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AJ To Face Brighton Again In Charity Game

20 May 2016

Palace legend Andy Johnson has agreed to play with Eagles fans in the annual charity clash against arch rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) clash takes place each year between Palace supporters and Seagulls fans in memory of Brighton fan Robert who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York City, and the fund created in his memory has raised more than £150,000 for impoverished children in America, Africa and England in the 15 years since.

Johnson famously scored a hat-trick for the Eagles against Brighton in 2002 as the Eagles ran out 5-0 winners and he said: “I was delighted to be invited to play in the annual REMF game.

"It is a match that has much importance to a wonderful charity and to fans of both clubs.

"I will be honoured to play for the Palace team at Brighton’s Amex Stadium."

Palace team organiser for the night Ben Long is hoping for a repeat of that on 30th May, adding: "As I said after the defeat on penalties last year, I would try and get some quality ex-pros on board and I am delighted that AJ has agreed to play for us.

"I look forward to him banging another hat-trick in against Brighton and hearing another verse of 'Andy Johnson's Magic'

"Thanks to Steve Browett for speaking to AJ on our behalf, and hopefully his presence will see a few more Palace fans come down to support us and help raise some more money for a great cause."

Johnson follows in the footsteps of some other former Eagles favourites who have turned out in the charity game over the years, including Simon Rodger, Simon Osborne, Eddie McGoldrick, Robert Quinn and Peter Taylor.

AJ's appearance will hopefully encourage plenty of Palace fans to attend the game, which takes place at Brighton's Amex Stadium on Monday May 30th at 6pm. 

Tickets will be £5 for adults (with under 16s getting in free) and all proceeds from the night will go to the charity. 

If you can't make it you can always donate to the cause here via its Just Giving page here.

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