Archives for February 2013

Our young people kick off 2013 with community spirit

On Friday 22nd February, ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’, a Community Games event, is being held in Croydon at the Brit School in Selhurst. With the Deputy Mayor of Croydon in attendance, it is an event for young people in our community, organised by three young, local volunteers, Sammy-Jo Bentley, Tara Norwood and George Henry and Clint Muldoon, supported by South London YMCA, Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Lives Not Knives.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the day – the main feature being 5-a-side football tournaments (age groups: 13-15, 16-18 and adults). It is free to come along, there will be food, a raffle, a number of community stalls and activities; a real family-fun day out with a variety of ways to get involved whether you’re a Football fan or not.

One of the main purposes of the event is that it looks to build on the legacy of London 2012 and the sense of celebration that was felt, fostering that community spirit in Croydon.

The Community Games will be held from 12-5pm (the football kicks off at 2pm) at the Brit School: 60 The Crescent, Croydon, CR0 2HN.

Make South London Proud – Join us on the Tunnel 2 Towers Run

We are making a big call to everyone in the Palace community to get behind this year London’s Tunnel 2 Towers run taking place on Sunday the 21st of July. The event starts at Southwark Park in Bermondsey and goes from South to North under the River Thames through the Rotherhithe Tunnel to Wapping and finishes with a big party in in Billingsgate Market in the shadow of the Canary Wharf Towers.

We’re gearing up to have a massive CPFC presence on the day by postponing our rivalries with Millwall and running ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with them along the route. The plan is that both the Eagles and the Lions Academy Players will be running against each other…If you don’t fancy the run, you can help cheer them on.

The event is the shared vision of a small number of London’s Fire-fighters including, Terry Gooding, Palace fan and Station Manager for the London Fire Brigade at Orpington. It’s been very much inspired by the Fire Department of New York’s Tunnel to Towers run organised by the Stephen Siller Foundation.

Many of you will know Stephen as the New York Fireman who just finished his overnight shift but turned his car around when he saw the disaster unfolding at the World Trade Centre. Finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closed, he ran with his full gear strapped to his back along the catwalk towards the flames at Ground Zero but was never to make it back. He left a wife and five children

The first London run took place last October. Partly a defiant stand against the London terrorist attacks on 7/7 and partly about celebrating the spirit of the London Olympics, it was a great success. Every Service – Emergency and Armed was represented with a huge turnout. Money was raised for hundreds of charities including the Firefighters Charity, the Blue Lamp Foundation, Katie Pipers Burns Charity, The Bomb Disposal Charity ‘Felix’, The London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund to name a few. CPFC Foundation are currently working through which local charities will be supported from a foundation point of view but this is likely to include foundation champions such as Deafness Research UK, the only national charity dedicated to helping deaf and hard of hearing people through medical research

Quote from Terry Gooding, “I’m passionate about Palace and I want as many fans as possible, young and old, there on the day. Please wear your club colours / fancy dress as it really is a celebration of all that is good about the emergency services and armed forces as well as what’s great about south London.”

To register your interest please email your details to:

For further information about Tunnel 2 Towers Run please visit

The Eagles Big Bike Challenge, a big thank you to everyone that took part!

Darren Prior

I had a fantastic day completing the ride some of those hills were a definite achievement!

My son was also mascot for the day and the result it couldn’t of got any better.

Thank you to all the organisers and it was a pleasure riding in the group I was in for most of the ride.


Mark Silverstein

It was a great day and would definitely do it again!

Very happy to direct Tracey at the end and it helped us to know that at least one other rider was also navigating the A23 so we could not be too lost (with hindsight we were not lost at all)!

Would also echo everyone re our fellow riders. A great bunch but I would expect nothing else from Palace supporters!

The whole event was excellently organised,  from the warm welcome we got from the staff at the Amex ( nice bonus to get a stadium tour thrown in), the really helpful signposts on the ride, the scenic and pleasant cycle route ( well other than the A23 but could not be helped!), to the fantastic reception at Selhurst from Nicky and everyone else. Top work from Alex, Hannah, Megan and Nicky and everyone involved. Thanks again- it was a great day. The match itself was the icing on the cake.


Stephen Way

We shared something special on Saturday didn’t we……it was a privilege to be part of the whole team that turned into such a great event-and with the result as well-a magnificent day…

A big thank you once again to Gary, for getting me the last five miles along the Purley Way and over the finish line….you are a star… Hopefully we are all a brotherhood now (and sister hood) and can hook up and do it all again some day….just not in the next thirty or so eh!!!!!! On an official line, now comes the part as hard as the race, trying to gather up and collect the sponsorship monies. Once again, thanks to everyone-from Alex, Hannah, the legend that is Nicky Johns, and all his support staff-and all my fellow riders…for helping to make it such a great day…

Definitely along side playing on the pitch at Selhurst in May and scoring a cracker at the Whitehorse lane end…will not mention the other game where I came up against Nicky Johns…….and couldn’t get one past him…


Tracey Bunney

It was a very special day one that I will never forget!  I keep smiling to myself when I realise what an achivement it was.  I still cannot believe I did it!
I would like to say thank you to Ben and his Dad for directing me through the final stage of the challenge (from Brighton Road to Sainsburys) and to Donald for making sure I took the right turns in the early stages of the ride!
I was so great being a part of this and I would love to do something like this again….but not just yet!!
I have already thanked Hannah and all at Deafness Research and Nicky in an earlier email but I dont mind thanking them again as they made the day so special, meeting Nicky Johns was an honour and Palace winning the match made the day complete.
Hope to see you all again.