Alan Pardew vows to continue Crystal Palace's non-league tradition

Alan Pardew

The Palace boss was himself a non-league graduate at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace have been in the news recently for snapping up a talented player from non-league football.

Randall Williams is a former Tottenham Hotspur youngster who has joined the club from Tower Hamlets after a successful trial with the Palace first-team.

They made similar headlines in February when they snapped up talented forward Keshi Anderson from Barton Rovers.

Palace are also looking at teenager Kane Smith of Hitchin Town as they continue their tradition of scouring the country for non-league talent.

In the past the likes of Ian Wright, Andy Gray and even current boss Alan Pardew made it at the club after stints in non-league football and Pardew told his press conference today that they will continue that tradition:

"We're not going to forget our roots. Our roots are not signing players from PSG, some of our best came from non-league.

"Ian Wright, non-league player. Andy Gray, non-league player. Alan Pardew, non-league player. He wasn't as good as the first two."

Of course they actually did sign a player from PSG this summer in Yohan Cabaye, but we get the point.

Non-league football has received plenty of attention recently with the form of Jamie Vardy in the Premier League and Charlie Austin in the Championship.

If Palace can find themselves a similar gem from outside the professional game then Pardew will be laughing.

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