Johnson confirmed to Play at Palace

Andrew Johnson is the first former Eagles player to announce he will Play at Palace alongside fans in a charity match at Selhurst Park.

The chance to join Johnson and play in front of the annual beer festival crowd on Saturday 19 May is being offered to fans through a series of auctions to raise money for Palace for Life Foundation, the club’s official charity.

Andrew Johnson

Johnson, who scored 85 goals in 161 appearances for Crystal Palace, said: “I have so many special memories of playing at Selhurst Park and I can’t wait to get back out on that pitch, fingers crossed I manage to get a goal or two as well!

“I’d encourage Palace fans to get involved and put a bid in to join me, it should be a great day and all the money raised goes to a fantastic cause.”

Fans can bid to play 45 minutes in their chosen position and will have the chance to experience what it is like to be a player on game day, use the Palace home dressing room, hear the coach’s pre-game briefing and walk out onto the hallowed turf of Selhurst Park.

There will also be an opportunity to take photos and invite up to four family and friends to share the day. Both teams will have a former Eagles legend as their manager, with the names being revealed soon.

The playing shirts can be personalised with fan’s names and kept if the playing position is won for £250 or more.

Last year, Play at Palace raised over £12,000 to support the Foundation’s work in the community with young south Londoners.

Palace fan Graham Orr was one of the successful bidders who played in that match. “What a fantastic experience coming out of the dressing room and collecting my children as mascots before walking on to the pitch in front of the rest of my family.

“Actually playing on the pitch was a lifetime highlight and I managed to last the pace whilst soaking up the whole experience. I am still smiling at the memory.”

Fans interested in taking part can place their bids here.