Crystal Palace fans launch petition to reinstate stadium announcer

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A group of Crystal Palace supporters have launched a petition to reinstate their stadium announcer after his replacements fell “way short of the standards” and their overall matchday experience “worsened significantly” in his absence.

Fans were surprised to see the lifelong Crystal Palace fan Mike Rankine – also known as the “Sound of Selhurst” – had been replaced by the club at the start of the season. In a petition launched this week that has already attracted more than 400 signees, they have urged Palace to reconsider and reappoint Rankine to his previous role.

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