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Crystal Palace New Academy Training Ground



Crystal Palace New Academy Training Ground Entrance

Back in October 2021, the new Crystal Palace training ground for the academy was opened. Former Palace academy graduate and current England manager, Gareth Southgate, did the honours of officially opening the training facilities.

This project cost the club £20m and has been possible with the investment from the new Crystal Palace owners since 2015. The plot of land which is opposite the first team training ground Copers Cope Road in Beckenham was bought in 2018. Planning permission was granted in March 2020 and it took 19 months for completion. Still to be built is the medical rehabilitation centre which will feature hydrotherapy pools.

Indoor dome at new Crystal Palace Academy

Keep reading to see what the facilities have to offer and what Southgate and Parish had to say in the academy opening speeches.

Drone Fly-through Video

As you can see in the drone fly-through video the new facilities are full of state-of-the-art equipment. Here is a list of what is available now for the Crystal Palace academy players.

  • Players’ dining room & recreation room
  • Private offices
  • Chairman’s office
  • Open plan work area with a terrace
  • Boardroom
  • Classrooms
  • Analysis room
  • State of the art gym
  • 13 changing rooms
  • 4 full-size hybrid pitches, one is a show pitch
  • Full-size 3G floodlit pitch
  • Indoor dome with full-size 3G pitch & viewing gallery
  • Medical rehabilitation centre with hydrotherapy pools

You can see this impressive new training ground in the video below.

Comments from Parish & Southgate

Here is what Palace co-owner and Chairman, Steve Parish and England manager Gareth Southgate had to say in the official press release.

Steve Parish

“The new Academy will have a transformative effect on the future of the football club and the local community, not only enabling us to attract and retain the best players in one of England’s richest footballing areas but also to help scores of young people and local schools enjoy the facilities.

“We will also be able to offer a comprehensive educational and player care programme, ensuring that even those players who don’t make it have an improved set of life choices. Outside of football, the classrooms, together with our Foundation, will be used to run evening classes, enhancing the educational and life choices of young people in south London.

“Gareth was a pivotal part of creating the current academy system and his success is testament to the type of person and player this club strives to produce. He is an immensely proud part of our history, and we also hope we can produce some home-grown talent to help England win a major tournament.

“It is fitting that he should open our new facilities to mark this monumental step forward for our football club.”

Gareth Southgate

“Crystal Palace have always had a philosophy of producing home-grown players and have a hotbed of talent to choose from in south London. As a young player, they instilled in me a toughness, adaptability and resilience that was important throughout my career.

“I was delighted to be asked to open the club’s fantastic new Academy facilities, which are a world apart from the conditions I remember as a young player here, and an investment for the future.

“I am impressed by the club’s vision to develop well-rounded, educated individuals with good life skills who can be role models in the community, as well as technically gifted young players who can excel on the pitch”.

It’s also worth watching the opening speeches from both Parish and Southgate at the official academy opening ceremony. Southgate discusses his 10 years at Palace and Parish details how this is going to benefit the club and the local community. Below is the video so you can watch it for yourself.

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Former Eagles Who Thrived Around a Poker Table



Malian winger Jimmy Kébé in old Crystal Palace kit with as the sponsor

Footballers have a short career when you think about it. Elite players, who’ve been driven toward a goal their entire lives retire and then…what? Gone are the days when they’d buy a local pub and serve out their days as the landlord; Premiership stars of today have the bankroll to buy pub chains outright. As a result, footballers turn up in some unlikely places in their post-playing careers.

Former Palace midfielder Mathieu Flamini founded a biochemical company in 2008, manufacturing an acid that he hopes could one day replace many oil-based products. If his hand pays off, his net worth could be in the billions. Other wagers are more in line with playing careers. Every team has a card school on the coach, and several players have taken it more seriously after the boots have been swapped for dress shoes. Many athletes play poker during and after their careers. Swimmer Michael Phelps and ex-NBA star Paul Pierce have both appeared at the World Series Of Poker Finals in Vegas, whilst Manchester United’s Ronaldo is a poker ambassador, and he hasn’t even finished playing yet.

Let’s have a look at some Eagles who fancy themselves as (card) sharks.

Jimmy Kébé

The Malian winger struggled to establish himself at Selhurst Park after his cult hero status at Reading. Signed by Ian Holloway in August 2013, he made only six appearances before Holloway resigned, was replaced by Tony Pulis, and dropped in the pecking order below Yannick Bolasie.

If he couldn’t fire crosses for Marouane Chamakh though, he’s done well in his old teammate’s home country- Kébé is now a pro poker player and achieved his biggest win of nearly $100,000 (£87,000) in a World Series Of Poker event in Marrakech in 2019.

Tomas Brolin

If one was inclined to be a bit mean, they could say that Brolin’s Palace career meant he wasn’t swapping the green pitch for the blue felt; more the treatment table (and the dinner table) for the card table. An unlucky 13 games yielded no goals in the red and blue, and Brolin played only two more games after leaving Palace in 1998; for his brother Hakan’s Hudiksvall ABK in the Swedish fourth tier – once as a goalie!

After finishing up as Attilio Lombardo’s assistant, Brolin signed an ambassadorial deal with a poker firm and ended up involved in the game for around a decade. He competed regularly on the European Poker Tour and cashed in 38th out of an 800-strong field in the 2008 Grand Final in Monaco.

Anthony Gardner

Nottingham’s been a lucky town for the big centre-half. In 2011 Dougie Freedman – formerly of Forest – made him an integral part of the side, and he was shortlisted for POTY, only losing out to defensive partner Jonathan Parr. He also scored the biggest win of his poker career there, triumphing over pros like Ben Vinson to take the £20,200 top prize.

Despite an impressive campaign on loan to the Eagles in 2010/11, leading to a permanent move the next season, Gardner decided to move on to Sheffield Wednesday for 2012/13. That side – containing full internationals like Chris Kirkland, Liam Palmer, and Chris Maguire (as well as Jay Bothroyd on loan for six months and a young Ross Barkley for two) – perhaps underachieved, only securing Championship status on the final day.

Meanwhile, we all know what Palace managed that season – and if not, it’s documented in When Eagles Dare. Maybe Anthony called his own bluff.

Clinton Morrison

102 goals for Crystal Palace and nine for Ireland tells you everything you need to know about Clinton being an ace in the hole. He made his debut against Wednesday, coming on for Neil Shipperley in the 82nd minute and netting the injury-time winner in the final game of the doomed 1997/98 Premier League campaign.

He kept a similarly cool head this January when sports site Sporf challenged him and Gabby Agbonlahor to test their poker faces against each other with spicy forfeits on the menu. No spoilers here – but if you cast your mind back to this summer’s preseason friendlies with Montpellier and Ipswich Town, you might be able to work out the scoreline. Does he have a future in poker? There might be some copyright issues if he tries to launch with Clinton Cards

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Wilfried Zaha Imogen Thomas T-Shirt



Wilfried Zaha in 2013 arriving for Man United medical wearing Imogen Thomas t-shirt

Wilfried Zaha arrived at Old Trafford for his medical with Manchester United wearing an Imogen Thomas T-shirt. In 2011, the newspapers reported that the married man at the time, Ryan Giggs, was having an affair with the Big Brother contestant, Thomas.

It was then in January 2013 that Zaha rocked up for his medical after signing from Crystal Palace in the now infamous Imogen Thomas t-shirt.

Young Wilfried Zaha wearing Imogen Thomas t-shirt
Infamous Imogen Thomas T-Shirt

The Ivorian winger, who had just signed for Manchester United, was apparently unaware of the connotations of the shirt, which features a scantily-clad Thomas on the front as you can see in the image (below or above). However, he was quickly briefed about who she was…

Giggs is reported to have told Zaha that Imogen Thomas is “a very famous person” in England and that he should be “careful” about what he wears in public. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a great start for him at his new club.

Who is Imogen Thomas?

Imogen Thomas is a model, television personality, and businesswoman from Wales. She is best known for appearing on the reality show Big Brother in 2006.

She rose to fame after appearing on the reality TV show Big Brother and then moved to London to start a career in modelling. She also hosted T4 on the UK’s Channel 4 before exploding in the papers when it was revealed that married footballer Ryan Giggs had been having an affair with her.

This led to a legal battle between Thomas and Giggs, which resulted in Thomas being granted an injunction against Giggs. The story made headlines around the world and brought Imogen Thomas into the public spotlight.

In 2015, she started her own swimwear brand, Chasing Summer. She’s had two children which she now cares for and hasn’t been in the public eye as much as before.

How long did Wilfried Zaha play for Manchester United?

After this silly start for Wilfried Zaha at Manchester United, he didn’t last that long at the club. He signed for Manchester United in 2013 for £10.58 million. He spent two years at Old Trafford and during this time only made four first-team appearances, whilst also being loaned out to Cardiff and Crystal Palace.

He then returned permanently to Palace whilst on his season-long loan with his boyhood club. The fee was in the region of £3 million and supposedly rose to £6 million.

Since returning to Selhurst Park, Zaha has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and easily became one of the Palace’s most loved players. He’s matured a lot since he rejoined Palace and now he’s even getting married to his fiance Paige Bannister who he has been with since 2016.

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Glad All Over Crystal Palace Lyrics



Glad All Over by The Dave Clark Five is sung at every Crystal Palace home game. It’s even more synonymous with the club than the Crystal Palace cheerleaders. But why have Palace fans sung this song for years?

Well, the reason dates back to February 1968 when The Dave Clark Five, the band behind the song, first performed it at Selhurst Park. From then on it’s become Crystal Palace’s anthem, even if it isn’t a football-related chant.

The 1990 Crystal Palace team even did a cover of Glad All Over when they reached the final of the FA Cup. Keep reading until the end if you want to see an old video of the team performing it on TV, you won’t be disappointed!

Here are the full Glad All Over lyrics so you can sing along at home or the next time you’re at a home match.

Glad All Over Lyrics

You say that you love me (say you love me)
All of the time (All of the time)
You say that you need me (Say you need me)
You’ll always be mine (Always be mine)

I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’ll make you happy (Make you happy)
You’ll never be blue (Never be blue)
You’ll have no sorrow (Have no sorrow)
‘Cause I’ll always be true (Always be true)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

Other girls may try to take me away (Take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay, I-I’ll stay
Our love will last, now (Our love will last)
‘Til the end of time (End of time)

Because this love, now (Because this love)
Is only yours and mine (Yours and mine)
And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over

Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine
Other girls may try to take me away (Take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay. I-I’ll stay

Our love will last, now (Our love will last)
Til the end of time (End of time)
Because this love, now (Because this love)
Is only yours and mine (Yours and mine)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m a-glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’m glad that you’re mine, now
So glad you’re mine
I’m so glad you’re mine, now
Whoa whoa whoa whoa, whoa whoa

Crystal Palace 1990 Squad Singing Glad All Over

If you want to see Alan Pardew, Mark Bright, and the rest of the Crystal Palace team singing Glad All Over on TV before the FA Cup final in 1990 then watch the video below. They’re 

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