Sometimes, people are accused of being sycophants when they praise the owners of the club, and perhaps I risk being labelled one here, but CPFC2010s dedication to the club and interaction with the fans has been superb of late.
Since they purchased the club, CPFC2010 have consistently been open with the supporters and dealt with any questions or issues that have arisen.
Currently the club is looking at helping out supporters in line with the ‘twenty’s plenty’ campaign run by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) suggesting that £20 for a match ticket is enough to run a sustainable club and to encourage supporters to attend.
Already a reciprocal deal with Swansea City has been agreed whereby an adult can gain entry to the match for half price with a full paying child. Furthermore, the club have agreed to give Newcastle supporters £5 off a ticket if they do the same for Palace supporters.
Clearly CPFC2010 are looking at making football and away games in particular, more affordable for supporters.
Jeremy Hosking is looking at running a football special train to a future match, using one of his own trains. Furthermore, the club is in discussions with Norwich, Hull and Cardiff to arrange some sort of deal. This is the benefit of having owners who have a connection to the club and are supporters themselves.
They understand that football is expensive to watch, but they also want as many people in the stadium as possible, not just to maximise revenue and potentially keep people returning who might not have done already, but to give the players a boost and let people enjoy watching their local team.
Yannick Bolasie (who runs down the wing for me) recently spoke to Palace Player and discussed how much of a buzz players can get from the atmosphere in the ground when fans sing their name.
The winger has returned from injury and could play an important part in Palace’s season if he remains fit and in form. Bolasie has the ability to directly run at players and brings an extra dimension to the side that could prove to be difficult for opposition defences.
Most of all though, he brings an air of anticipation, the feeling that something will happen when the ball is at his feet, and that is something that has sadly been lacking in Palace’s performances so far this season.
Palace’s start to the season has done little to encourage supporters to attend away games, but the financial incentives agreed by the owners, as well as the offer of a £10 guest ticket for season ticket holders at West Brom, may entice some fans to travel the country and help inspire the players to some much needed victories.
Hopefully Palace will start a good run of results with a victory in the crucial match against Fulham on Monday. Dare I jinx it, but the Eagles have a phenomenal record under the lights at Selhurst Park in recent years so can they keep the record going? Time will tell.