On Saturday May 27th 2017 the Palace for Life Foundation, in partnership with Crystal Palace F.C., are giving you the chance to take your place to play on the Selhurst Park pitch. Through a series of auctions fans will be able to bid for the chance to play for and alongside former Crystal Palace players.
Each auction is for a position in one of two teams, for either the first half or second half of the game. Bidding will start at £100 for each position, and if a bid surpasses £200, the winning bidder can have their names printed on the back of their shirts and keep the whole kit afterwards. The auctions will be phased over four weeks, with a new list of positions launched as and when further names are confirmed.
Eddie McGoldrick, former player and Palace for Life Foundation Academy Head Coach, has been appointed manager of one of the teams. He said “To have that feeling, with their shirt hung up and knowing they’re going to pull the Palace kit on and whip it up on the pitch at SE25, the Church, it’s going to be a dream come true for any fan and a day they will never forget”
Bobby Bowry and Fitz Hall are two players already confirmed to be involved on the day so make you bid now and you can be part of this special afternoon event.
Successful bids will enjoy the full player experience – entering through the ‘players only’ gate, having their personal kit laid out for them in the changing rooms, enjoy team talks and tactics from their managers and then making the walk to the pitch that only a player has known. Each winning bidder will then play an unforgettable half for their team in front of a Holmesdale crowd, and support the other half from the dugout.
After the match, both squads can enjoy a drink together and watch the FA Cup on the big screen at the annual Crystal Palace Beer Festival, for which all players will receive free entry.
Proceeds will go to the Palace for Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace Football Club, who are dedicated to helping young South Londoners grow through the power of sport.
In addition to the auction spots, there will be lots of other ways to get involved, including a competition to win a VIP matchday experience for two at a home game in the 17/18 season and 2017/18 shirt signed by the squad. But if you’d just like to contirbute to a truly great cause and support the south London community, you can simply donate any amount in exchange for a Palace for Life pin badge.