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‘Sir Roy of Croydon’ handed the Freedom of the Borough

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Roy Hodgson, who came out of enforced retirement last September to salvage Crystal Palace’s Premier League status, has been nominated for a Freedom of the Borough.

Freedom: Roy Hodgson recognised by his hometown borough

The council press release states that Hodgson, “has been recommended for the honour in recognition of his contribution to Croydon and to football, both home and abroad”.

The council’s announcement says of Hodgson’s association with Crystal Palace: “The club, which was a ‘10-minute walk’ from his boyhood home, has played a large part in his life with stints as a youth player, as well as manager. As a boy, he was a Palace fan who attended John Ruskin Grammar School, where he was a player in the school football team.

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