Roy Hodgson: The former Croydon teacher who led two footballing nations to a World Cup

Posted on July 16th, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

Roy Hodgson has spent many years learning his trade in the footballing world, but it was in Croydon where his successes began with a failure. Matt Woosnam looks at his Croydon roots and rise to England manager

66 years ago, a legend was born. Roy Hodgson, manager of England’s football team, was born and grew up in Croydon, but despite many successes, he has been … Read More »



Croydon College students reach the top with jobs at Crystal Palace FC

Posted on July 7th, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

At least 90 youngsters from Croydon College were successful in their applications for various job positions within Crystal Palace Football Club thanks to a new partnership

Whilst many students will be at home watching players at the World Cup making all the headlines, youngsters at a local college will be working hard in a football environment of their own, after earning jobs at a Premier … Read More »



Season Review: Crystal Palace’s remarkable turnaround

Posted on June 3rd, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

It’s been a quite incredible season for Crystal Palace FC. Once again they have defied the odds, answered their critics and achieved what many deemed to be impossible. Crystal Palace will be in the Premier League next season

“Palace are here, let the games begin” read the Holmesdale Fanatics’ banner as the teams walked out for the opening day of the season in front of … Read More »



Sentiment aside, Julian Speroni deserves a new contract as Palace’s number one goalkeeper

Posted on May 14th, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

Matt Woosnam suggests that Julian Speroni still has an important role to play in the Crystal Palace squad. Read Tom Lickley’s counter here

It is almost eleven years since a pony-tailed goalkeeper from Dundee named Julian Speroni first walked through the doors at Crystal Palace, and not many have been as loyal or as integral to the relative success of the club during their time … Read More »



A better place to play: Oasis Academy supporting Crystal Palace FC

Posted on April 9th, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

The tie-up between Crystal Palace FC and Oasis Academy Shirley Park is paying dividends on and off the football pitch

“Champions of Europe, we know what we are!” Chelsea supporters may sing this outdated chant along to the overused tune of the Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’, but Oasis Academy Shirley Park’s Under 15s side of 2011/2012 could proudly proclaim that they were the champions … Read More »



Match Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea – The Special One

Posted on March 31st, by Matt Woosnam in Sport. No Comments

Crystal Palace stunned league leaders Chelsea with a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon

Stunning, superb, sumptuous, sterling, startling, surprising, and spectacular. There are too few superlatives in the Oxford English Dictionary to adequately describe Crystal Palace’s performance at Selhurst Park on Saturday as they produced one of the performances of the season to stun Premier League leaders Chelsea and earn … Read More »



Match Preview: Swansea City vs Crystal Palace

Posted on March 1st, by Matt Woosnam in Not featured, Sport. No Comments

Matt Woosnam previews Sunday’s game in Wales

After a 2-0 defeat at home to Premier League champions Manchester United, Crystal Palace will be looking to take their revenge on Swansea this coming Sunday, after being played off the park in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Both teams have new men at the helm, with Tony Pulis replacing Ian Holloway and steadying the … Read More »



Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion

Posted on February 8th, by Matt Woosnam in Not featured, Sport. No Comments

Matt Woosnam previews a winnable home match for Palace

Another season in the Premier League is vital to the redevelopment plans for Selhurst Park, but defeat at Arsenal on Sunday did nothing to help Crystal Palace’s cause in their quest to avoid relegation back to the second tier of English football. In the Emirates’ board room, Eagles’ co-chairman Steve Parish may well have been taking … Read More »



Match Preview: Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Posted on January 31st, by Matt Woosnam in Not featured, Sport. No Comments

Crystal Palace take on second-place Arsenal in their first visit to the Emirates Stadium this Super Sunday

Dear Steve Bruce,

Thanks for the three points, £100k already spent after a week and not a single goal scored. Fortunately Palace’s Jason Puncheon is somewhat cheaper and has been more prolific of late, firing the Eagles to 14th place in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

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Match Preview: Wigan Athletic vs Crystal Palace

Posted on January 24th, by Matt Woosnam in Not featured, Sport. No Comments

Crystal Palace take on Championship opposition for the first time since the playoff final as they travel to FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic

It wasn’t all too long ago that Crystal Palace travelled to Wigan in a Division 1 match, only to be humiliated 5-0 and face a very long journey back to South London after the first ever clash between the two sides. Well, … Read More »