In Both Camps; Crystal Palace

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To go to Selhurst Park and play away it’s not easy, but today Leicester City showed class and made us all clap our hands as they went on to win 2-0. In the Palace team you had two former foxes in Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt.

Both players have done really well during their time with The Eagles and they are good professionals who have been in the game for a number of years. Jeffrey Schlupp, started the season as a first team alternative in the days of the great PL win. He lost his left back place to Christian Fuchs, and of course Ben Chilwell pushing forward it was understandable to see him move on.

Patrick van Aanholt spent a period on loan at Leicester City as far back as 2011, at the time a player on Chelsea books. The now 29 year old Dutch international played 12 games before heading back to Stamford Bridge.

Damien Delaney is also one from close present to be a former fox and eagle, a player that probably was a bit underestimated and didn’t really make it in the top flight, playing only a handful of games as a youngster with Leicester City and returning to PL action with Palace in his 30’s.

Peter Taylor never played for Leicester City, but he was the manager of the club from 2000 to 2001, at one time being the “top man” in the country, as he also coached England for one game and later becoming a part of the staff under another later to be Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson. Taylor is one of very few to play for England while playing at a third level club, something he did during the 70’s with Crystal Palace. He has later also been the manager at Selhurst Park.

Stan Collymore are another former players in both camps, not really being very long in either clubs, but still good players. Steve Kember is another who was a great young talent with Crystal Palace representing them at England U.23 level and later moving back to Selhurst Park after his time with Leicester City.

James Scowcroft probably most known for his days at Ipswich Town, but part of Leicester City’s promotion campaign in 2002-03, and later playing a number of seasons with Crystal Palace later in his career.

Ade Akinbiyi a record buy at both clubs, not really the best years of his career, but he managed to score goals in both camps. Leicester City med Ade a record signing, coming in from Wolves for £5.5million in 2000 and sold him on to Crystal Palace after just a short while, for just a bit below half price. His stay at Selhurst Park was not really a long one either.

Trevor Benjamin spent time on loan at Crystal Palace as a Leicester City player back in 01/02, adding up six games and scoring once. Marcus Bent is another forward with a life at both clubs.

Midfielder Neil Danns joined Leicester City from Crystal Palace and might have been more popular with Crystal Palace, adding up more games while on Selhurst Park. The Guyana international is now enjoying life at Tranmere Rovers after being on of the casualties at Bury when the club faulted.

Terry Fenwick who spent a short while on loan at Leicester City actually started his career with Crystal Palace before heading to Tottenham Hotspur and surprisingly being a player fielded regularly for England during the 1986 World Cup.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
  • Defenders
    • Ryan McGivern
    • Aleksandar Tunchev
    • Damien Delaney
    • Patrick van Aanholt
    • Terry Fenwick
  • Midfield
    • Bobby Kellard
    • Jeffrey Schlupp
    • Steve Kember
    • Tony Sealy
    • Neil Danns
    • Alan Birchenall
  • Forwards
    • Paul Kitson
    • Marcus Bent
    • Stan Collymore
    • James Scowcroft
    • Trevor Benjamin
    • Ade Akinbiyi

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