In the posh seats!!


Julia at Selhurst with Denise If you read my blog regularly, some of you may remember a post I had towards the end of the last football season inviting me to go and watch a Crystal Palace match from an executive box.

Well last Saturday I took Denise up on her very kind offer (she works for one of the new Crystal Palace owners) and went to watch my first game of the season Palace vs. Blackpool. 

Palace have actually had a pretty good start to this season, so I was hoping I wasn't going to jinx them! Having been a goal down at half time I was pleased with the result, a 1 – 1 draw. The photo (left) was taken at the end of the game as the stands were emptying out, but as you can see it's a pretty good view from the 'posh' seats!!! 

I don't really mind where I watch from so long as I am there supporting my team, but I must admit it was lovely to be wined and dined and then taken up to the Directors box for the post match 'analysis'. All the new owners are really approachable and I have high hopes for my team after the dramas of the last few years, almost ceasing to exist at one point.

I have more football on Tuesday night as once again my son Daniel has tickets for the England game at Wembley – something to do with being a FIFA accredited coach I think – so more footie to look forward to. 

It's been a very busy week for me as I've covered a couple of extra days at QVC due to sickness. It worked out quite well though as I hadn't done a show with Jennifer Kirk from Kirk's Folly for ages and I did two on consecutive days! I treated her to a new 'wand' as her grandson had 'borrowed' hers back in America and I didn't think a 'fairy godmother' should be without a wand LOL!!!

It was also my partner Chris's birthday on Tuesday so more cake indulging has gone on this week – coffee and walnut this time. It's a good job Marjolein and her Pilates machine are on over these few days so I can do a bit of extra exercise even though I'm at work! 

I did leave a piece of cake for Ali Young as I know it's one of her favourites – I think Chris is hoping that his generosity will encourage her to let me come home when I've finished work. If Ali is in, we get so busy chatting that I'm always late home for dinner. These days Chris just checks the schedule and adjusts dinner time accordingly.

I'm looking forward to seeing Ali Keenan at her gathering on Sunday and hoping that the weather will stay nice – it's beautiful here today. Hope you all have a great weekend,

love Julia x


  1. Debi Stubbs September 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia glad you enjoyed your exec box, i to a few years ago won a competition to watch Arsenal v Reading at the Emirates from an exec box it was really nice to be wined and dined, Thiery henry waved up at us as well, but all i went on about was the size of the strawberries, they were HUGH!
    Good luck to Palace for the season i think Arsenal are going to need a lot of luck Sunday’s game against Man U was shocking although with the new signing i think we will be ok

  2. Steven September 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Bet you knew who would be first to comment on this one! Certainly looks like a good view from where you were sitting. Hopefully Palace keep up their good start to the campaign. When are you going back?!
    Daniel sounds like a handy guy to know for getting tickets! It’s Wales that England play isn’t it? The Welsh should be fired up for that one. Any Home International is always like that. I think England are in Bulgaria tonight. 2 wins likely for Mr Capello#s men I think.
    Well unlike with Palace I can’t really say I hope your team win, but I hope you enjoy Wembley again. I’d like to go there sometime – get Daniel to give me a buzz the next time lol 🙂
    Give Ali my best when you see her too. I know she’ll be in a lot of people’s thoughts at the moment.
    Have a great weekend and speak soon x

  3. Pauline Johnson September 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,have a great time with Alison,Afraid the forecast is not good for Sunday. Can you ask Alison where she gets her wigs,they look so real,my best friend starts her chemo in a few weeks and she wiil be needing a wig at some stage,would be much obliged.
    Love Pauline.

  4. Kathryn Sheehan September 3, 2011 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,i have been to Cystal Palace ground a number of times with my Woldingham and croydon friends not in the posh seats though, but i did go with a business couple to the Southampton presedential suit (when they were in the premiership) and was wined and dined, met Theo Wallcot and another new player forget his name, really enjoyable time. I expect Southampton will get back on top again soon. My partner is a Portsmouth supporter, going to get a match in before our holiday, he’s been very busy resturant has been full of holiday makers.Taken the plunge and ordered tha new pilates machine while it’s on offer,(and a extra bottle of Decleor Solair,) the 4th bedroom is now to become a Gym, i don’t know how you managed to excerise last night in jeans, they looked so tight on you so i suppose they did hold it all in. lol.Off to spain again to sort the new beds etc out, then unpack and repack for Egypt in oct.Then back from there in november and a wedding fair to visit at the hotel we are having our reception at. Then dare i say it “Christmas”. Oh my. Enjoy spain i know i will.
    Kathy x

  5. Jean September 3, 2011 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your football match and to watch it in the posh seats made it more enjoyable I expect. Managed to get the Decleor TSV early through the email they sent me a couple of days ago, Christmas present for my daughter as she loves their products and of course Elemis, they are both lovely to use on your skin. Also treated myself to the Yong Kim striped tunic in black and blue today, love her clothes, Heidi my daughter has some of her tops and tunics, they are so smart and well made. Yes we had a good day with our Labradors last week at the Help the Hereos event, not sure how much was raised yet. I bet your Mum loves her kitten, one of our cats, Guiness who is half Siamese has suddendly gone deaf, he panics if he cannot find you, mind you my cats do not go outside so he cannot get lost, well he does sometimes in the house, you just have to listen for the loud meow, as he cant hear you calling him. Will have to get him a deaf aid or use sign language. Have a good weekend.
    Love Jean XX

  6. Linda, Glasgow September 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    What a treat to watch your team from the directors box,sounds as if you had a good match and a draw is better than a lose eh!! I’m a Glasgow Rangers supporter, my family have supported them for a good while(we’ve traced it back to the team forming,in 1874) so we(me,two brothers and cousins,with some of their family members)are real Ger’s diehards,it fills me with pride and emotion when i watch the boys.I think? we(Palace and Rangers) share the similar if not the same colours – Red,White and Blue? We have a family box at Ibrox(stadium in Glasgow we play from) and it is nice to watch the game from – but would much prefer the directors box any dayx Our manager is now Ali McCoist who was one of our most successful players – he won the Golden Boot(a few times) for having scored the most goals in that particular season(s) – he is proving to be a good manager, but then he learned from the best, our previous manager Walter Smith.I love football and could go on for hours so i had better shutup. Best wishes to Chris on his birthday. Glasgow is slighty downcast(weather wise)today but ever the optomist i’m still hoping for some sun(incase Ali Y reads this i’m always covered in factor 50(body) and 30(face)if out in the sun, love Ali she’s been my beauty guru since 1995 and she’s taught me so muchx). Anyway Julia,i hope you and all the QVC mob and of course our lovely Ali K enjoys her get togetherx Look after yourselfx Love Linda,Glasgow

  7. Marian Bolton September 4, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Chris and I were lucky enough to do the same thing at the Emrites Stadium last year. It was a fabulous experience. We had a lovely meal and were entertained over dinner by a fantastic magician and some of the former Arsenal players. Heck, the footie match wasn’t half bad either!
    i wouldn’t be without my Pilates machine. I use it every day without fail, it’s been an absolute godsend to me since I started suffering with back problems three years ago.
    It’s my Chris’s 40th on 1 October, so an excuse for a BIG cake!

  8. Denise September 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I am so glad you enjoyed the day. I REALLY enjoyed meeting you and Dan. Next time bring Sophie too.
    I am going to Wigan next Tuesday. If you were free you could have come. Or are you off on holiday now?
    Haven’t tried my nail colours yet as we were in Dublin at the weekend. Well, it was Kildare. We stayed at the K club and it was amazing – our friends got married there.
    Speak soon love Denise x

  9. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen September 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    bet you dnjoyed that trip in the ex box julia.

  10. Marian Bolton September 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Ooops, that should be ‘Emirates’ Julia. Have to put that right or there will be trouble in the Bolton household, lol! x

  11. jay September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    The Kirks Folly Fashion Jewellery show was fantastic last week, the red gems were stunning, a really great deep red, unbeatable at the price.
    Sorry to hear you say you were stung, hope you got the pest.

  12. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debi
    Those were the days for Arsenal – Thierry Henri, what a gifted player! I was really sad to see Cesc Fabregas go but I think the player wanted it so much Wenger really didn’t have much choice in the matter. I was wondering if he would be able to hang onto his job but maybe the new signings will save him?? It’s early days in the season, plenty of time to make up lost ground!
    Hope both our teams have a good season
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Debi beat you to it LOL!!
    Just about to leave for the England v Wales game – should be quite good as Wales got a result on Friday night – makes it more interesting. I’m hoping Andy Carroll will play!
    You must have been spitting feathers after the Scotland game – was it a penalty??
    It was good to see Ali and pass on everyone’s good wishes – it was a really good turn out as you would expect.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    I’m glad you went for the Pilates machine – I really like this new one with the wider footbar. That will have you looking fab in your wedding dress! As you know those jeans have got plenty of stretch in them ( just as well ) and it’s always tricky when you have a fitness show as the third hour in a run of three, especially as the previous hour was fashion.
    I might be able to persuade Denise to take Dan and I ( and maybe Sophie too ) to the Pompey game – guess who I’ll be cheering on LOL!
    Have a good time in Spain – haven’t even checked the weather, just looking forward to a bit of a break before the Christmas rush
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Poor old Guiness!! Poppy doesn’t really go out much either, although she occasionally sneaks out when the conservatory doors are open – she never goes far though!
    My mum loves her new kitten – I wish she had done it a couple of years ago, she is already proving to be great company and apparently is quite happy to go in the car when mum is out and about to my brother’s. Shame I won’t get to see her until after
    my hols!
    Hope you raised loads for Help for Heroes
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    My second Rangers fan to post on this blog! Steven and I chat about football a lot …… he is a ‘secret’ Palace fan now I think! Ally McCoist was a good player and as you say he does seem to be sorting the team out – shame about your poor form in Europe though. Still I guess domestic trophies are the ones to win, particularly with your Celtic rivalry.
    Ali was very lucky with the weather on Sunday – apparently it had poured with rain in the early afternoon but by the time we got there it was blue skies and sunshine!
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Your Chris will be 40 and QVC will be 18 on October 1st! Happy Birthday to both! Good job you have the Pilates machine if you are going to indulge in that BIG CAKE!! It is fab isn’t it – I don’t suffer with back problems fortunately but I know loads of people who it has really helped …. still haven’t managed to get my Chris on it with any regularity though.
    Well done correcting your spelling – I often make errors and don’t spot them …. as you’ve probably noticed LOL!
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    Not on hols yet – Saturday ….. I’m counting the days! I’ve only been to a few away games but one of them was Man United which was really good!
    Haven’t Wigan got half of the old Palace team, Ben Watson, Emerson Boyce, Victor Moses…………..
    Sophie would love to come next time as long as she gets to meet Wilfred!!!
    will email you
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Yes Dan and I had a great time – looking forward to a repeat performance!
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts September 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    The weather was very kind for Ali on Sunday and we all had a good time. I will ask Ali where she got her wig from when I speak to her in the next couple of days so watch this page.
    Give your friend my love
    Julia xx

  21. Annette Roberts September 7, 2011 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Looks like you’ve made a friend for life there with Denise…how lucky to get in the posh seats, what a real treat for you and Dan.
    The nearest I’ve ever come to anything like that, was lunch at Aston Villa overlooking the pitch…no match on though, I was working for a Quality Assurance company at the time, so we were there doing an assessment and treated to lunch, which was really nice.
    Afraid my following of football was back in the 60/70’s and went as soon as all the foreign players came in and I didn’t recognise anybody. My heros though were Bobby Charlton and George Best…that’s when football was football, more about the game, not to mention the ‘short shorts’ LOL!
    Hope you enjoyed the Wales/England match last night.
    Annette x

  22. Julia Roberts September 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jay
    I’m really pleased you enjoyed the Kirks Folly shows – I hadn’t seen Jennifer for ages so it was a pleasure for me too!
    It wasn’t me that got stung by the pesky wasp, it was Sophie. She got home at 3 a.m. after a late shift at QVC and it was lying in wait in her bed. I won’t tell you where she got stung but you can probably imagine – she was not a happy ‘bunny’!
    Julia x

  23. Kathryn Sheehan September 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,we will still be on holiday in Egypt for the pompey/palace match, probably watch it in a bar if it’s on anywhere. But will be going to see the match in April next year against palace.We are going up to pompey to see the tuesday match before we go off to spain on wednesday.
    Have fun.
    Kathy x

  24. Steven September 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    2 Rangers fans now Julia! We get everywhere! I was in your neck of the woods the last 3 days. Went on the London eye and had a visit to the houses of Parliament among other things. Glad to be back for a rest! England were a little bit lucky against Wales I have to say. How Earnshaw missed is beyond me! I could have scored!
    Back to domestic matters now isn’t it. Who do Palace play next?
    Hope you are well
    Steven xxx

  25. Julia Roberts September 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Denise
    Just realised the Wigan game is at home on Tuesday …… Leeds is away tomorrow isn’t it! Must be my age. I’ll be away but will email you
    Julia x

  26. Julia Roberts September 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I’d like to say the England v Wales game was entertaining but…… actually in fairness the first half was OK particularly the link up down the left hand side of the pitch, but second half England seemed to just be defending a 1 – 0 lead which is never comfortable viewing! I think he should have brought Andy Carroll on earlier.
    I watched Palace v Man Utd at Villa Park in a cup semi a few years back – all I remember from that game is someone ( Beckham if I remember rightly ) trod on our goalie Nigel Martyn’s fingers and broke them. He was out for the rest of the season and Palace were relegated!
    Sounds like your visit to Villa Park was happier than mine!
    speak soon
    Jukia x

  27. Julia Roberts September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    You’ll be lucky if they show a Championship game in a bar – it’s usually Premiership. I am supposed to be working that night so I will have to see if I can do a ‘swap’.
    Enjoy Spain
    Julia x

  28. Julia Roberts September 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I can’t believe you’ve been on the London Eye and I haven’t!!! Have done the Houses of Parliament though.
    I don’t know about YOU scoring the Earnshaw ‘miss’ …….. I could!!! It was definitely harder to miss. Maybe it would have made the rest of the game more interesting?!?!?
    Palace have Leeds Utd away tomorrow – hope we are still on form after the international break!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  29. Annette Roberts September 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Or should I say ‘Jukia’…obviously in a hurry to get away on your hols LOL!!
    That visit to Villa Park would have been a few years ago if Beckham was with Man Utd…broken fingers ouch!
    Hope you enjoyed Simon’s do at his shop, did Ali Young go too? Must say I could not take my eyes of Ali’s eyelashes yesterday, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen her in what I hope to be falsies, or if not, the mascara was brilliant, they weren’t half fluttering!
    Chris is off the week after next, so maybe we’ll get the odd day away, whatever the weather.
    Have a lovely time in the sunshine and come back relaxed and refreshed.
    Annette x

  30. Steven September 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Ha have you never been Julia? Its well worth a visit I have to say. I really enjoyed my trip but to be honest I think a few days is enough for me in London! Was hoping I might bump into yourself down there but wasnt to be!! We just beat Dundee Utd so are still top. Hope Palace get a result at Leeds
    Take care
    Steven xx

  31. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    No Ali Young wasn’t at Simon’s ‘do’- not sure but she may have been working.
    Hope you have been able to have a few days out this week and that the weather hasn’t been too bad. I think it brightened up yesterday didn’t it??
    Apologies for the ‘Jukia’ – achy fingers from too much typing!
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Leeds didn’t pan out but we got a result against Wigan.
    Was the London Eye very high cos I don’t have the best head for heights! ( remember the episode with the CN Tower in Toronto? )
    replied to your other post too
    Julia x

  33. Steven September 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all your replies Julia! No I didnt find it that high to be honest and you are well protected inside the bubble like thing that you can stand in. You can also sit down inside them if your legs get a bit shaky! I never even realised we were moving and I’m not pulling your leg saying that. You are so taken by the views that you almost forget you are so high. I can come and hold you hand if you like 🙂
    Love Steven xx

  34. julia roberts September 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Thanks for the offer of holding my hand but maybe people would talk??? LOL
    I will definitely ‘do’ the London Eye, as you say the views must be spectacular and it would be fun to look for places you recognise
    speak soon
    Julia x

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