Author Archives: Matt Woosnam

Matt is a freelance journalist with experience of writing about football, and Palace in particular for several years, while he has also broken exclusive stories. He takes an interest in the club on and off the pitch at all levels and enjoys covering the youth teams in great detail, attending matches at U18 and U21 level on a regular basis, but also has plenty to offer when discussing the first team.

Former Crystal Palace midfielder Rob Quinn: ‘Young players need opportunities, they need someone who believes in them’

Rob Quinn

Rewind 21 years. The 19-year-old Rob Quinn watches, dumbfounded, as Steve Claridge’s shin sends the ball past Nigel Martyn and into the goal in the final minute of extra-time in the First Division play-off Final. May 27, 1996 is a day he will never forget. On only his third start for Crystal Palace since progressing through the youth system, he ... Read More »

Crystal Palace U18s 2-1 Coventry City U18s – Young Eagles end Sky Blues’ 11 match winning run

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It is perhaps a little premature to herald a new dawn for Crystal Palace’s academy, but in the early Spring sunshine, a very young U18 side produced a superb performance to end Coventry City’s 11-game winning run with a 2-1 victory at Goals. Two consecutive wins for this inexperienced U18 side, containing just a single second-year scholar in Sam Woods ... Read More »

Match Report: Crystal Palace U18s put topsy-turvy season behind them with convincing 3-0 win over Hull City U18s

Palace U18s

Crystal Palace U18s have had a productive, but somewhat topsy-turvy season, but a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Hull City saw them put in their best performance of the campaign. The young Eagles sit third in the Professional Development U18 League 2 South with no prospect of gaining ground on leaders Charlton or second placed Coventry City, but goals from James ... Read More »

Crystal Palace academy boss hopes Luke Dreher success can act as inspiration for other academy stars

Luke Dreher

Crystal Palace academy manager Gary Issott has laid down the gauntlet to the club’s youngsters to follow in the footsteps of Luke Dreher and force their way into the first team squad. The 17-year-old central midfielder has trained regularly with the first team at the back-end of the season after impressive performances in the Eagles’ U21 side throughout the season. ... Read More »

Crystal Palace to release 10 players from academy squads as Reise Allassani becomes high-profile departure

Reise Allassani

Crystal Palace are set to release 10 players from their U21 and U18 squads this season, with Reise Allassani the most high profile departure. The 20-year-old Allassani was tipped for a big future when he burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old, signing the most lucrative professional contract for an academy player in the club’s history, and scoring for England ... Read More »

Crystal Palace youngster Luke Dreher reaps rewards of promising season with place on the bench at Old Trafford for Premier League clash with Manchester United

Luke Dreher

The academy has not been the most pressing concern this season for Crystal Palace, but they are right to acknowledge talented players when they come along. And come along one has. The 17-year-old Luke Dreher, a central midfielder capable of making surging runs, or defence-splitting passes, has been named on the bench for the Eagles’ Premier League match away at ... Read More »

Crystal Palace U18s 2-1 Charlton Athletic U18s: Eagles return to winning ways with impressive victory in local derby

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Having conceded four goals in several games recently, something had to give for Crystal Palace’s U18s when they faced local rivals Charlton, and it did as they bounced back from consecutive defeats to earn victory over the league leaders. The young Eagles began the season brightly, with a strong side, before fading away without a victory in their previous four ... Read More »

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