Crystal Palace are this month taking part in a special tournament to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup.
The club have been invited to enter a squad of 24 players for The Generation Cup, which will pit them against eight other sides who can all trace their history back to football’s earliest days.
Palace have already announced a string of famous faces who will take part in the tournament, which kicks off on Sunday, October 31 with two 60-minute matches at Hitchin Town. Should the team progress, the finals will be played on March 13 on the elite pitch at St George’s Park.
Below football.london has provided all the key info for you ahead of the first set of fixtures, including who will be representing the Eagles at the tournament.
Where and when
Where: Hitchin Town F.C
When: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Where: St George’s Park
When: Sunday, March 13, 2022
Nine different teams have been invited to The Generation Cup who can all trace their club history back to association football’s earliest days.
The full list of teams competing in the tournament are: Crystal Palace, Reigate Priory, Hitchin Town, Maidenhead United, Upton Park, The Royal Engineers, Civil Service, The Wanderers and Clapham Rovers.
Crystal Palace will play two 60-minute matches to decide whether they make it through to the final in March 2022.
The Palace XI will first take on Maidenhead United at 12.30pm, followed by hosts Hitchin Town at 2pm.
Palace will be managed in The Generation Cup by Alan Smith, who led the club to the Division One title in the 1993/94 season during his time in charge.
Smith will be joined by two coaches currently employed at the club – Under-18s coach and former Palace midfielder Rob Quinn and Academy goalkeeping coach Gary Phillips.
All clubs have been invited to submit a squad of 24 players for the tournament, with no more than five players under 40 and three players aged over 50 having to be on the pitch at all times.
So far Palace have confirmed the following players will be taking part in The Generation Cup: Shaun Derry, Clint Hill, Danny Gabbidon, Julian Speroni, Andrew Johnson, Darren Ambrose, Mikele Leigertwood, Bobby Bowry, Bruce Dyer, Simon Osborn, Rudi Hedman, Jobi McAnuff, Leon McKenzie and Eddie McGoldrick.
The match will be broadcast live on Palace TV+, which is a paid subscription service operated by the club.
Fans can buy a weekly pass for £2.99, a monthly pass for £3.99 or an annual pass for £29.99 (all recurring payments). Alternatively, Palace TV+ is included for free when fans buy a Gold, Junior Eagle Gold or International membership.
To watch the match in person you can buy tickets from the Hitchin Town website here. Supporters can choose to pay what they want for the ticket or can pay on the day.
Hitchin Town’s ground can be found at: Fishponds Road, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1NU, UK.