After a wait of over 1,800 days, Selhurst Park finally hosts a derby game with Brighton and Hove Albion again, and to mark the occasion the Palace Programme has grabbed an exclusive first interview with Aaron Wan-Bissaka since he made his first-team bow.
The right-back has impressed hugely since he debuted in February, and was the recipient of the Palace Player of the Month award for March. As well as gaining his first England under-20 cap and having a terrace chant created in his honour, he now graces the front cover of the Brighton programme, which includes a lengthy interview with the 20-year-old:
“It’s been challenging but exciting at the same time. I’ve been looking forward to each game and enjoying them. It seemed like things were getting tougher every game but my aim was just to perform well and my confidence grew a lot each game.
"It made me go into tackles, time them right and make the challenge. Playing against Manchester United was a little daunting though; I couldn’t believe it when I came up against Pogba - I didn’t realise he was that tall! It was good playing against him as it felt like a big achievement, but it was still surreal.
“I first heard [his chant] at Chelsea and I was excited as it’s a big thing for the
fans to be chanting my name. It’s always stuck in my head!”
To mark the 99th meeting between the Eagles and Seagulls, there is a feature describing the rivalry's origins and the key moments from nearly a century of action, while Roy Hodgson, Jason Puncheon and Steve Parish all look forward to the game in their respective notes.
Elsewhere, in "1997/98" Revisited" Palace's famous win against Derby County is recalled, Scott Dann discusses the best goals from his career in "On The Scoresheet" and Geoff Thomas is remembered in the "A-Z of Palace"
There is everything you need to know about Chris Hughton's side past and present in an in-depth visitors section, while, the postcard collection continues with the derby day theme, with heavy Eagles wins from 1950 and 2002 depicted.
As well as all of this, there is the usual mix of news, views and stats from all areas of the club, making the Palace Programme the perfect accompaniment to your matchday.
Copies can be bought from the sellers around the ground, or if you can't make it to Selhurst Park then find out how you can still get your copy from the comfort of your own home.