Each week the Chairman, Steve Parish, writes his own column in the matchday programme and today we bring you his notes, From The Boardroom, as they appear in the latest edition.
I’d like to welcome all the directors, management, players and supporters of Hull City for today’s game here at Selhurst Park.
Mr Allam and his family always make us so welcome when we visit Hull so it is a great pleasure to host them here.
Last weekend was just one of those games where nothing seemed to fall for us. From my view from the director’s box we showed plenty of endeavor and worked as hard as normal but just couldn’t get the little breaks we needed to win the match. These things happen from time to time, as all Palace fans are well aware of!
Luckily we have had less of those days in recent years. It was a bit of a smash and grab and as we progress we will have to get used to teams sitting in at Selhurst Park and making it difficult for us.
People outside the club can say that we had nothing to play for, but the lads gave everything last Saturday and I have no doubt that they will again today and in the coming weeks. We want to beat last season’s points total and finish as high up the table as possible, and break as many club records along the way, so we do have aims and objectives for the coming weeks.However it is a relief for us not to be involved in the scrap for survival, which is a testament to Alan and the squad who have rallied hard to ensure that the Palace fans leave Selhurst this afternoon with their fingernails intact.
I'm pleased to say season ticket sales are going extremely well and we have almost sold 15,000. The last day of phase two is on Thursday which is the last chance to take advantage of the instalment plan, and with there being limited availability I would urge you to get in quick and secure a seat for what promises to be an even more exciting season in 2015/16.
There are some other dates for your diary as we have a number of events to look forward to before the season reaches its conclusion. We have the annual Awards Night on 13th May at the Fairfield Halls which continues to increase in popularity as the years have gone on, and it's an extremely open race as to who will be crowned our Player of the Year.
The day before I'm really looking forward to having the 1990 FA Cup finalists reunited for a celebratory dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of their classic encounter with Manchester United, and on the Saturday of that week we also have the Beer Festival taking place at Selhurst Park which has also been well-attended in recent years.
As always it is yourselves that make these evenings such a great place to be, so don't miss out on the chance to join us at some of these events as we celebrate the achievements of the club, past and present.
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