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Could Safe Standing Be Set For A Return To Selhurst?

We may be spending the current campaign sampling the rarefied heights of the Premier League but it seems as if somewhat of a sea-change in opinion may be occurring within the Football League in our absence.

After a great deal of debate between those who matter, it seems as though safe standing may soon be cleared to return to the second tier of English football, with a number of clubs fully behind the proposals to reincorporate it into stadiums.

Currently, standing on terraces is permitted in the third tier and below, but following the implementation of safe standing areas in a number of foreign stadia, it seems as though the scepticism that has surrounded standing in high-profile arenas since the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters is beginning to soften.

The new proposals being put forward would see rail style seats, which can be flipped up or down depending on the individuals preference being attached to chest-high rails, similar to those seen in grounds all around Europe. Whilst there remains a stigma linked to terracing in its primitive form, this new option would eliminate the prospect of overcrowding, with each person being sold a seat in the same manner they are already, just with the added option of standing throughout instead of being forced to sit down.

With so many fans already flaunting the all-seater rules at games, particularly away from home, the potential for change will come as welcome news.

We may be enjoying our time in the top flight currently, but were we to fall into the Championship once again next season, this latest development would certainly give some of our fans a reason to be cheerful.

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The Daily Round-Up: Festive Football Is On The Way

Today there is news on the season ticket sales for our next campaign, with over 1,000 having already been sold, whilst the official site is also building up to the visit of Stoke City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on the 5th January, no doubt Tony Pulis will have his team fully geared-up to kick lumps out of our boys from the very first whistle.

Five Year Plan have unleashed their latest podcast, with special guest, Steve Browett. A wide range of topics are covered including a discussion about a balloon version of Steve Parish.

The Huddersfield Examiner have taken a look at our squad, to see where the main threats are. Suffice to say, they’ve discussed quite a few of our players and are sounding a tad pensive about the game in prospect.

Meanwhile, Ian Holloway has spoken about the manner in which Birmingham’s 2nd goal was conceded, concluding that Mile Jedinak’s absence was a real problem for us. The good news is, he’ll be back in the heart of our midfield on Saturday evening.


All the news from SE25 in the last 24 hours

With the new season tickets having gone on sale recently, the official site are already reporting sales of over 1,000. Obviously our good league form will have helped, but it’s great to see so many people already committed to watching football at Selhurst Park next season.

Palace chief executive Phil Alexander said: “We’re delighted that so many Palace fans have already snapped up season tickets for next year. With the club sitting in the top two, a new manager at the helm and some excellent performances on the pitch there’s a real feel-good factor around Selhurst at the moment. We put a lot of time and effort into trying to make our prices affordable and the reaction from our supporters has been exactly what we were hoping for.


The FA Cup tie with Stoke City is set to be played on the 5th of January, with tickets on sale now.

According to the FA, the estimated global viewing audience for the 2005 final at the Millennium Stadium, where Arsenal beat Manchester United on penalties, was 484 million. That figure dwarfs the audiences for many other major sporting events. The 2012/13 final at Wembley in May next year will be seen in over 160 countries. 
The Eagles face Tony Pulis’s Stoke City at Selhurst Park in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser on Saturday January 5th, kick-off 3pm.

The Five Year Plan boys have been at it again, with their latest podcast being released this morning, with the inclusion of Steve Browett’s thoughts on a  number of subjects.

It’s nearly Christmas! And the FYP pod team are feeling festive in the last podcast before Xmas Day 2012!

And they are joined by special guest, Palace co-chairman Steve Browett, who talks about a range of CPFC things, including:

  • Steve Parish made out of balloons
  • The safe standing campaign
  • Palace’s recent form, and games coming up
  • What he wants in his Christmas stocking

Five Year Plan

The Huddersfield Examiner are looking towards Saturday’s game with a certain amount of trepidation, given our flying start to the season, I can’t say I blame them.

The Palace chief will have Aussie midfielder Mile Jedinak back after a one-match suspension as his side seek a sixth win in 10 games under his command.

As well as wing wizards Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, the South London side also have a 20-goal striker in Glenn Murray, the former Carlisle, Rochdale and Brighton man.

Holloway’s defensive options include centre-back Damien Delaney, who played on loan for Town back in 2002.

Murray Waving

Ian Holloway wasn’t best pleased with the manner in which Birmingham’s 2nd goal occurred on Saturday, saying that, had Jedinak had been in the team, we may well have hung on for all three points. The good news is, the Australian will be back this weekend.

“There was a drop in concentration at Birmingham. We did not need to concede the corner that led to the second goal, and we could have done better defending the header.

“Had Mile been in the team, things may have been different because he is the one who  can organise the team.”

He added: “It is a little disappointing, but we have to remember this Championship race is not over until May and we need to keep going until then.

“If you look at the Olympics, how many of the athletes stopped half-way through their race? They keep going to until the cross the tape.”

Jedinak, Garvan, Murray

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