Vital Football

Latest Crystal Palace News

Shut Up You Rs'es

Shut Up You Rs'es

Anyone who has ever listened to a football phone-in would be forgiven for thinking that the actions of footballers regularly start riots. Rarely does a 606-type show pass without the prophesising of some apocalyptic consequence to an act of oafishness on a football pitch. But genuine riots are a rarity in British football. Even rarer when Millwall are not playing.

There was not a riot on Friday night following the one-all draw between Crystal Palace and Reading. The major talking point to emerge from a very good game was the reaction to Andy Johnson’s goal celebration. After successfully converting a penalty Palace’s England international headed in the general direction of the Royals’ supporters for a chinwag. Pleasantries, or otherwise, were exchanged before the Reading players answered Johnson’s actions in the most brutal of fashions scoring an emphatic equaliser.

Ever since the chief of the Pug Uglies, or Steve Bruce as he is sometimes known, drew Johnson’s honour into disrepute he has been burdened with the tag of a player who goes to ground easily. Opposition supporters, perhaps intimidated by his prowess as a player, have been quick to remind Johnson of his unfounded reputation. Friday’s celebration followed 78 minutes of incessant baiting from the Reading fans.

Selhurst Park is a football ground which has seen some particularly memorable reactions to supporter derision over the years. Eric Cantona’s kung fu kick springing most readily to mind. But Johnson did not suffer racial abuse, and he did not dive over the advertising hoardings either.

Part of what makes live football special is the interaction between player and supporter. Do we want a game played by passionless robots behind soundproof Perspex? Surely by targeting a specific player supporters hope to elicit a response. Is it right to expect this to be a wholly one-way process? If you can’t do the time don’t do the crime. The Reading fans wanted a response from Johnson and they got one. Sadly for them they didn’t like the flavour. “But oh Johnson could have started a riot blah blah blah.” Get real. He scored; he celebrated and received a caution. No one died; move on.

Reading are a credit to the Championship and I wouldn’t be disappointed to see them prosper in the Premiership. They play with refreshing vitality, have some outstanding players and a manager who every Palace supporter loves and respects. But just because you are in possession of a royal nickname doesn’t make you the rightful proprietors of the Corinthian ethos. Glory and pretension do not sit well together. In the two or so hours that Andy Johnson has played against them this season he has been one of the few players outside the Premiership to make them look remotely beatable. Is it the threat of his goals or their celebration that causes most genuine alarm?



Andy Johnson has only scored more than once against two clubs this season: Stoke City and Reading.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:
Date:Sunday January 22 2006
Time: 12:32PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
That's Reading fans for you though!
Adie
01/03/2006 00:43:00
0
He (Johnson) belongs in the premiership. It is a credit to him that he stuck with you and probably the reason you could get back.
pompeygray
22/03/2006 03:10:00
0
They won't get back gray. Not spending enough money.
FEn_100
30/04/2006 22:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Crystal Palace Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For Palace

Should Crystal Palace progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

What Did Palace Earn In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on league positions have been confirmed.

Ledley Makes Training Return

Midfielder Joe Ledley has now returned to light training as he tries to book his place in the Welsh squad for this summer's European Championships.

Mariappa Makes It Ten On International Duty

With confirmation of Adrian Mariappa's call up for Jamaica's 2016 Copa America squad, Crystal Palace now have ten players set for a busy summer.

Archived Vital Palace Articles

Vital Palace articles from

Site Journalists

Eddy Eagle
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

FA Cup Final - Manchester United MotM
Suggested By:
Hennessey5%
Ward10%
Dann2%
Delaney2%
Souare40%
Jedinak29%
Cabaye3%
Zaha6%
McArthur1%
Bolasie1%
Wickham1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crystal Palace Results (view all)

Crystal Palace Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.noburberry2