Yesterday, Julian Speroni became the most appeared goalkeeper in Crystal Palace history, moving above John Jackson by taking part in our FA Cup Third Round tie against Bolton Wanderers.
Whilst the game itself may not have been the best of spectacles for fans of free-flowing football, those of us who took up residence in the away end of The Macron Stadium witnessed a moment of club history, as an unassuming Argentine took up sole control of fourth place in our all-time list of appearance makers.
Far from a walk in the park for Speroni, he was forced to make one or two decent stops over the course of 90 minutes, thanking his lucky stars on one occasion as a header clipped the inside of his post before bouncing across the goal-line and being cleared to safety by a frantic defence.
Whilst it remains highly unlikely that the 37-year-old will ever regain control of the number one shirt in SE25, yesterday rubber-stamped his status as a club legend in emphatic fashion, with his clean sheet almost guaranteeing that he’ll get another chance to lap up the adoring applause of the Palace faithful at Selhurst Park when we welcome the Wanderers in a replay on the 17th of January.
The above video shows Speroni in his element, displaying the humility and loyalty which has served to ensure his place in Palace folklore forever more. He has of course been a fantastic goalkeeper for us over the course of the last 12 years but his willingness to embrace Crystal Palace FC with every fibre of his being is what has elevated him to “legend” status in the eyes of those who pay to watch us play every week.