Crystal Palace

Selhurst Park

Capacity: 26,309 (all seated)
Address: Selhurst Park, London, SE25 6PU
Telephone: 0208 768 6000
Fax: 0208 771 5311
Ticket Office: 0871 2000 071
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Eagles
Year Ground Opened: 1924
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Neteller
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Red and Blue
Away Kit: Yellow and Sky Blue

Arthur Wait Stand & Holmesdale Road End
Arthur Wait Stand & Holmesdale Road End
Main Stand & Whitehorse Lane Stands
Main Stand & Whitehorse Lane Stands
Arthur Wait Stand
Arthur Wait Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Holmesdale Road End
Holmesdale Road End
Whitehorse Lane Stand
Whitehorse Lane Stand

The ground is a mixture of the modern and the old, with two old side stands and two more modern looking end stands. The newest edition is the two-tiered Holmesdale Road Stand at one end, which was opened in 1995. This stand has a large lower tier, with a smaller upper tier that overhangs it. The stand looks impressive and has a large curved roof, as well as windshields on either side of the upper tier. This is where the bulk of home supporters congregate. 

Opposite is the Whitehorse Lane Stand. This was originally a large open terrace but was reduced in capacity in the early 1980’s when land was sold for a Sainsbury’s supermarket which is still present outside the ground. During the early 1990’s the terrace was made all seated and a double row of executive boxes was the constructed above it, giving it an unusual look. Later a roof was added and then a large video screen installed upon it, which was replaced by a larger version in 2014. This stand has now been renamed the 'Croydon Advertiser Family Stand'. 

One side is the large, covered, single tiered Arthur Wait stand, which was built in 1969, while on the other side the Main Stand, which dates back to when the ground opened in 1924, is also single tiered. Both stands are now beginning to show their age; with a number of supporting pillars. The Arthur Wait Stand has a TV gantry suspended beneath its roof, whilst the Main Stand has a number of ancient looking floodlights on its roof. Michael Clement adds; 'To add a bit of razzmatazz to the beginning of games, the club play a programme of loud music, as the teams emerge onto the pitch'. This includes playing 'Glad All Over' by the Dave Clarke Five, which is enthusiastically joined in to by the Palace fans.

Jack Laws informs me; 'The Club have announced that they wish to redevelop Selhurst Park in a modern stadium with a capacity around 35-40,000. It is intended that this will be achieved by replacing one stand at a time, starting with the Main Stand on one side. No timescales have been given as to when this might happen.'

Away are still housed on one side of the Arthur Wait Stand, however they have been relocated to the opposite side near the 'Croydon Advertiser Family Stand'. Just over 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated. Nikita a visiting Gillingham fan informs me; 'If you are seated towards the rear of the stand then you will find that there is very little leg room'. Plus the views of the playing action are not particularly great from the back of the stand, due to the overhang of the roof. Max Pardo-Roques warns; 'Due to a new television gantry that has been installed above the visitors stand, the the view is even worse than it was before. In fact you can barely see across to the other side of the pitch. I would strongly advise fans not to buy tickets the back ten rows (40-49)'. And if that is not enough then there is the odd supporting pillar to contend with too! Whilst Alex Jones adds; 'If you sit in the bottom half of the stand for an afternoon kick off, in the earlier part of the season, then don't be surprised if you end up trying to keep the sun out of eyes'. 

On my last visit there was a particularly good atmosphere within the ground, especially from the home fans in the Holmesdale Road End. I was impressed with the Palace fans, who clearly were passionate about their Club, but in a non-intimidatory manner, towards away fans. In fact there was plenty of good banter going on between the two sets of supporters. There are plenty of refreshments available, however, if you if there is a sizeable away support, then getting food and drink could be a problem because there is only one small refreshment area to cater for the whole away support. Plus as there is no formal queuing system, then joining the scrum that inevitably ensues at the counter, is not for the faint hearted so you may consider getting something outside of the ground before the game starts. Also if you do happen to visit the Gents, watch out for the small downward flight of steps to the toilets. I almost went flying! If you do make it to the counter then you can sample one of the handmade Goddard's Pies, which include; Chicken Balti, Steak and Cronx Ale, Chicken and Mushroom, plus Cheese and Onion. However, you'll pay £4 for the privilege, making them the most expensive pies in the League.

On the whole Crystal Palace is a fairly relaxed ground to visit and you are unlikely to encounter any problems, except perhaps getting stuck in the traffic on the way to the game! 

Opposite Thornton Heath Railway Station there is a Wetherspoon pub, called the 'The Flora Sandes' which is popular with both home and away supporters. Also close by is 'The Railway Telegraph' on Brigstock (as you come out of Thornton Heath station turn right and the pub is further down on the left). This pub serves Youngs beers and is quite spacious. It is then about a 15 minute walk from here to the ground (as you  come out of the pubs turn right and follow the other fans). There are plenty of Kebab & Chip shops available on the route to the ground. 

Otherwise near Norwood Junction Railway Station on the High Street is another Wetherspoon outlet called 'The William Stanley' (From the Station turn right at the Clock Tower into the High Street). The nearby 'Ship' pub on the High Street has also been recommended to me. Generally beer and lager are served inside the ground. Please note though that for certain high profile games, the Club choose not to serve alcohol to away supporters.

Leave the M25 at Junction 7 and follow the signs for the A23 to Croydon. At Purley bear left onto the A23 at its junction with the A 235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horseshoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right.

Richard Down informs me; 'An alternative route for fans coming from the North, is to leave the M25 at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. After about ten miles you will reach the Tolworth roundabout at which you turn right onto the A240 towards Epsom. After about three miles turn onto the A232 towards Sutton. Follow the A232 through Sutton and Carshalton and just before reaching Croydon, turn left onto the A23 north towards Thornton Heath'. Where the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horsehoe pub roundabout). Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane. The ground is on your right. Most streets around the ground are either designated residents only parking on matchdays or are pay and display with a four hour limit. So please take note of any street signs advising of parking restrictions, or else you win run the risk of being towed away. Please note that the traffic can be pretty bad on Saturdays even without football traffic, so make sure you allow yourself some extra time to make the journey.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SE25 6PU

The nearest railway stations are Selhurst or Thornton Heath which are served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every 30 mins) and East Croydon (every 15 mins). You can also use Norwood Junction station which is also served by Victoria, but is a little further away. It is then a 10-15 minute walk to ground. Please note that Crystal Palace station is nowhere near the ground.

If you are coming from outside London, it may be an idea to purchase a 'Travelcard' at the first tube station you encounter (or some train operators also allow you to add this onto your train ticket) and tell the clerk that you want a 'Travelcard' that will cover you as far as Selhurst or Thornton Heath. The card then allows you unlimited travel on the tube and trains within the London travel zone and avoids having to buy a ticket for each leg of the journey. 

Lisa Lark a visiting Norwich City fan adds; 'If travelling to Selhurst Station from London Victoria, that it's better to get  on at the front of the train rather than the back. We found that on leaving the train at Selhurst, that for the rear carriages there is a gap of 2 to 3 foot between the train doors and the platform, not the most pleasant of exits I've made from a train. If you are travelling with young children or are less agile, then it is best to be at the front of the train'.

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Charlton Athletic, Millwall (and a little further away) Brighton & Hove Albion.

Record Attendance:

51,482 v Burnley Division 2, May 11th, 1979. 

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

26,193 v Arsenal Premier League, November 6th, 2004.

Average Attendance:

2013-2014: 24,375 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 16,933 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 15,219 (Championship League)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Trevor Elias a visiting Fulham supporter, provides me with the following update; 'We parked in the Sainsburys car park next to the ground, show your orange badge to the steward. Be warned, the access roads to the car park have cobbled speed ramps & to avoid this means using the pavement which runs by the ticket office window & queue. Away fans were in the Arthur Wait stand with dedicated stewards to help. The view can be poor as fans stand up in front of you, however, it's still possible to see 95% of the game. Another downside is the toilets, there are 2 disabled loos but these were being used by anyone & it was hard to get to the entrance so be ready to shout at people'. 

Official Programme: £3.50

Common with most Clubs, Crystal Palace operate a category system (A & B) for matches whereby tickets cost more for the most popular matches. Category B prices are shown below in brackets:

Home Fans*:

Main Stand: Adults: £45 (B £35), Concessions £30 (B £24), Under 18's £22.50 (B £17.50)  
Holmesdale Stand (Gallery):  Adults: £45 (B £32), Concessions £30 (B £24) Under 18's N/A
Holmesdale Stand (Upper): £40 (B £32), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (B £16)
Holmesdale Stand (Lower): £40 (B £28), Concessions £26 (B £18), Under 18's £20 (B £14)
Arthur Wait Stand: £30 (B £25), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (B £16)
Croydon Advertiser Family (Whitehorse Lane) Stand: 
Adults: £35 (B £25), Concessions £24 (B £17) Under 18's £17.50 (B £12.50)

Away Fans:

Arthur Wait Stand: £40 (B £32), Concessions £26 (B £21), Under 18's £20 (C £16)

* The Club will only sell a Category A ticket, when purchased with a corresponding ticket for a Category B fixture.

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Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Premier League
Sunday 22 September 2013, 1.30pm
By Michael McKay (Neutral fan in the away section)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

Crystal Palace is the last London club that I needed to check off my list. I have been to Fulham, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal (three times). As a foreigner, I had no expectations, but having been to the stadiums of the above mentioned Premier League regulars, I was in for a disappointment.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

Using your website, I took the tube from King's Cross (where my train from Ely arrived) and got to Selhurst in around an hour or so. When we switched to the above ground train, I started seeing folks in the red and blue striped shirts get on the train. And then more. And more. The train was packed. The days was not warm, just cool enough for a light jacket, and by the time I got off the train, I was sweating through the back of my shirt. When we got off the train, I figured that I would follow everyone in the jerseys to the stadium. South London is nothing like Piccadilly Circus. It looks a little rough, and there was a ton of dog poop on the sidewalks.

The stadium emerges into view from the neighborhood flats. Unlike American stadiums, where there is usually some space cleared out around the sides to give fans panoramic views, Selhurst Park is packed in tight among the houses.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

I did not budget enough time to go into any pubs or anything, though I kicked myself for it later. I saw a bunch of people sitting along brick rows with chip baskets slathered in curry sauce. I could smell it from a distance and my mouth watered.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The Holmesdale Road Stand was impressive, and the fanatics sat at the bottom left hand corner. They were constantly waving flags and beating drums. It looked like they were having a good time, even when Michu scored in like, the first five minutes.

I was in the far right corner of the Arthur Wait Stand with the Swansea fans. The stand was awful. Old wooden seats awaited me, and they were clearly built for miniature people. I am a fit 6'2", 190 pounds, and I was packed into my seat space like Spam in the tin. Fortunately, the away fans stood the whole time, so I could stretch out my legs and give my knees a break from pressing against the seat in front of me. All of the other stadiums I've been to had rules against standing for too long, which I actually appreciate, but the stewards didn't seem to bother the Swansea fans.

In addition to the awful seats, Selhurst Park has a lot of blocked sight lines due to support columns, AND the stupid TV catwalk. If the action was on the far side of the pitch, I would have to bend at the waist in order to scan underneath the catwalk.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was lively. The away fans sang a lot, as did the Fanatics. This is the only stadium that I've been to that had American style cheerleaders. I don't know why every team doesn't do this. It would create jobs and stimulate the economy, among other things. I also liked the flying eagle that they brought out during warm-ups. They have one similar at Auburn University in Alabama, only he flies around the bowl of the stadium at altitude. This eagle could only get about three feet off the ground. They may have had a weight around his talons to keep him from getting away.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was so uncomfortable, and Swansea so thoroughly controlled the action, that I left at half time. It was easy to find the train station, and I beat any rush, so I couldn't give an accurate portrayal of a game-day exit.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Crystal Palace is now checked off the list. I will not return.

Crystal Palace v Sunderland
Premier League
Sunday 31 August 2013, 5.30pm
By Rory Murphy (Sunderland fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As soon as the fixtures came out I was looking forward to going to Crystal Palace. I thought it would be an easy 3 points but that wasn't to be the case. I also thought the ground had a lot of character and a nice blend of old and modern stands.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Me and my friend set off from Darlington at 10AM hoping to get to the ground at about 3-3:30PM. The journey was fine up until we hit London. As you'd expect it was mayhem. After crossing the Thames there was little traffic and we headed towards Selhurst. We parked on a street which was a 5 min walk from the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Since we got there in good time there wasn't too many fans around but none of them seemed intimidating and the majority smiled at us even though I had my red and white stripes on. Once we got into the ground I went to buy a drink but noticed that the area was too tight and cramped so I did without.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first stand I saw was the two-tiered Holmesdale Road Stand which looked quite impressive. We then followed a number of other Sunderland fans to the turnstiles. The away end is at one end of the Arthur Wait Stand which is a bit old and rundown. To the top of the stand the seats were wooden but we got lucky and got plastic seats. As I said the ground is a mixture of old and new with the Whitehorse Lane and Holmesdale Road Stands which looked quite modern and the Arthur Wait and Main Stands looking a bit tired.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was quite poor from a Sunderland point of view with Palace taking an early lead. Sunderland came back with a brilliant header from Steven Fletcher on his return from injury. After that the 2,000 or so Mackems were definitely in full voice. A silly mistake from John O'Shea resulted in a penalty and a sending off and to put the nail in the coffin Stuart O'Keefe scored an absolute screamer in the last minute. Palace fans were brilliant behind the goal but only really got behind their team when they scored. Sunderland fans were great as well. If only the team were as good as their support. The stewards were fine and didn't tell us to sit down throughout the game.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was a lot of traffic getting away from the ground and it didn't help with a few Palace fans shouting 3-1 at us. They weren't intimidating though. It took us about four and a half hours to get back to the North-East after a disappointing performance from the Black Cats.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was a great day out. Friendly fans, great atmosphere and a unique stadium. The result wasn't too good though!

Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic
Championship League
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 3pm
By James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

If you don’t look forward to an away game at the ground of one of your local rivals then perhaps it’s time to stop going to football. Add to this the fact that we had not been to Selhurst Park since 2008, then I think it’s fair to say that, from a Charlton perspective at least, we were looking forward to the match, selling out our 3,000 allocation easily.

Personally I have not been back to Selhurst Park since the days when we used play our “home” games there. Not a period that any Charlton fan will look back on with fond memories.

I first went to Crystal Palace in the early 70’s. In those days it was an okay ground, and compared favourably with the Stadiums of much larger clubs. What of the 2013 version? Well it is a bit of a mixed bag really. The old open terraces at either end of the ground have been replaced with smart modern all seater stands the best of which is the impressive two tier Holmsdale Road End. The Whitehorse Lane End, now I believe for obvious reason called the Sainsbury's end, is a much smaller single tier family stand, with some executive boxes to the rear. That’s the modern side of Selhurst. 

The old side however is less than impressive. Those of you that sometimes pine for those old stadia full of old world charm should take a trip to the home of Crystal Palace. The Main Stand was never great, but it now has certainly seen better days. However as I was not going to watch the game from this stand what did I care, but I find it incredible that people pay good money for it. Opposite the Main Stand is the Arthur Wait Stand. Back in the 70’s 80’s before the advent of the all seater stadium this was considered a pretty good stand, with its seats to the rear and terraced paddock to the front. I even quite liked it when we played at “home” there. Dated would be a kind way of describing it now. The terrace at the front has been raised to meet the seats at the back to create an all seated stand with a very poor angle, this coupled with several supporting pillars leaves you with an obstructed view. This was made worse by the kid in front who had to stand on his seat all game. I could not complain, he would have seen nothing otherwise. To add insult to injury the concourse behind, with refreshment bars, were dangerously cramped, selling £4 bottles of beer, to go with the £32 match ticket.

Before the game interaction with home support was almost impossible due to the massive, and I mean massive, police presence. We had also chosen to take the coach to avoid the after match lunacy at South Norwood station. It’s around eight miles from Charlton to Selhurst, the journey took two hours! The train would have been about 1 ½ hours. That’s South London infrastructure for you. Go in and out of town, never go across. 

On arrival we were dropped right by the away turnstiles and went straight in. On entry everybody was searched, a very wise precaution on account of the boosting on the Chat forum’s before the game that the idiot minority where going to smuggle in flares as they had at Millwall and Palace had at Charlton. My first impressions of the stewards were excellent, search, sad, but necessary, shown to our seats in a very helpful manner, and when we realise we could not get a programme inside one steward even help us to get one from a seller outside the ground.

The game itself saw Charlton well on top in the opening quarter, playing some nice stuff, rewarded in the 15 minute by neat Ricardo Fuller goal which sent the away contingent bonkers. Off went some flares, so much for the search on the way in... As for the goal, at the time I had no idea who had scored, I thought it had been a header, that’s says all about the view I had, £32?. Half time 1-0 was always going to be a tough lead to defend even though we were clearly the better team first half, we should have added to the lead. Reason, first Palace our not a bad side, that hurt, and we can always through a lead away, preferable in the last quarter of the game. Yep 2-1 Palace final score, Glen Murray scoring twice for I've lost count how many times this season.

There is a very old and tired song about one set of fans forgetting that the other set was there. Never has this been truer. Don’t get we wrong The Valley is not always a cauldron of noise and our sing can be very repetitive and unimaginative, but a least we try. Apart from about 100 or so in one corner of the Holmsdale End, who to their credit did not stop all game. Until Palace scored, silence. Even when they did score the home support need to be revved up by canned music and the stadium announcer.

By this time the behaviour of our less desirable element was starting resemble that most associated with our other South London neighbours, they had run out of flares by about the 12th one, they amused themselves by ripping up the seats. The pre-match search was really paying dividends. This behaviour was meet by commendable restraint from the Met Police, who contented themselves with taking videos of the action. Expecting an extended lock in as a just reward for this behaviour we were amazed to be let straight out. We were faced by a wall of Police, who during the match had been amusing themselves by erecting a two metre steel barricade to keep the fans outside apart. Some of our support may be morons, but bravery is not high on the list of qualities, history has generally seen that the Palace support is similar and the fans normally just melt away. No the Police were determined to have their day. We sat for what seemed like an eternity on the coach whilst they deconstructed the steel wall and we could go on our way. Minor inconvenience. The rest of our support, young and old, idiots and the sane, were herded to toward the station, even if you had parked  a car in the complete opposite direct. A few streets away they were on mass Kettled and held. The result? Confusion, pushing and shoving as people at the back took a while to realise what was going on, followed by wanton vandalism to people’s homes and cars simply because they happen to live near a football ground where Charlton had just lost 2-1. 

I understand from Palace fans that this, over the top, policing is quite often the norm for a big match at Selhurst, so be warned if you have a large following, if you have any kind of reputation either just don’t go, or prepare for the worse. Having said that there was plenty of yobbish behaviour displayed by idiots in the Charlton ranks to give the police ample justification for their actions, even if the actions seemed disproportianate to the threat.

Would I go back? Probably not, ticket price, journey time, and general aggro, it’s only football. However a smaller following from a club with no previous in the fixture may well have a completely different experience. Palace are at the end of the day, like Charlton, are family orientated club with strong community roots. These type of clubs normally provide enjoyable hassle free days out.

PS I got home at 8pm for a game that was played within 15 miles of my house, Charlton home game similar distance normally in by six...

Crystal Palace v Doncaster Rovers
Championship League
Saturday November 27th, 2010, 3pm
By Ryan Dunphy (Doncaster Rovers fan)

I was excited about attending the game against Crystal Palace who were sitting in the relegation zone. And after taking a long five hour journey with two friends we had to be looking forward to the game. We thought tickets were reasonably priced but for the view you got inside the ground then they seemed more overpriced than anything.

Our journey was a long tedious trek. And with spending over an hour stuck in the side streets on London we were glad to arrive at the stadium eventually, however we received no police escort nor was there any trouble or many home fans in the area that our bus parked.  

We arrived quite early for the game and headed straight into the ground where we found the stewarding to be a little pushy, as well as the concourse layout to be quite confusing. A pub mentioned was the Eagle or something along that line which obviously housed home fans, I noticed no pubs bar that one around the stadium. My first impressions of the ground were as I expected, poor and very old fashioned. Our stand in particular housed wooden and also plastic seats and areas of which look ready to be refurbished before they collapsed. One stand towards the left of the away stand was more modern and of better quality however was barely filled by home fans, much like the rest of the stadium which only gained an attendance of 13,000 for a stadium that holds around 26,000.  

The game itself wasn't the most enjoyable game of the season with Palace coming out 1-0 victors in a game in which Donny deserved at least a point dominating the second half, missing several guilt edge chances. The atmosphere was hard to get going as the sound leaked from the stand as it wasn't very compact. Also home fans were pretty reserved and quiet themselves.  

Getting away from the ground was a pain as traffic around Selhurst Park was terrible and unorganised, there was no trouble with home fans whilst leaving and traveling away from the stadium (apart from looking rather smug). Although Donny were defeated the day out was generally very enjoyable (despite result) however I would recommend avoiding having tickets towards the back of the away end as the supporting pillars could spoil the view of the playing field.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday August 7th, 2010, 3pm
By Andrew Willock (Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Well it was first game of the season & the first away match too, so I just couldn't miss, also It was a trip to London. I was eyeing this fixture since the fixtures was announced. This was my second match in London supporting Leicester last time was back in October 2009 what seen Leicester play on of the games of the season at Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road. Also to mention that it was to be Paulo Sousa first game in charge of the foxes.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Well living in Nuneaton it was straight through to London Euston on  a Virgin train. Quite cheap for £59 for the three of us that included the tube ticket. Of course we went early to see a bit of London, As passing on different tube service seen a lot of shirts a few Barnsley fans off to Loftus Road. Also seen a few Bournemouth fans but couldn't think where they were going. I also decided to visit the Chelsea club shop on Fulham Boardway. At half past one we headed to Victoria station awaiting the national rail local line to Norwood Junction took. It took around half an hour to get one.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Well it was 2:10pm since it was getting close to kick off time we decided to head straight to the ground. As a Leicester fan you know never to leave it till last going to an away game. I only recall seeing one pub on the way & that was opposite the station with a large amount of Palace fans hooting every time a Leicester fan went by. Palace fans seemed quite friendly, walking together with Leicester fans, seemed no trouble. Surprised not to see many Police, although there were quite a lot of stewards outside the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Few days before the game we went on Google map to see the outside of the Palace ground & the Arthur Wait stand. Strangely from that angle you can't see the stands as the ground descends downwards if you know what I mean. As we got in the short queue to enter the stewards were searching any bags. Once inside it seemed like a very old ground. We found our seats with no problem and the stewards seemed helpful. Surprisingly the seats were wooden. This was the first time I ever sat in a wooden seat in a football ground. The view wasn't too bad until the Leicester fans decided to stand for the whole game! It was quite cramped sitting down so it wasn't a surprise when people started standing. I'm sorry but the ground seemed really old, I wouldn't say it was rubbish but I've seen much better elsewhere.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Well the atmosphere was on fire, with the Leicester faithful making a lot of noise from start to finish. Despite this Leicester were poor conceding three goals by the half time break. As the whistle blew there was a large sound of boo's coming from the away stand. Some already singing "Sousa Out!".

Second half was much better. The game got more exciting when King scored to make it 3-1. With 8 mins to go Campbell kicked the ball into an open net to make it 3-2. Could we get a draw? Well alas not and the game ended 3-2. At the end of the day it was good score & good come back & a great game.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Left the ground in injury time as I just couldn't see Leicester getting another goal. Outside the ground there was no bad atmosphere and the Palace fans looked relieved to have won. There was no sign of trouble what so ever.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great game, great day out, good result everything was fine until on the way home where there was noisy group of people on train home so couldn't really have a sleep.

Updated 21st February 2015