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Hennessey: “My biggest challenge is keeping the shirt, and hopefully becoming a fan’s favourite”

31 August 2018

As Wayne Hennessey awaits his 110th game for Palace, the Welsh international is as committed as ever to improve and further build his relationship with the south London fanbase.

In a candid interview with Palace TV, the shot stopper from Anglesey who grew up idolising Neville Southall reflected on a journey that took him from north Wales to Manchester City aged 11, before rising through the ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers – with a few spells on loan in for good measure.

One of those loan spells saw Hennessey join Stockport County where he broke a Football League record of nine clean sheets in a row, a record that still stands. Once recalled to Molineux and securing a starting berth, he went on to win the club’s Player of the Season in 2007-8, and played a key part in their Championship winning season in 2008-9. Hennessey would go on to become a fans favourite at the Midlands club, playing 166 times for them, including three seasons in the top flight.  But the time was right for a fresh challenge as injuries and back-to-back relegations took their toll, and Wayne joined Palace in January 2014, beginning as an understudy to club legend Julian Speroni.

Watch Wayne tell his story of that journey, revel in his dressing room antics caught on camera with his Welsh team-mates, his favourite Palace moments and his hopes for the future. Watch ‘Wayne’s World’ by clicking play below.


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