An ode to Pardew

Posted on May 7th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

With the Premier League season drawing to a close, Nadim Lilani assesses Crystal Palace’s new boss and looks at what lies ahead

He’s a silver fox. He’s a dark horse. He’s a black sheep. Wait, hang on a minute. Scrap that last one. Alan Pardew definitely isn’t a black sheep. In fact, his honesty makes him perhaps the most relatable of all the managers in … Read More »



Social security

Posted on March 30th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

Social media’s influence is now massive in football, and Nadim Lilani looks at the contentious case of local lad Carlton Cole to assess its pitfalls

“Big win today! The boys showed great fight and thanks to the fans for their top support as usual! On to the next! #Buzzing #Wemarchon”. It has become an all-too-familiar sight: a mundane message posted on Twitter by a footballer … Read More »



McArthur has Scot what it takes

Posted on March 13th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport, Topical. No Comments

James McArthur has been a shining light for Crystal Palace this season. Nadim Lilani argues that the Scottish midfielder will be key in the Eagles’ climb up the table, both this season and next

It was always going to be a difficult season for Crystal Palace. Expecting a smooth sailing campaign would be like expecting four inches of snow to leave the United Kingdom unmoved. … Read More »



Mixing with the locals

Posted on February 10th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

As ticket prices rocket and FIFA plummets into a cesspit of shamelessness and corruption, join Nadim Lilani as he seeks refuge on the non-league terraces of South London. Featuring: alternative chants, Austrian hot dogs, 2,000+ crowds and lots of mud

Disillusion is rife amongst football fans in England. Astronomical ticket prices, business moguls opting for flashy brand names over tradition, perpetual playacting, the ethical storm … Read More »



Guess who’s back? Make way for Pardew

Posted on January 12th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

As the Crystal Palace rollercoaster lurches into another heart-stopping drop, Nadim Lilani analyses the arrival of Selhurst Park old boy Alan Pardew

So Pardew and Palace are ready to dance again. And once more, it’s a do-or-die affair. Last time, it was an extra time header to take the South Londoners to the FA Cup final. Now Pardew must use his fabled bonce in a slightly different … Read More »



Who are ya? The Wanderers come to Croydon

Posted on December 9th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

As the nomadic Wanders FC settles – for now – in Croydon Athletic’s Mayfield Stadium, Nadim Lilani details the rise, fall, and rise of Thornton Heath’s newest residents

If the name ‘Wanderers FC’ suggests a team without drive, without ambition, then it is a misleading one. Rewind over a century and a half to 1850, and one of the oldest names in football was born. Wanderers were … Read More »



Futsal: Free-flowing fun whatever the weather

Posted on November 12th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

The Croydon Citizen’s resident sportswriter, Nadim Lilani, takes a break from Selhurst Park’s windswept terraces to investigate a South American import

Futsal. An intriguing sport. One which I never automatically associated with Croydon – before last week, that is. Astros clean and hopes high, I set off to Streatham to play an hour-long session.

Fully-fledged international footballers such as Andres Iniesta, Neymar and Ronaldo (he of … Read More »



Yannick attacks and Aussie rules as Eagles grind out key victory

Posted on October 10th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

Nadim Lilani is in buoyant mood. He reviews Palace’s first league victory at Selhurst Park this season, which catapulted the team to their highest league position since 1997

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

For three quarters of an hour on Saturday, Crystal Palace played like the champions of Spain. Resilient rear-guard action: check. Midfield dominance: check. Maximum exploitation of set-piece opportunities: check.

All of the … Read More »



The Eagles versus the Seagulls: a derby with a difference

Posted on September 26th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport, Topical. No Comments

Crystal Palace became the first away side to claim a league victory at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on 27th September 2011. Nadim Lilani relives this triumph and explores the rivalry in more detail

Although Crystal Palace is one of Brighton’s closest rivals in geographical terms, the two clubs are still separated by some 46 miles. It is not always proximity that causes tension between sporting teams, … Read More »



The boys are back in town

Posted on September 12th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport, Topical. No Comments

Nadim Lilani assesses the return of Neil Warnock, Wilfried Zaha and Andy Johnson, as Palace looks to kick-start their season

In times of need, we turn to those who we know well. Whether it be problems regarding injury or illness, a falling-out, or relationship troubles, the first resort is always a family member or a good friend.

Why is this the case? It is because long-lasting … Read More »