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Browett Discusses Palace's Fixtures

19 June 2015

Co-owner Stephen Browett has had his say on Crystal Palace's fixtures for the upcoming Barclays Premier League season, discussing the stand out periods of the Eagles' 2015-16 campaign.

He admitted that he still gets excited on fixture release day and was looking forward to a trip to Norwich City's Carrow Road to kick off the new season.

"It's always really exciting to see what you're going to be doing for the next year," he laughs. 

"It's nice to start off with a trip to somewhere we didn't go last year. It's not exactly a new ground for Palace fans, I've been there lots of times, we've all been there lots of times, but it's nice to go somewhere we didn't go to last year. 

"I think we always do quite well at Norwich and it's a nice place. It's a club that's like Palace, it's owned by people who love the club. Delia [Smith] and her husband are really nice people and they own the club because they're long-term supporters, like us. There are lots of good pubs in Norwich and it's a nice day out."

After opening away to the Canaries, on their return to the top flight, Palace welcome Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Selhurst Park, which Browett said could be a chance to get an early morale-boosting win on the board.

"Some times in the summer holidays people are away and the stadium's not full, but I think Arsenal is one of the biggest games of the season, so Selhurst will be rocking for that one," he said. "Especially after last season, when we played Arsenal in our first game of the season, I thought we were really unlucky to lose to a last-minute goal. Not getting any points from Arsenal last season, despite playing well against them, will add something to the game. 

"I think you've got slightly more of a chance of getting something from them early in the season as well, because - obviously they are a great team - but hopefully they won't quite have got into their stride at that stage and I dare say the eleven players who start for them will have been playing internationals in the last week or so. Hopefully we can catch them before they get into their full flow."

Watford are another newly-promoted side who are typically a good away day for Eagles fans, something Stephen Browett is fully aware of. He said he was looking forward to going back to Vicarage Road.

"We've been there lots of times," he said. "It's nice and easy to get to from Clapham Junction and, of course, we haven't played them since a certain game at Wembley, which was - for a lot of us - one of the greatest days of our lives, so we've certainly got lots of history with Watford. Hopefully we can replicate that last result against them again."

Palace face the other new boys, AFC Bournemouth, on Boxing Day, which has come as a slight disappointment to fans who had hoped for a sunny trip to the south coast. But the fans' upset will be soothed by the fact that the Eagles play at home for the next two fixtures.

"It's a busy week. It's a shame, this will be our sixth year owning the club and in that time I think we've only played once at home on a Boxing Day and fans do love that fixture, but unfortunately not many Palace fans will get to go to Bournemouth because it's such a small stadium," he said. 

"The good thing is that we've then got two home games in a row. Chelsea, like Arsenal, is a game that is guaranteed to be a sell out. Again, our last game against Chelsea, where we lost to what I'd call a fairly dubious penalty. It used to be that you'd look through the fixtures and you feared the games against the big clubs, but I think now we stand a chance of getting a result. It's something to look forward to."

As well as the opening and Boxing Day fixtures, Palace will end the season away from home, travelling to Southampton's St Mary's Stadium to close the campaign.

"It's a shame, but hopefully we'll be mid-table somewhere at least at that stage," he said. "Although it's not a home game it's a nice away game, it's not too far, they're a very welcoming club and we get a good allocation of tickets. Hopefully the sun will be shining too!"

Palace kick off at Norwich City on 8th August 2015, before hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park in the following weeks. Season tickets are close to selling out and the only way fans can guarantee their place at the biggest fixtures is by joining the journey.

"I think people really need to be aware that we've sold over 16,200 already," said Mr. Browett. "So it only needs something like 20 or 30 people a day to buy one before the start of the season and they're all gone. There really aren't many left, so if you want to go to the big games, the only way to guarantee your place is to buy a season ticket."

To purchase a season ticket for 2015-16 click HERE.

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