Palace Fans Now Eternally Grateful To The Sack-Pardew Crowd

Last season we got just 4 points (four draws) from our first seven games, and we didn’t win until we had that 1-0 home win against Leicester City in our 8th league game, and out came the Sack-Pardew crowd, and they were eventually successful in getting Pardew to leave Newcastle – but that’s now to the eternal gratitude of Crystal Palace supporters everywhere.

After doing so poorly in those first seven games, the Leicester game marked the first of six wins in a row for Newcastle, which also included the amazing 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City in the League Cup – our first win ever at that stadium.

So the start to last season really was the agony and the ecstasy.

Stoke City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace

Alan has so far done a great job at Palace to date, and he hauled the London side 9 points clear of Newcastle  last season, and that was after they were 10 points behind us,  after he had managed his last game for Newcastle – the 3-2 home win against Everton on 28th December.

Crystal Palace currently have 9 points from their first four games  of the season, and are in second place to Manchester City, after Palace beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last time out.

That was only the second time ever that Jose Mourinho has lost a league game at Stamford Bridge.

We play Chelsea  in London on February 13th – unlucky for some – so we expect Jose to be a bit worried about that game too.


With Alan Pardew,  one way to look at his record is that in the 23 league games Palace and Newcastle have played since the Londoner left Newcastle, Palace have amassed a total of 41 points – 32 last season from 19 games and 9 so far this season.

On the other hand Newcastle have gained only 15 points – 13 points in our last 19 games of last season and two so far this term.

That’s 26 more points Palace have than Newcastle in 23 league games – and we’ll have to start changing that record – and quickly too.

But it’s also why Crystal Palace fans will be eternally grateful to the Sack-Pardew crowd, who remain anonymous.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh god I hope the Austin articles haven’t been traded for Pardew articles.

    Bring back the Austin articles!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Sitting in that rather ostentatious house you like to show off in THE USA, you probably won’t have picked up how flat the atmosphere was in SJP while Alan Pardew displayed his brand of football !

  • Belfast

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail I must confess I got a little jealous when I seen the Harrison residents on the side of the blog.

  • Belfast

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #4

    The boy done good

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #5

    hey hey jail…

    I live here too… just in a small apartment lol…

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed…. Maybe you should do a poll to see how many would take Pardew back.

  • Belfast

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t worry dok I’m normal scum myself

  • Geordie John

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #8

    They won’t be grateful for long. look at his 2nd Premier League season with West Ham, his 2nd full season with Charlton, his 2nd full season with us.

    What he did well was get promotion from tier 3 with a well funded Reading, a bit of luck in the play offs with West Ham and that’s about it. Look where West Ham and Charlton were when he was sacked.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #9


    never EVER say that about yourself… youre a NUFC supporter, not some mackem living in his moms basement 🙂

  • Belfast

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Not sure John the pace in that Palace side fits his tactics perfectly. Now if he was to lose those pacy flair players he could be up shit creek.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #11

    We should all be proud of our contribution to the Ed family household bills. 🙂

    In other news, it’s heartening to see the Sack Pardew crowd/ rabble/ neanderthals / mob / crew / shower / etc getting bent over again for old times sake.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #12

    and on that encouraging note, im off to my lad’s practice , best part of my day, to see him out on the pitch…

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki………. We all hate Ashley , that’s been established and we will never , ever trust him. We are just starting a new season with a new set up. Why not let’s focus on what we have now rather than what we didn’t have then.

    I’m not advocating forgive and forget, but what is the current solution to our hatred of Ashley. Another Ashley out campaign beginning today, or maybe give the new team a few weeks to see what they can do and if we’re still shyte then let our feelings known then.
    Only a suggestion.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #14

    the team will never be shit
    its the wronguns the management bring in to play and cant get rid of

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 3, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Newcastle have spent well, but for seven years we underspent, with too many near disastrous consequences, and too few highlightss, though there were a few. I like the look of our squad and am looking forward with real anticipation to matches again, but this season needs to be a platform to better more competitive football. I’ll take Ashley one window at a time, like mostI imagine.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #16

    We don’t all hate Ashley at all, there are lots of those out there that cant differentiate between their respect for a self made Billionaire and the damage he’s done to our club over the last eight years. I was absolutely delighted when he took over from FFS, despite the money be took, which I believe is pale comparison compared to what Ashley has pillaged in advertising and legally false accounting !

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #17

    What’d be interesting to see now is if Ashley thinks it was a mistake not investing when we finished 5th

  • Tsunki

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Betty that’s exactly what I’m doing. Looking ahead. But with eyes open.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Could change that headline to palace AND newcastle fans grateful!
    Seen enough with players playing out from the back, players wanting to be on the ball even in tight spaces etc to be glad we’ve seen the back of Pardew!
    Even if he won the league at palace I wouldn’t want him back! No doubt we’ll have to suffer him as england manager next year!
    Got to give McClaren time! The teams had 5 years of limited direction, philosophy and coaching! It’ll take more than 4 games against 4 of the potential top 8 to see fruition!
    Looking forward to seeing if De jong can get back to where he was at ajax! Gini and Thauvin will adapt further and Mitrovic will give us all of the ups and downs!
    Iv been excited for matches again this year for first tine in 3 seasons

  • Tsunki

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Strange that Ed chose the last article of the day as the anti Pardew pogrom – bashing one. If, heaven forbid, Alan the conquering hero should somehow revert to type and the Palace team starts a steady decline like we did, I wonder how many “Sack Pardew Crew were Right” articles there will be?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #21

    The Newcastle arnchair,
    Of course it wasn’t a mistake, SD got advertised all over the world until he realised he’d taken it to far !*

  • Menelauos

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed look at his history man. This season they will finish well, everyone will love him, and then after that three will be begging us to take him back cause he keeps throwing down in a relegation struggle.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 4, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Another “View from a Goldfish” article.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 4, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #24

    His palace side are great to watch..

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Sep 4, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew will have one good season then Palace will go into freefall just like every other club he has managed

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 4, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Pardew was as much the victim of the clubs buy for the club rather than the 1st team, and non competitive attitude to Cups as the fans were, it has always seemed to me. He was forced to send out patched up sides too often and at too many times when the players had little to play for. But it wasn’t all rubbish though. When he had a fit and regular 11 to field we knocked it around and were capable of competing with the best and did, and there was also that period were he managed to match a very exciting counter attacking game plan to an injury ravaged squad. Pardew had his moments despite being hamstrung by the owners tight fisted attitude to transfers. I wonder what his take on this apparent new approach at Newcastle is. You might argue that his getting fed up and moving on was a significant catalyst for what seems to be happening now at the club. It ‘s hard to know how complicit he was in the attitude to transfers, or whether he just got on with his remit, until he felt he couldn’t any longer, and that has helped change Ashley’s thinking. We might have been far better off had Palace come in for him a year or two earlier.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Not sure how I feel about him. I think he did a difficult job with his hands tied behind his back. We certainly had our moments of joy with him, but we also suffered from dross. I didn’t want him out at the time, but not because I thought he was great – I worried about who would take his place. How close was that? Apart from two games a season, I wish him no harm at Palace. As for the England job? Well, Macca looks like a much more talented man all round, and he failed, so I wouldn’t fancy Pardew’s chances 🙂 Still think he might get the gig though eventually. Another World Cup we won’t be bothering with 🙂

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 4, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #28

    They’re happy for now. The honeymoon will soon be over as he is a clown.

  • NOVA2967

    Sep 4, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #29

    I can’t help but post after hearing all these posts… let have a look at pardew time at NUFC

    Lets start at 5th place when everything was well and injuries and everything went well. Pardew was great but didn’t get any extra credit just a job well done

    Next season… Guthrie, remember him. He was a great replacement when cabeye went down and all we did was replace him with Anita. Europe league took us like it did many… cabeye was injured a little that year but we still did wonderful in the europe league and struggled because we didn’t spend. Pardew’s fault, well wouldn’t it be says most fans… but it wasn’t and then we signed sissoko and the FFF

    The season after… was this the season we started well and beat chelsea, arsenal and ManU… looked the part didn’t we, what a job Pardew had done after the european year that hurts every team…. but yet Pardew showed he had still got it and had us looking top again… then wait… Cabeye… sold and not replaced….NO, just NOOOOO

    So was the world cup coming up that summer and the on loan Rmey didn’t want to perform and sissoko F’d off as well at the end of the season. WoOOOOo….just WooooOOOO, how dare Pardew

    Okay, okay and then we finally struggle through the season and Luuk De Jong comes in on loan and tries his best for a side that had given up due to management.

    Then the next year, we start with the worst squad in years and pardew goes to his youngsters in Abeid and etc while basing in a deep lying counter attacking formation that somehow wins a few games and gets us out of trouble…. the crowd hates him but he has done a decent job for what he has and then boommmmmm….. Carver comes in and we almost get relegated…. yet everyone hates pardew

    present… everyone love McClaren after 4 games and only 2 goals scored and 2nd bottom ahahahahhahaahhahahaah

    jokers… a different formation but still counter attacking like last season but we are more committed and have got some okay results

    Everyone loves Gini, hasn’t don’t much other than take over Sissoko’s counter attack position… and clock and anita is the worst pairing in the EPL

    all why Pardews has Palace looking GREAT…. switching Wickham for 9 mill was a terrible move as Murray was twice the striker as I’m a big fan of his but Pardew was a fine manager and I could see him as england boss…

    McClaren, the guy got $50 mill on players and its to early to tell but the management has spent on building a fifa team full of young talent that never mixes well… i hope for the best but pardew wasn’t the problem and these expensive youngsters aren’t for the best of the team but still for profit but at a higher gamble.

  • Magpie Season

    Sep 4, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Didn’t he let Glen Murray go? He was in such good form last season.

  • Magpie Season

    Sep 4, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Every single manager talks about playing attacking football. It is just a charade to enrapture the fans.

    With McClaren, yes there is a sense of solidity but I have the feeling our ‘Goals For’ column will be low. You just have to look at the Swansea match when Janmaat was sent off. 1-0 down & focusing on Goal Difference. When any adventurous manager would have risked it & went all out for the point. We were going to lose anyway, & there would not have been any expectation after being down to 10 men. Yet, our back line dropped deeper, & we tried to play on the break. Tried to play with hope that we may get a chance, due to opponent error or counter, rather than changing the tactic to create them ourselves & go all out.

  • cyprus

    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #32

    What’s a matter Ed? Why the venom? With AP we were playing crap football and almost always flirting with relegation. I’m thrilled he’s gone.

    I’m really glad for his success at palace too! I never bought the character assassination stuff. He seems a decent guy who is passionate and tries his best.

    I remember him more for his shirt out and hugging the crowd.

    Best of luck Pards, dude. But don’t come back man 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Worse 4 years of my life as a NUFC supporter was under Pardew!

    …that brand of football almost singlehandedly killed my enjoyment!

    Best of luck Palace fans!

  • Santon03

    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Glad we sacked pardew, his football was horrible to watch, hardly ever scored from indirect free kicks even against lower league opponents in cup games.
    It’s just 4 games, 34 more to go not including cup games.

  • Santon03

    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #35

    If our squad was bad then why is he trying to sign our players?

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 4, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #36

    King Percy wasn’t sacked. He resigned!

  • expatmag

    Sep 4, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #37

    Check all the (bad) records broken by Pardew and Co. and that alone tells you its own story on how effective he was as manager……..hopeless

    Dont forget all the anger side issues that turned us into a joke club.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 4, 2015 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #38

    Ron…10 months to late mate 😉 (he should have resigned in February)

    …after that he lost any credibility to me

  • check the toastie

    Sep 4, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #39

    I Have faith in the new coaching staff, however if we are stuck on our 18 yard line for long periods of time in the next two games, alarm bells will just ring a touch.

    Currently we are still struggling to move up the pitch in possession, would play Perez behind Cisse personally, and let Winaldo go box to box. Tell Colback to stay put in front of back four. Anita goes missing too much for me, as neat and tidy as he is.

  • Santon03

    Sep 4, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #40


    You are right.


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