Freedman explains decision to play but insists it is no comeback

09:48 25 July 2012

Playing Days: Dougie Freedman celebrates a goal against Barnsley with Tony Popovic. Picture: Andrew Budd/PA Archive

Playing Days: Dougie Freedman celebrates a goal against Barnsley with Tony Popovic. Picture: Andrew Budd/PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Crystal Palace manager pulled on the red and blue shirt for the first time in four years against Dulwich Hamlet

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has revealed that he decided to make a cameo appearance in order to make up for the fact that a young side had played at Dulwich Hamlet.

The Eagles had previously said that they would have a strong side at Champion Hill but the torrential rain in Exeter forced a change to the south Londoner club’s plans meaning a young team played against Dulwich.

“What had happened was we’d promised to bring a first team down here but because of the Exeter situation we had to mix up our games so we’ve had to prepare for that,” Freedman said.

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t bring a first team down to add a few quid to the gate and a few quid to Dulwich because they are certainly a team that we are close to.”

However, Freedman insisted that it was not going to be a regular thing.

“I think the way I’m feeling right now it’ll be another couple of years before you see another cameo 15 minutes,” he added.

“It was announced as a first team game and I couldn’t quite do it.

“I thought if I played 10 minutes it’d take away the disappointment.”

The 38-year-old still showed he had the vision, setting up Reise Allassani to score Palace’s third goal but when given his opportunity from the youngster, could only hit the post.

“That’s what happens if you don’t hit a shot well - It won’t go in,” he added.

“Because of the circumstances we couldn’t bring a first team down here. We’ll have a look at that and get our first team down here.

“I thought I’d give myself 10 minutes to see the manager playing and maybe a good feeling when they go home after seeing one old guy playing alongside the youngsters we have here.”

In his two spells as an Eagles player, Freedman made 370 appearances and scored 110 goals.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crystal Palace news

Dimitri Payet (C) of West Ham United competes for the ball against Adam Lallana (L) and Dejan Lovren (R) of Liverpool (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

All the top stories involving the London clubs from around the web this morning.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

All the latest stories from around the web involving the London clubs this morning.

Dwight Gayle of Crystal Palace hits the post (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Football League loan window is now open and Championship clubs will be looking to do business.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Spending on international transfers in Europe’s big five leagues during the 2016 winter transfer window dropped 26 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Mesut Oezil  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham and Arsenal both kept up their Premier League title bids with hard-fought wins and clean sheets but how many made it into our team of the week?

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport