This Saturday Palace fans will be making the trip up to Stoke for our Premier League match against The Potters. Although we are enjoying being in the lofty position of sixth place in the Premier League table, Stoke, in eleventh, are only three points behind us. They’ve won their last two home league games with victories against Manchester City and Chelsea so we’ll have to be playing at our best to continue our quite brilliant 2015 away form. For me, this is one of the most exciting Premier League seasons ever and it’s fantastic that great community clubs like Palace, Stoke and Leicester can genuinely challenge the international superstar teams and make the league so unpredictable and entertaining.
It’s terrific news that thanks to Stoke’s sensibly priced tickets, and CPFC offering all members and season ticket holders free coach travel, that nearly 3000 Palace will be on the move North for this game. You may remember that Stoke away last season was our annual “Palace on Tour Day” when a similarly large and vocal contingent of Eagles fans enjoyed an important away win thanks to goals from Glenn and Wilf.
For a relatively new stadium, The Britannia, always seems to me to have a good atmosphere and they say that their home fans are our nearest rivals when it comes to noise and passionate support.
For those of you who fancy a pre-match beer or two, then we have the luxury of a pub owned by a famous Crystal Palace supporter that is only four miles South of the stadium. Neil Morrissey’s “The Plume of Feathers” in Barlaston offers a warm welcome to Eagles fans. Very good pub food is served and Neil’s popular Palace Ale is sold here on draught - although it is known in these parts as “Morrissey Blonde”. Talking of pubs, it was good to be with Alan Pardew and Keith Millen when they joined the Holmesdale Fanatics in The White Horse after the win against Southampton last Saturday. How many other Premier League managers would take the time to mingle with the fans like that? It was a great reminder that us Palace fans (which includes the whole management team) really are all in this great adventure together.
Come on You Palace!
Stephen Browett, co-owner CPFC.