Archives for April 2014

Palace Fans To Take On Brighton For The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund


Former Palace players Simon Osborn and Robert Quinn will once again don the famous red and blue to help Eagles fans try and beat their Brighton counterparts.

On Friday May 2nd supporters from both clubs will meet at the Dripping Pan stadium in Lewes for the 13th annual Robert Eaton Memorial Fund match.

Palace’s Crystal Girls cheerleaders will also be there to cheer the sides on, as will Pete and Alice the Eagles.

The Seagulls currently lead 8-4 in the series and the Palace boys will be keen to claw back a result – with the help of Osborn and Quinn.

The REMF fund was set up after Brighton fan Robert Eaton was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York City in 2001 and has since raised more than £100,000 for disadvantaged children in America, Sussex, Croydon and Africa.

The games are fiercely contested with plenty of tasty challenges, just ask former Albion star Peter Ward who was kicked all over the park during his first involvement in the annual game in 2009 but will be be turning out for the Seagulls this year again.

Organising the Palace team this year is Five Year Plan editor Jim Daly and he is desperate for the Eagles to win.

“We’ve lost the last two years to slender score lines so it’s time to bring the trophy back to South London,” he said.

“Obviously, it is a brilliant cause, which helps underprivileged kids in Sussex, Croydon and America and it’s great to be able to help out each year, but I’d be lying if I said the result didn’t matter.

“We’re delighted Simon and Robert are giving up their time to help us out too in the true spirit of charity and what the night is all about!”

To see if Osborn and Quinn can help the Palace fans to a victory this year come down to the Dripping Pan in Lewes on Friday May 2nd. Kick-off is 7.45pm and entry is £5 with U16s £2 or getting in free if accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to donate to the fund visit

Crystal Palace FC Foundation Send A Clear Message To Young Coaches


‘Work Hard, Be Disciplined & Make Sacrifices’


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation joined forces with the Surrey FA to host a Coaching Learning Evening supported by the PFA and Union Learn.

Former Crystal Palace FC defender Darren Powell made a visit to his former club to be part of a panel to inspire participants from the local coaching community. The event was held by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation and as part of the PFA’s ‘Achievement Through Sport’ initiative that is funded by Union Learn and works closely with community clubs to enhance, support, and promote the learning agenda.

The event was hosted by the Crystal Palace FC Foundation, and supported by the Surrey FA who gave participant’s vital information about routes into coaching and other educational pathways in the game. The FA delivered a presentation on new Level 3 requirements to work in schools, and Academy Soccer Coach gave participants an opportunity to view their new high tech coaching aid on ipad, and mobile device.

One of the highlights of the night was Crystal Palace’s 1st Team Coach Ben Garner taking time out to discuss his way to the top. At 32 years of age Garner is currently the Premier Leagues youngest coach, and as someone who has not played professional football he was able to build an immediate rapport with the young participants in the audience and ensure them that hard work, dedication, and a will to learn can often give you that edge over the rest.

Garner Said: “It’s important that young people have a vision of where they want to be and then do whatever it takes to get there. I came through as a community coach working across different clubs and then setting up my own soccer schools as I just loved coaching. I never dreamt I would end up as a Premier League coach but pursuing that dream, working hard, being disciplined and making sacrifices can pay off in the long term. It is nice to see the foundation and PFA reaching out to the wider community and trying to encourage coaches from all backgrounds to get involved in the game.”

The night was concluded with a Q&A session with former Crystal Palace FC defender Darren Powell, who is currently 1st Team Manager at Hampton and Richmond Borough FC and in 2002 played integral part in Palace being promoted to the Premier League when scoring in the dying seconds of their Play-off semi-final Second Leg game against Sunderland.

Powell said: “There was a great turn out tonight, and a great mix of ethnic backgrounds! Events like these are very important in terms of inspiring young people from minority groups to get involved with their local clubs.
Players play an important role as ambassadors and it was nice to see so many young people from the local Asian community at the event and hopefully most of them will have taken something away from tonight. I can’t stress enough the importance of events like these which allow young people to acquire knowledge and network with those working within the professional game”.

Gary Mulcahey, Sports Development Officer at the Crystal Palace FC Foundation said: “We would like to thank both Riz and Kris from the PFA and Union Learn for providing the opportunity for us to host this event. Our community ethos is to ensure we provide an inclusive environment so that all members of the community can access what we offer. Ben Garner and Darren Powell were excellent tonight as were the other panel members and we are hoping to deliver a few more events like this moving forward”.

FORMER Crystal Palace midfielder Rob Quinn playing key role to find local players

Quinn, 37, who signed for the Crystal Palace at the age of fourteen before making 29 first team appearances between 1995-1998, has enjoyed the highs and lows of professional football as well as playing for four non-league clubs here in Kent.

After leaving Selhurst Park, he made 140 appearances for Brentford, before playing for Oxford United (29 appearances) and finishing his professional career with 86 appearances for Bristol Rovers between 2002-2004.

He dropped down into non-league football and played for Stevenage Borough, Gravesend & Northfleet, AFC Wimbledon, Welling United, Cray Wanderers and Sevenoaks Town.

Keith Levett – who is Kevin Watson’s assistant manager at Ryman League Division One North club Chatham Town – and Quinn are directors of FCA Ltd.

“This time last year I set up Crystal Palace Foundation Academy to allow 16-19 year olds, who did not quite made the grade at a professional academy yet, to continue to pursue this dream but more importantly gain good academic grades should this not work out,” explained Quinn.

“I am in partnership with VLUK, an independent education provider and all boys enrol on a two-year Btec Level 3 extended diploma in sport, which can take them to university and help them pursue a variety of careers in the sport and leisure industry.”

Quinn has arranged three trial dates, two this month and one in May, in Beckenham.

“The scheme is based at Goals, Beckenham North, Copers Cope Road, opposite to the main Crystal Palace Academy and this is where boys train, study and play games,” said Quinn, who has six caps for the for Republic of Ireland at under 21 level.

“We will have two teams playing in the Conference Youth Alliance and one in the British College League next season.

“The scheme has been a big success this year and two boys are currently training with the main Crystal Palace Academy after impressing this season.

“I try to be honest with all the boys about what level they may end up playing and try to get them to be realistic about their ambitions.

“Competition is fierce and the sooner they realise that a decent living can be made from non-league football alongside a good job, the better.

“My aim for next season is to build links with non-league clubs to promote players who I think may be ready to stop up to senior football. This will benefit both club and player.

“I have a great affinity for Crystal Palace as I joined them at fourteen and went through the ranks all the way to the first team and now I’m head coach of the under 11’s in the Academy.

“From my experience in both professional and non-league football, I try to help the boys be adaptable to different ways of playing.

“I want to hopefully help the club find a lad for whatever reason may have not been seen yet to fulfil his dream of being a professional footballer.

“However, the most important part of my scheme is to give the boys the opportunity to get a fantastic education alongside their dream of playing football at whatever level that may be.”

Quinn said that he wants to link up with six forms and colleges here in Kent.

Trials take place on Thursday 10 April, Thursday 17 April and Thursday 29 May, between 10-00-14:00 and take place at Goals Beckenham North, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1NZ

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2014 Surrey FA Respect Festival at Selhurst Park


The curtain came down on the 2014 Surrey FA Respect Festival recently in fitting circumstances at Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC

During the month of March, Surrey FA have been holding special events from throughout the football spectrum to promote The FA Respect programme, emphasising the importance of playing the beautiful game in a fun, positive and safe environment.

Key events have included a PAN-disability Football For All tournament, youth league matches with AFC Brooklands and Sheen Lions, a Ryman League clash between Met Police FC and Cray Wanderers, and Futsal and Team 19 league games.

And Crystal Palace FC Foundation hosted a fitting finale to the Festival when Southampton visited the capital, with players, ball boys and officials all warming up and wearing Respect t-shirts. Beecholme Bells and Kew Park Rangers were taken on to the hallowed turf at half-time of the match to receive their FA Respect Awards following their commitment to the programme.

Charlie Terry, 10 from Woking, won a competition last year to provide the key artwork to promote the Respect Festival, and an electronic version of his winning poster was displayed around the ground for the 25,000 packed in the stadium to see.

Surrey FA and Crystal Palace FC Foundation would like to thank everyone – clubs, players, coaches, officials – who got involved in the Respect Festival over the last two weeks. With your help, we’re keeping our game beautiful.