Steve Parish opens up about the new singing section, Palace transfers, the main stand and more

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Palace chairman Steve Parish joined us on the FYP Podcast this week to celebrate 10 years of us talking rubbish into microphones.

The Eagles chief talked candidly about a range of subjects, from the new Holmesdale Lower singing section to the club's transfer policy, to Twitter and the new main stand development.

Letters went out to those in Block E who are being moved this week, and this interview was recorded the day before they were sent out.

You can listen to an hour of Parish chat here but we've also transcribed the best bits below in case you're not able to put headphones in cos your boss if looking at your desk right now.

This is what SP had to say on...

The new singing section in Block E

"It is apparent to everybody that things are not where they could be, and where we all want them to be. 

"Everybody can take a view about what's happened and whether it could have been handled differently. I don't think personally there is any particular way of handling bad news for people, apart from being honest and up front.

"Unfortunately, some people will not be happy with the decision; I understand that.

"We have had to move people before for various reasons, and I hope that we can make them understand, and they will see it is for the greater good.

"We have tried to keep disruption to supporters to a minimum, the letters will go out and we think we have put together a package of measures that at least shows how much we care," he said.

"We will deal with them as a club compassionately, and we will do everything we can to make them feel that we value them, and we will put significant money into this to make sure they get as soft a landing as possible.

 "As far as what happens now, I can tell you my opinion, which I would tell them.

"That is that we think this is the right thing for the club.

"Between now and the end of the season, given that people think that has an influence on what happens on the pitch, and given what is going on on the pitch, I would like to think that every person who loves the club will now do their utmost to do the best for the football club.

"And I think that other fans, particularly those who are making the sacrifice, will be disappointed if, given the decision that has been made and the way we have reacted to this in a positive, constructive way, I think fans will be disappointed if the atmosphere doesn't get somewhere back to [where we want], or people don't make the effort at least, and we would facilitate that.

"Obviously we have sold tickets in there, but there are plenty of seats in there in the front of Block B to make this work.

"It is not for me, I don't control anything. All I can control is what happens next year, I'm not going to knock on people's doors to beg them to come and support the team.

"I support the team, I will be at Middlesbrough away and I was at West Brom away. I believe in leading by example, and there are very few games I have missed in the last eight and a half years.

"If you love the team, you support the team through thick and thin, that's what it is all about."

MORE: FYP Podcast 268 - Steve Parish joins the pod to talk HF, stadium, transfers and more

The atmosphere at Sehurst this season in general

"I think the biggest danger we have got is complacency. Whenever I go on social media, the only thing that worries me is not worrying enough sometimes.

"And I don't want people to worry. I want people to enjoy their football, but there's a trepidation. Forget the HF not being there, there's a trepidation at Selhurst Park that worries me sometimes.

"Sometimes I think it is like the ring in the Lord of the Rings; it becomes this thing that starts to dominate you more than you are enjoying it.

"That's what I want. I would love the next time at Selhurst Park to really feel that sense of togetherness and not withstanding some guys are going to have to make a sacrifice for us.

"I think it is so important for us as a club, that's our difference, that's our power, when we all point in the same direction, we can beat anyone. If we all care about this club, that's what I would like to see."

The latest on the new £100, Main Stand

"The new main stand, we have got some issues. There are final things to work out with the council, and they are being very constructive.

 "There are no problems, it just takes longer than we thought it would.

"It might put back the start date slightly, but we are pushing on.

"Unfortunately these things do tend to slide, but we are on the front foot with it and we are doing our utmost to get the final agreements we need in place to get it done."

"We were hoping at the end of this season, but it is drifting away from us slightly," he said.

"We still, if we can make it happen, then we will."

Palace's interest in bringing Ruben Loftus-Cheek back

"I don’t know if it helps us to constantly talk about it. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a contracted player at Chelsea. Chelsea will decide if they want to loan him out. Chelsea will talk with his representative to decide where he goes. 

"If they want to loan him out then I’m sure he will be a player that we and a lot of other clubs will be interested in.

Because he has been at our club will it play in our favour? It might, or it might not.

"It is one player. We need to look at what we might need in January, that will play out as well. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, along with others, will be in our thoughts if they become available."

MORE: Stats can be Deceiving, but Palace do miss Cabaye and Loftus-Cheek

The club's transfer policy in general

“With Dougie [Freedman, sporting director] and the team we have got in place, we can be a bit bolder about where we look.

“The market for players is so inflated. Max Meyer’s transfer took me back to signing Glenn Murray. I remember getting the list and saying: ‘That’s the one – it’s got us written all over it’. Dougie worked tremendously hard with Tim [Coe] to get it done.

“I believe Max will be a big success but just say he isn’t – the risk-reward curve is right for this football. “I know we should have bought a striker but I don’t think there is a club in the land who doesn’t want a striker.

“We’ve been signing the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke and James Tomkins – players of that sort of calibre are not cheap. Mamadou is a great player but it is not sustainable for us to keep paying £20m for a player. We’re trying to be smarter about what we buy.

“We got our business done earlier. We’ve upped our game and got value for money. The problem is people are spending a lot of money around us. Even though we’re putting money in, people are putting crazy money in.

“But that doesn’t go on forever. You don’t get beaten by the amount of money people spend.”

Listen to the full hour-long interview with Steve Parish here.


FYP teams up with The Eagles Beak to sponsor two Crystal Palace Ladies players for 2018/19

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We are absolutely delighted to announce we have teamed up with The Eagles Beak to sponsor two Crystal Palace Ladies players for the 2018/19 season.

There has been some nonsense reported about the Ladies team this week which thankfully has been rebuked quickly by the club and we absolutely jumped at the chance to support them when given the opportunity to get involved with sponsorship.

And so was Wilf Zaha, who donated a significant amount to the team this week after the erroneous reporting on player sponsorship and fees.

The two players we have sponsored are both new to Palace Ladies this season but could end up being very important members of the squad as the team prepare for life in the newly formed Women's Championship, the second tier of the game below the FA Women's Super League, and the highest level the club has ever played at.

Midfielder Jade Keogh (right above) and striker Kallie Balfour both arrived from Gillingham in the summer, where Balfour was the Gills' top scorer last season and have hit the ground running, featuring in both of Palace's victorious cup games so far this season with wins over Tottenham and Yeovil.

READ MORE: Freya Holdaway Column at The Eagles Beak.

After those two cup wins, Palace Ladies kick off their league season this Sunday with a home game against Leicester at 2pm, where Jake and Kallie will be hoping to keep that decent early season form going.

Palace play their home games at Bromley FC's Hayes Lane ground every Sunday where admission is £5 for adults, £2.50 for CPFC members and season ticket holders (who bring their cards) with U16s getting in free.

We're super excited to be part of the Palace Ladies family for this season and wish them all the best for a successful campaign.

If you would like to get involved with sponsoring a Palace Ladies player or helping out financially, there are plenty of ways you can and all the info is here.


Knives and Knuckledusters - Sussex Police in Breach of Freedom of Information Act

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Sussex Police are in breach of the Freedom of Information Act following a complaint made to the ICO by FYP. Here's a summary of what has happened so far. 


Back in November 2017, Crystal Palace fans were falsely accused of carrying knives and knuckledusters into the American Express Stadium. While Sussex Police apologised, they didn't explain how this false allegation had come into the public domain.

They also failed to explain why Detective Inspector Simon Nelson had said on Twitter that weapons had been found or why they had alleged Palace fans had tried to get in without tickets. In December, we made various FOIA requests to find out how they had come to make such false public statements.

In February, they refused to disclose any information on public interest grounds. We objected immediately and sent an extensive letter on 27 February 2018 detailing why they are wrong not to have admitted what happened.

Sussex Police are obliged to reply to this letter but didn't. We told Sussex Police on 5 June 2018 that if they didn't respond within a week we would report them to the Information Commissioners Office. They ignored us.

On the 22nd of June 2018, we made a complaint to the ICO about Sussex Police's ongoing refusal to admit why they and DI Nelson made false public statements.

This was the letter we sent Sussex Police to put them on notice about our complaint to the ICO. 


Following our complaints to the ICO, three separate investigations were opened into the Sussex Police by the ICO.

These investigations relate to the Sussex Police's failure to respond to certain elements of our information requests and their failure to provide a proper review of those requests where they had refused disclosure on public interest grounds.

The ICO has now issued a decision notice against the Sussex Police for their failure to respond.

The Decision Notice which is now public has found that the Sussex Police have breached FOIA in failing to answer the following four information requests.

4 points

Sussex Police now have 35 days to respond to this request of they will be in contempt of court, which may result in a fine or imprisonment of a responsible senior officer.

The remaining two investigations will be followed up in kind.

We have included the entirety of the ICO Decision Notice below: 

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Buy an exclusive FYP Wilfried Zaha #Wilfpower t-shirt now

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Love Wilf Zaha? Of course you love Wilf Zaha. We all love Wilf Zaha.

And now you can show the world that love with an exclusive FYP #Wilfpower t-shirt.

Designed by the brilliant Jesse Boyce for the front cover of FYP issue 46 and made by our friends at Vektor, this is a high quality classic jersey t-shirt, mae from 100% combed organic cotton.

In short it feels lovely to wear and has a well fit design on the front of Palace's best player.

We are giving away three t-shirts currently, and to be in with a chance simply go to our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram page and retweet, share and like our posts there.

But if you cant wait, the t-shirts are on sale right now for £20 plus P&P.

Go here to buy a #Wilfpower t-shirt right now!


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

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

We did it last year and some of us are still recovering from it. Enders walked it in jeans for god sake!

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 had Soye Briggs from the Foundation on the podcast taking about the work they do last season and it was fascinating. You can hear what he said below...

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.


£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.

Crystal Palace fixtures Premier League 2018/19 revealed!

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The fixtures for the 2018/19 Premier League season are out!

Palace have a fairly soft start to the season but play four of the big six in a row at the end of October.

Roy Hodgson's men face two promoted sides over Christmans. Boxing Day sees the Eagles at home to Cardiff before hosting Chelsea three days later then travelling to Wolves on New Year's Day.

They finish the season playing Cardiff again, this time in Wales, before hosting Bournemouth on the final day of the season.

Have a gander at the fixtures below...

11/08/2018 15:00 Fulham v Crystal Palace
18/08/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Liverpool
25/08/2018 15:00 Watford v Crystal Palace
01/09/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton
15/09/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace
22/09/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
29/09/2018 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
06/10/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton
20/10/2018 15:00 Everton v Crystal Palace
27/10/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Arsenal
03/11/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Crystal Palace
10/11/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
24/11/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace
01/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley
04/12/2018 19:45 Brighton v Crystal Palace
08/12/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Crystal Palace
15/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Leicester City
22/12/2018 15:00 Manchester City v Crystal Palace
26/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
29/12/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Chelsea
01/01/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Crystal Palace
12/01/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford
19/01/2019 15:00 Liverpool v Crystal Palace
30/01/2019 19:45 Southampton v Crystal Palace
02/02/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Fulham
09/02/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United
23/02/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Crystal Palace
26/02/2019 20:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United
02/03/2019 15:00 Burnley v Crystal Palace
09/03/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Brighton
16/03/2019 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
30/03/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town
06/04/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
13/04/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester City
20/04/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace
27/04/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Everton
04/05/2019 15:00 Cardiff City v Crystal Palace
12/05/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v A.F.C. Bournemouth