In the second of Palace TV’s series of “Cult Heroes” interviews, Chris Grierson travels to chat to Saša Ćurčić, the resulting footage is predictably gripping.
Having arrived at the club towards the end of Palace’s doomed 1997-98 Premier League campaign, Ćurčić proved to be an almost instant hit with the Eagles faithful, thanks to a man of the match performance in a home win over Derby County, within which, he bagged a huge goal in front of the Holmesdale Road end.
Happy to open up about his state of mind whilst on the books in SE25, Saša admits almost immediately that he struggled hugely to remain on the straight and narrow, highlighting the playboy lifestyle which led to feelings of depression which he still has to battle against to this day.
His public persona has always been one of an unpredictable joker; a trait which led to him participating in the Serbian Big Brother once his playing days were over, which he won in dominant fashion. Far from a simple discussion about his memories of a footballing career, this documentary paints a portrait of the man behind the madness in impressive fashion. Admittedly, it helps that Saša is such a willing talker, but even so, it’s an immersive watch from beginning to end.
The final stages of the film focus on the man Ćurčić is now striving to become, as he desperately works to shed the misconceptions that still exist about him in the minds of those across the game. Working through his coaching badges, he speaks candidly about his love for Crystal Palace and the supporters, where he readily admits to feeling at home from the moment he arrived.
Chris Grierson and the team behind this series really do deserve an immense amount of credit for their production. Just like last week’s edition with Michael Hughes, this interview with Saša is absolutely essential viewing for any Palace fan, young or old.
Set aside 15 minutes of your day to lap this up, you won’t regret it.