This Superb Piece Examines The Identity Crisis Palace Fans Had In 2016

0 Posted by - March 20, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, Detailed Analysis, News

The last year or so has seen Crystal Palace fans enduring something of an identity crisis, with a four-year stint in the Premier League having chipped away at the “soul” of the football club in the eyes of many.

This piece from the fantastic Dan Cooper is a searing examination of the contradictions running wild within our fan-base.

Having seen Steve Parish and fellow directors take the club from the foot of the Championship to the Premier League within three years of assuming control, our first season or two in the top flight were looked upon as a genuine fairytale but over the last 12 months, a sense of dissolution has begun to set in. It is that newly found sense of apathy that Cooper picks apart in the article above, shining a light on the flippant and illogical arguments put forward by many during our recent run of abysmal form.

The very nature of fanatical football fandom tends to stifle any urge to look at the bigger picture, with huge swathes of the media preferring instead to force fans into hysterical overreaction after one or two poor results. Thanks to that shift towards short-termism, Palace fans the world over have been left desperately searching for a logical way of explaining the way in which our Premier League form fell off a cliff at the end of 2015, with a loss of our “soul” becoming the go-to excuse for many, myself included. 

It is for making me question myself that I applaud Dan most enthusiastically, as his piece, although not overly lengthy, highlights perfectly the fickle mindset of every football fan on the planet. Indeed, the desperation to apportion blame to something tangible can be seen in all aspects of life beyond football, often with next to no logical basis. 

People like to stamp their feet and shout a bit whenever they get angry, it’s human nature, hard-wired into our collective DNA. Whilst Dan doesn’t attempt to dispute that, he deserves huge credit for putting forward a piece of writing that pokes gigantic holes in the false beliefs we’ve all been allowing ourselves to indulge in over the last year or so. 


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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 21, 2017 - 12:41 pm Reply

    Great read, you forget that in the past players like Nick Carle and Shefki Kuqi used to earn (comparatively) high wages to do the square root of buggar all against Scunthorpe et. al .

    I watched a BBC segment with Joel Ward the other day and i realised how that, despite some players living in a bubble, there are other overpaid premier league players who do have some sense and decency.

    It would be nice to see a few more academy players given a chance to be in the league you need the players and you need to pay them their market worth. In the real world it is silly, but in the alternate universe that is football salaries, we arent a massive spender.

    • admin March 21, 2017 - 2:00 pm Reply

      Sullay and Nya Kirby seem to be the two who look most likely to break through in my eyes JFB. I would love nothing more than to see Big Sam giving them a chance, although I fully understand his reluctance to do so at this very moment.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 21, 2017 - 2:45 pm Reply

        Agree, now is not the time, especially with the first teamers on good form.

        I think Coker, Flanagan and Dreher could also be in with a shout and there isnt a Palace fan out there who doesnt want to see Williams fight back and establish himself.

        • admin March 21, 2017 - 7:37 pm Reply

          So much potential there for sure. We need to find the next Wilf to prepare for the moment when/if he leaves us. (I know it feels wrong to talk about it)

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