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about palace echo

Palace Echo is the biggest-selling fanzine of Crystal Palace Football Club, published six times a season (well, so the theory goes). The Palace Echo Fanzine and Website are 100% unofficial and unauthorised in any way by Crystal Palace F.C.

palace echo online

The fanzine has had an online presence since January 1999, which has undergone a number of design changes. This latest version was designed by WWWitherow and officially launched early in September 2004 with phases of new content coming online through the 2004/5 season.

We hope you enjoy browsing the site. As a rule we try and keep our content fresh and original - we prefer to link to other sites, although our stats shouldn't vary that much (we hope!)

If you have any suggestions or comments about this site or the fanzine, please feel free to contact us via the site.

Thanks to all the very wonderful people (there's a list coming soon) who have inspired this site and continue to devote so much time and energy to making it one of the most exciting Palace resources on the 'net.

origins of the species

First Palace Echo coverPalace Echo first hit the streets of South London (la! la! la!) for the first time on 14 January 1995, a 2-0 home victory over Leicester.

Palace had just gone nine league games without scoring and the win over Leicester came as great relief and a nice coda to the launch of the new fanzine.

Its origins, however, lie with one of the most popular and well-respected football fanzines of all time - Eagle Eye. "Eagle Eye (incorporating Palace Echo)" was first published in the autumn of 1987 by founding editor John Ellis.

Eagle Eye #1 Many people assumed that Palace Echo was another similar publication that had merged to form Eagle Eye, in fact, the title was a joke about the lack of a roof on the Holmesdale (i.e. when we get a roof, they'll be an Echo), which was a central theme for the early issues.

Eagle Eye became one of the most respected and popular of Football Fanzines, commanding a wide readership not confined solely to Palace fans. Eagle Eye became as synonymous with Palace as Wright and Bright during the late 80's and early 90's, much to the chagrin of former Chairman, Ron Noades. "Uncle Ron" was oft quoted as wondering, (without any hint of irony) where all the money went from the sale of fanzines, accusing editors of taking from the game without putting anything back. Even so, he still kept a full set of issues in his office draw.

Eagle Eye's strength was its large editorial squad and high quality contributions. Given the strength of talent on the books and the level of sales, Eagle Eye had the resources to underwrite free balloons, away travel, replica old-style shirts (long before the club saw the potential), annual five-a-side competitions, games against other fanzines, charity events and the like. The Eagle Eye team also featured in a Sky Sports documentary in the first season of the Premiership entitled "Palace Jesters".

Their two greatest achievements were perhaps the coach trip to Italy to see Palace take on Fiorentina and Sampdoria in the 1990 Baretti Tournament and the production in 1993 of probably the finest book about Palace yet published.

Eagle Eye book "We all follow the Palace" edited by Tony Matthews and the team was a 300+ page book containing contributions from over 200 fans containing a potted history of the club, player interviews, great games and a host of daft items in the true EE style. - profits from the book went to Croydon Age Concern and about £10,000 was raised. The book effectively sold out within 6 months of its publication and was re-printed in 1998 - you can still buy it from our online shop!

After thirty issues and whilst still at the height of its popularity, the majority of the editorial team voted to call it a day and go out at the top in the autumn of 1994. The baton was passed to those who did still want to continue. Under the banner of Eagle Eye Publications, Palace Echo was born edited by Laurie Dahl and a small team of Eagle Eye regulars and some new contributors.

In the minds of its readership, Palace Echo continued pretty much where Eagle Eye left off, but stronger emphasis on design and new regular features gave Palace Echo its own voice and style. The new team were quickly in demand for quotes and soundbites by the media, especially following the Cantona incident and all of its subsequent ramifications. Issue 12 saw further design and content changes as former Eagle Eye colleagues briefly returned to the fold to lend a hand with the new look, before they launched a new national magazine "Classic Television" - devoted to classic British TV and Films.

In November 1998, shortly after publication of Issue 22, Laurie and Emma's first child - Gracie - was born. Also Neil the Eagle started work on the first Palace Echo website which came on-line in January 1999, thus there was a brief hiatus in publication of the fanzine. When it returned however, alarming cracks in the Goldberg empire were beginning to show.

As the situation worsened at Selhurst, Palace Echo, in both web and fanzine format, became actively involved in the protests against Mark Goldberg's stewardship. This culminated in the final issue of the season being produced with a black cover to tie in with the black balloon release and protest march.

Issue 26After a summer of frantic nail-chewing to see if the club would survive in its current form, Palace Echo also moved forward with the publication of our first issue to sport a colour cover.

Adminst the financial uncertainty, Palace Echo went from strength to strength. The fanzine was an integral part of the launch of the Supporters Trust and became a standard bearer for the Trust's aims.

In January 2000, the website celebrated its first birthday and notched up 20,000 hits in its first year. Uncertainty about the club continued through most of the close season, but finally the club was rescued by Simon Jordan. At Palace Echo it was also a time of change. Founding editor, Laurie Dahl decided to step down and Neil the Eagle took over the reins as editor and publisher.

The first issue "under new management" hit the streets on 9 September 2000, just as the website was approaching 50,000 hits. The website was totally relaunched into this new format on 1 June 2001, just as the old site was topping 90,000 hits.Palace Echo Issue 50

The magazine has undergone several further style changes under the editorship of Neil the Eagle. On 26 October 2002 Palace Echo celebrated our 50th issue. The team obliged on the pitch that day too, creaming our arch rivals, Brighton 5-0.

At this point, the website was looking rather jaded,, so a stripped down version lite was launched as a temporary stop gap, whislt the site was totally redesigned. 'Lite' lasted an embarrassingly long 21 months before the all new site was finally launched in September 2004.

In April 2004, another milestone was passed when Palace Echo Issue 61 topped the total number of issues produced by One More Point.

In Season 2006/07, after moving to A5 size and, at last becoming a full colour fanzine, the editorial team of Neil Witherow and Matt Lloyd stepped down and the regular fanzine went into hiatus, whilst the team explore other avenues, including a book.


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