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Speroni Reflects On "Special Night"

27 May 2015

It's not too often that a player walks out of a stadium and gets a rapturous reception from both sets of supporters, but that was exactly what happened when Julian Speroni emerged onto the Selhurst pitch last night.

It was to be expected of course, but after months of planning it was just reward for the veteran custodian as he got his testimonial under way, and he admitted that sharing the stage with friends, family and current and former teammates meant the night went perfectly.

Paying for both Palace and Dundee, Speroni gave everyone in the crowd exactly what they wanted and even pulled off some decent saves to deny both sides, but after Palace's 4-3 victory he was overcome with emotion but delighted with the outcome.

“It was more than everything I wanted it to be,” he said. “It was a very special night for me and I was very emotional. I can't thank the Holmesdale Fanatics enough for their incredible display.

“I don't remember too much of the match to be honest! It was hard for me to concentrate on the game what with seeing all my old teammates again, they're people that I've shared a lot of good moments with so there was a lot going through my head.

“The Dundee players were asking me if I was going to play for them as well but I didn't want to say anything and keep it a surprise but I felt they deserved to have me play 10 or 15 minutes for them at the end. It was nice for their fans, they drove such a long way and as they'd brought nearly 2,000 fans it was good that I did it.”

After all the preparation and events leading up to last night's showpiece, the 36-year-old can enjoy the success of the night during his summer break, which has been well deserved after a long season of playing for the Eagles while working on his special night.

“I had a lot of family members and old friends here so it was a celebration, Speroni said. “These people have always been with me in my career and my life so I wanted to share this moment with them. 

“The last two or three months have been tough but tonight I enjoyed every minute and now everyone deserves a nice break.”

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