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VIDEO: AJ Discusses His Love For Palace & The Reasons For His Return

Andy Johnson officially returned to Crystal Palace as a club ambassador yesterday afternoon and has spoken to Chris Grierson about exactly what the role will entail. 

This video sees Johnson discuss his love for Crystal Palace with Chris Grierson, as well as his new role as a club ambassador. 

AJ played 161 times in red and blue, scoring an astounding 85 goals in that time. It was a period which saw the club promoted to the Premier League under the guidance of Iain Dowie, before narrowly missing out on top flight survival the following year, thanks in no small part to Johnson’s efforts. 

The campaign of 2004/05 saw him earn a place in the Premier League’s best XI after scoring 21 times, and despite staying for another season in the hope of helping us bounce straight back, AJ saw his first stint at Selhurst Park come to a close with defeat against Watford in the semi-finals of the play-offs in 2005/06. 

Although his career then took him on to the likes of Everton, Fulham and QPR, the bald headed frontman always felt most at home in SE25, and has spoken extensively about his joy at returning to the club in an official capacity in the video interview attached above. 

For Palace fans of a certain age, AJ will always be one of their childhood footballing heroes, scoring so prolifically for three seasons that it was impossible not to fall in love with his all-action style, leading the line with a fervour that many would now associate with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. 

No one has managed to hit the goalscoring heights that Johnson did in a Palace shirt since, which only adds to the collective adoration our fans feel towards him. As someone who grew up watching him bang goals in every week, I’m extremely happy to see him back with us in an official capacity. 



VIDEO: All Six Of Palace’s Goals From Comfortable Pre-Season Win

Palace’s friendly against Bromley last night saw a goal glut for the Eagles, with Alan Pardew’s side putting on a show for those in attendance with a 6-0 victory.

After arriving on loan recently, Patrick Bamford grabbed the opportunity to impress with both hands, bagging a quick fire hat-trick to put the game out of the host’s reach after just 20 minutes, delighting the thousands of Palace fans who’d made their way to the game.

With the other goals coming through Sullay Kaikai, Dwight Gayle (obviously) and fan-favourite Wilfried Zaha, the players were able to coast in the closing stages of the game, as they ready themselves for a high-octane game at Carrow Road in just eight days time.

Of course, Bromley didn’t exactly provide stiff opposition for a squad full of Premier League regulars, but with fitness and game time pivotal to every player’s pre-season training regime, they will all have felt good for the experience, with the likes of Christian Scales and Luke Croll clearly over the moon to have played a big part in such a convincing win as they look to prove their worth to Alan Pardew before the weekly grind of the Premier League gets underway.

Below are tweets from the fantastic CPFC GIFS with footage of all six Palace goals for you to watch at your leisure.


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