After earning rave reviews for its redesign after the Liverpool edition, the Palace Programme is back on sale for Saturday's visit of Southampton.
The new size and content has gone down well with Eagles supporters, who can now easily tuck away their matchday bible throughout the afternoon and dip into it to find out essential information about the game, or learn more about the players on show including Cheikou Kouyate, who this week is the subject of a fascinating in-depth interview.
The Senegalese midfielder talks about the difficulty that African players like himself have to go through to make it into European football, and the sacrifices he had to make personally before starring at Anderlecht, West Ham United and on the international stage.
He also discusses his time at the Hammers, his experience of going out of the World Cup on yellow cards and who persuaded him to join the Eagles ahead of the new season.
This season, the programme will also celebrate the 30th, 40th and 50th anniversaries of the Eagles’ famous promotion campaigns in our special ‘Glory Days’ section. This will include a detailed story of each season, reproduced match reports interviews with key players from those eras, and this week Geoff Thomas has his say on the 1988/89 campaign.
The programme also reaches its centenary this year, and we will be looking back at the way it has evolved since 1918 with a season-by-season recap, while back in the present day the first-team squad recall their favourite and sentimental jerseys from their career in ‘Getting Shirty’.
All areas of the club are covered including the academy, development and Ladies squads, and we will hear from members of all three in ‘In Focus’. Elsewhere The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield will provide an exclusive insight into the weekly life of a football journalist in his regular column, plus Brickstand’s Chris Smith will be remaking iconic Palace photographs out of Lego!
The visitors’ section contains new content such as obscure facts about that day’s opponents while we attempt to compile the best starting XI of players who featured for both teams, and there will be collectible tear-out posters of the current squad for younger supporters, as well as classic shots for long-time fans, with Mark Bright and Kouyate featuring in the Saints edition.
All of this, plus the usual columns, news, stats and reports, can be purchased in the following ways:
- At Selhurst Park at kiosks and in the club shop, priced £3.50.
- For delivery straight to your door, click here.
- For a digital version (for mobile or desktop reading) priced at £1.49 or £24.99 for the season, click here.
Please note, the CPFC Matchday Digital programme app will no longer publish programmes.
Members who are eligible to receive the Digital Programme as part of their Membership will be emailed a clickable link, as per last season.