View Full Version : Maddest Ever palace Player???
24-04-2000, 01:46 PM
For me there is only one winner, the truly great Mark Dennis, just for his off the filed antics. Any other challengers?
Neil the Eagle
24-04-2000, 02:15 PM
Henry Hughton for me Tom!
Mickey Droy's twin
24-04-2000, 02:28 PM
Has to be John Burridge for me. His pre match warm ups and acrobatics were incredible.
A true showman and nutter.
24-04-2000, 11:10 PM
So, no-one remembers Billy Gilbert?
25-04-2000, 01:57 PM
Good choice Neil, or is it because he broke Gerry Ryans leg/
25-04-2000, 02:05 PM
I would have to go with John Burridghe was a total fruitcake. Mark Dennis a close 2nd.
27-04-2000, 07:47 PM
Billy "that's my 'kin parking space" Gilbert. Always remember him lamping the (then) hardman Justin Fashanu, putting him on his arse. Also the fact that Clive Allen never played against us when Billy was in the side.
27-04-2000, 08:22 PM
Spider (Rachid Harkouk otherwise known as)
27-04-2000, 08:30 PM
David Whyte. Rumour had it he appeared on the roof of a hotel at 1 am during a pre-season tour and threatened to jump if Alan Smith wouldn't promise him a first team place. He got shipped out to the gyppos pretty quickly after that.
27-04-2000, 08:44 PM
or, subsequent events would suggest Stan Collymore of course.
28-04-2000, 02:14 AM
Mickey Droys Twin,I agree-John Burridge was a nutter,and still is.There's a good article in this months "When Saturday Comes" magazine about Blyth Spartans,the team that Burridge managed and played for until a few months ago.Apparently during his spell there,he:regularly ran naked up and down the team bus on the way back from away games much to the horrorof his players,kitted Blyth out in "counterfeit" sportswear supplied by his good self(he
got nicked for it in the end)and he insisted on picking himself in goal even though many thought he was past it and just not up to it anymore.He's gone off to coach in the middle east now apparently,I don't know what they'll make of him over there.
28-04-2000, 05:52 PM
for latter day nutters, you cannot go without mentioning darren pitcher - an absolute loon.
28-04-2000, 07:22 PM
Andy Gray - sheepskin coat ! theft of england kit!
28-04-2000, 07:57 PM
Sasa- for that piece in the Eagle Eye recently where he ran off the training pitch at the corner exlaiming "Sasa's not running anymore' and his pitch protest about the bombings.
All the above, plus a mention for Pembo. Only a maniac could have put that penalty against the Seaweed so far up the Holmesdale Ð a rush of boood or what?
Anyone remember him getting sent off at Plymouth while Coppell was trying to substitute him? Remember poor old Hopkins getting sent off at Ipswich for a mad tackle that Pembo had done?
And then there was the classic 'head of steam' run against the Scousers at Villa Park with the management on the bench saying: 'where the hell's he going?'.
The dress-rehearsal for this was against Millwall in the 4-3 when he set up Wrighty's goal with a barnstorming run down the flank which left poor old Terry Hurlock puffing and panting in his wake.
Pembo also played his part in the top scrap ever when Palace pasted Mr Gascoigne and his Tottenham chums all over Selhurst in late 1989. Mark 'I'm a reformed character' Dennis ran 45 yards to throw a haymaker at Gazza. Luckily he didn't connect as they'd have been sweeping up the Geordie boy with a dustpan and brush!
28-04-2000, 09:20 PM
Old Peter Nicholas was pretty scary in his early days. I remember some ex-pro (it was either Tommy Smith or Norman Hunter) saying that Peter Nicholas was the only truly hard man in English football at the time.
Mark Dennis obviously has to win though, purely on reputation. He didn't play often enough for us to see the very worst of him. Were we the only one of his clubs that he never got sent off for?
29-04-2000, 12:10 PM
Then of course there was Rachid Harkouk.
He, (and Barry Silkman??) of the dodgy dealing.
I used to play against Mark Dennis when he was a kid (and so was I by the way) in U3's U14's etc. I don't remember him being at all mad then.
I seem to recall Dave Madden having a slightly psychotic side to his game, as well has having an almost appropriate name.
Also, it seems to me that Clinton has got it in him to challenge for thi position. He is laways the first to try to get involved if anything starts e.g when Carsley got sent off yesterday.
In terms of mad, as in genuine screw loose, my vote goes for Sasa.
01-05-2000, 07:02 PM
He was rumoured to sleep on a bed of nails, ans used to punch his team mates in the stomach to test their fitness.
Bobby Tambling was a Jehovah's Witness: apparently Hynd threatened to beat Tambling up is he ever mentioned Jehovah (and he never did).
01-05-2000, 08:39 PM
I reckon Dave Madden (no pun intended) was prety nutty don't u think?
Certainly never use to shirk a tackle! And could put a penalty away too! Remember Leceister away in 91? And there was the classic Blackburn game of course!
Why did he leave Palace?
02-05-2000, 06:30 AM
Originally posted by Palace Don on 05-01-2000 04:39 PM
I reckon Dave Madden
Why did he leave Palace?
something to do with shagging the bosses wife .......
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