Watch him in action (1st goal in game)
Peter Frost, a 30 year fan of the Eagles, writes about the career and cult status Alan Pardew has achieved with Palace fans.
What is it that made, Alan Pardew both the LMA and Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season in 2012?
We don’t know, but Steve Coppell does.
“The one player I always thought would be a good manager is Alan Pardew.. he always managed his own Sunday team and was very interested in everything to do with the job. He was a leader. Even though he came from that non-league background he had a seniority about him which gave him a presence. It was no surprise to me when he went on to management and is now doing so well at Newcastle.”
For fans of Crystal Palace F.C. who want to know more about the history of their proud club, this player profile is a fantastic place to learn more.
For students of the beautiful game, and football fans everywhere; enjoy a fellow fan’s insightful prose.
Do you remember?
March 3 1990, White Hart Lane Stadium, London, N17.
First Division, Tottenham 0-1 Crystal Palace
A miskick from goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt reaches only to the edge of the Tottenham area where it falls to Alan Pardew. Instinctively Pardew decides to head the ball back and over the head of Thorstvedt from fully 20 yards. The ball loops in the air above the despairing leap of Thorsvedt, now stuck in no man’s land, and drops into the net.
The response from the massed Palace fans is immediate and relentless – slowly at first, then over and over, louder and louder for the rest of the game…“Al, Al Super Al. Al, Al, Super Al. Al, Al, Super Al, Super Alan Pardew”. Palace win 1-0 and a fairytale period is unfolding for player and club………
Honours 1987–1991- 128 appearances (8 goals); FA Cup runner up: 1990, Football League Second Division play-off Winner 1989
In team because…
Quote “The one player I always thought would be a good manager is Alan Pardew…….he always managed his own Sunday team and was very interested in everything to do with the job. He was a leader. Even though he came from that non-league background he had a seniority about him which gave him a presence”.
Honours 1975-1987- 377 appearances; UEFA Cup winner: 1984, FA Cup winner: 1981, 1982, FA Community Shield winner: 1981, FA Community Shield runner-up 1982
In team because
Hoddle v Watford
Hoddle v Man Utd
Ricardo Villa goal in FA Cup Final 1981
Hoddle goal v N Forest
Hoddle compelation ‘It’s a kind of magic
Watch his Greatest moment, ‘the Schmeichel lob’
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, Robert Pires had a decision to make. His two seasons at Marseille had been troublesome and, with life both on and off the pitch not right, it was time to go.
There was interest from Arsenal and Real Madrid and this posed something of a dilemma. London promised a link up with Arsene Wenger and something of a French international haven, with Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. Madrid, however, was the club of his youth. Born in France of a Spanish mother, Real was a part of his childhood.
For a time it looked as if the Spaniards would win out but with Madrid about to embark on the Galactico era under Florentino Pérez, the suffering of a fellow Frenchman and the persuasive powers of Arsene Wenger won out…
Honours 2000-2006 – 284 appearances (84 goals); Premier League Championship 2001-02, 2003-04; FA Cup 2002, 2003, 2005
In the team because He scored goals, he made goals and did it all with a unique panache and dreaminess.
Quote “Robert Pires is the oil in our engine” – Arsene Wenger
The ultimate football debate: who makes your team’s Best XI?
In the second book of the series, the spotlight falls upon Manchester United. While the storied club have boasted some of the game’s greatest ever players, who makes it into their all-time side?
The competition is fierce as Old Trafford has played host to so many legendary talents, from the Busby Babes in 1950s to the 1968 European Cup winners and the Treble winners of 1999.
Who plays in the heart of the defence, Jaap Stam, Steve Bruce, Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand? And how can you ever possibly separate Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane?
It gets even harder when having to choose between Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best.
Up front there are only two places, so who from Wayne Rooney, Denis Law, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eric Cantona will make it on to the team sheet?
Experienced football writer Sam Pilger selects his side from this vast array of talent and aims to finally settle the debate of who should be included in United’s greatest ever XI.
A lifelong United fan, and the author of several books on United’s history, Pilger has interviewed and got to know nine of the eleven players in his side, and so provides his own unique and personal insights in to what makes each of them great.
Best XI – Where The Greatest Come To Life
In the first of a new and exciting series, Best XI Arsenal looks at the greatest ever Gooner team, from the dapper, dashing Alex James of the 1930s to the… erm… dapper, dashing Thierry Henry of the Invincibles. Between those two eras, Arsenal fans have witnessed some fantastic performers but who has made it to the ultimate XI?
Tony Adams is a no-brainer but who partners Captain Fantastic at the heart of the defence? How do you choose between Cliff Bastin, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp up front? Will Christopher Wreh’s goal in the 98 FA Cup semi-final see him sneak past them all to claim a place in the team? (OK, maybe that’s a stretch…)
Authors Luke Nicoli, Damian Hall, Kevin Whitcher (editor of The Gooner) and Andrew Mangan (of Arseblog fame) shed blood, sweat and tears to whittle down more than 125 years of footballing excellence into one star-studded side.
Best XI – Where The Greatest Come To Life
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DURING THE SUMMER of 2010, Ryan Giggs was clearing out some drawers at home when he found a Champions League winners medal, his OBE and a couple of Premier League title winners’ medals hidden in the back of one. “I had no idea they were there, I had forgotten about them,” he said.
When you are the most successful footballer in the history of the British game, it can be difficult to account for all your honours, and when I asked, Giggs wasn’t even sure how many he had won.
At the end of the 2010-11 season the correct answer was 24 winners medals from major competitions (12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues, one Intercontinental Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and one European Super Cup), and when you throw in Charity Shields, and runners-up medals too, it expands to a staggering 45.
But you will find none of these medals on display at Giggs’ family house on the outskirts of Manchester; no pictures, framed shirts or mementoes either, nothing at all. “If you walked in to my house you wouldn’t even know I was a footballer,” he said.
While the Chelsea and England captain John Terry built an entire annex to his house to display his medals, including mannequins behind glass dressed in his old shirts, Giggs has never had any interest in creating such a shrine to himself, and instead donates most of his medals to be displayed at the Old Trafford museum.
“I’ve never seen the need for it really,” he told me. “I have got 50 years to go on about how much I’ve won. I’m not being blasé – I am proud of what I’ve achieved, but looking at a medal or talking about what I’ve won doesn’t do anything for me.”
For over two decades it is this lack of sentiment, combined with a fierce determination to keep on winning, that has seen Giggs enjoy a career of unprecedented success and become recognised as one of the game’s greatest ever players..
In the team because no one has ever played with such sustained brilliance for so long, and won so much. A unique player
Ryan Giggs (United) 29/02/1992 .Coventry City v Manchester United . Credit : Colorsport
Beating almost half the Arsenal side to score that dramatic winner in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay
Honours 1991-present – 889 appearances (161 goals); Premier League 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011; FA Cup 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004; Champions League 1999, 2008; League Cup 1992, 2006, 2009; Inter-Continental Cup 1999; World Club Championship 2008; European Super Cup 1991
Watch his Greatest moment, The 1979 FA Cup Final and… “Look at that! Oh! Look at that!”
“FOR A YEAR I lived with the possibility of Liam Brady’s transfer to another club,” wrote Nick Hornby in Fever Pitch. “In the same way that, in the late fifties and early sixties, American teenagers had lived with the impending Apocalypse.”
Great players have left Arsenal down the years of course, but it’s unlikely any – yes, even Cesc Fabregas – were as sorely missed as Brady.
“I had never felt so intensely about an Arsenal player,” said Hornby. “I worshipped him because he was great and I worshipped him because, in the parlance, if you cut him he would bleed Arsenal… but there was a third thing too. He was intelligent.”
Hornby wasn’t talking about Chippy’s IQ or his penchant for crosswords – the Irishman much preferred deep-fried slices of potato, hence the nickname. No, the midfielder was breathtakingly clever with his feet and a pig’s bladder. The word has lost some value down the years, but Brady was a genius.
However the Irishman’s first headlines were for the wrong reasons..
Honours 1973-80 – 306 appearances (59 goals); FA Cup 1979
In the team because Perhaps only Dennis Bergkamp came close to picking a pass with the vision of ‘Chippy’
Quote “That left foot, he can do almost anything with it” – Ray Clemence, former England goalkeeper