Supported Palace since:
I was born. There are a few embarrassing photos of me wearing a Liverpool shirt in my early years, but you can blame my mother’s impact for that. Ever since I’ve been able to decide for myself, I’ve been a Palace fan, and a season ticket holder!
Family… Both my family and the Palace family. I was brought up going to Selhurst Park but it’s a special club and very easy to fall in love with all things CPFC. Most of my happiest moments have either been in SE25 or watching Palace at a football ground in England or abroad.
Favourite Palace Moment:
Plenty to choose from, and my answer this time last week would have been different to right now. Those two minutes after Jason Puncheon’s goal in the FA Cup final were not only my favourite moments as a Palace fan, but the best moments of my entire life. Tears of joy and disbelief. Thanks for ruining it, Juan Mata. Elsewhere, the 2010 game at Sheffield Wednesday and the 2004 play-off final were pretty special and I feel lucky to have got to experience them first-hand.
Worst Palace Moment:
Just a few weeks after that 2010 game at Sheffield Wednesday that kept us up, there was all the uncertainty surrounding administration and liquidation. Sitting on the kerb outside Lloyds after the deadline had passed, genuinely thinking we’d lost the club we loved, has to be the worst moment. There have been bad moments on the pitch, but it doesn’t get any worse than thinking you won’t be able to experience any more bad moments on the pitch.
Favourite Current Player:
Mile Jedinak. Palace through and through. I love Yohan Cabaye and the fact we’ve attracted a player of his quality to the club, but Mile is what Palace is al about. The passion, the commitment, the tears after the final, the fact he makes a point of thanking the fans at the end of every game. He just gets it. Whether he’ll be at Selhurst next season remains to be seen, but regardless of the future he’s written his name into Palace folklore.
Favourite Player of all time:
I want to say Peter Ramage, but for fear of being slaughtered I’ll go for Andy Johnson. The first player I had on the back of my shirt – AJ rather than Johnson because it was cheaper – and a real Palace hero. Rambo is a very close second though; what a man.
Amir Karic award for worst player ever:
There have been a few, haven’t there? My most vivid memories of when we were scrapping around in the Championship are of Claude Davis and Stern John, Alassane N’Diaye and Matt Lawrence. I’ll go for Shefki Kuqi though, purely because I was desperate to see more of that insane celebration. He was overweight, had a terrible attitude, and should have scored more goals than he did.
For my whole life, I’ve had this ridiculous Bucket List ambition to head a football from the crowd back onto the pitch. You know that moment where a shot flies over the bar and you want it to come to you. I stand in Block D, just to the right of the goal in the Lower Holmesdale, wanting, waiting, wishing for the ball to come my way. God help those around me on the day a shot lands near me, because I’m giving everything to get my noggin on it. “NAGLE’S BALL.”