“Get this woman out of here,
its now become a farce,
but just to shut her up for good,
give her a touchline pass.”
Those were the words of old Bert Head
the boss of Crystal Palace,
who despite his weary tone of voice
didn’t hold no malice
So Hy Money got her press card
and a spot behind the goal,
photographed the action
and let her camera roll.
Born in colonial India
in a place called Bangalore
Hy knew at an early age
she’d have to leave her native shore
With fifteen quid, a suitcase
and a little camera box,
she came ashore in England
at London’s Tilbury Docks.
She got a job in Croydon
processing photo shots,
married very early
and soon had children in their cots.
She started taking photos,
family snaps and fashion,
and soon for her, photography
became an all consuming passion
T’was for her young sons birthday
I believe his age was eight,
he asked to go to Palace
she thought he meant the Palace Gate.
But when he told her Selhurst Park
she reluctantly went along,
where she got hooked on the atmosphere,
the chanting and the song.
HY begged to get a press pass,
to take photos of the games,
but as one hack said sarcastically
“we don’t give them out to Dames.”
So she pestered poor Bert Head
and refused to go away,
and once HY had the press card,
she joined the NUJ*
Now she was a member
of the macho papparazzi
and she became known at Selhurst Park
as the Palace Mammarazzi.
She was ignored by fellow members
all of whom were males,
but Hy Money wasn’t bothered
she was as tough as nails..
She made a glamorous figure
in her leather red and blue,
and she soon became a favourite
of the Crystal Palace crew.
Away fans though made curses
threw staples and gave threats,
but Hy’s camera it stayed focused
from her place beside the nets
She snapped Fiona Richmond**
in that famous bathtub pic
and when she stood her ground with Clough
his wounds he had to lick.
The night of tears in Cardiff,****
City players thought they’d have a laugh,
and they threw HY and her camera
into the players bath.
Despite being soaked and angry,
she didn’t say a word,
the pain was watching Palace,
go down to the Third.
Her celebrity it grew greater,
with famed sports stars she was pally,
she snapped great shots of Barry Sheen
and the great Muhamed Ali
She started shooting movie stars
and all the cast of ‘Dallas’
and she’ll ever more be known
as ‘First Lady of the Palace.’
She still goes up the Palace now,
and the crowd give her a cheer,
grand children they come with her
the great lady pioneer.