Around 1,000 supporters were joined by players, staff and officials of Crystal Palace on Saturday night as the player of the year finner-dance was held at Selhurst Park.

Those present saw dependable defender Emmerson Boyce revealed as the player of the season.

The other nominations for the main award were Andrew Johnson, Jobi McAnuff and Michael Hughes.

Academy (age 9-16) player of the year was won by John Bostock, 14, and presented by Bob Dowie, who spoke in glowing terms of the youngsters hard work and potential.

Scholar player of the year was won by striker Lewis Grabban, set to sign his first professional contract, and the vice presidents player of the year was won by Darren Ward.

Marco Reich won goal of the year for his strike against Queens Park Rangers and young player of the year was won by Ben Watson.

Ian Wright won player of the century and video footage of his message to the fans was shown, as he was unable to attend due to television commitments.

Crystal Palace have announced academy players Lewis Grabban, Lewis Spence, Phil Starkey and Arron Fray have all been offered their first professional contracts at the club.

While, Rikki Banks, Wesley Beckles, Taku Watanabe and Tom Welch will be released from the academy once their contracts expire at the end of June.

Also seven players have been offered scholarships for next season: Billy Bingham, Ryan Caroline, Lee Hills, David Pilgrim, Ashley Robinson, Jamie Smith and Aaron Dalhouse.

News of other out of contract player Tony Popovic will be released at a later date.

Terry Byfield
Communication manager