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Palace fans snap up antique seats ripped out ahead of Premier League

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NOSTALGIC Crystal Palace fans have jumped at a unique opportunity to purchase a little piece of their club's history.

The antique seats that make up the Selhurst Park's main stand were installed in 1924 and will be replaced as the ground is spruced up in time for the impending Premier League season.

Supporters were offered the chance to buy each of the historic, wooden seats for just £20, a deal 250 fans have so far snapped up.

Andy Burton, who has been Palace-mad since he was a small boy, said it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

The 54-year-old said: "It's just a part of Palace's history that I couldn't miss out on. When I heard about the offer, I bought it as a little bit of a joke, but the more I think about it, the better it is.

"It's a real antique, and for £20 it's a bargain. It could be worth something in the future but I am going keep it as a souvenir."

The seat will come in its whole form, although Selsdon resident Andy is not sure what exactly he would like to do with it yet.

He added: "I might stick it to my garden decking or I might put it in the loft, who knows?

"I've sat all around the ground, but obviously some parts don't quite have the charm that the main stand does.

"It's a shame, because some of these modern grounds are quite soulless, but I think Palace will probably tear the old stand down soon so I'm glad to get this opportunity."

Some of the Eagles younger fans are also appreciating the chance to grab this precious memorabilia.

Liam Giles, 27, said: "It's to do with the sentimental value attached to the seat. I have grown up with Palace since 1992.

"This is probably one of the oldest remaining stands in Britain, so it's got a lot of history attached to it.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with it but in the future, hopefully I can give it to my kids, who will definitely be Palace fans."

Palace fans snap up antique seats ripped out ahead of Premier League


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