Belfast Telegraph

Crystal Palace promise show of support after Croydon tram crash

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has spoken of his shock and sadness at hearing news of the tram crash in Croydon.

Six men and one woman died, including two Palace fans, and over 50 people were injured in the November 9 crash when carriages overturned as the tram turned a sharp bend.

The Premier League club, whose Selhurst Park home lies in the London borough, have contributed to a fund for the families of those involved.

The family of Dane Chinnery, a 19-year-old who was among those to die, have asked Palace fans at the game against Manchester City on Saturday to join them in a minute's applause. The Eagles have also announced a minute's silence will be held before the game.

Pardew said: "It has had a massive impact on us, not just the club but the areas around it. (It was) shocking really.

"We as a club have made a contribution to the fund. We will do everything we can for the families that will be at the game on Saturday.

"We are holding a minute's silence, it is such a difficult thing. How can we get across the emotion they are feeling, it is such a personal thing.

"We are going to do the best we can. Some of the people injured were connected and two of the people who died were fans.

"We as a club are fully behind them and want to help them as best we can. We have an important role to help the fans."


From Belfast Telegraph