Thursday, September 7, 2023

Millwall hail ‘touching gesture’ as Crystal Palace put rivalry aside to pay heartfelt tribute to John Berylson ahead of Arsenal clash

Crystal Palace put rivalries aside to pay tribute to Millwall legend John Berylson ahead of their clash with Arsenal.

Berylson, who was Millwall’s chairman, had been associated with the club since 2006, but passed away in July after being involved in a car accident.

Palace and Arsenal’s stars paid tribute to the Millwall owner and Trevor Francis ahead of the gameGetty

GettyFootball fans have praised the London clubs for their touching gesture[/caption]

The 70-year-old was a hugely popular figure at The Den – a reputation that spread to other clubs around the country, including their fierce rivals at Selhurst Park.

Despite their hostile on-field relationship, the Eagles showed genuine class to hold a minutes’ applause for him and Nottingham Forest icon Trevor Francis before the Premier League contest with the Gunners.

As well as being impeccably observed in the stands, Palace owner Steve Parish joined club legend Mark Bright and England boss Gareth Southgate in paying tribute in the stands.

The tribute was greatly appreciated by Millwall, who took to Twitter to write: “When football unites.

“Thankyou @CPFC. A touching gesture.”

The poignant moment wasn’t lost on Millwall’s supporters either, with one fan writing: “Cannot begin to say how classy this is from Palace. So much respect.”

Another Millwall fan said: “That’s classy from you,” with a third adding: “Fair play boys.”

One final fan wrote: “Class, we Millwall fans appreciate that.”

When football unites.

Thank you, @CPFC. A touching gesture. #Millwall

— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) August 21, 2023

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