Crystal Palace’s matchday programme has received recognition in the form of an award from the Northern Programme Club’s Independent View magazine.
A panel, made up of 24 programme aficionados, voted the club’s Programme Editor Jonathon Rogers as their 2015/16 Programme Editor of the Year, and he was presented with his trophy at the game at Newcastle United last Saturday.
The panel looked at improvements in the various programmes, any stand-out features, value for money and the input of the editor themselves, in terms of both written features and page layout and content, with 21 out of the 24 judges selecting Jonathon as the clear winner.
As well as finishing top of the Premier League category, Jonathon also picked up the overall award across the other 92 Football League for his efforts in producing each edition of the 88-page publication, which has been a hit with readers throughout the campaign.
A summer revamp of the programme at the start of this season has seen it grow in size without decreasing on quality or increasing in price, and as well as plenty of new features the inclusion of a Junior Eagles postermag has gone down well with the club’s younger supporters.
In their eighth annual awards, the Northern Programme Club also handed Palace second place in their Programme of the Year category, finishing runners-up to Newcastle with Sunderland finishing third. This backs up strong showings for the Eagles’ matchday magazine, which also came second in the Midlands Programme Club awards earlier in the season, and scoring highly in Programme Monthly’s yearly honours.
In their statement, the Northern Programme Club said: “This is a magnificent achievement given that Jonathon is in his first full season at the helm, however the overriding view is that 'PALACE' contains all the attributes of a first-rate programme, led by an editor whose input has been significant in its success.”
Jonathon added: “I’d like to thank the Northern Programme Club for this award. I’m delighted with how the programme has turned out this season, and whilst it’s nice to win an individual award I have to thank all the staff at Palace who design the whole publication in-house, and also everyone who has contributed articles internally and externally.
“We’ve had some great feedback from fans throughout the campaign about the quality of our work and plans are already in place to try and make next season’s edition even better.”
The final edition of the season will be a bumper 100 page special celebrating the club’s achievement in reaching the FA Cup final, but will still cost the usual £3.50, so make sure you pick up your copy of the award-winning matchday programme on Saturday around the ground, or download it online.