A number of lucky Palace fans managed to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League trophy yesterday as it made some surprise appearances in south London.
Ahead of the eagerly anticipated start of the new season, the trophy visited the Crystal Palace Foundation Soccer School at Bishop Justus School in Bromley to shock the participants during their training session, and they had the chance to have their photo taken with the silverware before resuming their game.
The trophy was then taken to Selhurst Park, as Barclays gave fans, communities and club staff the same photo opportunity as a gesture to say thank you for their ongoing support.
The Foundation's Sports Development Director Gary Mulcahey said: "It's a fantastic experience to see the Premier League trophy here and it's great for the kids as it's such a famous prize. We have a number of kids who support other clubs too so it's a great chance for them to see it up close.
"However it would be nice if we could all dream and see Ian Holloway with it at the end of the season!"