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Selhurst Park Redevelopment Rendering

Talk of the Selhurst Park redevelopment has been ongoing for years now. KSS Group was tasked with the design back in 2017 and they produced some exciting 3D renderings for this redevelopment but there have been many sticking points since that.

KSS is the same company that designed and built the new Crystal Palace training ground for the academy. They’ve also worked on other Premier League club facilities for example with Tottenham, Liverpool, and Leicester.

You can see the renderings in the video below as well as the image above.

Palace fans can be fed up as it’s been over five years and still no construction work has started and probably won’t for a while. Back in 2018, the council’s cross-party planning committee gave the club approval for work to start on the main stand. However, there are still several reasons why work hasn’t started.

The Athletic reported that recent talks between the club and Croydon Council have been positive though. Crystal Palace will need to get another planning application approved by the council and the Mayor of London because the old one doesn’t comply with the new London Plan that was set in 2021.

One positive from the talks is that the council could assist in buying the small plot of land that Sainsbury’s owns under a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). This is one of the sticking points for the start of the redevelopment as a fee for the land can’t be agreed upon. The council is happy to go ahead with this as long as Crystal Palace fund it.

New Capacity

Selhurst Park is currently one of the smallest stadiums in the Premier League with only Brentford’s Community Stadium and Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium with fewer seats. Craven Cottage only just has a larger maximum capacity by a few hundred.

However, Selhurst Park is about to get an increase of over 30%. The current capacity is 26,000 and with this rework of the main stand, it will add an extra 8,000 seats totalling 34,000.

There will be 11,000 general admission seats in the main stand as well as 2,500 premium hospitality seats. This totals 13,500 seats up from the current capacity of 5,600. There will be between 16 and 28 boxes, this number isn’t confirmed yet.

Whilst it won’t become one of the 10 largest stadiums in the Premier League after completion, it will likely be in the top 12. It will also be the start of the redevelopment and then there will likely be a further step to expand the capacity in the future.

Most Recent Press Release

As neither the club nor council have released press releases since 2018, the below is what was last said about the Selhurst Park redevelopment:

Shifa Mustafa, executive director of place, said: “It is great news for Croydon that the planning committee has approved Crystal Palace Football Club’s application for Selhurst Park. The redevelopment will create over 100 new jobs and enhance the experience of fans on match day and visitors to the club.

“The council remains committed to working closely with the club to ensure suitable accommodation is found for all residents of Wooderson Close whose homes are affected by the club’s plans, and will ensure the impacts of the development are properly mitigated.”

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish spoke passionately about the plans during the meeting, outlining the importance of improving the stadium for the Premier League club and the surrounding area.

He said: “I’ve supported this club since I was four years old. I went to my first game at seven – that’s forty years, too many years. Through that time I’ve watched this club barely change at all.

“Twenty years ago if you went to watch football you wouldn’t see much difference between going to Arsenal and going to Selhurst Park.

“We now want to increase matchday revenue. It is the main thing holding us back. I never fail to get embarrassed when I see the 3D image of our ground on the TV. It represents us and south London so poorly.

“These plans will improve four sides of the ground. It will be fantastic for the local area.”

Even though there has been some progress with the plan, there’s still a long way to go before any work begins. After the club’s disappointing financial year for 2020/21, the added revenue from a larger stadium will be one thing that the club needs to progress in the future.

We’ll be sure to bring you an update on the status of the redevelopment once there is one.

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Wilfried Zaha Imogen Thomas T-Shirt

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Wilfried Zaha in 2013 arriving for Man United medical wearing Imogen Thomas t-shirt

Wilfried Zaha arrived at Old Trafford for his medical with Manchester United wearing an Imogen Thomas T-shirt. In 2011, the newspapers reported that the married man at the time, Ryan Giggs, was having an affair with the Big Brother contestant, Thomas.

It was then in January 2013 that Zaha rocked up for his medical after signing from Crystal Palace in the now infamous Imogen Thomas t-shirt.

Young Wilfried Zaha wearing Imogen Thomas t-shirt
Infamous Imogen Thomas T-Shirt

The Ivorian winger, who had just signed for Manchester United, was apparently unaware of the connotations of the shirt, which features a scantily-clad Thomas on the front as you can see in the image (below or above). However, he was quickly briefed about who she was…

Giggs is reported to have told Zaha that Imogen Thomas is “a very famous person” in England and that he should be “careful” about what he wears in public. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a great start for him at his new club.

Who is Imogen Thomas?

Imogen Thomas is a model, television personality, and businesswoman from Wales. She is best known for appearing on the reality show Big Brother in 2006.

She rose to fame after appearing on the reality TV show Big Brother and then moved to London to start a career in modelling. She also hosted T4 on the UK’s Channel 4 before exploding in the papers when it was revealed that married footballer Ryan Giggs had been having an affair with her.

This led to a legal battle between Thomas and Giggs, which resulted in Thomas being granted an injunction against Giggs. The story made headlines around the world and brought Imogen Thomas into the public spotlight.

In 2015, she started her own swimwear brand, Chasing Summer. She’s had two children which she now cares for and hasn’t been in the public eye as much as before.

How long did Wilfried Zaha play for Manchester United?

After this silly start for Wilfried Zaha at Manchester United, he didn’t last that long at the club. He signed for Manchester United in 2013 for £10.58 million. He spent two years at Old Trafford and during this time only made four first-team appearances, whilst also being loaned out to Cardiff and Crystal Palace.

He then returned permanently to Palace whilst on his season-long loan with his boyhood club. The fee was in the region of £3 million and supposedly rose to £6 million.

Since returning to Selhurst Park, Zaha has established himself as one of the best players in the Premier League and easily became one of the Palace’s most loved players. He’s matured a lot since he rejoined Palace and now he’s even getting married to his fiance Paige Bannister who he has been with since 2016.

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Glad All Over Crystal Palace Lyrics

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Glad All Over by The Dave Clark Five is sung at every Crystal Palace home game. It’s even more synonymous with the club than the Crystal Palace cheerleaders. But why have Palace fans sung this song for years?

Well, the reason dates back to February 1968 when The Dave Clark Five, the band behind the song, first performed it at Selhurst Park. From then on it’s become Crystal Palace’s anthem, even if it isn’t a football-related chant.

The 1990 Crystal Palace team even did a cover of Glad All Over when they reached the final of the FA Cup. Keep reading until the end if you want to see an old video of the team performing it on TV, you won’t be disappointed!

Here are the full Glad All Over lyrics so you can sing along at home or the next time you’re at a home match.

Glad All Over Lyrics

You say that you love me (say you love me)
All of the time (All of the time)
You say that you need me (Say you need me)
You’ll always be mine (Always be mine)

I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’ll make you happy (Make you happy)
You’ll never be blue (Never be blue)
You’ll have no sorrow (Have no sorrow)
‘Cause I’ll always be true (Always be true)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine

Other girls may try to take me away (Take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay, I-I’ll stay
Our love will last, now (Our love will last)
‘Til the end of time (End of time)

Because this love, now (Because this love)
Is only yours and mine (Yours and mine)
And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over

Baby, I’m glad all over
So glad you’re mine
Other girls may try to take me away (Take me away)
But you know, it’s by your side I will stay. I-I’ll stay

Our love will last, now (Our love will last)
Til the end of time (End of time)
Because this love, now (Because this love)
Is only yours and mine (Yours and mine)

And I’m feelin’ glad all over
Yes, I’m glad all over
Baby, I’m a-glad all over
So glad you’re mine

I’m glad that you’re mine, now
So glad you’re mine
I’m so glad you’re mine, now
Whoa whoa whoa whoa, whoa whoa

Crystal Palace 1990 Squad Singing Glad All Over

If you want to see Alan Pardew, Mark Bright, and the rest of the Crystal Palace team singing Glad All Over on TV before the FA Cup final in 1990 then watch the video below. They’re 

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Wilfried Zaha’s Wife-to-be, Paige Bannister

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Wilfried Zaha in the Crystal Palace kit

Wilfried Zaha is a professional football player who plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. He is currently engaged to his fiance, Paige Bannister. As far as we know, they’re not married yet as he only got down on one knee in February 2022.

The couple has one child together, a son named Saint Laurence Zaha. The Palace striker has another son, Leo Zaha, from his previous relationship, and the four live together in South London. Zaha is originally from the Ivory Coast, but he moved to England with his family at the age of four. He began his professional career with Crystal Palace in 2010 and has played for the club ever since. Zaha has also been capped by the Ivory Coast national team on multiple occasions.

Who is Paige Bannister?

Wilfried Zaha’s wife-to-be is Paige Bannister, a glamour model who used to date Aston Villa player Kortney Hause. Paige is a British model and Instagram influencer with over 35,000 followers.

She frequently supports her partner at Selhurst Park. Paige has also accompanied Wilfried on various trips, including a visit to his hometown in the Ivory Coast. The couple has one child together, Saint Laurence Zaha.

Paige is sure to be a supportive and loving mother, just as she has been a supportive and loving partner. Thanks to Paige, Wilfried has everything he needs to succeed both on and off the pitch, and has definitely helped him mature.

Wilfried Zaha’s Wife’s Instagram

If you want to keep up to date with Paige Bannister’s Instragram profile then you can do so here. You’ll see lots of photos of Zaha and his boys as well as the model looking glam ready for nights out. She has over 35,000 followers on Instagram at the time of us writing this.

Who is Wilfried Zaha?

 is originally from the Ivory Coast, but he moved to England with his family at the age of four. He began his professional career with Crystal Palace in 2010 and has played for the club ever since. Zaha has also been capped by the Ivory Coast national team on multiple occasions.

Wilfried Zaha is a professional footballer who plays predominantly on the left wing for Premier League club Crystal Palace. He also plays for the Ivory Coast national team after switching from England back in 2017.

He began his career at Palace coming through the academy in South London and made his first-team debut in 2010. He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2013 and was named the Championship Player of the Month in March 2013.

He has since made over 400 appearances for Palace and has been capped twice for England and 30 times for the Ivory Coast. Zaha is widely considered to be one of the best players in the Premier League and has attracted interest from several of the league’s top clubs. With less than year left on his contract, whether he’ll stay with the Eagles is yet to be seen.

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