Vital Football

Opponents in focus - Crystal Palace

Opponents in focus - Crystal Palace

Last Season

Palace's travails last season will be uncomfortably familiar to Pompey fans - and not just because Paul Hart also oversaw part of their season. Under the stewardship of Neil Warnock, the club started the season fairly well, and looked a decent bet to make the play-offs, despite operating on a budget due to financial issues. Then in January, for the second time in their history, the club went into administration. The Football League imposed a ten-point penalty, the club were forced to sell off players like Victor Moses on the (relative) cheap, Warnock left, and the club were suddenly staring relegation in the face. Palace eventually clung on and ensured their Championship survival on the very last day of the season in an incredibly eventful 2-2 draw at Hillsborough - a draw that also saw Wednesday sent down.

Colours

Palace play in Barcelona-esque Red & Blue vertical stripes, although an internet search reveals that they have worn a variety of different home colours over the years, with the current style emerging in 1973.

Head to head

Pompey don't have a good record against Palace - of 50 meetings, 20 have gone the way of the South Londoners, while only 12 have gone Portsmouth's way - although, if you'd like more positive omens, Portsmouth are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Palace, with Pompey winning four.

League standings in last 5 years

2009-10 - 21st, Championship (Palace were deducted 10 points for entering administration)
2008-09 - 15th, Championship
2007-08 - 5th, Championship
2006-07 - 12th, Championship
2005-06 - 6th, Championship

Fixture dates

At Selhurst Park - Tuesday 14th September, 8pm
At Fratton Park - Tuesday 22nd February, 7:45pm

The man in charge

After an eventful season last year which saw the club starting the season managed by neutrals-favourite Neil 'Colin' Warnock, and ending it managed by the man who had started his season managing Pompey - Paul Hart - the club are now entering a new era under the stewardship of George Burley.

Difficult to know where to start with Burley to be honest, we'll gloss over his spell with that lot down the road, but even leaving that aside, he's had a fairly eventful career. He shone brightly at Ipswich - taking them up to the Premier League, then into a hugely impressive 5th place in the Premier League the following season - then it all went pair shaped, Town were relegated, and Burley was out of a job. He had an up and down stint in charge of Derby, then a stunning half-season at Hearts before he left following a falling-out with club chairman Vladimir Romanov. And that's all before you get to his fairly dismal recent spell in charge of Scotland.

It's difficult to judge whether this is a good or bad appointment for Palace, but you would imagine that he would have a fair amount to prove after the media-kicking he got as Scotland manager.

Key players

Argentine 'keeper Julian Speroni has been Palace's player of the year for the past three seasons - a club record - and sadly, you would imagine that given the club's financial problems, the 'keeper will probably have a busy season again this year.

Another big player for the club last year was English midfielder Darren Ambrose, who joined the club in July last year, and scored an impressive 22 goals in all competitions. There were numerous rumours that he was off to resume working with ex-Palace manager Warnock at QPR, but it has just been announced that he has signed a new three-year contract, which will surely kill those rumours - and will presumably be a massive boost to the club.

Stadium

Palace's ground is the 26,000 capacity Selhurst Park, situated in South Norwood, deep in South London. It's been the club's home since it was opened in 1924 - and has also at different times hosted the 'home' games of Charlton Athletic and the club formerly known as Wimbledon FC.

Written by SouthLondonBlue.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

Opponents in focus: Barnsley FC - here.
Opponents in focus: Bristol City - here.
Opponents in focus: Burnley - here.
Opponents in focus: Cardiff - here.
Opponents in focus: Coventry - here.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Trust



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:SouthLondonBlue
Date:Wednesday July 28 2010
Time: 8:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Send the Rovers on their way empty handed?

Pompeytim looks ahead to the visit of Bristol Rovers to Fratton this weekend, another big game for both sides as league two rumbles on with Pompey looking to get back into the top 7.

Match Day Officials v Bristol Rovers

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Bristol Rovers this weekend.

On this day in history...11th February

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 11th February.

What do we hope for from the rest of the season?

There seems to be a lot of unhappiness around, despite a pretty decent season in my opinion. Well, certainly our best season in a long while.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Profile
eastneydave
Profile
paultsmouth
Profile
Chix
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Orient MotM
Suggested By: VitalPompey
Fulton42%
Freeman3%
Burgess22%
Clarke3%
Stevens6%
Roberts3%
Doyle3%
Close3%
Bennett3%
Smith3%
McNulty0%
Sub - Evans3%
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin6%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Northampton 28 19 4 5 61 20
2 Plymouth 29 17 5 7 56 17
3 Oxford 28 14 10 4 52 19
4 Mansfield 31 13 9 9 48 9
5 Bristol Rovers 29 14 5 10 47 10
6 Wycombe 29 13 7 9 46 6
7 Leyton Orient 30 12 10 8 46 5
8 Portsmouth 28 11 12 5 45 20
9 Accrington 26 13 6 7 45 12
10 Cambridge 30 12 8 10 44 3
11 Wimbledon 28 11 9 8 42 7
12 Carlisle 26 11 9 6 42 5
13 Exeter 28 11 7 10 40 -1
14 Luton 30 10 8 12 38 1
15 Crawley 30 11 4 15 37 -13
16 Morecambe 30 10 6 14 36 -3
17 Notts County 27 10 6 11 36 -6
18 Barnet 28 9 6 13 33 -8
19 Stevenage 31 7 10 14 31 -14
20 Newport 28 6 9 13 27 -11
21 Yeovil 29 5 9 15 24 -14
22 Hartlepool 26 7 3 16 24 -19
23 Dag & Red 29 4 8 17 20 -22
24 York 28 4 8 16 20 -23
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Exeter City (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug43
2.Jimsmithswig20
3.Pompeytim17
4.storagematt17
5.FrattonBlue16
6.Copnor4312
7.mslorna487
8.Emsworthianblue6
9.PFCblue4
10.PompeyJake4