Crystal Palace legend praises club for helping fans aged 70+

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 12:18pm

Crystal Palace legend, John Salako, knew his former side what do something like offering to help elderly fans and has praised them for taking the lead in these tough times.

These are tough times we find ourselves in right now. 

Boris Johnson has urged those who are vulnerable to COVID-19, including the elderly, to stay in doors and self-isolate. This has led to Crystal Palace checking up on their elderly members and season ticket holders, asking if they need help the Independent has revealed. 

The Independent wrote: "One fan took to Twitter to reveal their father had been called by a staff member of Palace, who have been checking on “all 70-plus members and season-ticket holders” to see if they can do anything to help.

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"Liam Walker then also revealed that the Palace employee had offered to do any shopping and get any food that the elderly supporter required, passing on his phone number to be easily contactable."

The heart-warming gesture from the Premier League side has led to many praising the South London outfit for the help they are offering their supporters in these difficult times. 

Talking about the brilliant gestures his former side have been doing, ex-Crystal Palace player and legend of the club, John Salako, spoke to Love Sport Radio and claimed it wasn't a surprise to see the Eagles do such a thing. 

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"Yeah, fantastic. [Crystal] Palace is a community based club. I mean, most football clubs are the hub of communities and they've felt vital and everyone goes through their sort of weekly release of tension and pressure and go and watch their football team play and support them.

"Obviously this is just unprecedented and obviously football being cancelled and all sport being cancelled is just, I mean only in wartime has it happened so it is so weird. 

"But there's a lot of staff there, there is a lot of people and clubs do care about their fans and the community and Crystal Palace have got a fantastic community programme. They've done a lot with the Prince's Trust with sort of gangs and knives and trying to set up youth clubs and get kids off the street and help them create better their lives for themselves. 

"So they do a lot in the community and this is something that I knew that would happen, that they would do and obviously the senior and the older parts of the community, especially people who are on their own must be so scared, must be so worried- people who are not well enough to maybe get out and they do need to isolate now because they're the most vulnerable. So yeah, it's tremendous and delighted that they're taking the lead and getting in there. 

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"And I think so much of the community are rallying together and doing wonderful things. We've lost that sense of community, sense of neighbourhood. And hopefully this is an opportunity to see the best of humanity, to go and knock on your neighbour's door and say, 'Do you need anything?' The old guy, the old lady that lives down the road, go and see them, obviously, stay three meters apart, but, you know, just check if they need anything, go and do their shopping, go and drop it on the door, you know, maybe if they can FaceTime help them set up FaceTime on it, or if you can drop them in a device so they can call their family, it'd be a wonderful thing. 

"A lot of old people, you know, they need that socialising, they need to speak to people and see people daily. They're trapped inside.

"You can see the community just rallying around and doing their bit which is just absolutely tremendous.

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