Steve Parish has penned his matchday programme notes ahead of the visit of Manchester United. Read on for an update from the Chairman.
Eight days ago, we were on the receiving end of a devastating late goal from Harry Kane – having done so well to keep Spurs at bay for 88 minutes. Yet again, we saw a Palace side with a ‘never say die’ attitude, one that is not afraid of going toe-to-toe with the big boys in this league. I hope for that same spirit tonight against United.
One huge positives from the game was the emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has been with us since age 11 and has worked his way up through the Academy ranks to the first team. What a proud occasion for Aaron, his family, and the numerous coaches at Palace who have played a part in his development. He has dreamt of pulling on the red and blue shirt for all these years, and should be really proud of himself. Nothing pleases me more than seeing the fruits of the Academy’s labour, but now it’s up to Aaron to push on once again when he gets his next chance.
This week on the Selhurst Park redevelopment project we shared details of the club’s Travel Plan, as part of our comprehensive planning application. With 8,000 more fans on matchdays, we are committed to working with Croydon Council, local residents, TFL and travel partners to encourage more sustainable methods of transport to minimise the impact on our local environmental and residents. All the information can be found at stadium.cpfc.co.uk which has links to the council’s site where you can pledge your support.
Our Ladies team has officially applied to the FA to become a semi-professional club from next season to compete in the rebranded Women’s Championship. The FA are due to decide on all club applications in the coming weeks, so everyone here at Palace has their fingers crossed that we are successful. Nothing epitomises Palace more than our Ladies team. They punch above their weight in everything they do and every competition they play in.
In the last few weeks alone - we’ve seen the Academy teams continue their form as table toppers, the emergence of an Academy graduate to the first team, the Ladies team reach a Cup Final - which just shows when we all pull together we can achieve great things at this club.
But right now, as Roy and his team enter the final ten games of the season, we really need your support now more than ever. For the avoidance of any doubt after some misleading media reports this week, I completely believe in this team, this manager and these players and that we can - with your tremendous support - retain our status in the Premier League once again.
Up The Palace.
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