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Palace v Norwich: The Programme

1 January 2014

As Crystal Palace prepare for their first home game since the passing of former club chairman Ron Noades, we remember him in today’s Palace Programme. 

Current co-chairman Steve Parish leads the tributes in his regular From the Boardroom column, while Mark Bright recalls his colourful memories of working under Ron during his time at Palace.

Messages have been flooding in for the former owner from around the footballing community and we include a selection of Twitter tributes from the likes of Nigel Martyn, Geoff Thomas and Gareth Southgate in today’s matchday publication.

Captain Mile Jedinak pays his own respects to Ron in From the Dressing Room, while the Australian is also today’s cover star, as he looks back on a memorable 2013 for both himself and Crystal Palace Football Club.

We also speak to Kevin Phillips ahead of his last home match for the Eagles, as the veteran striker prepares to depart SE25 later this month. The man whose penalty sent the club back into the Premier League relives that magical moment at Wembley and says his goodbyes to the fans in an emotional final interview.

Injured midfielder Adlene Guedioura talks us through his Footballing Firsts, while Jerome Thomas picks his Dream XI, based on players he has played with and against during his career. 

Action Replay takes a look back at a classic encounter between Palace and Norwich City, with Clive Allen netting twice in a 4-1 win back in December 1980. 

Racing Post editor and Crystal Palace fan Bruce Millington casts his eye over the betting in this year’s relegation battle, with the Eagles’ odds slowly improving since the arrival of Tony Pulis.

Meanwhile, we take our regular 11-page look at today’s visitors, as Norwich start the New Year at Selhurst Park for the third time since 2007.

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