is an English
businessman who has a strong connection with investments in football clubs. In his time, he has been chairman of Southall
, Crystal Palace
between 1981 and 1998.
As Crystal Palace chairman, he led them through their brightest period, which included promotion to the old First Division
(1989), an FA Cup
final (1990), a third-placed finish in the First Division (1991), and a win in the Zenith Data Systems Cup
In 1991, Noades provoked controversy with his comments on the racial make-up of his team: ""The black players at this club lend the side a lot of skill and flair, but you also need white players in there to balance things up and give the team some brains and some common sense."The fall-out led to several black players leaving the club such as 1989-90
club player of the year Mark Bright
. Although the club's relegation followed, it immediately returned to the FA Premier League
in the following season.
In 1998, Noades sold his interest in Palace to recruitment tycoon Mark Goldberg
, for a fee of £22,000,000 (although Noades actually lent Goldberg £5,000,000 of this, as he could not afford it). Despite being advised against purchasing the club by none other than Noades' own accountants, Goldberg continued with the negotiations. Noades had offered the club for some £9m to a consortium of Kent and Surrey... Read More