UK time is: 16:51:21
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Little love between Palace & Crewe

If football were played in a dictionary Crewe Alexandra would always finish above Crystal Palace. Thankfully league tables rarely resemble the A B C past the opening day of the season. Despite their alphabetic proximity there is little neighbourly love lost between the two clubs.

Antagonism has emerged from an exchange of opinion between Crewe manager Dario Gradi and Palace chairman Simon Jordan. Gradi attacked Jordan’s managerial hiring and firing policy saying he would never leave Crewe for Palace, that no self-respecting person would work for Jordan and anyone wanting to do so would have to be “desperate.”

Not surprisingly Jordan felt aggrieved at these statements and used his column in The Observer to question Gradi’s desire. “Fair enough that someone who has spent 22 years at a feeder club might find ambition frightening, but I’d never even met him,” he said. Gradi spent a swift and forgettable spell as Palace manager in the early eighties under Ron Noades before joining Crewe. He has been in charge at Gresty Road since June1983.

If rumours are to be believed this angry spat turned physical in the 2004 January transfer window. With Palace looking to increase their firepower in a bid to stave off relegation Gradi is thought to have blocked their moves to sign Dean Ashton. Irrespective of any malicious intent Palace saw a player that would have greatly improve their squad move to Norwich.

Palace have enjoyed a fruitful relationship transfer relationship with Crewe in the past. Geoff Thomas, a player with a special place in Palace history, was picked up off the Crewe conveyor belt. The latest player ready to move onwards and upwards from the production line is Billy Jones. This Gresty Road graduate might sound like one of the Bashstreet kids but he has attracted numerous admiring glances from Premiership clubs.

Jones started his career at centre back but has acquitted himself more than creditably playing in midfield this season. West Brom were strongly linked with a bid earlier this year – it is likely that Jones will be playing in the Premiership in the near future.

Dario Gradi has made a unique contribution to English football. While he might not hold a personal desire to manage at a higher level he has imbued numerous players with the requisite ambition to represent England. For this he deserves admiration not derision. For whatever reason he appears to have little time for Crystal Palace. It is to be hoped that the Eagles make his trip back to the land of railway sidings an unhappy journey by taking the points at Selhurst Park this afternoon.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


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

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 15 2006

Time: 12:08PM

Your Comments

how can you not like dario g!! the man is a true football genius
vertigo_red
You've got to admit that there's no half measures with S.J. You either like him or you don't.
FEn_100
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Crystal Palace Articles

Campbell, Davies & Others (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Pulis Expecting Tough Crew Test (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Hunt Completes Forest Move (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Campana Departs Selhurst (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Hunt To Forest On Loan? (Monday July 21 2014)

Palace Land Stateside (Monday July 21 2014)

Midfielder Italy Bound (Sunday July 20 2014)

Archived Crystal Palace Articles

List All Vital Palace Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0
3. Burnley 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Crystal Palace 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Everton 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Hull City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Hang 'Em High!
» Spurs : 23/07/2014 16:00:00
Everton Friendly Kicks Off Later
» Leicester City : 23/07/2014 13:38:00
Pearson Pleased With First Run Out
» Leicester City : 23/07/2014 13:36:00
Ilkeston 1-6 Leicester
» Leicester City : 23/07/2014 13:31:00
Negredo Undergoes Surgery
» Man City : 23/07/2014 13:07:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:  Eddy
Hennessey 9%
Mariappa 1%
Ward 5%
Jedinak 7%
Dann 3%
Delaney 3%
Ince 3%
Ledley 1%
Gayle 61%
Chamakh 1%
Bolasie 3%
Sub - Dikgacoi 1%
Sub - Puncheon 1%
Sub - Murray 1%