FYP fanzine's latest edition is in collaboration with legenday Palace fanzine One More Point. OMP editor - and guest editor for this issue - Cris Lehmann explains.
The last time I sold fanzines at a Palace home game, manager Alan Smith was sacked straight after the game.
The last time I sold fanzines at an away game, manager Trevor Francis was sacked straight after the game.
So, if anyone likes a bet, given I'll be selling the 'FYP x OMP' collaboration issue this week, you might want to have a side bet on Patrick Vieira being gone this time next week.
I can joke about it because in all honesty, it would take a very strange set of circumstances for that to happen and in each of the two previous instances, Palace were in the lower half of the second-tier and playing less than inspiring football. While Palace are once again in the lower half of the table - it's the Premier League and we're now actually cautiously optimistic as a fanbase that the football is going to be enjoyable to watch once again.
The mood of this issue reflects that. Yes, there's the usual self-deprecating look at the club we love that you'd always expect but also a wave of optimism that this new era will be fun to be part of.
So what's in this special, 48-page issue?
- An exclusive interview with former Palace striker Sandor Torghelle where he opens up about his frustrating spell at Palace in 2004/5.
- A review of Palace's summer 2021 transfer window.
- An away day diary from Chelsea, the first game of the season.
- A Scott Dann appreciation piece for our departed fan fave.
- A definitely made up story of how Steve P met Paddy V in a frantic summer for the club chairman.
- And plenty more.
I'm really proud to be editor for this issue - it's been a nice learning curve to see how producing a fanzine has changed since One More Point finished in 2003. The end result is a fanzine I'm confident you'll enjoy and even learn a bit as well. The Sandor Torghelle interview is one that really shines a light on how the club was operated in the Dowie/Jordan era and you can't help wondering how things might have turned our differently had the Hungarian had the rub of the green. This is complemented by some very original articles and a great insight into Palace's financial juggling in the transfer market during our stint in the Premier League, including a couple of mind blowing stats about where we sat within UEFA rankings for transfer fee spend.
Ever since my first Eagle Eye in 1989, I've been a massive supporter of the Palace fanzine scene and it's been a privilege to play a part in keeping this tradition going. So don't forget to bring your coins on Saturday and help to keep the fanzine spirit alive in SE25.
On sale at Anfield as Palace take on Liverpool on Saturday September 18th for the pocket-friendly price of £2.