Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has revealed he was once so incensed by a late goal scored by Bristol City he threw a cup of coffee at Steve Lansdown and called him a “cheat”.
Speaking on talkSPORT about the angriest he has ever felt in the boardroom, Jordan referenced the aftermath of a 2008 Championship clash between the Eagles and City at Ashton Gate in which Jamie McCombe netted a header in injury time to secure a 1-1 draw.
Palace manager Neil Warnock had complained at the time that referee Richard Beeby played 55 seconds more than the initial four minutes of added time and even punched the air after McCombe scored.
A view presumably shared at the time by Jordan, who was Palace chairman from 2000 to 2010, as he described to host Jim White in relation to Leeds sporting director Victor Orta’s bizarre antics in the wake of their 2-2 draw with Brentford as he harangued a man near the director’s seats at Elland Road, who turned out to be a fan.
“Emotions run high and I’ve been involved in circumstances like that, but I’ve taken them into the boardroom and dealt with them in the boardroom and had very, very extreme reactions to the other side,” Jordan said.
“I threw a cup of coffee at the Bristol City chairman and called him a cheat and whatever else. It was a whole cup of coffee. I remember just hurling it across the room.
“I didn’t hit him with it, it was nowhere near him!”
City and Palace would later meet in the play-off semi-finals that year with the Robins emerging 4-2 winners on aggregate before defeat to Hull City in the final at Wembley denied them a place in the Premier League.
The game 13 years ago was also one of many involving City and an incensed Warnock who 15 months later was raging at the Robins and officials again when Freddie Sears was denied his infamous ‘ghost goal’ in BS3.
Sears struck a shot inside the near post but the officials believed it was outside the upright and instead awarded a goal-kick to the bemusement of all inside the stadium that day.
At the time Jordan branded City “gutless” and demanded the game, which finished 1-0 following Nick Maynard’s strike, be replayed.
“If it happened at Palace I’d offer Bristol City another game, but they are gutless and they won’t,” Jordan told the Daily Mail in 2009.
“I swear on my daughter’s life that I would do that because I believe in taking the moral high ground. I think Bristol City cheated, I think they know it was a goal.
“Win at all costs is part and parcel of professional sport, but not by cheating.”
Jordan has since become one of the more erudite and insightful pundits on the airwaves and since the coffee cup-throwing and ghost goal-related incidents has been very complimentary of City and Lansdown.