Petty Palace fans get their way

Last updated : 29 August 2003 By Neil Andrews
Palace, Palace, who the f*ck are Palace?
Millwall Football Club have been banned by the Football League from playing Smokey's 'Living Next Door to Alice' before tomorrow's local derby against Crystal Palace after several Eagles fans complained to the authorities.

The song, made popular by Roy 'Chubby' Brown', has been played prior to the last two games between the South London sides at the New Den but it appears the away side's support have finally had enough. They are upset that Millwall officials are turning the volume down on the record in order to allow the Home fans to come up with an alternative version of the chorus and have taken exception to the refrain "Palace, Palace, Who the f**k are Palace".

The Lions have decided to allow the home fans to come up with an alternative track...

Meanwhile Millwall manager Mark McGhee could hand new signing Kevin Muscat his debut against former club tomorrow.

The Australian international's three-year deal with The Lions was finalised on Friday morning, and he could start at right-back, with Andy Roberts reverting to a central midfield role.

Winger Paul Ifill faces a late fitness test on a troublesome knee injury that has kept the 23-year-old sidelined since starring on the opening day of the season but Abou Fofana is still out with an injury he picked up in training.

In the away dugout, Eagles manager Steve Kember has been hit by a triple injury whammy with Dougie Freedman, Neil Shipperley and Kit Symons all certainly out of this weekend’s derby.

The trio all sustained injuries during the 2-1 home defeat by Sheffield United on Tuesday night, whilst midfielder Shaun Derry, who came off at half-time against The Blades, is also considered doubtful.

Palace will definitely be without Michael Hughes and Tony Popovic, who are both serving suspensions.