Crystal Palace's Communications Manager, Terry Byfield has received The Football League's Special Recognition Award for 25 years of loyal service to the south London club.

Having joined Palace in the mid-eighties, Byfield has fulfilled many roles at the club but began life with the Eagles on the company switchboard as the frontline contact for supporters.

Since then, he has been Assistant Club Secretary working on football admin until eventually becoming Communications Manager to oversee the club's matchday programme, website and day to day media relations.

"To do 25 years in the football industry is a very special achievement," said Palace Chief Executive, Phil Alexander.

"Terry has moved his way up through the club and deserves the recognition. He is a very well liked member of the team and probably works more hours than anyone else in the business. He has a true passion for the football club."

Highlights of Terry's time at Crystal Palace have included the programme being named as Programme of the Year at The Football League Awards in 2006.

Terry received his long service award at the end of season Player of the Year awards night at the end of the season from former manager Steve Coppell who also joined the club originally in 1984.

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