Julian Speroni exclusive: Crystal Palace cult hero on his love for the club and his future

Written by FYP Fanzine

Five Year Plan has been a thing since 2003 so there was only one man we wanted to interview in our 50th issue as we look back over 14 years of FYP; Julian Maria Speroni. And we were in luck as the man himself kindly agreed to sit down with us to look back over his own 13 years at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles cult hero talked to FYP about all sorts of things regarding his time in South London as well as his hopes for the future. Having just got back into the team after waiting 18 months for a Premier League appearance, Speroni was keen to keep going and doesn't see any end in sight yet.

He said: “I don't think I'm going to lose my fitness too much, but there's going to be a time where you can't really recover from game to game and that's when goalkeepers notice they are getting older. There's going to be a point where I won't be able to play three games a week and as a No.1 you need that consistency, you need to be playing regularly.

"With the craziness of the Premier League it doesn't allow that sometimes. Not just us but other clubs are going through exactly the same thing that we went through before, with managerial changes and you don't know what's coming, you don't know if he's going to like you or not. As a professional, what can you do? When that time comes if I had to take another role within the squad then I'll be happy to, but I don't think the time is now.”

On waiting for a chance to prove himself in the first team-team he added: “It's tough, really tough, when you’re not playing.But I've seen so many players complain and complain that they are not playing and get upset, but then when they have the chance they can't take it because they are not ready for it.

The full interview is available to read only in issue 50 of FYP which you can buy here.

"Because they haven't trained properly, they haven't done the right things, they're always in a mood. So when I have been not playing I’ve thought ‘OK, football changes and the chance eventually will come for one reason or another and, when it does, I need to make sure that I will be able to take that chance’.

“If you have a problem with it you go and talk to the manager and then try to work things out, but once you step on that pitch training you leave all that aside and need to make sure that you do all you can; on the pitch, in the gym, all the recovery stuff, everything. Because you never know. You may have the opportunity this coming weekend and if you're not ready you're going to waste it. And all your complaining and all your moaning about it is going to go through the window because you just had the opportunity and you didn't take it.”

He also goes on to talk about his favourite Palace memories, his thoughts on the current campaign and working under Roy Hodgson and his hopes for the future when he does hang up his gloves.

Watch a teaser of the interview on FYP TV below...

The full interview is available to read only in issue 50 of FYP which you can buy here.

Copa90 and Maytree - Working to Break Down the Taboo of Suicide

Written by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at Copa90 are working on a project to help break down the taboo subject of suicide. Read below to find out more. 

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Every 90 minutes a British male between 20 and 45 commits suicide in the UK.
COPA90 are working on a project with National charity Maytree that aims to break down the taboo subject of suicide, with our ultimate goal to reduce the UK suicide rates.
As part of this project we want to hear from football fans that have lost relatives or friends from the football community. We are looking for people to share stories, specifically regarding males aged 20-45 that have been affected.
For more details on this project, or to share your story, contact COPA90: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you or anyone you know is suffering with suicidal thoughts please contact Maytree  0207 263 7070 or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Maytree offers a safe non judgemental residential stay of 5 days for those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Electronic copies of Issue 50 of FYP on save with exclusive Julian Speroni interview!

Written by FYP Fanzine

Get the candles and party hats out, FYP has turned 50!

And to celebrate reaching half a century of issues we are releasing our biggest edition ever; 64-pages of Palace reaction, opinion, nostalgia and a couple of big exclusive interviews chucked in. Here's what's in FYP issue 50...

  • A massive exclusive interview with Palace cult hero Julian Speroni who has been here nearly as long as FYP. He looks back over those 13-and-a-half years, talks about working his way back into the team and tells us who the best outfield player to go in goal was.
  • Another exclusive with Gary Issott Academy Director who also been at Palace almost as long as FYP. He tells Matt Woosnam about his 13 years at the Eagles and the challenges in getting talented kids into the first-team.
  • We remember Attilio Lombardo 20 years since he joined the Eagles basically so we could use the Gazzetta style front cover too.
  • A look at the future under Roy Hodgson and we try to work out where we'd be now is Frank de Boer was still in charge.
  • We call out Brighton and Hove Albion for some untruths in their statement after the fan troubles at the Amex last month.
  • Some love for Joel Ward after returning to form again
  • We asses Palace's new Selhurst Park Main Stand designs
  • We also look back over 50 issues of FYP and at 2002/3; the season when it all started for us.
  • Plus loads, loads more.

**We sold out of hard copies against Bournemouth, thanks to everyone who bought a copy!**

If you missed out you can buy a downloadable electonic copy for your iPad/Kindle for just £2 here.


Help FYP raise money the Palace for Life Foundation charity walk and win some great prizes!

Written by FYP Fanzine

The undenialbly sporty FYP Podcast team are walking the Palace For Life Foundation charity marathon walk with Andy Johnson in October.

That in itself is going to be something worth watching, let's face it.

The Palace for Life Foundation runs a wide variety of programmes including employability courses, primary school healthy eating initiatives, powerchair, amputee, downs syndrome and mental health football sessions.

We are raising money for the Foundation but in return for a donation, you will enter a prize draw to win some FYP themed prizes.



£5 - Enter draw to win year free subscription to the FYP fanzine.

£10 - Enter draw to win some FYP merchandise.

£25 - Enter draw to be a guest on the FYP Extraaa pod after a game of your choice.

£50 - Enter draw to be on full FYP podcast of your choice.

Make sure you leave your name on your donation to be entered into the draw


FYP is part of the Palace family and so is the Palace For Life Foundation which supports young people across South London.

The Foundation believes that everyone matters, irrespective of race, religion, beliefs or background. And by giving extra support to the most vulnerable, they aim to create a better community and society.