Yesterday saw the launch of a website bringing together a coalition of Palace supporter groups (HLTCO included) who all back the idea of a central singing section being created in the lower tier of the Holmesdale Road stand.
Until now, the official line taken by the club has been to halt any chance of moving the Fanatics from their usual spot in Block B to the more central position of Block E on the basis of supposed resistance from the current incumbents of the seats in question. In fairness to the Fanatics, their proposals have never suggested that fans should be moved out of their seats against their will, just that those who don’t want to take part in a centralised singing section are offered the chance to swap with anyone who does from across Selhurst Park.
Whilst initial discussions between the club and the Fanatics are believed to have gone well, the official statement released by Palace a week or so ago hinted at opposition to the very idea from those who would be directly impacted, prompting the HF to set up the site you see linked at the top of this page.
With over 4,500 signatures in its first 8 hours of being live (it crashed at 10:30 last night due to heavy traffic) it’s clear that there is a real hunger amongst the fan-base to see the Fanatics’ vision become a reality. Sceptics will argue that the submissions process is open to manipulation but without any formal backing from the club (who have access to season ticket holders’ client reference numbers) the HF have been forced to use their initiative and put together an alternative to prove the depth of feeling that exists amongst our supporters.
If you, as a season ticket holder, can take the time to visit the site, read their proposal (if you haven’t already) and sign up, it would be hugely appreciated by all of the groups listed at the head of the homepage. The Fanatics have become a huge part of the match-day experience since their formation in 2005, I for one don’t want to see them disappear.