The Holmesdale Fanatics returned to Selhurst Park for the visit of Sean Dyche’s Burnley last weekend; seeing the side score their first home goals from open play, alongside their first home victory since the end of the 2017–18 campaign.
Whilst it would be churlish to suggest that the Fanatics’ presence won us the game against the Clarets, there can be no denial over the fact that their return brought about an immediate upturn in the noise levels across Selhurst Park, having backed the players vocally from the very first kick of the game.
For all of the off-field debates, Palace’s players voiced their approval over the return of the Fanatics after the game, whilst the likes of Wayne Hennessey and Luka Milivojevic have previously gone on record to state their admiration for those who currently reside in the bottom corner of the Holmesdale Road stand. Of course, no switch can be made without some noses being put out of joint but after Saturday’s display, it’s bordering on impossible to suggest that the HF’s presence doesn’t enhance the match-day atmosphere in SE25.
With next season’s move from Block B to Block E now having been officially announced by the club, the group themselves have set about trying to quell the fears of current season ticket holders, making clear their desire to ensure that the move is done in an inclusive and understanding manner. There will unquestionably still be arguments in the future but the hope now is for everyone to work together in a bid to make next season’s move as seamless as possible, leading to a noticeable long-term improvement in the noise levels across the stadium. Whilst it’s impossible to place any measure on the difference they make to the team’s chances of success, I’m more than happy to go on record stating that I far prefer Selhurst Park with them than without.
Thankfully, they’re back for good.
Anyone who says the atmosphere today was just the same without the HF needs to give their head a wobble.
— GazBod (@gazbod) December 1, 2018
"what's your religion?"
— Abbey Danielle ❤💙 (@93AbbeyDanielle) December 1, 2018
HF have a 100% home record this season 😉
— Rachel May (@rachelmay1990) December 1, 2018
Great atmosphere all game today was great to have the HF back!!! ❤️💙💪 #CPFC
— Tom Lawrence (@tom11cpfc) December 2, 2018
Imagine being against the HF 😂😂
— Wayneo (@wayneoG) December 1, 2018
Great result to day and the HF are back. Bring on Brighton #CPFCFamily
— Gunnar Ingibergsson (@gingibergsson2) December 1, 2018
Great to hear the #HF05 back in full voice again today
— P Johnson (@movermanPJ) December 1, 2018
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) December 1, 2018
SELHURST PARK… finally!!!! 🦅 🙌🏽
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) December 1, 2018