Crystal Palace Disabled Supporters Association held its annual AGM along with a social evening in Speroni’s Restaurant at Selhurst Park. Approximately 50 disabled supporters, carers, family and friends attended the event. It was the perfect opportunity for the disabled community at Crystal Palace to get together and meet likeminded supporters and discuss all things red and blue.
The below committee members were re-elected to their positions, with Bruce Muirhead newly elected into his role:
David Smith - Chairman
Tony Game - Vice Chairman
Karen Green - Press and Player Liaison Officer
Martin Benson - Social Media Officer
Caroline Bland - Supporter Liaison Officer
Bruce Muirhead - DSA Secretary
David Smith gave an overview of the aims and successes of the DSA and Liam Bird from Level Playing Field gave an insight into the work of LPF.
To the supporters' delight, the surprise guest for the evening was DSA Patron, Julián Speroni. He received a rapturous welcome and a thunderous round of applause. Everyone was thrilled to welcome the club legend and four-time club Player of the Year, who put a smile on everyone’s face.
Julián then took part in a Q&A session, hosted by Karen Green with supporters firing questions. Julián gave an insight into his career telling the audience about how he started out as a young lad in Argentina, his move to Dundee and then 15 years spent at Crystal Palace. He also spoke about his family and his love of heavy rock music, what he likes to do to relax and his plans for the future.
Jules then drew the raffle, with prizes donated by Julián, Crystal Palace FC, Boots of Croydon, Knights Garden Centre (Woldingham), JD Sports (Caterham) and Floral Gallery (Caterham).
Afterwards Speroni met the fans and signed programmes and posed for countless photos. So many of the DSA members commented on what a memorable evening it had been and how wonderful Julián had been.
The Crystal Palace Disabled Supporters Association was set up with a view to give supporters with disabilities a clear channel to work together with the club. The DSA aims to resolve concerns, complaints and suggest improvements for the club which may impact on the match day experience of supporters with disabilities at Selhurst Park.
If you would like to find out more about us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8660 5960 and ask for Karen Green, Press and Player Liaison Officer, Crystal Palace FC DSA.