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    Who could forget our introduction to the PL, 15th August 1992. It was at Palace's ground, but introduced the mighty Shearer, unleashed onto an unsuspecting Blackburn public, two belters in a 3-3 draw. We actually lost the return fixture 2-1, Roy Wegerle netting for the Blues. How we could do with someone with the heart of Shearer now. The same result on Saturday could see us going to Birmingham needing a win (obviously I write this prior to the Millwall game). How times have changed. We finished fourth that year, Palace third bottom. We haven't really played Palace much. 33 times in the Football League, counting this season, and we are 16-12 down in wins. Ripley also made his debut in that match, Henning Berg in the Ewood match. I was still in my 20s then......nostalgia....what a load of old news.

    Well.....down to business, a few facts about Palace:

    One of the clubs nicknames is The Glaziers, due in no small way to the origins of the first stadium they played in. Football was is its infancy when Britain hosted the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace was at its centre, a magnificent glazed building, big enough to fit in two football pitches! The Government of the day allowed the club to use the space afterwards. Hence the name of the club, Crystal Palace....the first ever fully under cover stadium. They remained in situ until a fire destroyed the structure in 1936. Of course this also provided the blueprint for West Hams tenancy in the Olympic Stadium! Who'd have predicted that!

    The team decamped to the London Borough of North Southwood, where they have remained ever since. Selhurst Park is a bit of a sh*thole to be honest, I've been. It holds over 26,000, but it's still too big, it's never full. They have a bloody great Falcon on their crest, hence another nickname, The Falcons!

    Palace are currently managed by that cheeky cockernee chappy, Stanley Holloway. Stan, or Ollie, as he likes to be known (I know that's confusing and reminds you of Laurel and Hardy, but to my knowledge they have never managed Palace) is a right laugh. Best known for his roles in the Ealing comedies of the 40's & 50's, such as Passport to Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Titfield Thunderbolt (no laughing at the back, they were simpler times). He got the job by accident, he fell down the terrace steps whilst under the influence during a very boring game v Dingles some years ago. He had to be treated by the club doctor, claimed he'd played many times for Bristol Rovers, and bam, within two months was managing the club!). The original Dr Doolittle bamboozles anyone that will listen with his witty banter.

    Unlike us, they haven't won much. No Pl titles, no Div 1, no FA Cups. We do share the passion however of both having won the prestigious Full Members Cup.

    They did lose 9-0 to our 6-fingered friends in 1909, The Sun must have had headline fun with that, all the 9's & 0's.

    Indeed their largest ever attendance was also against the inbreds, 51,801 in 1979, although The Official DIngledome history records they took 48,000. Both coaches in Burnley were mobilised according to eyewitnesses. They all fit on, and still hold the Guinness World Record to this day.

    I tried to confirm this with Ticketmaster earlier today. Unfortunately, after waiting for 45 mins on hold, time I will never get back, their representative informed me they didn't exist in 1979 and what was the point of my call. Not booking anything through them again.

    I was going to do one of those popular Q&A sessions with some witty Palace fans, but as I don't know any, in fact I have few friends, I bailed on that.

    So, what can be gleaned from all this nonsense?

    As Palace are fifth, and we are not, neither of us can go up automatically whatever the result on Saturday. That's two things we have in common!

    Whilst I cannot confirm or deny the voracity of the above facts, what I do know is this could be my last match at Ewood for a while. I boycotted Coco following relegation, and came back when he left. I thought we might get a well travelled, experienced captain at the helm. What we got was Sheriff Shebby, the bumbling buffoon who has delusions of grandeur, who hijacked the ship and is sailing it into Divison 1. His bosses continue to confound all reason, and we are currently waiting for the buffoon to trap up and discipline shelf builder. The whole sorry shebang rumbles on. It doesn't matter which team you support, and I have been watching Rovers over 30 years, so am no glory hunter, you just want a well run club punching their weight, sometimes even above it.

    I have had enough of Venkys Rovers for now, I want my Rovers back. A team that competes, that is paid realistic wages, that we can see busts a gut for the sake of each other and for us.

    I hope we don't need to win on Saturday, and that the team does something it didn't against Watford tomorrow at Millwall, gives 100%, if they do, we as fans can't ask any more.

    COYB's, Venkys out!

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    I think Plymouth were under constant financial strain for many seasons, and perhaps they were punching way above their weight. At least this is the case when he left, and they tumbled down the leagues. He may have had restrictions on his squad/budgets which meant he had to sell their best players and defy gravity. I may be wrong however.

    Anyway, I think they'll win. Hopefully other results will go our way so we won't all be panicing on the last day.

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    Holloway is overrated. Said that when he was linked with Rovers. Did a great job at Blackbool but failed pretty much everywhere else. Took Leicester down.

    Don't like his kamikaze type football. You either win 4-0 or lose 4-0. Think we could win this one.

    Put a couple of bets on 4-0 to Rovers and 4-0 Palace and you're quids in then, right?

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    That play off final, 2nd leg at Selhurst. First time I cried at football match. The "Glad all over" comment has reminded me of it again (shudder). Went 1st premier league game when Shearer exploded on scene, thought "proper pay back" then they scored last minute equaliser and they played that fricking song again. Agreed , I hate Palace

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    I was distraught enough and I was at Alton Towers that day as I was only 14.

    I remember thinking McGoldricks goal at a packed Ewood could be costly and it proved to be.

    What always struck me is how players like Sellars totally bottled it completely in the 2nd leg. I know he was a soft bugger but........They made our current crop seem hardened in comparison. I was surprised Sellars ever had the gumption to make it to the top flight after that.

    Palace will be owed one forever no matter how many times we beat them.

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    I was distraught enough and I was at Alton Towers that day as I was only 14.

    I remember thinking McGoldricks goal at a packed Ewood could be costly and it proved to be.

    What always struck me is how players like Sellars totally bottled it completely in the 2nd leg. I know he was a soft bugger but........They made our current crop seem hardened in comparison. I was surprised Sellars ever had the gumption to make it to the top flight after that.

    Palace will be owed one forever no matter how many times we beat them.

    I remember thinking similar, but more in relation to Howard Gayle's missed penalty at a crucial stage in that first leg.

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    just need to carry on where we left off in our last 2 home performances, put in the effort and show your quality and quite often you can get the luck to go with it.

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    I remember thinking similar, but more in relation to Howard Gayle's missed penalty at a crucial stage in that first leg.

    That was the main one for me - that would've made it 4-0 iirc so they most likely wouldn't have pulled their goal back. It was the miss which gave them a lift.

    2nd leg is without doubt my worst ever moment following Rovers. (footballing wise)

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    That was the main one for me - that would've made it 4-0 iirc so they most likely wouldn't have pulled their goal back. It was the miss which gave them a lift.

    2nd leg is without doubt my worst ever moment following Rovers. (footballing wise)

    From memory, I think it was 2-0 at the time of the missed pen - and we scored the third just after they had pulled the goal back (was it Eddie McGoldrick?)

    Even more galling was that fact that Howard Gayle had been absolutely lethal from the spot that year.

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    From memory, I think it was 2-0 at the time of the missed pen - and we scored the third just after they had pulled the goal back (was it Eddie McGoldrick?)

    Even more galling was that fact that Howard Gayle had been absolutely lethal from the spot that year.

    I recall it that way too. Still does not mean we would have scored 4 though.

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    Holloway is Bristolian which I think just lies outside the range to be classed as a "cockney"

    Ah, but Stanley was indeed London (Newham) born and bred.

    I have to admit some artistic licence was used in a poor attempt at humour.....although some bits are true and showing some research went into it at least!

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    That was the main one for me - that would've made it 4-0 iirc so they most likely wouldn't have pulled their goal back. It was the miss which gave them a lift.

    2nd leg is without doubt my worst ever moment following Rovers. (footballing wise)

    Ditto, 'twas a long sad journey home, still Howard Gayle was a cracking player for us.

    Edited by MrT

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    Was lucky enough to have missed the 89 away game. had to go to a wedding. I went to all but 3 or 4 home and away that season but the game was in June for some reason and no one imagined the season would be still going then. Still hate Palace, the year before was horrible as well when we lost to them and scuppered another promotion push, I was at that 1 unfortunately.

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    Team news for saturday's game:

    Injured/doubtful: CKR (shoulder), Dunn (ankle), Markus Olsson (hamstring), Lowe (knee), Givet (hamstring), Martin Olsson (ankle), Bentley (knee)

    Out 'til the end of the season: Robinson, Kean, Henley, Campbell, Best and Etuhu.

    it gives little options for GB to chose from.

    So, I think it will be something like this (if no one recovers):

    Sandomierski

    Kane, Hanley, Dann, Morris

    Stewart, Jones, Williamson, Pedersen

    Goodwillie, Rhodes

    Bench: Usai, Rekik, King, Gomes, Murphy, Orr, Slew

    Jesus wept, that's not much of a team. Next season we must sort out the fitness issues, we've got nearly as many players " injured " as we have that are fit for selection. Edited by Tyrone Shoelaces

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    I reckon the team for tomorrow game will be:- Sandomerskil Kane, Dann, Hanley, Morris; King, Williamson, Jones, Pedersen; Goodwillie, Rhodes.

    hope a couple of these are O'Sullivan, Cotton and Forrester are at Bench aswell

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    Jesus wept, that's not much of team. Next season we must sort out the fitness issues, we've got nearly as many players " injured " as we have that are fit for selection.

    I'm not sure if some of the players may recover for tomorrow. Haven't read any news of today's training.

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    I reckon the team for tomorrow game will be:- Sandomerskil Kane, Dann, Hanley, Morris; King, Williamson, Jones, Pedersen; Goodwillie, Rhodes.

    hope a couple of these are O'Sullivan, Cotton and Forrester are at Bench aswell

    With that team I'll take a draw now.

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    I reckon the team for tomorrow game will be:- Sandomerskil Kane, Dann, Hanley, Morris; King, Williamson, Jones, Pedersen; Goodwillie, Rhodes.

    hope a couple of these are O'Sullivan, Cotton and Forrester are at Bench aswell

    How many development squad games has Cotton played this season or more recently for you to mention his name.

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    I actually reckon we'll do 'em today. First time we've played without a great deal of pressure on us to get a win for a long while and all the onus appears to be on Palace to turn their form around, which is pretty poor at the minute. I realise Sod's law usually dictates that Rovers are the side against which teams turn their form around, but psychological factors should be slightly in our favour, even if our injury list is a bit alarming. At the very least, I'll be happy with a performance that shows passion and commitment. These last few games should start to show us who's got the stones to stick around and fight next year.

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    Glen Murray is currently top scorer in championship on 29 Rhodes second on 27.

    Nice little Rhodes hat trick to take him top would be good,and give something to cheer for in this dreadful season.

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    I've just been looking through Utd's injury list. They've got Scholes, Young and Fletcher out. That's 3 players with all the games they've played this season. Fletcher's is really because of illness rather than an injury. All the top teams have very few out injured, the teams down at the bottom all have plenty of injuries !

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