A new season means it’s also time for a new-look Palace Programme and there is plenty for supporters young and old to look forward to in the club’s 2014/15 edition – including a brand new series of collectable cards celebrating 90 Years of Selhurst Park.
With a host of fresh features and big-name contributors lined up for Crystal Palace’s second consecutive Barclays Premier League season, fans will have plenty of content to get your teeth into before the big matches at Selhurst Park, during half time and after the final whistle.
And new to the programme this year, we’ve made it easy for you to decide what to read during each of those three time intervals, by introducing individual chapters to the 80-page read.
The four colour-coded sections break down the publication into Pre-Match, Half-Time and Post-Match parts, with a revamped History and Statistics segment bringing the programme to a close.
Brede Hangeland kicks-off the season as the cover star on our revamped red and blue edged façade – and the Norwegian discusses his belief that Palace are well-placed to overcome the managerial upheaval that overshadowed their start to the season.
Hangeland is preparing to welcome his fifth manager in the space of 12 months having played under three bosses at Fulham last year, but says he is looking to build on his debut goal at Arsenal last weekend by helping establish the Eagles in the Premier League.
We also catch up with Marouane Chamakh, who kicks off our ‘Five Minutes With…’ series by reliving his match-winning goal in the corresponding fixture against the Hammers last season.
Also new to this year’s matchday publication is the ‘My Perfect Player’ feature, which challenges members of the Palace squad to pick attributes from their fellow professionals to build their ideal footballer. Jonny Williams is the first subject of the new page.
Meanwhile, our ‘Final Score’ pages looking back at the Eagles’ most recent games have been given a colourful facelift with Phil Morgan brining his popular comic strip storylines to the Palace Programme, while away season ticket holder Barry Wilder rates every stadium on his tour of the Premier League in his new away days feature.
Mark Bright and Alex Warner return with their regular columns, while ‘From The Press Box’ is also back for another season, as The Guardian’s London football correspondent Dominic Fifield discusses the remarkable week that was in SE25.
James Scowcroft becomes the latest former Palace striker to join the club’s programme as he kicks off his regular ‘Palace Pundit’ page, examining West Ham’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of their visit to Selhurst Park.
That forms part of an 11-page look at Saturday’s opponents, which follows our usual words from the manager, the captain and the co-chairman.
The programme ends on a high with a revamped History and Statistics section, which sees club historian Ian King focus on 90 Years of Selhurst Park in ‘The Selhurst Seasons’, while Alan Russell remembers Crystal Palace Football Club’s role in the Great War.
And to finish off the new-look publication in style with yet another new feature, we’re giving away four collectable cards free with every programme, allowing to supporters to gather a host of memories from the past nine decades in one limited edition album, which will be on sale from the club store from Saturday 13th September.
All of this and more is available in your 80-page perfect-bound Palace Programme for just £3.50, so be sure to pick up your copy from sellers around the stadium!