Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson heaps praise on Jairo Riedewald as injuries pile up

Written by Jim Daly

Roy Hodgson loves Jairo Riedewald. That's not a sentence we ever thought we'd be saying but after pretty much being forced into playing the young Dutchman against Burnley, the Crystal Palace boss was pleased with what he saw.

Injuries to Yohan Cabaye, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jason Puncheon meant Roy had to go with the 21-year-old Jairo alongside Luka Milivojevic. And it was a gamble that paid off as the young Dutchman was superb despite not having played much at all since arriving in the summer

In fact it was just his third league start for Palace since arriving from Ajax for £7m in the summer; a player Frank de Boer pleased with the Eagles hierarchy to sign.

And now it seems, the club is starting to reap the rrewards of probably the only thing Frank got right during his short stint at Selhurst. After an imperious display in the middle of the park Hodgson sang Riedewald's praises. "He's a quality player there's no doubt about that," he said.

"We had not been 100% convinced because we have not seen that much of him really. Can he handle matches like this, can he handle the cut and thrust, can he handle the somewhat uglier side of the game where you've got to win tackles, run around a lot, chase people and get a foot in and sometimes get to the ball first and clear it.

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"Compared to an Ajax game where you're totally dominating 90% of possession you're never in that position. All you're doing is picking your passes. I thought he got that absolutely right today, he and Luka were very very important duo in that centre of the midfield and they were well supported by McArthur who once again had an exception game.

"So I'm very pleased for Jairo, we've never doubted him in terms of his paying ability, the only question mark we had was can you deal with the Burnleys of the world? Can you deal with it when the ball going over your head and you've got to spin round and win a knock-down, can you make the right decision and not put them on the attack because you've tried to pass your way out of trouble and I think he comes out of that today

"If I say to him on Monday 'right how do you think you did?' I'd be very surprised if he didn't say to me 'I did what you asked, I did exactly that.'"


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.

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.


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.


Captain Fantastic Geoff Thomas Completes Three Tours Challenge

Written by FYP Team

Geoff Thomas is a hero. A living, breathing, 10,500km bike riding, Crystal Palace captaining, leukemia fighting hero.

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Every challenge he's had he's fought bravely. Whether that was as a professional footballer, as a cancer survivor, or as a fundraiser to help others fight the deadly condition. 

His latest challenge, following on from completing the Tour de France twice, was to take on the Three Tours. The Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana. Only 39 professional riders have completed the challenge. Only one team has done it. Geoff's team.

Geoff and his incredible team of fellow amateur cyclsits rode a total of 10500km, climbing more than 66000m across some of the highest peaks of Italy, France and Spain in 63 days of cycling.

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Their goal is to raise £1m for Cure Leukemia, with the ultimate aim being to help them fully fund the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Farr Vintners, one of the team's primary sponsors, donated £250,000 to Cure Leukemia upon the successful completion of the challenge. 

Congratulations to Geoff and his fellow riders Hayden Groves, Geoff Maltin and Doug McKinnon, as well as his support team and everyone else involved in the challenge. It's an incredible achievment.

You too can donate to Geoff's challenge by visiting his JustGiving page. You can also read up on the challenge, or find out more about Cure Leukemia's Quest for a Cure here