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Am Phibian
03-11-2017, 09:55 AM
The two that stand out for me are Welsh International and Kevin Keegan lookalike David Giles who was absolutely brilliant at Selhurst playing for Swansea in a 3-3 Cup match, and who generally had been getting good reviews for a season or two,.......until we bought him. Absolutely sh1te from then on in.

And Mike Flanagan...even worse because he was bloody expensive.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 10:01 AM
We had a number of players in the early 80s who'd played in the first team for clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal, but is was completely unclear how they'd managed this when you saw them in action for us.

Alex Dyer was a world beater until he joined us.

Marco Gabbiadini effectively destroyed his top flight career by joining us.

Neil Ruddock added a footnote of lazy, overweight shite to his previously illustrious career with his 'efforts' for CPFC.

loz
03-11-2017, 10:09 AM
The two that stand out for me are Welsh International and Kevin Keegan lookalike David Giles who was absolutely brilliant at Selhurst playing for Swansea in a 3-3 Cup match, and who generally had been getting good reviews for a season or two,.......until we bought him. Absolutely sh1te from then on in.

And Mike Flanagan...even worse because he was bloody expensive.

First name that came into my head when I read the thread title, was David Giles :)

For some reason I thought David Price was a good buy until I saw him play !

Jim Cannon
03-11-2017, 10:20 AM
I remember back in the 90s when we signed Itzhak Zohar, Ray Lewington saying he was a great player. Still he did leave us with a lasting memory

MFBias
03-11-2017, 10:23 AM
Ivan Kaviedes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO_RVAVaY6I - notice the number 3 here, did he understand the meaning of the pass?

Was very pleased when we signed him as he was great on Championship Manager, and was regarded as a 'Dead Ball specialist' but then hardly featured and wasnt special when he did.

TopKnot
03-11-2017, 10:24 AM
Nicky Carle.

Was going to say Padovano, but I'm not sure he was very good in the first place..

little al
03-11-2017, 10:41 AM
Edgar Davids

Son of Ron
03-11-2017, 10:45 AM
Thomas Brolin

ExiledStirling
03-11-2017, 10:48 AM
Paul Bodin

Jordan's Jacket
03-11-2017, 10:54 AM
The vast majority of them

Eagle96
03-11-2017, 10:54 AM
Sako?

little al
03-11-2017, 10:55 AM
The vast majority of them

Close thread :D

Ooh Betty
03-11-2017, 10:57 AM
Nicky Carle.

Was going to say Padovano, but I'm not sure he was very good in the first place..

Hardly his fault he got injured. He actually looked very good until that point. Urban myth that he was crap. He never had a chance.

whereEaglesFly
03-11-2017, 11:03 AM
Sako?

Bit unfair as he would probably still do a job at Championship level

Ogilvy
03-11-2017, 11:31 AM
If this was a great player until they got a contract offer, who was the one we got from Derby, looked brilliant, signed on dotted line and looked Sunday league? Was it Reich or am I a deluded drunk....

gold76
03-11-2017, 11:35 AM
Reich, had a worldie against the queenies in a telly game, signed him and then faded away into mediocrity..

GreatGonzo
03-11-2017, 11:44 AM
Edgar Davids

Harsh.

Only game he played in his position he was excellent. Why on earth was he played at LB?

Skiddo
03-11-2017, 11:47 AM
Adebayor

dweedman
03-11-2017, 11:54 AM
Jordon mutch

macstar
03-11-2017, 11:55 AM
Adebayor

He did have zero service.... a common trend with Pardew teams.

9Freedman9
03-11-2017, 11:56 AM
Hardly his fault he got injured. He actually looked very good until that point. Urban myth that he was crap. He never had a chance.

I have a soft spot for him as he used to come into my local Sainsbury's when I worked there, always made time for me and had chats with him!

swissroll
03-11-2017, 11:56 AM
Charlie Cooke. great for Chelsea, terrible for us, back to Chelsea and great again

BarcaPalace
03-11-2017, 12:05 PM
Jimmy Kebe

jimmy the gent
03-11-2017, 12:55 PM
Jamie Pollock. Thought he'd be a great signing when he joined.

harry_1993
03-11-2017, 12:59 PM
Pablo Counago? Not sure if he was labelled as 'good' before he came to us on loan but he was pretty awful for us.

harry_1993
03-11-2017, 01:01 PM
Patrick Bamford.

Silks&Tekkers
03-11-2017, 01:24 PM
The first 6 months of Andros Townsend's palace career were absolutely dreadful.

Nelson Muntz
03-11-2017, 01:28 PM
Hardly his fault he got injured. He actually looked very good until that point. Urban myth that he was crap. He never had a chance.

He was shit.

Eagle's Away
03-11-2017, 01:36 PM
Neil Ruddock. For those who suggest he was never that good I would point out he did play 115 games for Liverpool. However he was overweight and effectively past it when he came to us (played 20 times, scored 2) and left us for the heady delights of Swindon.
So as per the thread title, he did not become sh1te once we bought him, but he did become decidely more sh1te

chelmsfordeagle
03-11-2017, 01:37 PM
Thomas Brolin

That is who i was going to say. A few years before he was one of the best players in the world. Shit for us.

Kylie_Tracey
03-11-2017, 01:42 PM
The two that stand out for me are Welsh International and Kevin Keegan lookalike David Giles who was absolutely brilliant at Selhurst playing for Swansea in a 3-3 Cup match, and who generally had been getting good reviews for a season or two,.......until we bought him. Absolutely sh1te from then on in.

And Mike Flanagan...even worse because he was bloody expensive.

Flanagan was useless for us, didn't even look like a footballer but was decent for the Clowns and QPR, maybe he just didn't want to be here, Langley looked a good player at Chelsea and likewise terrible for us, looked like injuries were catching up with him, Chris Jones was just plain dreadful god knows what the reason was.

sheepy
03-11-2017, 01:51 PM
It's hard to tell if Macken started off quite a shit as he was. Certainly his last stint in the Championship at Preston before signing for us he'd scored quite a lot of goals promised much. Plus with the likes of Johnson & Morrison he had a top quality strike partner.

What we got however...

RCUK
03-11-2017, 02:25 PM
Tom Ince.

Came with a fanfare, left like a fart.

vegas78
03-11-2017, 02:26 PM
Ade akinbiyi

vegas78
03-11-2017, 02:29 PM
Gareth Taylor

PeterH
03-11-2017, 02:35 PM
Close call not signing Evra.

vegas78
03-11-2017, 02:36 PM
What was that guy that used to dive when he scored? He was another

jaspercpfc
03-11-2017, 02:41 PM
What was that guy that used to dive when he scored? He was another

Kuqi

btwLPaul Bodin

Maiden Eagle
03-11-2017, 02:47 PM
Derek Possee - Scored a stack of goals for Millwall and he actually
chose to sign for us, over West Ham in early 1973. He was going to score the goals
to keep us in the old First Division. I don't think he netted one, as we were relegated !
He did OK the next season but his overall record for us was 13 goals in 50 odd games - Not great !

MFBias
03-11-2017, 03:02 PM
Jamie Pollock. Thought he'd be a great signing when he joined.

I thought he was alright until he felt out with Alan Smith.

MFBias
03-11-2017, 03:03 PM
The first 6 months of Andros Townsend's palace career were absolutely dreadful.

He started alright at first then went bad, after being mismanaged by Pardew.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/18/crystal-palace-stoke-city-premier-league-match-report

Jordan555x
03-11-2017, 03:05 PM
A rare mention this one but Mutch was very decent for Cardiff, absolutely shocking once he signed for us though

foresthillbilly
03-11-2017, 03:07 PM
Razor Ruddock was always at the end of his career when he joined us. However, he managed to get well beneath the extremely low expectations I had of him.

Likewise with Shefki. who I actually saw score a goal at the Ricoh Arena.

Selhurst Celtic
03-11-2017, 03:39 PM
Hardly his fault he got injured. He actually looked very good until that point. Urban myth that he was crap. He never had a chance.

Nicky Carle looked and played like he was the result of a weird sexual relationship between a fat Peruvian woman and a chipmunk. He was dreadful.

Selhurst Celtic
03-11-2017, 03:40 PM
Pablo Counago?

My heart used to sink seeing his name on the teamsheet.

Selhurst Celtic
03-11-2017, 03:42 PM
It's hard to tell if Macken started off quite a shit as he was.



I've always backed the Irish players at Palace, but he was another one that would leave me with my head in my hands when the teams were announced.

Eagle96
03-11-2017, 03:46 PM
Bit unfair as he would probably still do a job at Championship level

Right, so we can't class him as a bad signing because we haven't gotten relegated yet, and could potentially turn out to be a decent signing four years later in the division below. We signed him for this division and bar his first month has been atrocious. It's like saying Ladapo is a great signing, we just need to get relegated to the Conference first.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 04:10 PM
A rare mention this one but Mutch was very decent for Cardiff, absolutely shocking once he signed for us though

He'd already joined the shit wagon during his stint at QPR, so it should have come as less of a surprise

orp pisshead1
03-11-2017, 04:22 PM
We had a number of players in the early 80s who'd played in the first team for clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal, but is was completely unclear how they'd managed this when you saw them in action for us.

Alex Dyer was a world beater until he joined us.

Marco Gabbiadini effectively destroyed his top flight career by joining us.

Neil Ruddock added a footnote of lazy, overweight shite to his previously illustrious career with his 'efforts' for CPFC.

Agree with most of that apart from Gabbiadini who still got 1-3/1-4 for us despite us rarely playing to his strengths. Fans today don’t know how lucky they are watching today’s players even the average ones .

whereEaglesFly
03-11-2017, 04:28 PM
Right, so we can't class him as a bad signing because we haven't gotten relegated yet, and could potentially turn out to be a decent signing four years later in the division below. We signed him for this division and bar his first month has been atrocious. It's like saying Ladapo is a great signing, we just need to get relegated to the Conference first.

Calm down. The thread wasn't about bad signings it's about good players who played bad after signing for us...

Sako was a good Championship player who is likely still at that level

E.g. Paulinho to Spurs

Chris Leitch
03-11-2017, 04:34 PM
Steve Mandanda

Sleeping Giant
03-11-2017, 04:47 PM
Hardly his fault he got injured. He actually looked very good until that point. Urban myth that he was crap. He never had a chance.

Had hardly scored a goal in English football when we signed him (Carle). Either none or one or something, can't check right now. I could not believe we were spending what was then for us huge money on that type of attacking player. You know, an impotent one. There went Palace again lacking the very basics in common sense in the transfer market.

Silks&Tekkers
03-11-2017, 04:48 PM
He started alright at first then went bad, after being mismanaged by Pardew.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/18/crystal-palace-stoke-city-premier-league-match-report

That one the only performance I can remember. To be fair, that game is not a good sample - It was the worst Stoke have played in years and everything came together for us that day - Rarity at the moment!!

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 04:51 PM
Agree with most of that apart from Gabbiadini who still got 1-3/1-4 for us despite us rarely playing to his strengths. Fans today don’t know how lucky they are watching today’s players even the average ones .

Yes, I Lways thought at the time he was a good finisher, but he was literally totally ineffective and ugly to watch at all times other than shooting at goal! Regardless, his reputation had diminished greatly once he'd completed his stint with us. However, we will always have Anfield. A great day.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 04:53 PM
Had hardly scored a goal in English football when we signed him (Carle). Either none or one or something, can't check right now. I could not believe we were spending what was then for us huge money on that type of attacking player. You know, an impotent one. There went Palace again lacking the very basics in common sense in the transfer market.

He scored a cracker and played a blinder in the playoffs against us

cpfcfly
03-11-2017, 04:56 PM
Pablo Counago.

Always seemed to score against us, couldn't hit a barn door for us.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 04:58 PM
Nicky Carle looked and played like he was the result of a weird sexual relationship between a fat Peruvian woman and a chipmunk. He was dreadful.

The tan was very unsettling. Reminded me of Alec Baldwin in a sauna

cpfc4evandeva
03-11-2017, 05:17 PM
When we signed Carl Fletcher for £400k, I thought it wasn't a bad deal.

I was wrong. It was a terrible deal. Slower than tortoise in reverse.

Jordan555x
03-11-2017, 05:24 PM
He'd already joined the shit wagon during his stint at QPR, so it should have come as less of a surprise

Ahh yes now I remember! We always have unusually high expectations

cpfc4evandeva
03-11-2017, 05:28 PM
It's hard to tell if Macken started off quite a shit as he was. Certainly his last stint in the Championship at Preston before signing for us he'd scored quite a lot of goals promised much. Plus with the likes of Johnson & Morrison he had a top quality strike partner.

What we got however...

Stuart Pearce, who is admittedly a poor manager, put David James (the goalkeeper) on instead of Macken when they needed a goal. That said all you needed to know about the guy. His record at PNE was great, but his ability and confidence just seemed to disappear after leaving them.

Still, he probably scored one of my favourite non-Palace goals when Man City beat Spurs at White Hart Lane, after being 3-0 down. This was after Barton was sent off at half time too :D That's when Man City were a proper team like us.

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Bryan
03-11-2017, 05:54 PM
Jerome Thomas

Can’t believe he ever played for Arsenal

They also graced us with Sonogo who was just plain shit

Bryan
03-11-2017, 05:56 PM
This picture just about sums him up:

http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/18/crystal-palace-stars-celebrate-premier-league-survival-surrounded-by-bikini-clad-girls-in-las-vegas-4731798/

Eagle96
03-11-2017, 06:15 PM
Calm down. The thread wasn't about bad signings it's about good players who played bad after signing for us...

Sako was a good Championship player who is likely still at that level

E.g. Paulinho to Spurs

I'm calm, thanks for checking though.

You're making my point though- Sako was indeed a 'good player' (for Wolves) and once he signed for us was shit, albeit in a higher division. We signed him for the Prem so clearly thought he was good enough, and he's failed to deliver. Based on that I don't think it's an unfair suggestion tbh

foresthillbilly
03-11-2017, 06:16 PM
Jobi MacAnuff

Arrived already injured, and thankfully got sold in the same condition.

Moments of brilliance, but many more moments spent in the treatment room.

foresthillbilly
03-11-2017, 06:20 PM
Neil Shipperley.

One glorious tap-in at Cardiff 2004, then binged on burgers and fried stuff, so we never played him in the Prem.

Did he ever play again ?, . . .ever ? :D

Sorry Shipps :) Talking oif Shipps, he had the turning circle of a cruise liner :D

Sleeping Giant
03-11-2017, 06:21 PM
He scored a cracker and played a blinder in the playoffs against us

Wiki and Soccerbase show "0" goals for him before he joined us. Even if he did get that 1 goal that would put him in Alex Dyer and Darren Pitcher territory. Says it all.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 06:25 PM
Wiki and Soccerbase show "0" goals for him before he joined us. Even if he did get that 1 goal that would put him in Alex Dyer and Darren Pitcher territory. Says it all.

I mentioned it because you made a point about the scouting. I felt he was probably bought by Warnock on the strength of that high profile performance

Eagle96
03-11-2017, 06:26 PM
Jobi MacAnuff

Arrived already injured, and thankfully got sold in the same condition.

Moments of brilliance, but many more moments spent in the treatment room.

Hmm, I thought Jobi was good for us.

Was only with us for 2 seasons, played 41 league games in his first season (plus 6 in cup competitions) and 34 in his second season (plus 2 in cup competitions). Scored 14 goals in all competitions. I wouldn't really say he was injured all that often? 83 games in two seasons as a winger who often got clattered by clumsy full-backs is a good return. Was sad when he left.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 06:31 PM
Neil Shipperley.

One glorious tap-in at Cardiff 2004, then binged on burgers and fried stuff, so we never played him in the Prem.

Did he ever play again ?, . . .ever ? :D

Sorry Shipps :) Talking oif Shipps, he had the turning circle of a cruise liner :D

Bit harsh, considering he had a good stint for us first time around (including pl) and wasn't really used second time around because AJ was in the lone striker role

sheepy
03-11-2017, 06:32 PM
I thought he was alright until he felt out with Alan Smith.

In fairness it wasn't falling out with Smith that did for him, it was the blazing arguement he had with Jordan just outside the directors box that did.

Worth mentioning Pollock was suspended and didn't play in the defeat that lead to this blazing arguement where Jordan basically told him he'd never play again for the club. Was something to behold

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 06:34 PM
Quite liked McAnuff, the only negative I recall was he was another one of those wingers who wanted to play on the 'wrong' side so he could always cut in and shoot. Undermined the manager a bit with his strops, even if it was Taylor

cpfc4evandeva
03-11-2017, 06:34 PM
Some people's memories are just awful. McAnuff was never an amazing player for us, but he was pretty good.

Dorking .Eagle
03-11-2017, 06:39 PM
McAnuff was very decent for us, just pissed me off he left us for...Watford!

I'll nominate Padavano.

foresthillbilly
03-11-2017, 06:41 PM
OK, my memory is selective and degraded by alcohol use :D

cpfc4evandeva
03-11-2017, 06:43 PM
OK, my memory is selective and degraded by alcohol use :D

I'm pretty sure I remember more about our players and games before 2010, when I used to drink less :D

in-exile
03-11-2017, 07:09 PM
Steveeeeeeee must win after Parish told us he was the Premier League signings of the season and Pardew claimed to have shown Pep Guardiola the way forward first with our new playmaker goalkeeper playing it out from the back.
He was wank and then just to rub it in became good again back in France!

pap
03-11-2017, 07:13 PM
Jose Campana - Came to us with a good reputation and as Spains U21 captain, never seemed like a good fit for us.

Chris K
03-11-2017, 07:16 PM
Ivan Kaviedes was amazing on Football/Championship Manager. For us? Not so much

Jim Cannon
03-11-2017, 07:32 PM
The first 6 months of Andros Townsend's palace career were absolutely dreadful.

An exaggeration, he wasn't brilliant, but he scored a great solo goal v stoke after a few games

Sick Bucket
03-11-2017, 07:35 PM
I was thinking of Ricardo Fuller but he's more a case of being shit then becoming good, which is kind of a different thread, but anyway I thought I'd toss his name into the mix.

Bryan
03-11-2017, 07:37 PM
Quite liked McAnuff, the only negative I recall was he was another one of those wingers who wanted to play on the 'wrong' side so he could always cut in and shoot. Undermined the manager a bit with his strops, even if it was Taylor

Didn’t he score a winner against “them”?

IanH
03-11-2017, 07:37 PM
Tommy Langley

Vince Hilaire's Afro
03-11-2017, 07:47 PM
Didn’t he score a winner against “them”?

Absolutely. Not just a winner, but a last minute winner

sl6 Eagle
03-11-2017, 08:47 PM
Jairo Ridewald

Shipp Ahoy!
03-11-2017, 09:12 PM
Jairo Ridewald

Hilarious.

I assume it's a joke... Given he's 21 and played 4 games!

sl6 Eagle
03-11-2017, 09:32 PM
Hilarious.

I assume it's a joke... Given he's 21 and played 4 games!

Slightly tongue in cheek yes, but he was supposedly the next Dutch star but he had as bad a debut as possible against Huddersfield and hasn’t really produced much better since. He couldn’t break into a team that lost 7 in a row without so much as scoring. He obviously has time on his side but he fits the description of the thread title albeit only 4 awful appearances in.

Son of Coveta
03-11-2017, 09:32 PM
Jobi MacAnuff

Arrived already injured, and thankfully got sold in the same condition.

Moments of brilliance, but many more moments spent in the treatment room.

He scored a last gasp winner in a 3-2 away victory against the weed hero status just for that.

Son of Coveta
03-11-2017, 09:34 PM
Oops is see it's just been mentioned should have finished reading before posting.

Jules
03-11-2017, 09:57 PM
Flamini.

And who was that striker we got out of contract, who’d had a good career but never got fit enough to play for us? About 4/5 years back, an African maybe?

TheMexicanHorse
03-11-2017, 10:07 PM
Cabaye

TheMexicanHorse
03-11-2017, 10:08 PM
Flamini.

And who was that striker we got out of contract, who’d had a good career but never got fit enough to play for us? About 4/5 years back, an African maybe?

Adebayor? Parish signing

Was signed solely for the epl African market

Heb 7:4
03-11-2017, 10:19 PM
Cabaye

This is nonsense. He was gash at PSG. Coming to us helped him get his form back.

TWELLSEagle
03-11-2017, 10:35 PM
Ivan Kaviedes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO_RVAVaY6I - notice the number 3 here, did he understand the meaning of the pass?

Was very pleased when we signed him as he was great on Championship Manager, and was regarded as a 'Dead Ball specialist' but then hardly featured and wasnt special when he did.

Still maintain this guy was class.

wawman_15
03-11-2017, 10:37 PM
Flamini.

And who was that striker we got out of contract, who’d had a good career but never got fit enough to play for us? About 4/5 years back, an African maybe?

Aruna Dindane? Never played a game if I can recall correctly!

Jules
03-11-2017, 10:38 PM
Aruna Dindane? Never played a game if I can recall correctly!



That's the one.

Heppolette
03-11-2017, 10:43 PM
Tom Ince.

Came with a fanfare, left like a fart.

Remember Ian Wright being asked on a TV programme early in 2013 who was better between Ince and Zaha.

Suffice to say he opted for son of his friend and all round good bloke Paul Ince.

Get off the telly.

Eagle96
03-11-2017, 10:45 PM
Stern John

Scott Flinders (meant to be the next Gordon Banks or something)

Heppolette
03-11-2017, 10:49 PM
The two that stand out for me are Welsh International and Kevin Keegan lookalike David Giles who was absolutely brilliant at Selhurst playing for Swansea in a 3-3 Cup match, and who generally had been getting good reviews for a season or two,.......until we bought him. Absolutely sh1te from then on in.

And Mike Flanagan...even worse because he was bloody expensive.

"Gilo" told me and small gaggle of friends to fvck off and gave us the V sign when he scored the last minute clincher in a pre-season friendly at Plough Lane in the early 80's after we'd given him a bit of stick during the game. Very Funny.

Salad_Burnet
03-11-2017, 10:56 PM
Had hardly scored a goal in English football when we signed him (Carle). Either none or one or something, can't check right now. I could not believe we were spending what was then for us huge money on that type of attacking player. You know, an impotent one. There went Palace again lacking the very basics in common sense in the transfer market.

Even at that early stage, it felt like Simon Jordan's last throw of the dice.

Raggy
03-11-2017, 11:12 PM
Jose Campana

dim
04-11-2017, 07:11 AM
My vote goes to Alex Dyer, who played brilliantly a few times against us for Hull City, such that there was a real buzz of expectation when Noadsey parted with a hefty fee for his signature. Needless to say he was dogshit for us virtually every time. No matter how much we willed him on, he was awful.

SilentAssassin
04-11-2017, 07:27 AM
Matt Upson
Scott Flinders
Nicky Carle

H.Bomb
04-11-2017, 07:37 AM
Nick Carle

H.Bomb
04-11-2017, 07:39 AM
Still maintain this guy was class.


Ecuadorean international who played in a World Cup

JDawg
04-11-2017, 07:51 AM
Kebe

Eagle's Away
04-11-2017, 08:10 AM
Kebe

Kebe vs Mutch - that has to be the ultimate conundrum. Which one was / is worse? Both had natural talent but had / have a similar mental attitude (you cannot get rid of me until I have seen out my entire contract)

cpfc4evandeva
04-11-2017, 08:21 AM
Matt Upson
Scott Flinders
Nicky Carle

Flinders was Barnsley's reserve keeper. It was a complete and utter waste of money that made no sense at the time, and makes even less sense now. Cheers Peter Taylor.

Nigelbrag
04-11-2017, 09:00 AM
There has been quite a few over the years, but the one that immediately comes to mind is Kebe a proven talented player but for whatever reasons had a mental block during his Palace playing career. Unfortunately we are now having a rerun of that scenario with Jordan Mutch, what makes it frustrating is we know he is talented, so you have to ask does he not have any pride or respect for himself knowing he can do a whole lot better but refuses to do so.

JDawg
04-11-2017, 09:51 AM
Also Darcy Blake (remember him?)

Vince Hilaire's Afro
04-11-2017, 09:53 AM
Darren Ward arrived with a bit of a fanfare from what I can recall. Didn't really contribute much beyond great hair

Tim
04-11-2017, 10:01 AM
We had a number of players in the early 80s who'd played in the first team for clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal, but is was completely unclear how they'd managed this when you saw them in action for us.

Alex Dyer was a world beater until he joined us.

Marco Gabbiadini effectively destroyed his top flight career by joining us.

Neil Ruddock added a footnote of lazy, overweight shite to his previously illustrious career with his 'efforts' for CPFC.

He was a signing that always stands out in my mind. I was so excited when we signed him.

When he came to Selhurst with Hull in about 88 he played like Bolasie at his very best. When we signed him he played like Phil Barber at his very worst!

Vince Hilaire's Afro
04-11-2017, 10:16 AM
Pretty sure Dyer even scored direct from a corner against us once? He was clearly taking the piss

ee-ay-ee-ay-ee-ay-o
04-11-2017, 11:13 AM
Pretty sure Dyer even scored direct from a corner against us once? He was clearly taking the piss

Yup he did and I was there...he was like Ronaldo against us...always !

Vince Hilaire's Afro
04-11-2017, 11:37 AM
Yup he did and I was there...he was like Ronaldo against us...always !

Taken from the portacabin corner of the Holmesdale if I recall!

Socrates
04-11-2017, 11:42 AM
Ade Akinbiye.

Tim
04-11-2017, 02:09 PM
Ade Akinbiye.

To be fair to the thread title he was already shit when we signed him. Leicester couldn’t believe their luck when we offered £2.5 mil for him.

God, he was pony!

JDawg
04-11-2017, 08:47 PM
Counago

Naboo
04-11-2017, 08:53 PM
Jon Macken

Tom's Old Man
04-11-2017, 08:57 PM
Has to be Brolin. Gabbiadini is another who springs to mind, plus a few dozen others!

Naboo
04-11-2017, 08:58 PM
Patrick Van Aanholt

Naboo
04-11-2017, 09:00 PM
Wilbraham

Naboo
04-11-2017, 09:01 PM
Kuqi

Friskey
04-11-2017, 09:04 PM
Patrick Van Aanholt

Was shit when we signed him. Still shit.

Naboo
04-11-2017, 09:07 PM
Was shit when we signed him. Still shit.

I thought he was a good PL quality LB when we signed him! I was wrong

Hedgehog
04-11-2017, 09:11 PM
Cabaye
Although definitely not "shit", I was going to nominate his as on the whole "disappointing".

When you look at how good he was, or should I say the quality of goals he scored, for Newcastle I was expecting more.

Still gets in the team today on merit though, and seems to be getting some form back, so fingers crossed he can bang in a few like the Arsenal one and like the one that hit the post v West Ham.

McpfcS
04-11-2017, 09:50 PM
Cabaye


Presumably a piss take. He’s been mostly excellent for us particularly when he’s had a half sensible manager to play under.

CPFC.1990
04-11-2017, 09:54 PM
Neil Emblen.

elthameagle
04-11-2017, 10:39 PM
Patrick Van Aanholt

I think the spelling is wrong in the heading = shisha / sh1te

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/657463/Crystal-Palace-news-Patrick-van-Aanholt-shisha-Newcastle-Premier-League

Se9 eagles
04-11-2017, 11:06 PM
Paul Mortimer?

Optimistic Kev
04-11-2017, 11:21 PM
Emblen is a good shout.

I’ll go for Andy Roberts. Paid over £2m for him (massive money at the time) and for me never lived up to his Millwall hype.

CP-RJW
04-11-2017, 11:44 PM
I thought he was a good PL quality LB when we signed him! I was wrong
You didn’t listen to the Sunderland fans laughing their cocks off at the price tag.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
04-11-2017, 11:48 PM
Emblen is a good shout.

I’ll go for Andy Roberts. Paid over £2m for him (massive money at the time) and for me never lived up to his Millwall hype.

Not sure if there was that much hype about either players, just bemusement from the selling clubs that we were bidding so much for them.

I remember some Palace fans being angry that we'd paid £2.5m for a hat stand when Mick McCarthy said Andy Roberts "isn't going to spray passes all over the pitch, but you can hang your hat on him".

Wasn't there also some kind of weirdness surrounding the unusually high Emblen fee?

Hedgehog
05-11-2017, 01:31 AM
I've just thought of one - Mike Flanagan. Had one good game I think, and didn't hang around long.

And to a lesser extent Gerry Francis, but I thought he was shit before he came to us.

Eagle96
05-11-2017, 09:45 AM
I remember being excited when we signed Paul Ifill, shame he was always on the treatment table (I don't actually remember him being 'shit' though, just not as good as I had hoped). Considering we had Carl Fletcher, Mark Kennedy and Stuart Green in the squad at that time, Ifill felt like a marquee signing.

JDawg
10-11-2017, 01:13 PM
David Goodwilie

Remember him?

switchboard
10-11-2017, 01:20 PM
David Goodwilie

Remember him?

Didn't he die a few years back?

thefox
10-11-2017, 03:24 PM
Didn't he die a few years back?

No. Charged with rape, criminal charges not persued. Done in a civil case.

thefox
10-11-2017, 03:28 PM
You maybe thinking of Idrizaj.

gilesy14
10-11-2017, 04:15 PM
Emblen is a good shout.

I’ll go for Andy Roberts. Paid over £2m for him (massive money at the time) and for me never lived up to his Millwall hype.

Behave - how was Andy Roberts shite?

wrightchipvcfc
10-11-2017, 04:28 PM
Glyn hodges

Optimistic Kev
11-11-2017, 11:44 AM
Behave - how was Andy Roberts shite?


Read my post.

I didn’t say he was shite - for me he never lived up to the hype, especially in midfield. Stephen Hawking was quicker than him.

Not a bad sweeper though but not for £2m and being the ‘next best thing’.

Popester
11-11-2017, 12:15 PM
Read my post.

I didn’t say he was shite - for me he never lived up to the hype, especially in midfield. Stephen Hawking was quicker than him.

Not a bad sweeper though but not for £2m and being the ‘next best thing’.

To be fair, the thread is called "players who were shite.." and you said "I'll go for Andy Roberts".

I really liked Roberts.

Optimistic Kev
11-11-2017, 09:32 PM
Fair enough, although the thread has moved on into a discussion on certain players.

I’ll clarify - Roberts wasn’t ‘proper shite’ but was ‘bang average’ for the fee he cost.

Thefunkymonk
11-11-2017, 09:33 PM
Emblem

Kylie_Tracey
11-11-2017, 10:30 PM
Emblem

I never rated Emblem at the height of his career, one paced, predictable and a turning circle close to the QE2

Lee sinnots ear
12-11-2017, 12:41 PM
David Price double winner with the Arse and in my worst all time 11

spt1978
12-11-2017, 01:04 PM
Thought Rubins was going to be a world beater, never really worked out.

New LP
12-11-2017, 05:01 PM
Matthew Upson. Was a fairly highly rated player throughout his career. Was shockingly bad for us on loan.

exiledeagle
12-11-2017, 07:17 PM
Jose Campana

Yes no one had heard of him but they said it was a great signing :)