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Crystal Palace DSA celebrate first year anniversary

Crystal Palace Disabled Supporters Association celebrated its first year anniversary with a social evening in Speroni’s Restaurant at Selhurst Park.  

Over 100 disabled supporters, their personal assistants, family and friends attended the event which was the perfect opportunity for the disabled community at Crystal Palace to get together and meet likeminded supporters. 

Committee members, David Smith (Chair), Tony Game (Vice Chair), Karen Green (Press Officer), Caroline Bland (Social Secretary) introduced themselves and David gave and overview of the aims and successes of the DSA.


To the delight of all the supporters present, there was also a surprise guest in Eagles legend and current Goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who was announced as CPFC DSA Patron to a rapturous reception which put a smile on all faces.

Julian then took part in a Q and A session with supporters firing questions at the Goalkeeper. These ranged from his favourite player at the club to his personal taste in music. Guests were surprised to hear he was a hard rock fan who taught himself to play guitar and drums.

Jules then drew the raffle. 1st prize was a pair of his signed goalkeeper gloves. 2nd prize was a signed CPFC ball donated by the club.  3rd, 4th and 5th prizes were bottles of CPFC wine and 6th prize was a pair of tickets for the Palace v Arsenal fixture.

Afterwards Speroni met the fans whilst signing photos and posing for countless photos. So many of the DSA members commented on what a memorable evening it had been and how wonderful Julian had been.

The association was set up with a view to give disabled supporters a clear channel to work together with the club. The DSA aims to resolve concerns, complaints and suggest improvements for the club which may impact on the match day experience at Selhurst Park.

If you would like to find out more about the DSA, please contact them at