Crystal Palace take on Newcastle United today as Julian Speroni prepares to make his 300th league start in red and blue – and today’s Palace Programme features an in-depth interview with the Argentine stopper about his time in SE25.
The 34-year-old recalls some of his favourite memories at Selhurst Park, including May’s Championship Play-Off Final victory and the thrilling final day draw at Sheffield Wednesday in 2010 that secured the Eagles’ second tier status.
Speroni also discusses the current Palace crop’s first half of the season and declares that he is “100 per cent confident” that the club will avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Our second interview today is with Damien Delaney, who reveals his boyhood love for today’s opponents. The Irish centre back relives the Newcastle side managed by Kevin Keegan, which included the likes of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Les Ferdinand, whom the centre back grew up admiring.
But Delaney is adamant there will be no room for sentiment today, as Palace look to record a third consecutive Premier League home win.
Meanwhile, Mark Bright talks about his time playing alongside current Newcastle boss, Alan Pardew, as the ex-Palace hero returns to Selhurst Park this afternoon.
‘Super Al’ scored one of the most famous goals in Palace’s recent history – heading the winner in the Eagles’ 4-3 win over Liverpool in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final.
Elsewhere in today’s 80-page edition, Kevin Phillips talks his through his Dream XI, which has been heavily influenced by his time playing for Newcastle’s bitter rivals Sunderland.
Winger Yannick Bolasie recalls his Footballing Firsts and The Sun’s Newcastle-born chief football writer, Shaun Custis, tells us his first memories of Selhurst Park as a schoolboy.
There’s also our usual 11-page look at today’s visitors, including an interview with Newcastle’s long-serving striker Shola Ameobi – who is looking to add goals to his recent impressive run in the first team.
For all this and a whole lot more, pick up a copy of today’s Palace Programme, which is available for just £3.50 from sellers around the ground.