Back in the Day: October 3rd - Marco Reich Scores Goal of the Decade Contender
Monday 3rd October 1960
Stockport County 5-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Four – Att: 10,729
Manager: Arthur Rowe
Arthur Rowe’s promotion-chasing Palace fell to an uncharacteristic defeat at Edgeley Park. The hosts would score the second fewest amount of goals in Division Four throughout the duration of the season yet somehow found a way to score five in this one.
Alan Woan scored both Palace goals as Johnny Byrne fired a rare blank in a season that saw him score 30 times.
For all of the Stockport fans reading, Jimmy Fletcher and Bobby Murdoch both scored twice with Gene Wilson netting the fifth.
Tuesday 3rd October 1995
Crystal Palace 2-0 Southend United
League Cup – Att: 6,588
Manager: Steve Coppell
Jamie Vincent opened the scoring on 16 minutes, but it would be the goal scorer of the second goal that grabbed all of the headlines – as rare as a Jamie Vincent goal was!
Leon McKenzie at just 17 years and 139 days opened his Crystal Palace account to seal Palace’s route through to the next round. For his efforts, Leon was awarded a 'Coca-Cola' bike by the Cup's sponsors.
Leon is not the youngest Palace goalscorer:
17 Years, 29 Days – Paul Hinshelwood
17 Years, 89 Days – Sean Scannell
17 Years, 91 Days – Victor Moses
The Club on the official site suggests that Steve Kember is the youngest at 17 Years and 31 Days, but I am pretty sure that he was 18 and 31 Days when he scored against Bury on January 8th, 1966.
Monday 3rd October 2005
QPR 1-3 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 13,433
Manager: Iain Dowie
Crystal Palace beat Ian Holloway’s QPR at Loftus Road thanks to two brilliant goals from German Marco Reich.
Reich opened the scoring with a glorious volley in the 14th minute, and this was a contender for the Crystal Palace ‘Goal of the Decade’ competition. I will let the images do the talking in the video below.
Just 3 minutes later Reich would double the advantage. Clinton Morrison was manhandled to the ground on the edge of the box and Reich lined up the shot. Danny Butterfield ran over the ball and into the penalty area, this pulled the man on the end of the wall just far enough out and Reich found the gap and the corner of the net.
Gareth Ainsworth pulled one back moments later and that is the way it would stay until Tom Soares wrapped up the three points in the 89th minute – despite being about 5 yards offside.
What a player Marco Reich was – until he got a contract that is.
Saturday 3rd October 2015
Premier League - Att: 24,033
Manager: Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace became the first former team to beat Tony Pulis since he departed his role at Stoke City. During his time in charge at Selhurst Park, Stoke had failed to beat the Eagles and Palace were yet to beat West Brom under Pulis, until this point.
Yannick Bolasie opened the scoring on 68 minutes, heading home a Yohan Cabaye cross at the back post. The French international would then add his own name to the scoresheet, converting a Wilfried Zaha won penalty one minute from the end.
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