Steve Parish has penned his matchday programme notes ahead of the visit of Liverpool. Read on for an update from the Chairman.
Welcome to the players, staff and supporters of Liverpool here at Selhurst Park today, and of course to everyone supporting Palace.
Liverpool at home is always a game we look out for when the fixtures are announced, and my phone usually goes into meltdown with people wanting tickets, more so than any other side. We’ve seen 34 goals in the last nine Premier League meetings between the teams, so hopefully today will be another entertaining game, with Palace coming out on top!
The international break came at a good time for us following the fantastic win at Huddersfield Town, and allowed several players to work their way back to full fitness. The performance at the John Smith’s Stadium was magnificent, and just what we needed after those narrow - and undeserved - losses to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
This week the under-23s guaranteed progression to the Professional Development League play-offs and will face Huddersfield at Selhurst Park on Friday lunchtime, and it would be great to see as many of you as possible pack out the Main Stand to support Richard Shaw’s men.
The under-18s continue to impress and, at the risk of speaking too soon, are also looking favourites to reach the play-offs in pole position too, while last week Gemma Bryan notched up her 100th goal for the Ladies in just three seasons, which is a remarkable landmark. In other Ladies news, we are expecting a decision from the FA in May with regards our application for the team to join the new Women’s Championship next season.
Elsewhere within the club, we put on an event with Kick It Out called “Palace For All: Diversity Discussed”, with the intention of better understanding people’s perspectives on football’s inclusivity and what more can be done to welcome new people to Selhurst Park. We are committed to ensuring everyone feels welcome at Palace, and to embedding ourselves even further within our richly diverse community.
Croydon Council’s Planning Committee will soon meet to discuss our application for the Selhurst Park redevelopment, and I’d like to thank the council and all other stakeholders who have been so supportive to date.
Everyone seems to understand this is an overwhelmingly positive thing for the club, the borough of Croydon and south London. But we are fast approaching the deadline for you to have your say on the application to help inform the committee, so if you haven’t done so already, I’d urge you to spend five minutes doing so at stadium.cpfc.co.uk and following the links to “Back The Plan”. Every comment counts.
As always, please make yourselves heard today and get behind Roy and his team.
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