We bring you notes from the matchday programme as Steve Parish reveals his latest thoughts from The Boardroom.
Firstly I would like to welcome the owners, directors, players, management and guests of Stoke City Football Club to today's match.
After the disappointment of the Aston Villa game, where we certainly didn’t get what we deserved, the Tottenham game featured some of the same frustration but was nonetheless a fantastic performance, one of the best since I’ve been at the club. I am sure we are not far away from turning performances into wins and the team are looking in good shape for today.
It’s an extremely busy time on and off the pitch and its great to see the club and the local community come together to celebrate and support some very worthy causes at this time of year. Around 1,500 people braved a blustery Tuesday night to commemorate “The Silent Night of World War I” at Selhurst Park and later in the week Neil and a number of the first team squad joined the Pete’s Club and Junior Eagles Christmas parties, which was good fun.
Next week we’re hosting the Sporting Legends Christmas dinners with special guest Micky Quinn, and this weekend our club ambassador Mark Bright and the Palace Foundation are out in Mumbai supporting the Barclays Premier League Live Tour, and while they're out there they are searching for one young local talent to win a two week trial at our academy.
I met with Tony Newman the leader of Croydon Council earlier this week and I was really encouraged to meet a councilor who seemed to be about getting things done. He’s really committed to improving Croydon from top to bottom - and while both Croydon and Bromley are our fans’ heartland, it’s great to have his support for the area and the club.
We are about to enter the transfer window so the silly season is upon us. Already stories about who’s coming and who’s going are abound. Not a lot of it has much grounding in reality, but rest assured that we are working hard to try to get people in who will blend with and improve the squad. Contrary to what people seem to think it’s not as simple as getting the chequebook out. We need the right players that want to come here for the right reasons and of course the club we want to get them from have to be willing sellers.
And to finish on a lighter note, I understand Croydon born and bred X Factor finalist Ben Haenow is a Palace fan through and through. Good luck Ben, we’re all behind you to win.
Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas everyone. Thank you for all your kind words and support for the festive season.
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