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Palace Fans Now Eternally Grateful To The Sack-Pardew Crowd

11:02 pm, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

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.

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:07 PM

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

    Bring back the Austin articles!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    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 !

  • 3 Belfast // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:20 PM

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

  • 4 Belfast // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    The boy done good

  • 5 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    hey hey jail…

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

  • 6 bettyswallocks // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:22 PM

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

  • 7 Belfast // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Don’t worry dok I’m normal scum myself

  • 8 Geordie John // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    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.

  • 9 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM


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

  • 10 Belfast // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    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.

  • 11 Tsunki // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    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.

  • 12 dok - the horrid colonial // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:28 PM

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

  • 13 bettyswallocks // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    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.

  • 14 John Tudor // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:41 PM

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

  • 15 jimmysmith // Sep 3, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    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.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    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 !

  • 17 The Newcastle Armchair // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:15 AM

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

  • 18 Tsunki // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:22 AM

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

  • 19 jayphoto // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    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

  • 20 Tsunki // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:26 AM

    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?

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    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 !*

  • 22 Menelauos // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    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.

  • 23 Tsunki // Sep 4, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Another “View from a Goldfish” article.

  • 24 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 4, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    His palace side are great to watch..

  • 25 Take a Chancel on me // Sep 4, 2015 at 1:17 AM

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

  • 26 jimmysmith // Sep 4, 2015 at 1:53 AM

    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.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Sep 4, 2015 at 2:08 AM

    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 🙂

  • 28 Novocastrian66 // Sep 4, 2015 at 3:06 AM

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

  • 29 NOVA2967 // Sep 4, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    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.

  • 30 Magpie Season // Sep 4, 2015 at 4:41 AM

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

  • 31 Magpie Season // Sep 4, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    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.

  • 32 cyprus // Sep 4, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    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 🙂

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 4, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    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!

  • 34 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    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.

  • 35 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 5:57 AM

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

  • 36 Ron Knee // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    King Percy wasn’t sacked. He resigned!

  • 37 expatmag // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    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.

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:14 AM

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

    …after that he lost any credibility to me

  • 39 check the toastie // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    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.

  • 40 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:18 AM


    You are right.

  • 41 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    I hope no more red cards, we will be able to win with 11. Good sign we didn’t lose with 11 men against top teams, we lose when we have red card in first half. Hopefully no crazy red cards anymore.

  • 42 jimmysmith // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    He rose in my estimation when he didn’t buckle under the withering abuse aimed at him by a vocal and not insignificant section of the crowd who saw him as an easier target than the owner, or even more perversely, more culpable. than the owner.

  • 43 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    my team for whu
    Wijnaldum as sub for Anita, Cisse for Sissoko and Perez moving to Sisso’s position.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    I wish he’d never been appointed in the first place!

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Im over the moon Pardew has gone.

    Just so the embarrassment came to an end on here with pointing the finger at him!

    Couldn’t build a squad through lack of investment.
    No competition for places.
    Best players sold and not replaced.
    Players handed to him instead of bolstering where needed.
    All the high earners sold and took off the books, few players with experience of the league.
    Never backed.
    Hung out to dry when he shouted and needed players or wanted to keep them. He even criticised Ashley on live television saying sometimes he hurts the club, he was lucky to stay in a job for that. Yet, people all so often pointed the finger at him instead of upstairs. If he won a game, then it was through luck or players magical ability haha.

    You can go on and on. It was mission impossible. It was impossible to succeed and half the fan base thought he wasn’t right from day one anyway with the way Houghton was dismissed.

    MA is the problem and always has been. We should of been relegated with the way this club has operated this past 7-8 years, quarters of Europa and mid table and not relegated is quality and a decent job done to me.

    I never quite got the vitroil on here towards the man, it was Ashley and Llambias, Wise, Kinnear who caused more problems than a coach ever could.

    The squad was woeful it always has been.

    McClaren has been given more in a few months what Pardew got in 4 years. And he has a place on the board and a say in transfers by the look of it.

    Websites, plan B’s, picking at comments in interviews, the king lol, personal attacks. Just pure hatred for a bloke who could never win anything anyway under this regime. All while the main man showed off balance sheets year after year and got away with it with very little aimed towards him because Pardew took the heat.

    One other thing, if Keegan had stuck up for himself and behaved like Pardew did when brushing foreheads with that player it would of been seen as passion and brushed off amongst fans also.

    Pardew will keep Palace mid-table because that’s who he is, a mid-table manager. A safe bet. Give him 50 mil with who he wants and he will push them on, he never got that here, ever.

    Roll on January so we can get about fixing the squad again and hopefully rid of a few hangers on.

  • 46 Santon03 // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    If I were MA I would do the same. I wouldn’t give him 50mil just to see more expensive cr@p football.
    It’s just too painful to watch expensive cr@p.

  • 47 cyprus // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    Toon mate,
    sorry to disagree.

    But, I suggest we (you especially Ed, what’s gotten into you) all drop this, it’s over, move on.

  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 4, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    What a strange article to find on a NUFC blog. If it was on a Palace blog, then fair enough, but a NUFC blog?? Baffling and ill conceived.

    I’m not sure why we are having the whole Pardew debate again, he is gone, good riddance. It really doesn’t matter how he does at Palace, he was poor here.

    We were poor defensively and offensively. He struggled to get a team playing in any sort of fashion. We lost by 3+goals more times in his years than under any manager, including 25% of games in his final calendar year in charge.

    Yes, there were good spells, and yes the squad was weak in areas – but he was happy to go along with it – Pulis and Keegan both walked when they weren’t able to control transfers, a backbone is sometimes required in these situations. I gave praise freely when I thought he did well, and criticised when he didn’t. I argued in his favour with some controversial issues. But at the end of the day, he wasn’t very good for this club or at this club. Everyone is better off now.

    Contrary to popular belief, he was given plenty of chances by the majority of fans, as recently as the start of last season people were talking of giving him a fresh chance. 1 win in the opening 8 was our return. Our good patch coincided with a number of previously undroppables picking up injuries, and the team being changed – something fans had been crying out for – the result, a good run of results. After that, the old players returned to the starting 11, and we returned to our previous play and back onto a poor run of results.

    IT has been mentioned before, I’m not sure either way, but there were rumours at one stage from people apparently in the know that Ashley wouldn’t spend big with Pardew, because Pardew wasn’t trusted with it. We have spent more this summer, but that could be due to various reasons. Still, maybe it was right, and Pardew going means we now have a manager the board and owner have increased faith in to deliver if money is spent.

  • 49 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 4, 2015 at 7:06 AM


    The bloke never had a chance. He came out plenty of times saying happy with this and that but everyone knows he couldn’t of been. It’s part of a managers job to keep morale up and big up his players, behind closed doors though is a different matter all together. You only have to look at the defence that has been barely touched.

    The only thing I could say that was true on here is that he had the nack and could be a bit of a gobsh1te. But what went on was absolutely ridiculous. Im off for breakfast back in a bit mate.

  • 50 Ian Toon // Sep 4, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    As a kid first going to SJP I frequently recall my father saying that youngsters think that football didn’t exist before Sky Sports. This was the opening up of football to the couch potatoes and long before the rise and introduction to Sky of the quality of a Garry Neville who’s understanding of the beautiful game far exceeds by a country mile the likes of my boyhood hero SHEARER SHEARER. In “a short” the football experts moved from the end of the bar to their own homes. The rise of the billionaire benefactor curtailed the fairy tale club going from division four to division one in consecutive seasons. It saw the rise though of moronic fans shouting `we`ve got Robinho`whilst their teams billionaire owners laundered their money on narcissistic ventures that had little to do with the beautiful game and more to do with spreading their wealth. A long time before I understood any of the above and the Arab Spring caught up with them.
    Newcastle fans were not the only ones with delusional dreams. Every failed club which had been run into the ground by parasites and bad owners could now achieve football stardom. The way ahead was the billionaire owner. It was only a matter of time before FIFA 15 becomes renamed FIFEH 15 and all the clubs were to be affiliated to Emirates Airways! But not the toon we were going to do it by self sufficiency – billionaire owner/ self sufficiency. Yer right!

    Football existed a long time before sky sports. Pardew was not driven out by the toon fans but a strong desire to be wanted and appreciated; whilst doubling his salary, his family wanted to move south. He also didn’t want to have to operate in such a constrained way- do you really think that an experienced manager doesn’t know that we needed defenders and a ST? He is an average manager who is highly respected by his players, he’s arrogant, has a massive ego but is a likeable geezer. Do you know what I mean.
    Macca with luck and time will achieve a lot more at our football club.

    Ed – Good to see your latest health bulletin. You had a good window and don’t let the usual suspects tell you otherwise. Being able to go to a central source is always a big help.

  • 51 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 4, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Oh, off topic, but congratulations to Arma for getting League 1 Player of the Month. Keep it up!

  • 52 Ian Toon // Sep 4, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Jimmy Smith – I agree. It takes a very mentally strong character to withstand the pressure he was put under. He did well in difficult circumstances.
    You’ve got to put achievement into perspective.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:11 AM


    Give it a rest mate, you’re getting like Toonbrother and his hatred of Colo. You have 3 recurring, never ending themes, namely Austin, how bad carver was and b—-y pardew that you trot out ad nauseum.

    You couldn’t stick pardew at the time and used to whinge about him as much as carver, but you’re going all coy now he’s had a couple of results at CP. Fickle or what . . .!

  • 54 robmefirst // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:34 AM


    Completely agree.

    Pardew is doing well now, but give it time. I hope he does well, but let’s just be honest. He was going nowhere with us, and we were going nowhere with him.

  • 55 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 4, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    All this Pardew revisionism astounds me. The bloke is an egotist, first and foremost. He couldn’t see beyond his own blinkered vision for how the team should play. When it went tits up (as it did continually) there was no Plan B. Nobody liked watching the way we played, and nobody liked the results. No doubt there is ample blame to be laid at the door of Ashley, Charnley and Carr. But Pardew’s contribution was just as miserable. He presided over many of the worst performances of our Premier League tenure. Well rid of him.

  • 56 chris c // Sep 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    I’m a palace fan and I read some of the comment and to be honest I can’t believe what I’m reading that artical was spot on Palace are now playing really good attractive football that is all down to pardew under holloway , pulis and warnock it was all about survival , you only have to look at the results to see that pardew did a good job up there as he has done everywhere he’s been .
    So we thank the sack pardew brigade for hounding him out from a very happy palace fan .

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