CPST make donation to Radio Mayday

19th March, 2014

CPST is delighted to announce it has made a donation to the running costs of Radio Mayday, money that will be used towards continuing to support the comms links between Selhurst Park and Croydon University Hospital on match days.

Mayday Radio is able to bring patients all the action as it happens as its commentary team cover every Palace home fixture. Tune in on Saturday afternoons for our full 90 minute commentaries, or for regular updates during any evening fixtures.

Radio Mayday itself actually developed as an extension of the “Croydon Hospital Broadcasts” who began covering Palace games  in 1963 using Post Office landlines between the Croydon General, Queens Road and Mayday Hospitals, to seats at the back of the main stand.

The late Palace chairman Arthur Wait was a keen supporter and in 1965 a wooden hut was erected at the top of the terracing facing the main stand, providing better facilities. In 1969 when the Arthur Wait Stand was built he kindly provided a commentary box at the rear corner of the Whitehorse Lane end, from where the commentaries have come ever since.

From October 1985 to May 1991 in addition to Palace games Radio Mayday also covered the Charlton home fixtures when they shared the ground as it also did during the 90’s for Wimbledon when they replaced Charlton as tenants at Selhurst Park .

Also in the 1990’s the Palace club kindly provided headsets to cater for up to twelve blind and partially sighted people, while the Selhurst Park Box Office provide 12 tickets free of charge for all home games to the seats directly in front of our box, so these fans can enjoy the live match atmosphere and receive the same commentary as patients in hospital.

Roger Dickson and Chris Winter have completed 27 years of commentaries having joined the station in the early 1980’s. They have shared the excitement of promotions, relegations, play offs, League and F.A. cup ties with many patients.

The Trust is delighted to give to support to such a worthy cause, here’s to another 27 years!

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