Palace Cup Match Reports

Much like one of Edu’s weekend Sanlitun forays, our cup run began with a bit of nervousness and trepidation, rapidly ascended into breathtaking displays of skill, daring and vigour, before finally meekly succumbing to the realization that we were overmatched by a taller, fitter, and more elegantly named opponent. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

It began at the Cup draw with Captain Ben, brandishing a red beard and imaginary eye patch, boldly selecting our old nemesis, Lao Hu. What better way to test our rigorous offseason training regimen than a match against the reigning Asia schoolboy champions, who subjected us to a 5-2 embarrassment the last time we played?

When game day arrived we realized that they seemed to have added in height what we added in girth, but we quickly taught them that in football guile is perhaps more important than simple physical ability. We were on them from the kickoff, winning possession and launching a series of attacks which culminated in wily veteran Rowan launching in a free kick, which was headed back across goal by not quite so wily nor so veteran Pikey, and then crashed into goal by blind header specialist Jim So. Ben and Elliott continued to boss the midfield and the dazed youngsters gave up another corner, delicately served up by Jim So for returning citizen Wim to head up for debutant Henry to volley home, 2-0 to us before the match was fifteen minutes gone. We took our foot off the gas a bit and they started to get some pressure on goal, but stand-in keeper Jason indeed stood tall, making several good saves before a nice move by their standout midfielder brought them to 2-1 just before half.

In a prescient move Rowan went back to keeper for the second half and reinforcements arrived just in time, as Mike Zheng gave us some legs for the counter-attack even as we were increasingly on the back foot. Shawn and Thilo were massive (in many ways) in defense, repeatedly holding the schoolboys at bay, but an unlucky deflection on a long range shot found its way into the net and we were 2-2 at the gun. Calm, cool Adam Nowak stepped up under pressure for the first penalty kick and responded by not only missing the goal entirely but also by immediately feigning injury. Not to worry though, as we were impeccable from there out, scoring on every kick. After letting the first four shots in to get the measure of his opponents, once and future keeper Rowan settled on the cunning strategy of giving up most of the goal and then diving in the only direction he could, away from his injured shoulder. It worked beautifully as he saved their final kick, and after Shawn converted for us Rowan used the same ruse to save again and win the match for us, 5-4 on penalty kicks. For his offensive prowess and defensive heroics he was the obvious choice for Man of the Match, and while the sartorially-challenged Henry made a run for Donkey, Adam’s penalty gaffe and lame cover-up could not be denied.

Unfortunately, about the next match, perhaps the less said, the better. Facing premier side Vikings would be challenge enough, but while our side was depleted through injuries their’s was strengthened with ex-proffesionals. Nevertheless, spurred on by Patrick’s somewhat innovative take on a pre-match motivational speech, we charged into battle. Perhaps thinking to emulate Rowan, JD decided to save his diving for the post-game penalties, but the strategy backfired as we were three-nil down after half an hour. We continued to work hard and make our presence felt, with Lee Xiong physical in the midfield and Patrick using any means necessary to ensure no one got by him at the back.

Our effort paid off as we had more of the ball in the second half. Wim and Andy Mo created some chances and Crouchie wreaked his usual havoc up front, but our opponents got another goal in against the run of play and the match finished four-nil to them. Despite the disappointing result, there were some highlights, particularly the return of old boy Ben Woodcock, who flashed both skill and speed, though not in quite equal measure. New boy Jason once again proved his on-pitch prowess with his excellent reading of the game and crunching tackles, deservedly taking Man-of-theMatch honors. Unfortunately his off-pitch judgement proved somewhat lacking, as his post-game fascination with our favorite bottle lady/grandmother/mascot’s delectable bits earned him the rare Man-Donkey Double. Strangely fitting.

While our Cup run may have ended earlier than we hoped, a stellar win, the return to fitness of some vets and the impressive showing by new blood will send us into this week’s season opener with great confidence. Palace!
Adam N.

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Cup Match: Summer Palace vs Vikings


After Sunday’s epic sudden death penalty shoot-out victory over Lao Hu (match report to follow), the draw for the second round took place on Monday night. Following last season’s 2nd round win over Kozo, we have the chance to claim another premier league scalp- this time: the Vikings.

The match is at 2pm this Saturday at Lido (meet at 1:30pm), with the winner progressing to the quarter-finals. SO, who’s available? Email your reply as soon as possible.

Reminder: Online registration has now started for this season, please email a scan of your passport and a picture of yourself (both as jpegs) to this address and we will register you.



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SQUAD: Cup Match Summer Palace vs Lao Hu

Summer Palace!

Competitive football is back! The squad for Sunday is below, meet at 13:15 at LIDO (the pitch we train on).

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That’s a maximum squad number of 18. We’ve had excellent numbers in training and over 20 players available to play so if you cannot make it for any reason, text/call me so someone else can be included.

FOR THE OLD PLAYERS: Please bring 100RMB for registration.

FOR THE NEW PLAYERS: Please bring:
100RMB for registration
A photocopy of your passport
230RMB for kit
There is no need to bring a registration form or passport photos, the league will take a photo of each player on Sunday and the online registration form will be available to be completed soon.

Please note that match fees go towards paying the pitch fees, no-one from FCFC makes any money from the club.

Our cup run starts here, FOOOTBAAAALLLL!


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Cup Match: Summer Palace vs Lao Hu

Hello Citizens!

The IFFC draw has been made, Ben was present and it was riveting stuff.

It’s Lao Hu vs Summer Palace, Sunday 2 pm at Lido Pitch. Be there kitted up at 1:30 PM.

This email has gone out to the whole squad training list, let me know now if you are YES or NO. We will choose a team depending on training, but also to make sure you are not ‘cup-tied’. City will be playing in the cup later this year (they skip the first rounds as we came second in the premiership) and you can only play for one team.

You need to be properly registered with IFFC before you can play in an official match. So .. existing players please bring an extra ¥100 to training. New players, bring ¥300 (includes your kit) and passport copy and passport photo and registration form). We will collect at training on Wednesday.

Please reply by Thursday lunchtime so we can announce the squad list on Friday.

Forbidden City will also be playing a friendly versus a Chinese side on Saturday afternoon. See the separate email about that.

Get Involved!

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Cup 1/4 final Summer Palace vs FCFC

The 2011-2012 season resumes this coming weekend.
We start with the Cup 1/4 final vs FCFC. The venue is the LIDO, Kick off at 4PM,be there at 3:30PM at he latest.  , Saturday 25th at Lido, 4PM kick off . Beware of very bad traffic conditions on Saturday afternoon.
Who is available? Please reply ASAP.
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Match Report: Summer Palace vs Kozo Japan

Match report for Summer Palace vs Kozo Japan. IFFC Cup 2nd Round.

Played on Saturday 3rd September 2011, Side Gongyuan (Lido)

For our second game this season, we had a full squad of 18 players after new recruit Lee Russell passed a late fitness test. This was welcome as we were going to need a strong squad if we were going to beat Kozo Japan, something Summer Palace never managed to achieve in previous seasons.

As expected, Kozo was the most dangerous at the start of the game and they managed to open the scoring after about 20 minutes, when their fast forward went past our defense on the right and scored with a low shot at the far post. Fortunately, we did not lose our focus after this setback and not long before half-time Chris Lupton equalised from a header, at close range, from a Ben Roberts free-kick. The second half started as the first did, with Kozo dominating. Their domination culminating with them being awarded a penalty that Stefan brilliantly saved. This was the turning point of the game as soon after that another good corner-kick from Ben was met by Amir who volleyed the ball in the Kozo goal from close range. 2-1 for Palace with 10 minutes left on the clock. Kozo, who had only 2 subs, did not have enough energy left in them to return the situation and we managed to hold on without too much trouble.

Amir Saleh was voted Man-of-the-Match for his decisive goal as well as for doing a very good job at holding the ball up-front, and Donald Wildiers was voted Donkey for giving away the penalty that Stefan saved.

This is the best run in the cup achieved by Summer Palace in 5 seasons. Now Forbidden City awaits us for an interesting Cup ¼ final to be played later this season.

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Cup: Kozo Japan

Hello Lads,

After our successful win last weekend, beating Chaoyang Park Rangers 3:1 (all headed goals; from Chris x2 and Jim x1 and assists from Ben x3), we are now in Round 2, playing Kozo Japan this Saturday.  See below for the full draw.

Please let me know your availability for a 4PM k.o at Lido Park, this Saturday, 3rd September.

Come to training to tonight.. Ben will send the squad list out on Thursday evening.

Get involved!



Saturday 03.September.2011

12:00-14:00 French LE A vs. Longhetianxia FC

14:00-16:00 Russia Utd. vs. Barbarians A

16:00-18:00 Kozo Japan vs. Summer Palace

Sunday 04.September.2011

12:00-14:00 Afrika Utd. vs. Dong Ren FC

14:00-16:00 Forbidden City FC vs. Lao Hu Internazionale

16:00-18:00 Peking Strollers vs. Shenzhen Development Bank


Sunday 04.September.2011

14:00-16:00 Fortuna 94 vs. Vikings

16:00-18:00 Sexy FC vs. Beijing Celtics 02

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Cup: FCFC vs Lao Hu International


Cup game this coming weekend vs Lao Hu international.

Date: Sunday 4th of September
Time: 2pm
Location: Lido Pitch

Please let me know if you’re available. In the next few days i will send out the selected squad.



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Cup: Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers

Hello Summer Palace and new signings!

Summer Palace vs Chaoyang Park Rangers Cup Match 4PM Sunday 28/8 Lido Pitch

The IFFC season is fast approaching and the IFFC Cup draw has taken place.  Our first match is against Chaoyang Park Rangers, this Sunday at 4pm at the Lido Pitch.

Manager Patrick is away this week, so please confirm your availability now!  Captain Ben will choose the squad, with a maximum of 18 players listed.

Reply today so the squad can be announced on Friday. Sorry for the late notice, Patrick will normally be more organized than this.

Reply now

Many thanks,

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