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From The Boardroom: Stephen Browett

26 February 2016

As we return to league action Stephen Browett pens his latest column 'From The Boardroom'. 

Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion has been selected as this season's "Palace on Tour Day" and the club is providing free coach travel along with WBA's special prices of £25 for adults and kids for a quid. There should be a great atmosphere from the 2000 + Palace fans who are making the trip despite the match being shown live on TV. If you are reading this before Saturday afternoon, there's still time to join us! If not, those watching on TV will enjoy seeing the traditional POTD sea of red and blue balloons that will greet the players as they enter the field of play. 

It's a fascinating fixture between two clubs who have suffered poor league form recently. Palace, however, have been really lifted by the fabulous win at Tottenham in the cup last Sunday in front of 5000 away fans while the Baggies lost in the same competition at our next cup opponents - Reading. With "The Magician" Yannick Bolasie back in the squad after a lengthy period out and Emmanuel Adebayor now up to full speed, there is a feeling that we can now get back to the type of form that we were enjoying until Yala was injured away at Stoke just before Christmas. 

Suddenly the season seems to have cheered right up again as we find ourselves one game away from Wembey in the FA Cup and if we can bag a few Premier League points in the next eight days we could be back on track for our highest ever finish in this league - for the third year running. 

By the way, for those who are worried about the Beer Festival and the FA Cup Final being on the same day, we will hold the beer festival on the Sunday should we make it to the final. That might just be an amazing end of season party! 

Trips to the Hawthorns only began for Palace fans in 1969 as we had never played them until we reached the old First Division. A couple of matches that stand out for me were a 2-1 win for us in January 1987 with goals from Phil Barber and the newly arrived Mark Bright and a 4-1 win in 1993 with Chris Coleman, Gareth Southgate, Chris Armstrong and David Whyte all scoring after being a goal down at half-time. More recent our away form at WBA has been pretty good with us losing only once on our previous seven visits. 

Our victory in the home game against West Brom in October was one of the best performances of the season so far but we'll need to be at our best this weekend to break down a well organised home team. 

See you in the Midlands.



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