Crystal Palace fans look forward to the new season
With Crystal Palace kicking off their first Premier League campaign in eight years on Sunday, Andy Bloss and Cameron Roberts spoke to some well-known Palace fans about their expectations ahead of the new season.
World renowned comedian Eddie Izzard has backed Crystal Palace as a surprise package this season.
Izzard has supported Crystal Palace since the 1960s when he went to games with his father and brother.
The comedian became an associate director at the club in July 2012 and was at Wembley to see the Palace’s promotion to the Premier League in May.
He said: "I want us to win every game now, and the next, and the next season and the season after that. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen."
"I don’t mind us being in the middle of the Premier League but I just do not want to be doing a relegation battle at the end of next year."
Read the full interview here.
Jim Piddock, co-writer and creator of current BBC 2 comedy series Family Tree and founder of the CPFC Supporters Trust said: "You did us all, and made us all, incredibly proud last season.
"I know that hard work and a great team spirit played a big part in getting you there last year and that should work in any league in the world.
Jim Daly, editor of the Five Year Plan Fanzine said: "We are all going to need luck this season, not just the players, the fans too.
"It won't be like last season; beating everyone in sight, losing just twice at Selhurst and generally feeling smug. Oh god, what have we let ourselves in for?"
Chief Superintendent Adrian Roberts, Palace fan, former borough commander and frequent match commander, said: "Live the dream and grab the challenge by the horns.
"And with the experience that Ian Holloway has gained in battling with the big boys in this league, we've got the right man at the helm in my opinion."
Richard Hough, owner of Auto-Clutch Garage in South Norwood, said: "There is no one alive that could truly tell you what South Norwood would be like without Crystal Palace.
"The financial benefits are absolutely massive, 26,000 people in the local area is going to be a huge boost for Norwood."
Guven Pek, owner of The Norwood Café and Palace fan, said: "I'm really looking forward to going up against higher quality teams and playing styles now that we are in the premiership.
"The club will improve local businesses, however this does depend on performances by the team, obviously if the team is good business will be."
Danny Foley, landlord of The White Horse Pub, said: "The premiership does not mean all that much to me, in the end I just want to see Palace play, but revenue it will generate for the local area will be good.
"I would love us to stay up, but at the end of the day we could finish 20th, as long as we gave it all I would be happy."
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