So, it’s official – Crystal Palace are going 100% digital.
In line with new Premier League guidelines, supporters can only gain access to Selhurst Park through the use of a smartphone
For the younger supporters among us, it’s great news. There’s no longer any need to worry about forgetting your ticket, as it’ll be safely tucked away in your iPhone’s Apple Wallet, to give one example.
However, in our view, this is a poor move from the club, one that will surely cause issues amongst the older generation more than most.
For a start, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Many fans can’t afford a smartphone, or may have been forced to sell it to raise some money.
Additionally, for those of us who have tried to help our grandparents out with technology, you’ll be aware of how problematic this move will be.
Expect queues, queues and more queues as the confused elderly – not all, but some – try to figure out how to get into Selhurst Park.
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The club used Nan Pam to drop the 2021/22 home shirt, but sadly, her and many like her will be the ones who suffer from this switch.
Also, for the souvenir diehards among us, it can be fun to pin your match ticket up and keep memories of a game trapped forever in that bit of paper.
Now, they’ll be trapped in cyberspace – modern football rears its ugly head once again.