It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.
In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer months, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.
In this episode, we’re back in the country’s capital city. Named after the famous exhibition on the site of whose ground they used to play, Crystal Palace have more recently established themselves as regulars in the Premier League. Having spent much of the 90s and 2000s in the second tier of English football, Palace are now enjoying a 4th consecutive season at the pinnacle of the football leagues. However, this dependability in the league has certainly not been matched in the dugout: you have to go back to 2009 before you find a calendar year in which Palace didn’t appoint a new manager with eleven managerial changes taking place in the last 5 years alone. With Frank de Boer now at the helm, the Eagles will no doubt be hoping for a respite from this frenetic turnover. But will he reproduce the form that led to Ajax winning four Eredivisies in a row? Or will he simply repeat the embarrassment of Inter?
Joining us on the show today are two luminaries of Crystal Palace fandom. Richard Foster is a freelance sportswriter and author, mainly about football. A regular features contributor for the Guardian, he also written for Sky Sports, Football League, a variety of websites like Set Pieces and plenty of Palace fanzines like Five Year Plan, Hopkin Looking To Curl One as well as match reports for sponsor Mansion. He also appears regularly on radio – talkSPORT, Radio 5Live, BBC Radio London – especially when Play-Offs are in town as he has written the definitive book – The Agony & The Ecstasy – on the history of the competition. Richard’s first Palace match was 18th October 1969 & all he can remember that there was a very angry man with bright red hair who was swearing at anyone who came close to him. His next book The A-Z of Football Niggles published by Ockley will be out next month and features a variety of stellar contributors including the one and only Kevin Day. Kevin Day is a comedian, writer and broadcaster. He has performed on many continents and written for people ranging from Dave Allen to Kevin Spacey via Ronnie Corbett, and he is well known as “that bloke who bangs on about Palace all the time”. Obviously awards don’t matter but he wants you to know that he won a Sony Gold award as part of 5Live’s coverage of Cheltenham and he was nominated for a BAFTA in 2016 for writing A League of Their Own.
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