For years, before Crystal Palace games, an actual bald eagle has flown back and forth between the goals before the game — and now that eagle has passed away.

Actually, Kayla, aged 28, died of a heart attack in June, and I am well behind the curve in finding it out. Here is more from Sky Sports.

Kayla had been the mascot since 2015, and there’s been no word from the club if they intend to replace her.

I took this video of Kayla doing her pregame thing in January, 2020:

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