Steve Parish has written his latest matchday programme notes ahead of the visit of Newcastle United. Read on for the latest update from the Chairman.
Welcome to the players, staff and directors of Newcastle United to Selhurst Park today, and as always to our fans. It’s fantastic to have you all here for yet another sell-out.
Since my last notes, we lost to Southampton but bounced back straight away with a big win at Huddersfield Town. As I’ve often said before, the margins are immensely tight in this league, so holding our nerve under severe late pressure away from home is extremely pleasing.
We also launched our new third kit last weekend – the Palace Yellow Fade. It’s always been a lucky colour for us, and I think we’ve cracked it this year on the kits and they’re possibly the best we’ve ever had. The work has already started on next season’s editions, but these will be hard to beat.
We recently announced a new role for Dave Reddington as first-team coach, and a new contract for James McArthur. The opportunity for Dave arose because Steven Reid decided to take a break from football, but he made a huge contribution to the club last season and we wish him well. As for Dave, he joined our academy 14 years ago, with a spell at Watford in the middle of that period.
This opportunity to work under Roy and Ray is richly deserved and another great example of the development and pathways that exists for coaches and players at the club. Dave is a hugely enthusiastic guy, and I wish him all the very best in the role.
James is the epitome of a model professional and a team player, setting a brilliant example to others. He rarely grabs the headlines, but is someone who teammates and fans hold in the highest regard and so we’re delighted that James has extended his time in south London with us.
I’d also like to congratulate Aaron Wan-Bissaka on his England under-21 debut during the recent international break. There is nothing more rewarding for everyone at the academy and training ground than seeing a player like Aaron develop through the ranks, and then get an international call-up. It’s now up to Aaron to work even harder to establish himself in the Palace starting XI each week, and the international caps will surely follow.
Behind the scenes, we continue to try to improve all areas of your matchday experience, and it’s been really pleasing to welcome back many familiar and friendly faces to our Premium lounges as hosts, including Clinton Morrison, Darren Ambrose, Sasa Curcic, Neil Shipperley and Jim Cannon. These guys span 40 years of Palace history, and it’s really important to have them all still involved with the club.
If we win today, it would be our 100th victory in the Premier League and by coincidence, our 200th in the top-flight. Let’s remind the world just how special the Selhurst Park atmosphere is by each and every one of us throwing our support behind Roy and the team, and hopefully reaching those landmarks to make today a day to remember.
Up The Palace!