Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has penned his programme notes ahead of the Eagles' clash with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow in the Emirates FA Cup and you can read what he has to say below.
Welcome to the supporters, players and staff of Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst Park for this mouth-watering FA Cup tie, and greetings to all Palace fans as always.
In the last round we enjoyed a proper cup tie against Grimsby Town who performed extremely well to keep us at bay for most of the game. We were looking at train times for Grimsby when Jordan popped up with his second in as many games, leading us to what I hope will be a magnificent cup occasion against one of the country’s best teams. It would be brilliant to continue this FA Cup run, especially after we made good progress in the League Cup only to fall in the last-16.
Last week’s performance at Liverpool had everything, less the point that it deserved. Yet again, we proved our ability to go toe-to-toe with the best teams by playing some magnificent football. There is no question luck played a large part in their victory thanks to two deflected goals and a handball, and I’m beginning to look forward to VAR arriving although I do still have great concerns about its overall effect. In spite of this, we must be proud of Roy and the players. These performances will start generating points, of that I’m sure.
Since our last home game against Watford, we’ve sent two players on loan as they seek first-team football to accelerate their development; Nya Kirby to Blackpool and Joseph Hungbo to Margate. We have high hopes for both, and I hope these temporary moves benefit all parties. We have also said goodbye to Sullay Kaikai who had been with us since he was 15-years-old, and everyone here wishes him well as he heads to Holland for a new challenge.
Joining Palace is young Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri. We’re really excited to have him join us, in what is an exceptionally strong goalkeeping set up. Welcome to Palace, Lucas!
Speaking of goalies, Julian made his 404th appearance for the club at Anfield and as Roy said after the game, you’d be hard pushed to find a better club servant anywhere in world football. We are blessed to have him, and should he be called upon again I know he will put that mistake behind him and continue to be the model professional that he is. He will go down as one of our club’s best ever players.
Off the pitch, you may have seen news coverage of us opening one of our lounges to homeless people recently as temperatures plummeted. I would like to thank all the staff that put in the extra effort to make this happen, as well of course Croydon Council and charities like Crisis that are working hard to address the issue.
Homelessness is a complex problem and we understand this only scratches the surface. Around 1,000 people slept rough in our area over the last year, so we will do everything we can to play our part in helping those in desperate need, especially when temperatures become a danger to life.
Enjoy the match, and as always – get right behind Roy and his team.
Up the Palace!
To purchase your copy for just £2.50, look out for vendors around the outside of Selhurst Park before the game kicks off at 16.00 this Sunday. Alternatively, buy the digital programme below for just 99p!