Firstly I’d like to welcome the directors, management, players and supporters from Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst this afternoon for another London derby.
So far 2016 hasn’t got off to a great start in terms of the Premier League, but we have played two of not just this country’s, but the world’s biggest teams in Chelsea and Manchester City and a side fighting tooth and nail for their Premier League lives in Aston Villa.
Those results may not have gone our way but for the record, myself, the manager and the players subscribe to the view that we have a chance to finish as high as possible, rather than the one where no-one expected us to be where we are. I like the expectation as it makes everyone push harder and we are thinking every day what we can do to help the team, but all your comments and letters are welcome.
Alan and I have been planning our movements in the window for a while now so we won’t be making any knee-jerk reactions to a couple of defeats. If one of the players we have earmarked can be brought in this month then we will do our best to secure their signature, so we’ll have to see what happens.
Despite the league defeats, we did experience some joy with a great FA Cup win at Southampton. It was a throwback to cup ties of a bygone era with the driving rain and players flying into tackles, but I was delighted that we managed to get over the first hurdle.
We’re always taken the FA Cup very seriously, which was shown by Alan’s starting line-up that afternoon, so we’re hoping that you are sharing our optimism too. We really hope that you can return to Selhurst in a week’s time and support the boys against Stoke City while taking advantage of the reduced ticket prices as we aim to fill the ground and use your support to roar us onto victory.
On the subject of tickets, today sees the launch of our 2016/17 season tickets. We are delighted to announce that general admission prices have not changed, meaning that despite our development on the pitch in the last 12 months, you won’t have to pay more to watch us play, plus there’s the early bird discount that I would urge you to take advantage of. Last year our average season ticket price worked out at around £22 per game which, I think you’ll agree, is magnificent value.
As I have stated many times, your support is a key reason for our progression and I love the passion and noise you generate here at Selhurst Park. We pride ourselves on its atmosphere and we believe that freezing the price of your season tickets is our way of showing gratitude to your unwavering support.
Last January our season was re-energised following a home win over Tottenham, and I hope that today gives us a similar result and feel-good factor to push us through the second half of the campaign. The noise in the stadium on that particular day was electric, and if you can replicate that again then it will help massively.