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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. 

Enjoy. 

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Newcastle Goalkeeping Coach Close To Sealing Palace Switch

The long-anticipated deal for Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman to join Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace looks to be edging towards its completion, with plenty of news outlets in the North East suggesting that the two club’s are close to agreeing a compensation fee.

A loyal member of Pardew’s staff, Woodman had previously worked under him at West Ham and Charlton Athletic, before following him to St James’ Park in 2010, where he has remained ever since.

Part of the same Palace squad as Pardew in his playing career, Woodman’s own son Freddie was on the club’s books a few years ago, before relocating to Tyneside to join his dad, but now it looks as though both will be moving south once more, with the young keeper having recently agreed to a loan at Crawley Town.

Whilst a fee has yet to be finalised between ourselves and the Magpies, it now looks to simply be matter of time until an official announcement is made, with Steve McClaren tipped to bring in Bobby Robson’s former goalkeeping coach Simon Smith as Woodman’s replacement in due time.

Any conversations you have with Newcastle fans will give the impression that Woodman would be a poor appointment for the club, but in truth, they were equally scathing about Alan Pardew when he returned to Selhurst Park at the start of 2015, and up until now, that move has worked out pretty well for everyone of a red and blue persuasion.

Should an official announcement be made over the weekend, we’ll have reaction to the news on the site as soon as possible.

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