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Call to credit Crystal Palace FC and rebrand East Croydon Station as 'the home of the Eagles'

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EAST Croydon Station could be officially designated as "Home of the Eagles" in homage to Crystal Palace, the town's Premier League football club.

The call for platform and other signs at the station to be adorned with the message comes from a rare moment of political harmony.

Tory councillor and London Assembly member for Croydon, Steve O'Connell has already written to David Ward, managing director of Network Rail South East, asking for him to take the idea on board.

And in answer to a question from Cllr O'Connell at Monday's council meeting, Labour leader of the council, Tony Newman said he was keen to make a joint approach to Network Rail.

In his letter to Mr Ward, Cllr O'Connell said he believes including "Home of the Eagles" on signs at the station would be a welcome addition as Crystal Palace is "so integral to the fabric of Croydon."

Cllr O'Connell said this week: "Palace is our Premier League club and Croydon is the premier town in London, so I believe this is absolutely the right thing to do."

Cllr Newman, who has already been in touch with Network Rail about changing the name of the station to Croydon Central, said: "We are not always good at sharing some of our best kept secrets."

He said the football club was proud to be part of Croydon's community and the town should be proud to make a statement that it was home to Premier League football.

Cllr Newman said plans were already in hand to improve signage from Thornton Heath station to direct visiting fans to the club's Selhurst Park ground.

Call to credit Crystal Palace FC and rebrand East Croydon Station as 'the home of the Eagles'


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