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From The Boardroom: Everton

7 December 2015

Stephen Browett gives his thoughts ahead of the match at Goodison Park in the latest 'From The Boardroom' column. 

Recent visits to the city of Liverpool have been very enjoyable for Crystal Palace fans. Our current great form against Liverpool FC is fresh in the memory (and in Herr Klopp’s too, apparently), but we have also won on our last two visits to Goodison Park. Those victories are even more special when you realise that we’d previously won there only once in the previous 100 years or so! In both of these recent away wins against the Toffees we were victorious by three goals to two in very entertaining matches. It’s hard to believe that we’ve taken twelve points back home from Merseyside in the last 18 months scoring 11 goals in the process! It’s an amazing record and let’s hope that we can continue our outstanding away form on Monday night. 

Although it’s a shame to have to make this long journey on a dark December night, at least, now that Hurricane Desmond has been and gone, we won’t have to endure the rain and wind that caused many of us to have a wasted day in February 2014.  That journey nearly put me off travelling on the M6 ever again. 

Everton is always a great away trip for me because it’s a proper old-fashioned football ground run by a proper old-fashioned football fan, in local boy Bill Kenwright, who has always been very welcoming to us. It’s probably the Premier League stadium that has changed the least over all the years that I’ve been following the Palace and both Goodison and Selhurst Park still have original stands designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch in the 1920’s. 

Palace continue to gain fans all around the world – especially when we put on the kind of display that saw us score five against Newcastle United last time out. Tonight the red and blue army will probably not be large in numbers, but the watching millions should hear us loud and clear.  COYP.


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