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Record crowd watch Crystal Palace Women promotion to WSL

It was a historic day for more than one reason for Crystal Palace Women on Sunday. While Palace’s men’s side have become Premier League ever-presents in recent years, the women’s side’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland secured their first ever promotion to the Women’s Super League.

It may have been a drab affair on the pitch, but it was anything but off it – the Eagles’ squad and supporters took the opportunity to celebrate wildly.

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Selhurst Park before the FA Women's Super League Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea. Photo by Icon Sport

Record women’s match crowd at Selhurst Park 

Palace’s women’s team usually play at Gander Green Lane, the home of men’s team Sutton United. But the ground, which was opened in 1912, only has a capacity of just over 5,000.

For such an important fixture, Palace were delighted to be able to play at the home of the men’s side, Selhurst Park. The decision paid off, as the fixture saw an attendance of 6,796 – the highest attendance ever for a Crystal Palace Women match.

Those fans were not disappointed – Palace successfully avoided the 21-0 loss which would have allowed Charlton Athletic to pip them to the Women’s Championship title.

Photos and videos of the celebrations

There were jubilant scenes at Selhurst Park, as Palace celebrated a historic victory with their fans.

 

Fans react on social media

The celebrations were not confined to the stadium. On X (formerly Twitter), supporters reacted to the news.

@andymhunt3 commented: “Well done ladies, a great achievement. Roll on the WSL.”

@FranktonJR wrote: “Welcome to the best league in Europe.”

Finally, @cpfc_sean simply responded: “GET INNNNN! LOVELY STUFF PALACE.”


Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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