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Pick Your All-Time Palace Dream Team!

6 July 2015

Next season's Palace Programme is set to be another cracking version of the hit publication, but this time we want you to get involved in a brand new feature.

"Fan-tasy Palace" will give you the chance to be profiled in an edition by selecting your favourite ever Palace side, manager, match and kit and prompt debate amongst other fans throughout the season.

Whether you're young or old, you can select the best players you've seen in the famous red and blue stripes and spark off some nostalgia from readers of the programme.

As an example, programme contributor Barry Wilder has revealed his favourite Eagles memories to give you some inspiration:

Name: Barry Wilder
Age: 58
First game: 1964 v Derby County
Currently sits in: Holmesdale Block E

Greatest Manager: Steve Coppell 

Coppell was the first manager who brought us real success and helped us attract good players.

Greatest Player: Attilio Lombardo 

Simply put, he was the most skillful player that ever pulled on a red and blue shirt.

Favourite Match: 1990 FA Cup semi-final v Liverpool

Having been beaten 9-0 by them earlier in the season we were meant to be a laughing stock but we reached Wembley for the first time in our history in one of the best semis ever.

Favourite Season: 1990/91 

For a club of our size to finish third in the division was remarkable and showed just how good that side really was.

Favourite Shirt: 1976 home shirt

It was different and we had a good FA Cup run wearing it.

Favourite Goal: Ian Wright v Wimbledon 4th May 1991

He had his back to the goal, swivelled and smashed it in. It was even sweeter as a home fan was giving us stick and he just acknowledged after that that he'd keep quiet!

Barry's Palace Dream XI

Goalkeeper: Julian Speroni – I have to go with Julian due to his longevity and the points he's won us over the years.
Left-back:Kenny Samson – He went on to become an England international and I've never seen a left-back like him since.
Centre back: Jim Cannon – A club legend and a brilliant centre-half for Palace for many years.
Centre back: Billy Gilbert – He was a mobile defender who had plenty of talent.
Right-back: Joel Ward – Even though he's still playing now, apart from Paul Hinshelwood I can't think of many better.
Left wing: Peter Taylor – A really classy player, shame he couldn't have the same success as a manager.
Central midfield: Atillio Lombardo – He wasn't here long but he was the most skilfull player to have played for the club.
Central midfield: Peter Nicholas - He was a great stopper in the middle of the park and would dovetail well with Lombardo.
Right wing: Vince Hilaire – Rather like Yannick Bolasie these days, if he was on song he was unstoppable.
Striker: Ian Wright – He was a phenomenal striker who could score all types of goals from all positions.
Striker: Mark Bright – I could have picked many other players but he worked brilliantly with Wrighty.

If you want to get involved, just copy and paste the text below and email it to with a photograph of yourself attached and you could see you and your selections in an edition next season!

First Palace game:
Where you watch games from:

Favourite manager (and why):
Favourite player (and why):
Favourite match (and why):
Favourite Season (and why):
Favourite Shirt (and why):
Favourite Goal (and why):

Dream Team (please state why you've selected each player)
Central defender:
Central defender:
Left wing:
Central midfielder:
Central midfielder:
Right wing:

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