New Premium Host – Dean Austin

12th February 2020 4:12pm

Every matchday in our Premium Lounges guests are hosted by famous faces from Palace's past, and for the visit of Newcastle United Dean Austin will be making his return to Selhurst Park.

Playing for the club between 1998 and 2002 the defender racked up almost 150 appearances for the Eagles in one of the most tumultuous periods in the club's history.

With administration looming, then owner Mark Goldberg was forced to move prized assets out of the club and with Neil Warnock's Sheffield United interested, it looked like Austin would be one of those leaving SE25.

Instead, the defender chose to stay at the club, not wanting to depart after so few months. “I just turned around to Mark and said: ‘I want to help you, obviously, but I’m not leaving," recalls the defender.

“I’d had pretty much a torrid time in my first six-odd months at the club. I’d had a pretty bad time. I was recovering from a very serious knee injury, I hadn’t played properly for a year before I came to Palace and though I felt physically very fit, I was not football fit and, to be honest with you, I was substandard.

“I wasn’t going to leave Palace the way it was. There was no way I was walking out of that club and my perception, which wasn’t necessarily going to define me as a person, was going to define me as a footballer. I didn’t want to be leaving there seen as a failure."

Austin would go on to play a key role in the club's history, captaining a young side amid the backdrop of financial difficulty. 

To hear more from the man himself, join him in our Premium lounges when we take on Newcastle United on February 22nd. The former Palace captain and coach will be happy to stop for chats and pose for any pictures.

As well as this, you'll also enjoy brilliant modern dining, inclusive drinks and VIP seating. With a limited number of places still available, speak to our team to book your place.