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From The Boardroom: Stephen Browett

7 August 2015


Stephen Browett begins our new online feature, From The Boardroom, he will be bringing us his views on the morning of away matches this season. 

On the BBC Sport website yesterday there was a feature called "Your Club, Your Lifetime". It was interesting to read that the club that we have beaten the most in our history is Norwich City - 46 times (which is 42% of all matches). However, the Canaries are also the team that we have lost to the most times - 44 times.  This doesn't seem to be a fixture that is rich in nil-nil draws! 

I remember some great games against Norwich (a rare Dean Austin winner in 2000 stands out and AJ scoring in 2004) and it's nice to be going back to East Anglia after a rare year off last season. Especially so as my in-laws, Jenny and Bill, who live in Diss, are coming to the game with us and will be cheering on the Eagles today. 

Norwich is a great city for pubs (there are 365 of them apparently - one for every day of the year) and it's one of the best places for proper beer so I'm looking forward to a swift one (or two) before the game in one of my favourite pubs in the whole country. 
 
To say that I'm looking forward to this game is an under-statement. I love Norwich away, I love the fact that the owners, Delia and Michael, are proper fans who (like us) bought their local club and I'm excited that there will be a terrific atmosphere in a sold out stadium in front of two passionate, but friendly, sets of fans. 
 
Most of all, today I have a child-like excitement at the prospect of seeing a world class player make his debut in a Palace shirt - bienvenue aux Aigles Yohan ! 
 
However, there's no doubt that the Canaries are on the up and we will have to be at our best today. Fortunately this has been probably the best transfer window ever for Palace (take a bow Super Al and SP) and if we can build on the great achievements of the second half of last season then 2015/16 is going to be one of the most exciting seasons in our 110 year history. Come on you Palace!
 
Steve

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