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Palace fans call for a parade through Croydon

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FANS have called for a parade through Croydon to celebrate Crystal Palace's promotion to the Premier League. Reaching the big time is estimated to be worth at least £120 million for the Eagles, although at the time The Advertiser went to press, there were no plans confirmed.

And a message from owners CPFC2010 on a Palace supporter's internet forum appeared to quash the idea, saying that the pre-season would be too short to fit it in.

Speaking on the BBS, the co-owners said: "Seriously though... the players have jetted off all over the place for their well-earned holidays so it's not possible.

"They have to be back in training in early July so their Summer break is really short without making them hang around in half-term week.

"I think it's only right that we let them have a complete break now."

Palace's last play-off final victory was marked with a civic reception at the town hall.

But with 33,000 fans making the trip to Wembley for the 1-0 triumph over Watford, the appetite is there for a large-scale event.

James Daly, editor of the Five Year Plan fanzine, said: "I definitely think we should have a parade. It would be brilliant.

"Other clubs have them when they achieve something and we've definitely achieved something special." South Norwood Tourist Board associate Ian Bone pointed to the money coming into the borough after the victory.

Mr Bone said: "A parade through the streets of Croydon would mark a fantastic achievement for the club.

"Why not? It's worth £120million after all."

Croydon Council indicated they would be willing to support such an event.

A council spokesman said: "If the club would like a parade we would definitely want to help that happen.

"Obviously they need to contact us, but it is possible."

The club said they would make any announcement about a parade on their official website www.cpfc.co.uk

Palace fans call for a parade through Croydon


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