Comedian, writer, producer and Made in South London creator Ben Bailey Smith appointed Palace for Life Patron
22nd July 2022
Multi-talented creative and face of Palace for Life’s Made in South London campaign Ben Bailey Smith (AKA Doc Brown) has been appointed a Palace for Life patron.
Ben is the seventh member to join comedian Eddie Izzard, broadcast journalist Susanna Reid, Palace legend Andy Johnson, former Labour Shadow Cabinet Member Chuka Umunna, Palace shareholder Stephen Browett and Croydon North MP Steve Reed, as Honorary Patrons of Palace for Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace F.C.
Ben Bailey Smith, AKA Doc Brown, has been an avid Palace fan all of his life. Ben created and starred in the launch video for Palace for Life’s new fundraising campaign ‘Made in South London’, the Foundation’s new fundraising campaign to raise £1million to help transform the lives of young south Londoners.
He was also the mastermind behind Crystal Palace’s unofficial FA Cup song ‘Glad All Over Again’ when Palace met Manchester United in the FA Cup final in 2016.
Speaking about his appointment, Ben said:
“As a former youth worker, lifelong fan of Crystal Palace Football Club and family still in the area, for me to support young people in south London as an official patron of the Palace For Life Foundation is not only a perfect fit, it’s an honour. I hope my involvement can add to the incredible work that the organisation is already doing.”
Despite being born and raised in North London, south London is in Ben’s blood. His dad was a Palace fan from Croydon, and his mum was born in Jamaica and moved to Brockley, before moving North of the river. Since then, he’s being following the Eagles and is often seen cheering them on at Selhurst Park.
Palace for Life Foundation Chair, Ed Warner, welcomed Ben:
“We’re delighted to welcome Ben to our team of Honorary Patrons, he will bring enormous value as already shown by his work on the Made in South London campaign and his genuine passion for supporting the young people of south London. He is a fantastic addition and I very much look forward to having him on board.”