in October as a way of thanking the Palace fans that support the charity each year. 

REMF vice chairman Brett Mendoza announced the move, saying: "The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund are delighted to announce that The REMF 2016 Challenge Match between fans of Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace will take place, as a one off, at the iconic American Express Community Stadium on Monday 30th May 2016. 6pm Kick Off

"All seats will be in the West Stand Lower Tier, with food and drink kiosks available.

"A massive thank you needs to go to Paul Barber, CEO of Brighton & Hove Albion, who has given The REMF an amazing opportunity to allow us to stage our flagship event at the most iconic stadium in Sussex.

"Also a thank you to Lewes FC for their hospitality over the last few years, who have given their blessing for the REMF game to move away from Dripping Pan this year. We shall return next season, hopefully with the trophy!

"It would be amazing to see you at The Amex for the REMF 2016 Challenge Match for what is going to an emotional and brilliant occasion. We hope to see you there."

Tickets will be £5 for adults, free for under 16's, and more details on how to get your tickets will be announced shortly. 

There will be some as yet un-named former Eagles stars playing too; in previous years the likes of Peter Taylor, Simon Rodger, Robert Quinn, Simon Osborn and Eddie McGoldrick have played.

Members of FYP will be playing too and with Palace narrowly losing last year on penalties this is a great chance to go and see the Eagles hopefully win in Brighton's back yard again.

If you can't make it on the night you can always donate to the cause here via its Just Giving page.


Where does Adebayor rank in Palace's biggest ever signings?

Written by Joe Bloggs

So Emmanuel Adebayor has signed for Crystal Palace.

The Togo striker has penned a deal until the end of the season to try and solve Palace's lack of goals.

But is he the biggest name ever to have signed for the Eagles? We rank the Top 10 biggest ever arrivals at Selhurst Park.

 

10) Edgar Davids

Probably one of Palace's weirdest ever signings when the Dutchman arrived at Selhurst in October 2010.

By then, though, he was 37 and vas very much in the twilight of his career. As expemplified by a horror debut at Scunthorpe where he played left-back.

But still, the arrival of the former AC Milan and Juventus star caused many ripples across South London just over five years ago.

9) Valerian Ismael

Palace’s most expensive signing came to South London for £2.7m from RC Strasbourg in 1998.  The French central defender only played 13 times in his ten months with the club before moving on.

It would seem absolutely daft to most of us now if we spent that much money on a player, only to have him leave after such a short period of time – making our following plunge in to a period of administration come as no surprise after reckless spending like that.

Although it may be quite a while before we see spending of that calibre again, rest assured that at least we will have a club to follow in to the future.

8) Neil Ruddock

Razor signed in 2000 and made 20 appearances scoring two goals before leaving on a free to Swindon.

A player with a somewhat dubious reputation on and off the pitch he was reportedly slated by Simon Jordan for taking the team out and getting them pissed during our relegation battle of that season.

Another big signing not because of money, not because it was a coup, or even because he was any good, no that’s right, I’m making another fat joke (I really hope he doesn’t see this, I’m rather partial to my testicles).

7) Ray Wilkins

Former England international Ray Wilkins joined Palace towards the tail-end of his successful career as a player, coming to Selhurst in 1994 as player-coach.

However, his time at the club didn’t necessarily go as everyone would have hoped when the famous Palace luck obviously rubbed off on him and he managed to break his foot in his debut game!

That was pretty much that and he never played for us again.

6) Ade Akinbiyi

Akinbiyi? A big signing? Are you bloody serious? Well, not literally. He’s been included here, in this list of big Palace signings, because he is quite possibly the biggest cock-up a Palace manager has made on the transfer market in recent years.

He cost £2.2m from Leicester in 2002. Upon the release of a picture of him stood there, next to Trevor Francis, holding his new number 55 shirt, there was a collective sigh from the Palace faithful of: “Oh for fff...” Apparently it was audible for miles outside of Croydon.

Quite prolific in his earlier career his move to Leicester saw a sharp decrease in his goals-to-games ratio and by the time he came to us he only scored three in 24. Not the best return for the amount of money we spent then.

To top this all off he later left to Stoke on a free after a short loan spell, and as if that wasn’t galling enough he started to come good from then on - scoring roughly one in three in his time with Stoke and Burnley!

5) Nigel Martyn

The first ever million pound ‘keeper when he moved to Palace from Bristol Rovers in 1989 – it was reported (and confirmed by Ian Holloway in a BBC interview) that the much loved former Eagle was discovered by none other than the Rovers’ tea lady! Honestly. She saw him play for a local side on holiday in Cornwall and after a week in the Pirate’s reserves he was in the first team.

So I’m sure all of you, my fellow Eagles fans, will raise your glasses and join me in thanking the catering staff down in Bristol!

Nigel made quite an impression during his tenure at Selhurst, who can forget that moustache? One can only assume that it disappeared after he saw David Seaman one day and thought: “Bugger that!”

Dodgy facial hair aside, he was loved in SE25 – evident after his inclusion in the ‘Centenary XI’ – and  after 7 years and nearly 300 games he left to Leeds United in 1996 for another record transfer fee.

4) Tomas Brolin

Quite literally, a big signing. Signed by Coppell in 1997 and only played 13 games in red and blue having his only goal disallowed in his debut game.

Before several loan deals to foreign clubs and his eventual move to London he played for Leeds United where he earned the nickname “Tubby” and was labelled a “big, fat disappointment” – a bit harsh when you consider he made the list of the all time 100 greatest Leeds players, even if he did come in at number 100.

The Nordic giant struggled constantly with his fitness and went on to become Lombardo’s assistant shortly before his retirement from the game at the end of 1998.

3) Emmanuel Adebayor

On a free transfer yes, and hasn't played Premier League football for nine months sure, but still a huge name to be arriving at Selhurst.

Especially as he is still only 31 and, crucially, has joined on a deal till the end of the season.

But not many other new arrivals at Palace can boast the sort of pedigree the Togo striker can; having played and scored goals for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid.

He's one of the most, if not the most, famous footballers in Africa and is still the sort of name fans around the world will recognise.

2) Attilio Lombardo

The former Juve player came to the club in 1997 and became an instant favourite, scoring on his debut game against Everton.

The Italian ace was recalled to his national squad during his time at Palace but due to a subsequent injury he was sidelined for most of the season, which eventually saw us relegated.

The Bald Eagle also had a short stint as player-manager (alongside Tomas Brolin, watch out for him later!) but due to some bloody idiot taking us in to administration the next season, something we are all too familiar with now-a-days, he moved on to Lazio where he gained a plethora of runners-up medals under the “world-renown” Sven-Goran Eriksson.

1) Yohan Cayabe

Probably Palace's highest ever profile signing, when he arrived from Paris St Germain in the summer of 2015.

A world class midfielder still at his prime at 29 and eyeing a place in France's Euros squad for 2016.

Probably the only player ever to join Palace who could have walked into any other Premier League starting XI.


FYP launches new t-shirts - find out how to buy yours here

Written by Robert Sutherland

We love t-shirts here at FYP and thanks to our lovely podcast sponsor Vektor, we have released two new designs.

If you're a fan of our podcast you'll have heard JD say 'Vektor with a K' literally hundreds of times and now you can get that adorned across a t-shirt.

Coming in white with a blue design the t-shirt is basically the biggest podcast in-joke in material form.

We are also releasing two t-shirts with the sexy new FYP logo on it; one in grey one in blue.

All the shirts come in a variety of sizes and are £14.99,

Click here to order one now!


VIDEO: Everything is Alan Pardew's fault

Written by Robert Sutherland

Newcastle are just in a mess at the moment, and most Magpies fans want to seem to blame it all on Alan Pardew.

This despite Pards having left the north east last December to move back home to Crystal Palace as manager.

But according to Newcastle fans all their current woes are down to Pards, a manager they never really warmed to. This even though he took them to a 5th spot finish in the Premier League a few years ago.

Since he left St James' Park he's helped Palace finish in the Top 10 of the Premier League for the first time ever while Newcastle finished 15th last term and are firmly embroiled in a relegation race already this season.

They've also since got rid of the man who replaced Pardew in John "best coach in the Premier League" Carver and brought in Schteve McClaren but he's now under pressure from fans already.

So obviously FYP's own Jim Daly has written a song about it, poking fun at Newcastle fan's persisntence that all the world's problems are Pardew's fault.

Watch the video here. 

Opinion: La Marseillaise at Selhurst Park

Written by Robert Sutherland

It's indicative of the multicultural nature of the Premier League, it's reach and the way in which Crystal Palace have moved forward in recent years, that Palace fans will hear the sound of La Marseillaise at Selhurst Park on Monday.

Let me firstly say that, what happened in Paris should never be experienced by anyone. The cold-blooded murder of 130+ civilians, all just doing what most people do on a Friday night, was callous and horrific. It was graphic in its nature - intended to make an impact around the World - and that it did. It was brutal, and our thoughts are with the people of Paris and France as a nation. Cabaye Solo
 
I initially questioned the logic of the decision to play the anthem at Premier League fixtures. I felt that the way the occasion was handled at Wembley was a perfect representation of the qualities of English character. It was a respectful and thoughtful response to a game that arguably should not have been played. 
 
Alan Pardew noted that Yohan Cabaye was somewhat lost after the events - I imagine the same applied to the rest of their squad. A terrorist attack, right outside the confines of the stadium, isn't something you can just accept and move on from. It seemed to me that the Premier League's decree that all clubs should play the French national anthem might somehow lessen the poignancy of the FA's actions on Monday. 
 
However, after more thought, it's clear that Palace - a club with Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie, Pape Souare and Marouane Chamakh in their ranks - should show some unity with players who identify with a nation they resided or grew up in. The likelihood is that many will have friends or family who live in Paris. The impact of the events on Friday evening - for Cabaye especially - will take time to get over. 
 
That doesn't account for Martin Kelly, either. The defender, enjoying a week in which others members of the squad were playing international football, travelled with his girlfriend to the French capital for a few days. His spot for the evening was less than a mile from the restaurant which was attacked on Friday night, and the defender was subject to much panic on social media. The fear, at the time, felt very real - even for Palace fans.    
 
While other clubs might question the logic, Monday night's Marseillaise at Selhurst Park will be a thoughtful response to a thoughtless act. It's the right thing to do, and im my opinion, it should be welcomed. 

VIDEO: Manchester City cup preview with PalaceFanTV

Written by Robert Sutherland

Palace take on Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday night in the third round.

It wasn't quite the draw Eagles fans were hoping for having had fairly easy ties against Charlton and Shrewsbury in the first two rounds so far - and both teams being fairly comfortably dispatched.

But it's a trip to the Premier League title contendors for Alan Pardew's men in a competition they have targetted for success this season.

But what sort of side's will both teams put out? Will Pardew go strong despite two big games against Man Unied and Liverpool coming up?

Will Manuel Pellegrini play his first teamers with some massive Champions League games on the horizon? Surely in the list of priorities the League Cup is way down there for the Citizens.

PalaceFanTV's Jim Daly caught up with Adam from Man City youtube channel Blue Moon Rising TV to discuss all those things and more.

Click here to watch the video.

And don't forget FYP will have minute-by-minute action from Wednesday night's clash on Twitter, cimply follow us on @FYPFanzine to catch all the action.