Allison at Palace

Malcolm Allison

(5 September 1927 – 14 October 2010)

Malcolm Allison became Crystal Palace manager on March 31st, 1973 and the club has, arguably, never been the same since. He changed their nickname, ‘The Glaziers’ where rechristened ‘The Eagles’, he changed their strip, out went White & Claret & Blue and in came Barcelona style Red & Blue stripes, and his extrovert nature ensured they were never out of the newspapers. The success he’d enjoyed at previous club Manchester City (First Division title, FA Cup, League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup victories), however, was not transported to South London.

‘The Eagles’ lost five out of their last seven games following his arrival and where relegated from the old First Division, a feat that was repeated the following season with relegation to the Division Three. 1975-76 was his most successful campaign but despite reaching the FA Cup Semi-Finals they failed to gain promotion – despite a very healthy lead at one stage – and he resigned in the May.

Capturing all of this on film was Hy Money who became Fleet Streets first ever female sports photographer during that era. A chance trip to Selhurst Park – a birthday treat for her son – and she was hooked. A two year battle to join the NUJ (National Union of Journalists) followed after which she became a familiar face at senior football matches across the capital.

To coincide with Palace’s centenary in 2005 a book containing over a 1,000 of her pictures of CPFC entitled ‘Hy on Palace’ was published. With a keen interest in football photography, and bolstered by glowing reviews of the book in the Independent and When Saturday Comes, I splashed out on a copy and well worth it was too.

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