Crystal Palace fans and chairman Steve Parish angry after Premier League match with Everton at Goodison Park called off

The big screen at Goodison Park                     Pictures: Keith Gillard

The big screen at Goodison Park Pictures: Keith Gillard

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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has joined fans in venting his frustration at the postponement of last night 's clash with Everton.

Palace's game with the Toffees at Goodison Park was called off with just 35 minutes to go to kick-off because of stormy weather.

The decision was taken to call off the game after advice from the police that buildings in Goodison Road close to the ground were unsafe.

But the decison meant that an estimated 1,500 Palace fans who made the trip to see the game were left disappointed.

Many were angry the game was called off at such short notice.

The club's co-chairman Steve Parish tweeted: "What an absolute shambles, just got home 7 hours in the car longer for the fans on the coaches!!

"Asked to delay kick off, to get fans coaches there, told there were no problems and no need to be delayed, 20 mins later games called off!"

Wimbledon Guardian: Palace players warm up before the game was cancelled

Palace players warm up before the game was cancelled

Season ticket holder Andrew Finnegan, 24, from Shirley, who made the journey up with friends, said: "It was extremely frustrating.

"We basically spent 12 hours on the coach up there and back as shortly before we arrived was when the game was called off."

"We just could not believe there was no way the area that was unsafe could not be cordoned off. It seems a bit extreme that it meant the whole game had to be called off."

Mr Finnegan had taken two days off so he could go to the match- and said it would be unlikely he would be able to make the rescheduled game.


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6:57pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Son of St Domingo says...

I would have thought Mr Parish would have spoken to Everton before commenting publicly. The game was called off by the police, not Everton, due to slates coming off the roof of the Winslow pub situated in Goodison Road, the busiest thoroughfare on matchdays and the only access to the Main Stand, very close to kick off time.
Flying debris during similar conditions at Leicester some 10 years ago took the life of one of our fans so the police were spot on to call the game off.
I would have thought Mr Parish would have spoken to Everton before commenting publicly. The game was called off by the police, not Everton, due to slates coming off the roof of the Winslow pub situated in Goodison Road, the busiest thoroughfare on matchdays and the only access to the Main Stand, very close to kick off time. Flying debris during similar conditions at Leicester some 10 years ago took the life of one of our fans so the police were spot on to call the game off. Son of St Domingo
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7:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

suttondad says...

Parish, think you are out of order, the police called it off and were right to do so, the conditions were not fit, you would be one of the first ones demanding answers if anything had happened
Parish, think you are out of order, the police called it off and were right to do so, the conditions were not fit, you would be one of the first ones demanding answers if anything had happened suttondad
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2:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ANNE GILES says...

What makes people spend a load of money to watch a group of men kicking a ball? I prefer to watch my dog playing ball in the back garden. A lot cheaper.
What makes people spend a load of money to watch a group of men kicking a ball? I prefer to watch my dog playing ball in the back garden. A lot cheaper. ANNE GILES
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