Part two of our fans feature are all stories from those supporters who have a special association to the club from working in or around Selhurst Park on matchdays.
Manjeet, St John’s Ambulance - "I’ve been a Palace fan all my life and have been volunteering with St John’s Ambulance on matchdays for six years. I work every Palace home game, it’s my local team, I’ve been through thin and thick with them, I can remember when we were in the old third division, when we beat Burnley and when we beat Man United 5-2, so I’ve got memories of some good games. My family, my kids, they all know how big a fan I am. I think we’re going to win the Cup final and take our revenge!"
Alfie, Eagle Heights, Kayla the Eagle Handler - "Me and a couple of others look after Kayla at Selhurst on matchdays and she’s been here for about six years now. The fans are always good with Kayla, we get to the ground a couple of hours early and we get over a hundred photos taken of her each game. People just want to say hello and be around her. It would be amazing for Palace to win the Cup final, the fans deserve to see their team there - everyone is so together, and always show their support."
Dave, Electrician, Selhurst Park - "I lost my love of football a while ago but since I’ve started working at Selhurst I have to admit I’ve become a fan again. It’s a really good atmosphere, I normally stand up on the disabled deck behind the fanatics and it is really good. The final is going to be a bit of a scramble but I think we’ll win it 1-0. Dwight Gayle has been impressive, he’s made a bit of comeback recently so I think we’ll win and Gayle will get the goal."
Martin, Matchday safety - "I was at the semi-final in 76 and the 1990 one, so I go back some way. I was born in Croydon and have worked at the club doing all different jobs for over 35 years. Going to Wembley is a big deal, I’ve seen some ups and downs in my time, I was at Tranmere many moons ago and that was virtually going to be our last game and we’ve done massively well since then. It’s a rollercoaster being a fan, in the fifty odd years I’ve been supporting them it always has been that way but it's why I love it."
Matthew, Official programme seller - "I’ve been coming to the club since I was three years-old, the whole family on my mum’s side are supporters. I’ve been selling programmes for two years now and do it as a Saturday job. The atmosphere here is so good, the fans are really tight and you feel like you are part of something special. The final is a once in a lifetime thing. If it’s a set piece it’s going to be Scott Dann from a header but if it’s from open play I’d say Bolasie or Wickham to get the winner."
Gary, Flag seller - "I’ve been selling flags outside the ground for quite a few years and the atmosphere here is always really good and the fans are friendly. I’ll be watching the final at a pub somewhere, I’m not a betting man but I think Palace are going to win it 1-0 and Zaha will get the winner."
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