Fan is banned for 'winding up' Crystal Palace boss

Fan is banned for 'winding up' Crystal Palace boss

Fan is banned for 'winding up' Crystal Palace boss

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A football club’s number one fan has been banished from the stands for “mercilessly winding up” a Premier League manager.

Crawley Town fanatic Paul Prendergast spent most of Saturday’s friendly against Crystal Palace taunting opposition boss Ian Holloway from his seat just yards from the touchline.

But after Palace lost 3-0 to the lower league club, a furious Holloway complained to Crawley,which has now banned Mr Prendergast for four home games.

Yesterday Mr Prendergast resigned his position as chairman of the Crawley Town Supporters’ Alliance, saying it would “cause too many issues” for him to stay.

But fellow fans said his behaviour was “just Paul being Paul”.

Ian Townsend, spokesmanfor the Crawley Town Supporters’ Alliance, said Mr Prendergast had been banned for “pushing Holloway’s buttons”.

He said: “Paul has been sat in that same seat behind the opposition manager for the last 16 years and to be honest he does tend to wind them up mercilessly.

“On Saturday he could see that Ian Holloway was getting hot under the collar when Palace started losing so he started making some observations about the quality of their team.

“Some other fans might have been ribbing Holloway about his West Country accent but that wasn’t Paul.

“The problem was that he worked out which button to press, pushed it and then wouldn’t remove his finger - until it all went wrong.”

Mr Holloway withstood Mr Prendergast’s taunts for most of the match until Crawley’s third goal went in, when he finally snapped.

According to fans, the manager whipped round to face his tormentor and yelled “Why don’t you shut up?”

When the final whistle blew, the enraged Palace boss marched straight to the stewards and demanded that Mr Prendergast be punished.

A spokesman for Crawley Town said: “Ian Holloway made the complaint and the club followed it up.

“He wasn’t happy and it was noted by the stewards and the head of security. Mr Prendergast was spoken to and subsequently banned for four games.

“We had a duty to act to preserve the integrity of the club.”

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8:58am Mon 29 Jul 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Jeez, so you can be banned for 'winding up' the opposition manager now can you? The 'tennisification' (or 'Cliff Richardisation') of football continues apace. And it WAS only Ian Holloway.

Well done Mr Prendergast and I'm sorry your slightly spineless club banned you.
Jeez, so you can be banned for 'winding up' the opposition manager now can you? The 'tennisification' (or 'Cliff Richardisation') of football continues apace. And it WAS only Ian Holloway. Well done Mr Prendergast and I'm sorry your slightly spineless club banned you. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 5

9:20am Mon 29 Jul 13

GeorgeBTN says...

I don't know this gentleman or the football club but to ban him was ridiculous!
What's wrong with a good bit of banter even if it was over the top. Crawley should give him a job instead and a free season ticket. He could be a useful,weapon!
I don't know this gentleman or the football club but to ban him was ridiculous! What's wrong with a good bit of banter even if it was over the top. Crawley should give him a job instead and a free season ticket. He could be a useful,weapon! GeorgeBTN
  • Score: 2

9:50am Mon 29 Jul 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Pot kettle Black Mr Holloway?


The gobby mug got what he sometimes gets, so what?


Good to see Palace lose, hate them, well done Crawley.
Pot kettle Black Mr Holloway? The gobby mug got what he sometimes gets, so what? Good to see Palace lose, hate them, well done Crawley. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 0

9:54am Mon 29 Jul 13

bentnup says...

The precedent has been set ! I can see thousands upon thousands of fans being complained about by Hollow-ay ! during the up coming season ! Perhaps all of the Old Trafford fans may be banned after just one game ??? hahaha
The precedent has been set ! I can see thousands upon thousands of fans being complained about by Hollow-ay ! during the up coming season ! Perhaps all of the Old Trafford fans may be banned after just one game ??? hahaha bentnup
  • Score: 0

10:00am Mon 29 Jul 13

John Steed says...

no wonder palace lost palace lost, holloway doesnt understand his job title.
getting ribbed by the opposition is part of the perks of the job, as long as it was "Lads Banter" not racist or rudely offensive its no different to telling the ref to take up knitting, holloway will have to put up with more ribbing where ever he goes this season, the terraces will probally ring out " crawley 3 palace 0 meanwhile should have crawley town really punished paul prendergast, over reaction I think, they should have just offered him an red and white gag for the next copule of home games
no wonder palace lost palace lost, holloway doesnt understand his job title. getting ribbed by the opposition is part of the perks of the job, as long as it was "Lads Banter" not racist or rudely offensive its no different to telling the ref to take up knitting, holloway will have to put up with more ribbing where ever he goes this season, the terraces will probally ring out " crawley 3 palace 0 meanwhile should have crawley town really punished paul prendergast, over reaction I think, they should have just offered him an red and white gag for the next copule of home games John Steed
  • Score: -2

11:09am Mon 29 Jul 13

ThinkBrighton says...

PATHETIC!
Just give the manager a box of tissues,
and tell him he is loved really, what a woose
PATHETIC! Just give the manager a box of tissues, and tell him he is loved really, what a woose ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -5

11:53am Mon 29 Jul 13

qm says...

Oh the poor dear! What an evening Ian Holloway's mummy must have had drying his tears and trying to cheer him up.
Needs to take lessons on manning up from Karen (Brady)!!!
Oh the poor dear! What an evening Ian Holloway's mummy must have had drying his tears and trying to cheer him up. Needs to take lessons on manning up from Karen (Brady)!!! qm
  • Score: -3

12:03pm Mon 29 Jul 13

crawley man says...

A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down.
A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down. crawley man
  • Score: 22

12:18pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Hooitness says...

That's why it's called the home advantage.

I'm sure the palace fans are all really supportive of visiting managers.

ho ho ho
That's why it's called the home advantage. I'm sure the palace fans are all really supportive of visiting managers. ho ho ho Hooitness
  • Score: 4

12:26pm Mon 29 Jul 13

clubrob6 says...

Sounds like a bad loser to me,just because you lost a game does not mean you take it out on a fan from the winning side.Its just part of the banter at matches perhaps crystal palace should look at its manager for losing.
Sounds like a bad loser to me,just because you lost a game does not mean you take it out on a fan from the winning side.Its just part of the banter at matches perhaps crystal palace should look at its manager for losing. clubrob6
  • Score: -5

12:47pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Good Ol' Hemz by the Sea says...

Good on ya
Good on ya Good Ol' Hemz by the Sea
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Mon 29 Jul 13

ronrostog says...

Holloway is a gobshite but this bloke sounds like a total div to be honest. You do get sick of the same old 'banter' merchants game in game out going on constantly.
Holloway is a gobshite but this bloke sounds like a total div to be honest. You do get sick of the same old 'banter' merchants game in game out going on constantly. ronrostog
  • Score: 9

12:55pm Mon 29 Jul 13

sisterwhiplash says...

I'm with Crawley man on this one - I know it appears sour grapes by the losing team, however if you knew the man you would have to agree with Crawley mans comments. This is not a one of incident and the next four home games will certainly be more pleasant for those that will now sit close to any empty seat. Should have been a much stronger ban from the club.
I'm with Crawley man on this one - I know it appears sour grapes by the losing team, however if you knew the man you would have to agree with Crawley mans comments. This is not a one of incident and the next four home games will certainly be more pleasant for those that will now sit close to any empty seat. Should have been a much stronger ban from the club. sisterwhiplash
  • Score: 8

1:49pm Mon 29 Jul 13

crawley man says...

The four match ban is a joke when you consider that just last year a proper family fan got a FIVE year exclusion order for something less sinister. Anyone who has had the mis-fortune of sitting anywhere near the abusive bell ringer will no doubt be glad of a four game respite. Going to watch Crawley Town is now a true Family affair, and as such being a family man obscene chanting and berating the opposition manager for 90 minutes is just not on.
Well said 'sisterwhiplash' at least you will have a four game respite now.
The four match ban is a joke when you consider that just last year a proper family fan got a FIVE year exclusion order for something less sinister. Anyone who has had the mis-fortune of sitting anywhere near the abusive bell ringer will no doubt be glad of a four game respite. Going to watch Crawley Town is now a true Family affair, and as such being a family man obscene chanting and berating the opposition manager for 90 minutes is just not on. Well said 'sisterwhiplash' at least you will have a four game respite now. crawley man
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Mon 29 Jul 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Like Holloway has never handed it out.
Any respect left after his Blackpool walk out now totally gone It is not the Crawley fans fault he made a bad decision joining the useless rubbish that no one wants to sign for.
He'll be long gone by Christmas
Like Holloway has never handed it out. Any respect left after his Blackpool walk out now totally gone It is not the Crawley fans fault he made a bad decision joining the useless rubbish that no one wants to sign for. He'll be long gone by Christmas upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: -8

2:10pm Mon 29 Jul 13

dieharddevil says...

The bell guy has been riding his luck for a long time and the fact that a manager who gets major banter all over the country has reacted like this shows the extent to which he takes things. I have witnessed people thrown out of the ground for far less than his regular antics. Let's hope the replacement for his role within the CTSA, which became untenable, shows a better example. The biggest irony is that he misses the visit of Steve Evans for which he would no doubt have been "on top form" for the sake of a meaningless preseason friendly.
The bell guy has been riding his luck for a long time and the fact that a manager who gets major banter all over the country has reacted like this shows the extent to which he takes things. I have witnessed people thrown out of the ground for far less than his regular antics. Let's hope the replacement for his role within the CTSA, which became untenable, shows a better example. The biggest irony is that he misses the visit of Steve Evans for which he would no doubt have been "on top form" for the sake of a meaningless preseason friendly. dieharddevil
  • Score: 10

2:46pm Mon 29 Jul 13

a1derek says...

Well played that man - anyone who can wind up Hollowhead is always assured of a warm welcome at Vicarage Road. Come and watch the Golden Boys for a few games while Crawley won't let you in I'm sure you'll be welcomed with open arms and a few free beers :)
Well played that man - anyone who can wind up Hollowhead is always assured of a warm welcome at Vicarage Road. Come and watch the Golden Boys for a few games while Crawley won't let you in I'm sure you'll be welcomed with open arms and a few free beers :) a1derek
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Mon 29 Jul 13

South London lalala says...

The bloke does look a bit of a B3ll3nd, and for all you Brighton priks let us know what the championships like this season. Only 3 weeks til the proper footie starts, a1ferret sour grapes much.
The bloke does look a bit of a B3ll3nd, and for all you Brighton priks let us know what the championships like this season. Only 3 weeks til the proper footie starts, a1ferret sour grapes much. South London lalala
  • Score: 0

11:32pm Mon 29 Jul 13

hubby says...

How very cry baby Palarse.
At least nobody shat in the changing rooms.
How very cry baby Palarse. At least nobody shat in the changing rooms. hubby
  • Score: -5

6:02am Tue 30 Jul 13

JoeBlow says...

I think he deserves tickets for four games at the Amex as a reward.
I think he deserves tickets for four games at the Amex as a reward. JoeBlow
  • Score: 1

9:09am Tue 30 Jul 13

Claude Back says...

crawley man wrote:
A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down.
You are absolutely right. The so called 'fan' is a self important, selfish, arrogant pr*tt. Banter is one thing. Abuse is different.
I wish someone would go to his house or office and yell at him all day to see how he likes it when trying to concentrate. That sort of person just advertises their own ignorance and only common, ignorant people would find it acceptable.
[quote][p][bold]crawley man[/bold] wrote: A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right. The so called 'fan' is a self important, selfish, arrogant pr*tt. Banter is one thing. Abuse is different. I wish someone would go to his house or office and yell at him all day to see how he likes it when trying to concentrate. That sort of person just advertises their own ignorance and only common, ignorant people would find it acceptable. Claude Back
  • Score: 6

9:15am Tue 30 Jul 13

Claude Back says...

crawley man wrote:
The four match ban is a joke when you consider that just last year a proper family fan got a FIVE year exclusion order for something less sinister. Anyone who has had the mis-fortune of sitting anywhere near the abusive bell ringer will no doubt be glad of a four game respite. Going to watch Crawley Town is now a true Family affair, and as such being a family man obscene chanting and berating the opposition manager for 90 minutes is just not on.
Well said 'sisterwhiplash' at least you will have a four game respite now.
Absolutely correct.
People like him who ring bells and bang drums should be banned. It doesn't add to the atmosphere, it just shows you're a selfish cretin with the IQ of a prune who doesn't care about annoying others.
[quote][p][bold]crawley man[/bold] wrote: The four match ban is a joke when you consider that just last year a proper family fan got a FIVE year exclusion order for something less sinister. Anyone who has had the mis-fortune of sitting anywhere near the abusive bell ringer will no doubt be glad of a four game respite. Going to watch Crawley Town is now a true Family affair, and as such being a family man obscene chanting and berating the opposition manager for 90 minutes is just not on. Well said 'sisterwhiplash' at least you will have a four game respite now.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct. People like him who ring bells and bang drums should be banned. It doesn't add to the atmosphere, it just shows you're a selfish cretin with the IQ of a prune who doesn't care about annoying others. Claude Back
  • Score: 6

11:30am Tue 30 Jul 13

seanmacrookk says...

my understanding is there was a comment about Hollaway Deaf daughter theres banter then theres being disgusting pig
my understanding is there was a comment about Hollaway Deaf daughter theres banter then theres being disgusting pig seanmacrookk
  • Score: 5

3:58pm Tue 30 Jul 13

Poccypoc says...

Imagine sitting next to this berk! I see now the club has removed the ban and the idiot will now sit in another seat. Pity the poor people he will NOW be near. I think he's what my brother calls "care in the community." Bit gormless and I say "bit" just to be polite.
Imagine sitting next to this berk! I see now the club has removed the ban and the idiot will now sit in another seat. Pity the poor people he will NOW be near. I think he's what my brother calls "care in the community." Bit gormless and I say "bit" just to be polite. Poccypoc
  • Score: 3

11:02am Wed 31 Jul 13

sisterwhiplash says...

A four match ban was never enough in the first place for the abuse 'the bell' dished out, and the club had to make an effort to show they were doing something. A show is all it has transpired to be. Sadly the club have done nothing but let other fans down again. Maybe they should be looking at why their attendance will be lower this year. The small minded group of fans that abuse others constantly on the terrace and media sites will no doubt end up with the small club their mentality can cope with. When there is no money for players they can only blame themselves. Good luck with finding a buyer !!!
A four match ban was never enough in the first place for the abuse 'the bell' dished out, and the club had to make an effort to show they were doing something. A show is all it has transpired to be. Sadly the club have done nothing but let other fans down again. Maybe they should be looking at why their attendance will be lower this year. The small minded group of fans that abuse others constantly on the terrace and media sites will no doubt end up with the small club their mentality can cope with. When there is no money for players they can only blame themselves. Good luck with finding a buyer !!! sisterwhiplash
  • Score: 2

11:06am Wed 31 Jul 13

sisterwhiplash says...

JoeBlow wrote:
I think he deserves tickets for four games at the Amex as a reward.
Welcome to him
[quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: I think he deserves tickets for four games at the Amex as a reward.[/p][/quote]Welcome to him sisterwhiplash
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Sat 10 Aug 13

jimwood00 says...

crawley man wrote:
A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down.
is mr holloway your dad, sorry are you going to report me you muppet,
[quote][p][bold]crawley man[/bold] wrote: A four game ban for this arrogant and rude individual is pathetic. A minimum of a year would be about right. And Crawley's number one fan !! Don't make me laugh, he's way way down the pecking order on that score. This person has been winding people up for the last four or five years ringing that **** bell of his and with his rude and obnoxious manner. The foul language aimed at Mr Holloway was a disgrace and hopefully the Palace manager will take the matter further in view of the laughable punishment handed down.[/p][/quote]is mr holloway your dad, sorry are you going to report me you muppet, jimwood00
  • Score: 0

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