Ex-Crystal Palace star picks bizarre dream dinner party guests including Stalin

Ex-Crystal Palace star Damien Delaney has sparked a frenzy with his choices for his dream dinner party – including murderous dictator Joseph Stalin.

The former Ireland star also picked brutal leaders Chairman Mao and Genghis Khan.

And there was also room for French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and legendary Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards.

Commenting on his choice of Stalin, who brutally ruled the Soviet Union from the 1929 to 1953, Delaney wrote in Crystal Palace's programme: "I'm fascinated by Russian history.

"Not because I'm a Stalinist, I'm not, I'm fascinated by Tsarist Russia, the changeover in 1917 and the Bolsheviks and all that side of it.

"Lenin and Stalin and then Stalin is in the cabinet with Lenin and rises to power and rules with an iron fist.

"Maybe not a great dinner guest to be honest."

And on Richards, he said: "Definitely Keith Richards, he's be my number one dinner guest.

"The stories, man. I was a little bit obsessed with the Rolling Stones and still am to be honest."

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But fans couldn't quite believe their eyes.

One said: "Why is Vlad the Impaler not getting an invite?"

A fellow fan quipped: "Am I the only one thinking that it’ll be Keith who ends up doing something outrageous and getting the cops called?"

Another added: "I'd like to be a fly on the wall when these guys decide who should sit at the head of the table."

And a fellow fan said: "Well, it beats picking your guests from the world of sport, pop music and light-entertainment telly."

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