Back in the Day: November 1st - Steve Bruce Resigns & Steve Kember Signs his Death Warrant
Saturday 1st November 1980
Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United
League Division One – Att: 31,449
Manager: Ernie Walley (Caretaker)
Crystal Palace had been left in the lurch a couple of weeks before as Terry Venables dropped Palace like an old hat and marched off to West London to manage QPR.
But wait! Ernie Walley was put in temporary charge and was laughing in the face of the lurch. He had overseen Palace beat Southampton in the first game after the departure of El Tel and now followed it up with a cracking win against Manchester United at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles had been linked with Howard Kendall, but it didn’t look like Palace would need him after Walley's start – alas only two more wins would follow in the remaining TWENTY-NINE games of the season and that meant relegation.
Peter Nicholas scored the only goal in this one on the half hour.
Wednesday 1st November 2000
Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace
League Cup 4th Round – Att: 12,965
Manager: Alan Smith
Peter Taylor’s Leicester City were third in the Premier League and struggling Division One Palace strolled into Filbert Sreet and ripped the Foxes. Clinton Morrison (17) nodded home from close range before Steve Thomson (23) and Andrejs Rubins (52) both scored incredible goals from range to see Palace through.
Thursday 1st November 2001
Steve Bruce handed in his resignation, but Simon Jordan refuses to accept it. Cue airing of dirty laundry in public.
But Jordan said: "Nothing has changed. Steve was the manager yesterday and still is today." He was backed up by a Palace spokesman who this afternoon said: "Steve Bruce is still the manager."
Birmingham chairman David Gold has confirmed they have approached Palace to talk to Bruce, but had their offer turned down.
Gold said: "We've made an official approach to Crystal Palace to speak to Steve Bruce.
"Sadly Palace have turned us down and that is the way the situation sits at the moment. We will just have to await developments."
Read more on The Bruce Saga here.
Saturday 1st November 2003
Wigan Athletic 5-0 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 6,796
Manager: Steve Kember
Arguably one of the worst performances of my time as a Crystal Palace fan and one that saw Steve Kember lose his job as Manager. After starting the season with three straight wins optimism was high – only one more league win followed under Kember in the league 1W 4D 8L, and that was enough for Simon Jordan to pull the trigger.
If you're that way inclined, here is the footage from that match.
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