Firstly I’d like to welcome the directors, management, players and fans from Aston Villa for today’s game here at Selhurst Park.
As always the first home of game of the season was something I’d been looking forward to for a long time so it was a shame that our good performance against Arsenal didn’t get us any points.
The Gunners were exceptional at times and against the top teams you need something to go your way, so when Connor’s effort hit the post I felt perhaps it wasn’t going to be our day.
This division is all about fine margins and we came up just short, but at least just six days on we have the chance to get all that frustration out of our system which will hopefully see us claim a home victory this afternoon.
Before the game last weekend we also opened two refurbished lounges inside the stadium, including the new Legends Suite in the Whitehorse Lane.
It was great to have some club legends on hand to help with the formalities. Ian Wright, Mark Bright, Andy Gray, Eddie McGoldrick and Gary O’Reilly were all in attendance as well as Steve Coppell, and as always it was great to catch up with them.
We have also made improvements to our Vice Presidents’ lounge in the Main Stand as we continue to modernise older areas of the stadium.
I hope the Aston Villa fans will notice the difference in the away toilets and concourses this afternoon as we aim to create a better fan experience for everyone who watches football here.
Last week also saw us drawn against Shrewsbury Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
It is a priority of mine and Alan’s to target the cup competitions this year and try to emulate the success of those legends I listed earlier.
It would be fantastic for this club to add a trophy to the cabinet in the next few seasons and we’ll do our best to achieve that. Shrewsbury are somewhat of a bogey team for us it seems so let’s see if we can start putting that right!
It’s great that we have been drawn at home as it allows us the chance to offer those fans who haven’t been to Selhurst for a while to get reacquainted with their local football club.
All tickets will be on general sale at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, meaning it’s a great opportunity to re- introduce lapsed fans to football in SE25, or better still bring someone along who has never been before – young or old.
There’s such a positive buzz around the club at the moment and it’s important that we capitalise on this by attracting new fans to support their local club in their community. It’s what Palace is all about – we are South London and Proud.
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