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Richard Foster

Sabotaging since 9 Sep 2013

Richard Foster spent (too) many years working in sales & marketing in media, including a 13 year stint at the Financial Times. In 2006 he experienced an epiphany and coupled with a full-blown mid-life crisis, he became a journalist and writer. Since then he has been a regular contributor to Harpers, the wine magazine and has also written for the Guardian and a variety of websites & fanzines. In June 2013 Richard was invited as one of just a few select writers, alongside Jonathan Wilson and Phil Shaw, to contribute articles for the Football League's 125th Anniversary. He has just finished his first book, “Up, Up and Away”, the very first book to tell the captivating story of the English Football League Play-Offs and the birth of the biggest money game in world sport. His support of Crystal Palace is unwavering, the rock on which his life is based, poor bugger. He is also co-host and writer of Seventh Heaven, ‘the best quiz in Europe’. His longer ramblings can be found at http://fosterfire.blogspot.com, his more pithy, twittery stuff @rcfoster..

My Articles

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Crystal Palace: Five Things We Need To Do To Beat West Ham

West Ham are never an easy team to play against and we have to be sure that complacency doesn’t creep in…

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Five Things Crystal Palace Need To Do To Beat Aston Villa

We got breathing space in a tight relegation race, but we need to pounce on Villa’s vulnerability – this is no time for complacency…

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Crystal Palace: Forget Chelsea, Watch Out For Zaha’s Return

We’re still riding high from beating Jose’s men but we need to beware Wilfried’s inevitable revenge…

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Crystal Palace: Five Things We Need To Do To Choke Chelsea

It’ll be a stern test, but if Pulis puts in Bannan we have a slim chance of scalping the Blues…

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Crystal Palace: Five Things We Need To Do To Down Newcastle

We’re short of goals all over and we could really do with Muzza showing a bit of last season’s form…

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5 Things Crystal Palace Need To Do To Beat Sunderland

People talk about ‘six pointers’ but this one feels more like a ‘nine pointer’…

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Crystal Palace: Will The Real Tom Ince Please Step Forward?

Worrying signs of inconsistency have already started showing in Ince’s career and he really needs to settle once and for all whether he’s the main man at Palace…

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Crystal Palace: Tom Ince Could Be Our Michu vs. Swansea

They might be buoyed by a free-scoring Bony and St. David’s Day but here are five things we can do to sink the Swans…

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Crystal Palace: We Need To Beware The Wounded Animal, Man United

A point or three vs. United would make it five unbeaten this year – such results could be the difference between success and failure at the end of the season.

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Crystal Palace: Our Blood Rivalry With Man United Must Come To An End

“Many decry the lack of atmosphere at Premier League stadia but that is a small price to pay for the sake of a life.”

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Crystal Palace: Throw Ledley & Ince Straight In To Continue Our Resurgence vs. West Brom

Team spirit is good but the Baggies will be riding high after their (lucky) point against Liverpool – the injection of our two new signings would go down a treat…

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Crystal Palace: 5 Things We Need To Do To Silence The Arsenal

We’ve probably not got a prayer but we’re amidst an incredible revival where anything could happen…

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Crystal Palace: Hull Win Pivotal, Thank God We’re Out Of That FA Cup Nonsense…

Feel solidarity to their fans and their plight but at the end of the day, let’s get that win and sign some players… Please?

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Crystal Palace: Sod’s Law That Watson & Boyce Will Come Back To Haunt Us

We’ve got to take the cup seriously and not do a West Ham but it feels inevitable that a few Palace old boys will cause us damage…

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The First 20 Pubs I Took My Daughter To

Twenty pubs in four months with my little girl – an achievement I remain strangely proud of…

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Crystal Palace: Birthday Boy Pulis’ Inside Knowledge Key To Breaking Stoke

Forget Puncheon’s stratospheric penalty, we need a win to keep up with our resurgent rivals – here’s hoping Pulis can get one over on his former club…

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Crystal Palace: We Must Nullify Spurs Midfield & Supply Our Moroccan Zlatan

We’re resurgent and up against the most Jekyll & Hyde side in the league – if we stop Adebayor and their centre-mids we just might be okay…

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Crystal Palace: 5 Things We Need To Beat West Brom

With a scratch side and playing in what are set to be awful conditions, trust in Pulis is what we need…

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Crystal Palace: Ward’s Been Brilliant But Puncheon Must Add Consistency To His Game

Saint Joel’s move into midfield has been a successful experiment so far and with some canny transfers and Puncheon’s form, we will be in the Prem next season…

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Crystal Palace: Head Boy Pulis, Star Pupil Chamakh & Aiming For Glorious 17th

With the trolley dash madness of Holloway behind us, the charge is on. Here’s a half-term report….

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Crystal Palace: We Want Chamakh For Good & Jedinak Needs To Be Henry V

A good run of form from our players and our Tony means we’re now ready to take on the big(ish) boys…

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Crystal Palace: 5 Point Plan For Pulis To Give Chelsea The Blues

They only have three goals in seven away games but with Pulis injecting hope into the club, here’s how Palace can get a result against Chelsea this weekend.

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5 Things Crystal Palace Must Do To Shoot Down Bluebirds

Palace need to pick up points over Xmas to move off the bottom, here’s a blueprint…

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Crystal Palace: New Found Confidence Means We’re Finally Getting Over Holloway Era

With Pulis looking to add quality to our squad in January, salvation just might be on the cards and for that all Palace fans should be grateful…

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Crystal Palace: The Five Point Plan To Choke The Canaries & Avoid Relegation

With Pulis bringing some resilience to the Eagles, relegation is no longer inevitable. Here’s how they can keep up their positive momentum…

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Sachin Tendulkar: How The Little Master Let His Mum & I Down

Sachin Tendulkar didn’t manage a final century as his peerless career came to a close with a 74, the big party pooper…

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Why Supporters Trusts Are The Future Of English Football

Sick of fake sheikhs and oligarchs out to make a quick buck? Here’s why English clubs should follow the example of the Bundesliga and promote supporters trusts.

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Ashes 2013/14: Can England Outbox Boof & Douse Aussie Fire?

With the cordite of the summer series still lingering in the air, England will face a hostile crowd, a negative media and the same team they bossed. Seconds out…

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The Pixies: The Best Band I’ve Ever Seen Live

In the late 80s Francis and co rocked my world, 25 years on at Brixton they still have the power to shake you to your core…

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Crystal Palace: 5 Things We Must Do To Kickstart Our Season vs. West Brom

Crystal Palace fans haven’t had much to cheer about lately but if the players tap into the spirit that got them promoted, they’ve got a chance against WBA.

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Crystal Palace Fan: Go For Di Matteo, Leave Keane With Chiles

For the umpteenth time we find ourselves staring into the abyss, as the threat of The Championship looms large – we need a manager and quick…

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Crystal Palace: Olly Deserves Respect & Gratitude For Walking The Plank

His transfer record is a shambles, but Olly is a good, decent man who cared about the club above himself…

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7th Heaven Or Hell: Crystal Palace’s First 7 Matches

Let’s kick off with a couple of weighty issues that have vexed and challenged philosophers over the centuries. Firstly, free will against determinism and secondly, the significance of the number seven. These two may seem unconnected but during this article about Palace’s start to 2013/14 campaign they will be woven together as if an army of silk worms were traversing Selhurst Park.

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Addiction In Football: The PFA Needs To Take A Stand Now

Addiction in football is not a new issue and indeed there is a long, sorry history of the destructive power that it has wreaked…

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The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw: Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew vs. Liverpool

Like all Palace’s goals that day Pardew’s was not a thing of beauty but it was a beautiful goal and remains the best goal I’ve ever seen us score…

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A Crisis Of Coaching: England’s Failing Football Factory

Greg Dyke made several valid points, but with the stuffed shirt nature of the FA still requiring coaching candidates to pull their socks up for exams, is there any hope?

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Despite Jose’s Persecution Complex, I’m Glad He’s Back At Chelsea

Okay so he’s arrogant, paranoid and often makes his teams frustrating to watch but I’m just glad Mourinho is back in the Premier League…

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