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A Host Of Palace Legends Set To Play In Speroni’s Testimonial Tonight

A host of Palace legends will take to the field alongside Julian Speroni tonight, as the club veteran completes his testimonial against Dundee at Selhurst Park.

The Argentinian will be joined by the full Palace first-team, alongside the likes of Clinton Morrison, Danny Butterfield, Matt Lawrence, Peter Ramage, Aki Riihilahti, John Salako and Alan Pardew as we are offered the chance to celebrate his 11 years of loyal service in SE25.

With Julian set to welcome Dundee to south London, Charlie Adam, Temuri Ketsbaia and a few other Dees legends are scheduled to make an appearance, whilst Palace fan and journalist Neil Ashton will also take the field for Palace at some stage.

Thanks to a decent level of coverage surrounding the game, ticket sales have skyrocketed in recent days, with Palace chairman Steve Parish’s words of encouragement provoking 3,000-4,000 more sales over the last week, alongside 1,700 Dundee supporters who are making their way down for the game at this very moment.

With every penny of the money generated from the fixture going to charity, it promises to be a great night, with the man himself having spoken on countless occasions about how touched he has been by the level of support Palace fans have shown to him in the previous decade, as well as the months leading up to this evening’s clash.

Tickets are priced at £25 for adults and £5 for over 65s and under 16s, with easy access to tickets around the ground. Get down there and show your support to a true Palace legend if you can.

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Dwight Gayle Is All Set To Leave Crystal Palace This Summer

Having become Crystal Palace’s record signing when he joined the club in the summer of 2013, former Peterborough striker Dwight Gayle is now free to leave us this summer, according to reports in the national press.

Despite the 24-year-old having regularly found the back of the net under a succession of Palace managers, Alan Pardew has been quick to use others ahead of him during his spell as the Eagles boss, with Gayle left twiddling his thumbs for most of the last two months.

Although things started well for the pair, with Dwight scoring goals against Dover and Spurs before bagging a vital brace in our last-gasp win over Burnley, his minutes since have been limited, thanks in no small part to the lone striker role that Pardew has expected his forwards to occupy when being given a chance to impress.

Whilst no one would question Gayle’s finishing, his game offers little hope in the tactical system mentioned above, with the likes of Glenn Murray and Marouane Chamakh far better suited to the role, not to mention the fact that Alan Pardew will almost certainly be on the lookout for another striker in the months to come.

Bournemouth are thought to be the early front runners for Dwight’s signature, should a proposed deal for Jermain Defoe come to nothing, given the possession based style used by Eddie Howe which is more likely to play to the striker’s strengths.

With no hard feelings towards Gayle from anyone at the club, it seems only fair that he should be allowed to move on, with a loan move to the Championship unlikely to enthuse a player who has proven himself to be more than good enough in front of goal to try his luck with another Premier League outfit.

You can be almost sure he’ll score one or two against us, should he leave for one of our direct competitors between now and August, it’s just the way of the world.

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