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What to expect from the Selhurst Park crowd?

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Charlotte
Charlotte

Crystal Palace fans are known for their noise and enthusiasm and at Selhurst Park it is no different as they have music playing at the beginning of the games that the crowd can sing along too. One of the most common songs that is joined in with is “Glad all Over” by the Dave Clarke Five and is a favorite for when the players come on the pitch.

Recently the away supporters have been relocated near the “Croydon Advertiser Family Stand” and can accommodate over 2,000 away tickets however this have smaller leg room. While CP fans can be passionate, many away fans have said they are non-intimidating and are always up for good banter and friendly gamesmanship. That being said, their biggest rivals are Milllwall and Charlton Athletic which means you should avoid those colors and kit, particularly if you want to get into a local pub afterwards.

You can buy mementos or souvenirs on site on the day and if you want to purchase proper kit you should look at using the online shop as there are more options and sizes available. You should also purchase a program at the stadium for an insider look and information as a first timer because you might find it interesting. There are many chants that CP use at Selhurst Park but one of the common ones is “You are my Palace” set to the melody of “You are my sunshine” and if you want to get involved it goes like this:

You are my Palace,

My only Palace,

You make me happy,

When skies are grey.

You’ll never know just,

How much I love you,

Please don’t take my Palace away,

La la la la la, Oooh!

La la la la la,

La la la la la, Oooh! Oooh!

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Sam Hurst
Sam Hurst

Selhurst Park has all the feel of a ‘good old football ground’, built in 1927 it has a compact feel that helps add to the atmosphere and builds to the cauldron of noise that is found at Crystal Palace games. Most of the noise can be heard from the ‘Homesdale Fanatics’ a group of ultra supportive Palace fans who sing songs and chant the whole game through. Whilst most away fans have good experiences at Selhurst Park, the boisterous nature of the Homesdale Stand has intimidated some away fans due to the proximity of home and away supporters. Selhurst Park is also home to English footballs only group of cheerleaders – ‘The Crystals’ who always make sure the crowd are on the edge of their seat, cheering the team on.

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Jake Burgess
Jake Burgess

Crystal Palace is usually a good vibe, with lots of chanting and cheering. It’s an old ground, with the raucous home fans in the eastern side and the away fans to the west. All told, it makes for a great atmosphere with a huge clash of sound in the middle. The old stadium roof helps amplify the noise as well. There’s usually a good bit of banter between fans, so no need to feel intimidated or worried; as they go, Selhurst is one of the most easy-going footie grounds around.

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