Palace legends from years gone were assembling for the Generation Cup. Celebrating Palace’s participation in the first ever FA Cup campaign in 1871, the Eagles set off for a double-header against Hitchin and Maidenhead United. First though, to the pre-match meeting point in Knebworth, and a chance for Smith to greet the players.
Thirty years of Palace excellence were assembled – legends, captains, goalscorers and scorers of great goals. Julian Speroni, Mile Jedinak, Andrew Johnson, Darren Ambrose: the squad list made some reading.
After a catch-up over scrambled eggs and bacon – while Smith, Bright and Assistant Manager for the day Danny Young poured over the tactics board – it was time for the manager to gather the players.