Firstly I would like to welcome the owners, directors, players, management and guests of Aston Villa Football Club to the game tonight.
This week's notes come from you on the train to Swansea, I’m travelling up with Brighty and my pal Phil Barton, who is factually my oldest friend in the world on account of me being born in the house next door to his some 49 and a half years ago. It’s times like this on the back of a win that I remember what being a fan is all about, there’s nothing like the excitement and camaraderie of a day on the way to football, meeting up with family and old friends for a day out; sometimes its easy to forget when you’re in the middle of it all. Stephen Browett keeps on at me to take the train, I am right they are always late but I’ll take them for the banter and fun
As usual with football, things turn around in small steps. The performance against Manchester United was really encouraging; we were back to our best defensively and could easily have got something. Then Sunday was the Palace we know and love, going 1-0 down in the first two minutes but the players showed unbelievable character to firstly come back and then go on and win - the crowd played no small part. The singing right after their goal, positivity and encouragement was fantastic to hear and see. It’s those moments when it really counts and I was proud as always to be a part of it.
Liverpool are a massive club, I can tell you in terms of demand for tickets they are second to none with a large global following as well. For us to beat them 3 -1 with an audience from all over the world watching is a great moment but it means nothing if we don’t kick on from here and get a run together. I can assure you everyone around the club is focused on that .
Off the field there’s a lot going on as we come up to the Christmas period. Some of you may have noticed we launched our new non-matchday hospitality site, www.selhurst-park.co.uk. With the money we have spent on the lounges and bars we really should be making more out of this area and hopefully this new site will attract customers who are not necessarily fans of the club. A refurbished Stephenson Lounge, that holds 200 seated means that we have a room for every type of function or event. I think you will also see from the website the standard is exceptional.
We have two more games at Selhurst before the launch of the half season ticket, with huge matches to come against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal to name but a few, so a half year season ticket is a great way to make sure you get the best of the few seats that are left available for every game.
Anyway the train's nearly in so time to pack away. Don’t forget the difference you make and get behind the boys tonight as you always do.
Up The Palace
(P.S. On the train home - a point at Swansea and a very good performance, means it's a nice journey back.)