The club was sad to hear that our former player Jeff Bourne had passed away a few days ago, aged 66, after suffering with motor neurone disease.
Jeff was an astute signing by manager Terry Venables in March 1977 as the club tried at the third attempt to gain promotion out of Division Three.
A clever and intelligent striker, Jeff proved the catalyst by scoring nine goals in the last 15 games of the season, in which the Eagles lost only twice, that led to a fitting climax to the campaign as Palace snatched the third promotion place at the last gasp.
Jeff scored the fourth and most important goal in our last game of the season, a 4-2 victory at close promotion rivals Wrexham, which meant the Welsh side had to win their final game to pip us – and they were unable to do so.
Back in Division Two Jeff failed to continue in such style and he then left us to play in America less than 12 months later, but his short contribution to the club was highly memorable as tributes by fans from that time have shown.
The club sends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.