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The future of Crystal Palace Football Club
31/05/2010 18:25:00


Today, the CPFC2010 consortium, who are endeavouring to acquire both Crystal Palace Football Club and Selhurst Park (which is not owned by the club), posted a very worrying statement on the club's website.

They have received a contract from Bank of Scotland, who are the main creditors of Selhurst Park Ltd (and who as part of the Lloyds Banking Group are 43 per cent owned by you and I), which they believe does not reflect the verbal agreement that they had reached with them. If a contract isn't signed soon there is a real risk that the Club will be liquidated.

I will be contacting the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics,Media and Sport to ask them to intervene with Lloyds. As CPFC2010 say, we cannot allow a club support by thousands of people with a proud history to be consigned to history.

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Readers' Comments

On 31/05/2010 21:42:00 Mick B wrote:
Massive part of the community that needs support NOW!!!Cameron, Osborne and co we need your help - SOS PALACE!
On 31/05/2010 22:39:00 Anne-Britt Karunaratne wrote:
Mr Barwell,

My son was the little boy that approached you after 'Question Time' at Trinity School and asked the question 'If you were elected, what would you do to help save Crystal Palace?' He was a little disappointed by your response as you told him it was not for the government to intervene in football matters. The reason he was upset by the reply was that he sees the club very much as a community activity and also something that we do as a family, something we can share that cuts across genders, age and class. To be honest, my sons and I don't care about the FA etc but we do care about local jobs going, a local unifying activity potentially disappearing and local history.

So I am relieved and heartened to see this posting on your blog and I would implore you to do your utmost. I am not a 'typical' football fan, I am a middle aged single mum of two who holds down a professional job and loves the way that football breaks down so many barriers. Our club disappearing is more than just losing the Saturday afternoons, it's community cohesion caputting, hopes and dreams being dashed for the young and for the old and an important part of Croydon being ripped away.

Thanks for reading.

On 31/05/2010 22:50:00 Wayne Austin wrote:
Thank you so much for your support. I can barely find the words to explain just what this all means to thousands upon thousands of passionate and loyal Palace fans.

I'm keeping everything crossed that Palace are saved!

Thanks again.

On 01/06/2010 09:53:00 pam hillier wrote:
Thank you for your comments and any help you can muster. My family have been supporting CPFC for generations and this is not the fault of fans, but a bank playing with our lives.




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