Join us for Palace Aid, a charity football match with a star-studded line-up - only at the Crystal Palace Beer Festival on the 3rd June.

Join us at the Crystal Palace Beer Festival and our first-ever Palace Aid, a charity match with a star-studded line-up of celebrity Palace fans, ex-players, and Foundation participants going head to head to win the inaugural Palace Aid trophy.

Leading the teams out are former Palace player Andrew Johnson and the face of Made in South London, Doc Brown, both Palace for Life Patrons.

Joining AJ and Doc on the pitch are also Jim Piddock, comedian and Palace super-fan Chloe Petts and Palace hero Andy Gray. 

Freshly announced last week was a trio of comedians all taking a break from the circuit  to join us for Palace Aid: Fantasy Football League presenter Andrew Mensah, FYP legend Jim Daly, and Edinburgh Fringe standout, Elliot Steel.

With over 200 appearances for Palace between them, icons, Wayne Routledge, Fitz Hall and Sagi Burton will be dusting off their boots to join the contest.

Professional boxer, south Londoner and and former British light-heavyweight title holder, Craig Richards is swapping his gloves for boots, joining him is also Olympic gold medallist Danny Talbot ,and current Hartlepool winger Brendan Kiernan, who began his career in the youth set-up at Palace.

Jurassic Park and Goal actor Alessandro Nivola, Scotty Stacks of The Manor and comedian James Gill have also been announced this week, as well as three more former Palace Academy products in Gary Borrowdale, Arron Fray and Sam Togwell!

The final players to be announced are south Londoner, rapper and songwriter Nadia Rose, singer-songwriter Dornik and COO and Co-Founder of LADbible, Arian Kalantari.

Confirmed players:

  • Captain: Andrew Johnson – club legend
  • Captain: Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown) – rapper, comedian & writer
  • Gary Borrowdale – club legend
  • Sagi Burton – former Palace player
  • Jim Daly – comedian
  • Arron Fray – former Palace player
  • James Gill – comedian
  • Andy Gray – club legend
  • Fitz Hall – club legend
  • Brendan Kiernan – former Palace player
  • Andrew Mensah – comedian
  • Alessandro Nivola – actor
  • Chloe Petts – comedian
  • Jim Piddock – actor, producer & writer
  • Craig Richards – boxer
  • Wayne Routledge – club legend
  • Scotty Stacks – musician
  • Elliot Steel – comedian
  • Danny Talbot – sprinter
  • Sam Togwell – former Palace player
  • Nadia Rose – rapper and songwriter
  • Dornik – singer-songwriter and producer
  • Arian Kalantari – COO & co-founder, LADBIBLE

The match will kick off at the 11th annual Crystal Palace Beer Festival (Saturday 3rd June 2023), at 12:45pm and attendees can watch from the famous Holmesdale stand with one of many beers and ciders available, before enjoying some more entertainment or watching the FA cup final!

All money raised at Palace Aid goes towards helping us support even more young south Londoners, which is something we have been doing for over 25 years now, and we will have staff dotted around the festival if you want to hear more about our work or donate to us.

By offering free sporting sessions, employment and training workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and more, we play a vital role in the community and there are loads of ways you, as dedicated Palace fans, can help us reach even more local youngsters.


It is a Beer Festival after all, and what better way to get into the spirit of things than by donating the cost of a pint, or if you’re feeling generous, donating us a round or a night out!

All money raised go towards our Made in South London campaign, which has a target of raising £1m in the next two years to support thousands more young people in our community.

Just speak to a member of staff at the festival, or click here to donate now.


Fancy a challenge? Keen to get your steps in? Each year we invite Palace fans to take on a 26.2-mile walk around south London in aid of Palace for Life.

It’s a great chance to meet fellow Palace fans, take on a personal challenge, and most importantly, do something great for south London.

If you sign up, you will be asked to pay a registration fee of £25, and to commit to raising a minimum of £300. Everyone who takes part will get our fundraising guide, a free training programme, a Marathon March T-shirt, a winners medal, and a free drink at the end!

This year’s March is on the 14th of October, so there’s still plenty of time to start training and get fundraising!

You can sign up here.

The 11th annual Beer Festival will once again see hundreds of beers and ciders, from breweries both near and far, available to attendees on a celebratory summer’s day.

There’ll also be a wide variety of food available, along with a diverse mix of entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Tickets are now on sale for just £15 – rising to £23 on the day – which includes access to the event, your first pint for free, and a complimentary festival glass with an exclusive design, and now, the chance to watch Palace Aid!

Click here to buy your ticket to the Crystal Palace Beer Festival

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