It’s very much a case of friends reunited at Selhurst Park this afternoon as Tony Pulis, David Kemp and Gerry Francis welcome their former employers Stoke City to SE25. And what better way to whet your appetite for the Barclays Premier League fixture by picking up a copy of today’s Palace Programme.
The gaffer discusses his fruitful time at the Potters in his latest From the Touchline column, but says there will be no love lost this afternoon as he focuses on earning all three points for the Eagles.
Covers star Yannick Bolasie is the subject of our main interview this week, as he talks international football, fatherhood and life in the Premier League. The winger reveals how he is “honoured” to be playing under Pulis and is determined to repay his faith with match-winning displays.
We also speak to Dwight Gayle, who, after scoring against Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in recent weeks, is determined to force his way into Palace’s starting XI – and with Cameron Jerome ineligible to feature against his parent club this afternoon, today could just be the 24-year-old’s big chance.
Joel Ward is also featured as he talks us through his Dream XI based on players he has played with and against during his career, while Paddy McCarthy turns back the clock to remember his Footballing Firsts.
Meanwhile, Steve Parish provides the latest on the January transfer window and admits that Palace have “irons in the fire” as we enter the last two weeks of the crucial month.
There are regular columns from Kevin Day, Alex Warner and Mark Bright, who gives his thoughts on Premier League referees following another controversial weekend of decisions.
Club historian Ian King takes a look at a clutch of players who have turned out for both Palace and Stoke down the years in his regular Foot in Both Camps feature, and there’s our usual 11-page look at the opposition, which includes an interview with Stoke City’s new loan signing, John Guidetti, who is poised to make his Potters debut today.
All this and a whole lot more is available in today’s 80-page perfect-bound edition for just £3.50. Be sure to pick up your copy from programme sellers around Selhurst Park.