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When Eagles Dare Review – Crystal Palace Documentary

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Crystal Palace 2012/13 Playoff Team Celebrating

When Eagles Dare is the Crystal Palace documentary that went live on Amazon Prime in 2021. The documentary is five episodes long each being 50 minutes each. The documentary covers a lot of Palace’s recent history starting with the financial troubles in 2010 which led to Steve Parish, Martin Long, Stephen Browett, and Jeremy Hosking becoming the majority owners of Crystal Palace F.C.

The main focus of the documentary is on the Premier League promotion battle in the 2012/13 season and all the drama that went on behind the scenes. This underdog story makes for a great sports documentary not just for Palace fans, but all football fans too.

Palace fans will remember this period well and as it has been out a while there are already reviews of it. As we only launched wesupportthepalace.com in January 2022, we’re a bit late with our When Eagles Dare review. But, here it is now!

Our Review of When Eagles Dare

We’ll start by saying that it’s refreshing to see more documentaries about clubs outside of the top 4 or big 6 nowadays. Sunderland ‘Til I Die is another great series and we’re not Sunderland fans so when I first saw the trailer for When Eagles Dare it gave me goosebumps. Here it is to give you a teaser.

It isn’t one of Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing documentary series like with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur as it features never seen before interviews from the 2012/13 season. It also has interviews of current and former players as well as staff from the club. For us, this is what makes it great as we’d never seen these old and new clips of Steve Parish, Dougie Freedman, Ian Holloway, other staff, and some players.

It’s also insightful to understand what was going on in the minds of the players when key incidents occurred like Dougie leaving his managerial role to join Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers. The documentary shows how football isn’t always about having the best players, sometimes all you need is a strong team togetherness, that resembles a family environment.

A great example of this is how players like Damien Delaney turned his career around at Palace after debating retirement before this opportunity. Also, his relationship with Peter Rammage was something special for everyone to see.

The documentary focuses on a few key areas over the five episodes. These are the battle of saving the club from the brink and then how Parish managed to run it and turn around its fortune without a lot of capital.

Then, the Dougie freedman departure is another big focus, but it’s great to see his view on the events then, and obviously, he’s now back at the club as the Sporting Director trying to make up for his decision to leave back in the middle of the 2012/13 season. You can tell from the recent interviews in Wehn Eagles Dare that he’s a man with regret and his focus now is helping Palace become as prosperous as possible in this new role.

Then, the man, the myth, the legend that is Ian Holloway enters the fray to deliver some great one-liners and speeches. He’s a manager that all football fans warm to and his part in this story just makes it that bit better, it’s as if it was written.

For the final two episodes, the focus then turns to the Championship play-off games. Palace and Brighton have been rivals since the 1970s so meeting them in the Playoff semi-finals was written in the stars. Only one of the two teams could progress to the final which would make the win even sweeter for the winning team. It’s great to hear Zaha’s view on this as well as Glenn Murray’s who played for both sides in his career.

Palace met Watford in the final and all Eagles fans know how that went. Now, you get to hear from the potent striker Kevin Phillips to see how he became a club legend. But, it wasn’t only him, Jedinak and Speroni are two players that were and still are synonymous with the club, especially in this period. 

When Eagles Dare Review Summary

When Eagles Dare is a football documentary for Palace fans first and foremost, but it’s also a series for those that love an underdog story. The fact that Crystal Palace were filming throughout the 2012/13 season has made this possible, but Amazon purchasing the rights helped to increase the audience.

All football fans of Championship sides, League One and League Two will be dreaming of a similar story for their team. That’s why it’s not just for Palace fans it’s there to give hope and also share the experience that happened during these years at the club.

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Wilfried Zaha Imogen Thomas T-Shirt

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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

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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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Wilfried Zaha’s Wife-to-be, Paige Bannister

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Wilfried Zaha in the Crystal Palace kit

Wilfried Zaha is a professional football player who plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. He is currently engaged to his fiance, Paige Bannister. As far as we know, they’re not married yet as he only got down on one knee in February 2022.

The couple has one child together, a son named Saint Laurence Zaha. The Palace striker has another son, Leo Zaha, from his previous relationship, and the four live together in South London. Zaha is originally from the Ivory Coast, but he moved to England with his family at the age of four. He began his professional career with Crystal Palace in 2010 and has played for the club ever since. Zaha has also been capped by the Ivory Coast national team on multiple occasions.

Who is Paige Bannister?

Wilfried Zaha’s wife-to-be is Paige Bannister, a glamour model who used to date Aston Villa player Kortney Hause. Paige is a British model and Instagram influencer with over 35,000 followers.

She frequently supports her partner at Selhurst Park. Paige has also accompanied Wilfried on various trips, including a visit to his hometown in the Ivory Coast. The couple has one child together, Saint Laurence Zaha.

Paige is sure to be a supportive and loving mother, just as she has been a supportive and loving partner. Thanks to Paige, Wilfried has everything he needs to succeed both on and off the pitch, and has definitely helped him mature.

Wilfried Zaha’s Wife’s Instagram

If you want to keep up to date with Paige Bannister’s Instragram profile then you can do so here. You’ll see lots of photos of Zaha and his boys as well as the model looking glam ready for nights out. She has over 35,000 followers on Instagram at the time of us writing this.

Who is Wilfried Zaha?

 is originally from the Ivory Coast, but he moved to England with his family at the age of four. He began his professional career with Crystal Palace in 2010 and has played for the club ever since. Zaha has also been capped by the Ivory Coast national team on multiple occasions.

Wilfried Zaha is a professional footballer who plays predominantly on the left wing for Premier League club Crystal Palace. He also plays for the Ivory Coast national team after switching from England back in 2017.

He began his career at Palace coming through the academy in South London and made his first-team debut in 2010. He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2013 and was named the Championship Player of the Month in March 2013.

He has since made over 400 appearances for Palace and has been capped twice for England and 30 times for the Ivory Coast. Zaha is widely considered to be one of the best players in the Premier League and has attracted interest from several of the league’s top clubs. With less than year left on his contract, whether he’ll stay with the Eagles is yet to be seen.

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