We bring you the latest views of Steve Parish from his column in today's match programme for the game against Tottenham Hotspur.
I’d like to welcome the staff, players and supporters of Tottenham Hotspur, and also everyone who has had to juggle their diaries twice to attend today’s fixture.
After a rare weekend off, I am sure the players and coaching staff are raring to go as we enter the most critical part of this season. Results from our competitors in the bottom half have made the division incredibly tight, and it’s going to go to the wire.
We’ve shown on many occasions over the years that we don’t fear anyone, and that strength of character will be crucial in the coming weeks! Today we face a Spurs side who put in an incredible performance against Juventus; I can’t remember an English side dominating in such a way away from home in Europe. Then - such is football - their most recent outing was another incredible game against Rochdale, who were excellent value for their draw.
Off the field, it certainly hasn’t been quiet. I sincerely hope you read the news that Croydon Council has validated our planning application for the Selhurst Park redevelopment. What that means
is that members of the public can now have their say, and hopefully pledge their support. At the time of writing, nearly 3,000 people have commented on the council’s site and well over 99% are in favour.
If, like me, you want to see that iconic stand design, portraying the heritage of the area and club, and showcasing Croydon and south London to the world, then please let your feelings known.
You can easily submit comments on the council’s site (via bit.ly/ BackThePlan), and you can also write to your local councillor or council leaders. Not only will the development give us all something extra to be proud of, it will also bring signi cant economic bene ts to the area, and create new jobs. Let’s make this happen!
Elsewhere, our under-23s and under-18s are topping their tables. We’ve invested in the academy with its own training facility and coaching staff but we are working on plans to improve further still. I am also incredibly pleased that Palace Ladies reached the Capital Cup Final and sit third in the table.
It’s a pivotal time for the Ladies who have applied to join the Women’s Super League Tier 2 for next season. As part of the application, we have committed to increasing our nancial contribution to the team, and it’s been fantastic to see how they have developed in recent seasons.
Securing WSL status would be a tting reward for all their hard work, and hopefully inspire even more girls in south London to play the game and support the team.
As always, please make some noise and get behind Roy and his team today.
Up The Palace!
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