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Memberships: We Welcome No.1000

12 June 2015

There are a number of ways that you can become part of your favourite club and this new season we are offering many types of memberships that can see you becoming part of the red and blue army. 

We already have a record number of supporters who have registered to become one of our members across the different clubs that are now available. There are some great benefits for Palace supporters and you just need to click on the link below to see more details of all the membership types that are on offer for the new season. 

CLICK HERE to read more about all the memberships that are available for season 15/16. 

Colin Reynolds, from Thornton Heath in Croydon, is the 1000th member to join for the new season and we spoke to him to find out more about his time supporting the boys in red and blue. 

1.       What made you become a Palace fan & how long have you been following the Eagles?

I have lived in Croydon all my life. My dad lived in Park Road and so it was natural that the family became Palace fans. My early recollections are of standing on what was the Whitehorse Lane Terrace watching the team of John Jackson, Bobby Woodruff and David Payne every other week. I would guess that makes me a fan for about 46 years but I know I went to the odd game before then. I now have four children, and all are Palace fans, my eldest and youngest son coming to home games with me. I had my first season ticket in 1979 when we got promoted and we have had our three season tickets that we have now for about 20 years.

2.       Favourite ever Palace player and why?

I have watched and enjoyed so many over the years but I guess the one that sticks out in my mind for a variety of reasons is John McCormick who embodied the never say die spirit you have as a Palace player and fan!  He may not have been the most skilful but he was totally dependable, committed, and rarely had a poor game whatever calibre of forward he was up against.

3.       First Palace game you went to ? 

I am fairly certain my father took me to games when I was about six years old (1960)  but the first game I can still recall was the Nottm Forest FA Cup match  in February 1965; played in freezing cold on a pitch covered in snow.

4.       Favourite Palace memory?

Choosing one is almost impossible, but setting aside FA Cup finals, and semi-finals, ZDS finals, play off finals and semi-finals, game when we won promotion (1969 Fulham, 1979 Burnley for example) or games when we stayed up against the odds with Coppell and Kember - perhaps my most vivid happy moment was walking home after we beat Ipswich 4.1. In September 1979 and went top of the old First Division; that was a great team and it was a great feeling to be  the best in the country if only for a while. 

5.       How long have you been a CPFC member for?

I have had a season ticket most of my adult life and also delighted now to be enjoying the benefits of being a member on a regular basis. 

6.       What made you decide to join as a CPFC Gold Member this year?

I went to the 1990 Cup Final dinner and I had so many happy memories come flooding back from that era that I decided to have a Gold Membership as well this year when I saw the details on the club website. Life as a Palace fan at the moment is so good that you just want to show your appreciation to what is a fantastic club by feeling you are participating in the success when you can.

7.       What are you hoping to see at Palace in the 15/16 season?

To be honest I am still delighted to think we finished 10th in the Premier League!! Boring as it may be, lets consolidate and grow carefully and develop sensibly; anything above a top ten finish would be great in my view, but clearly staying in this league is the primary target. It is just good to feel the club is in safe hands, with a good dedicated manager and bunch of players who are committed to the cause; as well as the best supporters in the League!

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