Fans of Crystal Palace FC seeking to buy a season ticket have been told to join a waiting list for the first time in the club’s 111 year-old history – a testament to the club’s rise in fortunes and recent signing of Belgian international Christian Benteke.
The club’s management are urging fans to sign up as soon as possible as tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Interest has peacked following the several pre-season signings, including the transfer of Benteke from Liverpool FC for the record fee of £26.5m.
In the past, some 18,000 fans have managed to obtain season tickets without a waiting list.
Supporters do not need membership to apply for a season ticket; fans with a membership are allowed to buy the rest of the tickets in distribution.
In order to register on the waiting list, the club asks for a £10 deposit, which will be refunded, if the application is not successful, and if they receive the ticket, the deposit will be deducted from the outstanding amount.
Crystal Palace’s chairman Steve Parish said: “It’s really exciting to see the level of support for the club grow each season and our new waiting list will give a great opportunity for more supporters to become part of our unique atmosphere at Selhurst Park.”
The team notably features French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, English player Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha who grew up in Croydon.
Last Saturday, Crystal Palace lost their home match against West Ham United 0-1, after a series of five games without a defeat.
The team from Selhurst Park is currently eighth in the Premier League table.