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List of Crystal Palace Managers in the History of the Club



List of Crystal Palace Managers

Here you have the full list of Crystal Palace managers since the club was founded in 1905. We’re going to start with Crystal Palace’s current manager, Patrick Vieira, and work our way back through the history of the club.

Below you can see the time period that each manager spent with the Eagles, how many matches they were in charge of, and their overall results.

Obviously, everywhere you see a low number of matches these were caretaker managers filling in the interim.

Patrick Vieira2021-present41141413
Roy Hodgson2017-2021162543771
Frank de Boer2017-20175104
Sam Allardyce2016-2017249312
Alan Pardew2015-201687351339
Keith Millen2014-20152020
Neil Warnock2014-201417368
Keith Millen2014-20143102
Tony Pulis2013-20142812511
Keith Millen2013-20134112
Ian Holloway2012-201346141418
Curtis Fleming2012-20121000
Curtis Fleming/Lennie Lawrence2012-20122110
Dougie Freedman2011-201290322731
George Burley2010-2011257513
Paul Hart2010-201014365
Neil Warnock2007-2010129473943
Peter Taylor2006-200760211623
Iain Dowie2003-2006123502944
Kit Symons2003-20039333
Steve Kember2003-2003237610
Trevor Francis2001-200378282228
Terry Bullivant/Steve Kember2001-20014103
Steve Bruce2001-2001181125
Steve Kember2001-20012200
Alan Smith2000-200155141823
Steve Coppell1999-20004017617
Terry Venables1998-19993111812
Ron Noades/Ray Lewington1998-19982011
Attilio Lombardo1998-19987205
Steve Coppell1997-199851161322
Dave Bassett1996-199760291516
Steve Coppell1995-1996329149
Alan Smith1993-1995108482535
Steve Coppell1984-1993442179113150
Alan Mullery1982-198498312740
Steve Kember1981-1982308814
Dario Gradi1981-1981307320
Malcolm Allison1980-19819135
Ernie Walley1980-19806114
Terry Venables1976-1980189696852
Malcolm Allison1973-1976146524549
Bert Head1966-197332810196131
Arthur Rowe1966-19667223
Dick Graham1962-1966150684141
Arthur Rowe1960-1962132523248
George Smith1958-1960100422731
Cyril Spiers1954-1958181525376
Laurie Scott1951-1954145434161
Fred Dawes/Charlie Slade1950-19514081022
Ronnie Rooke1949-195062191528
Jack Butler1947-194988232441
George Irwin1939-194745151119
Tom Bromilow1937-1939118483535
R. S. Moyes1936-1936236611
Tom Bromilow1935-19364423516
Jack Tresadern1930-1935213984471
Fred Mavin1927-1930132633336
Alex Maley1925-192783361631
Edmund Goodman1907-1925613242166205
Jack Robson1905-190777351824
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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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