Back in the Day: November 3rd - Ian Holloway is Unveiled as Palace Manager
Wednesday 3rd November 1920
Crystal Palace 2-3 Southend United
League Division Three South – Att 9,000
Manager: Edmund Goodman
Neil McSteen described this match in his book ‘Crystal Palace: On this Day’:
“Crystal Palace lost 3-2 to a physical Southend United side at The Nest, but the game was marred by a pitch invasion as the home fans vented their anger and surrounded the opposition players and officials. Called to account by the FA for alledged assaults on Southend player Fairclough and the referee, Palace offered the defence that the visiting right-back had played a ‘constantly over-vigorous match’. Punishment was duly dished out with The Nest being closed for a fortnight and Palace banned from playing within a ten-mile radius of their home ground.”
Take note Mark Clattenburg and co – you’re getting off lightly these days.
An own goal from Southend goalkeeper Tommy Capper and a Jack Connor strike were not enough for Palace as Joe Dorsett and a Albert Fairclough, the victim from above, brace saw the the visitors inflict a rare defeat on Palace in this season.
Saturday 3rd November 1962
Crystal Palace 2-0 Hereford United
FA Cup 1st Round – Att: 15,317
Manager: Arthur Rowe
Eddie Werge and Brian Wood scored the goals that saw Palace through to the second round of the FA Cup. This is still the earliest date in the season that Crystal Palace have competed in an FA Cup tie.
Sunday 3rd November 1963
Crystal Palace goalscoring legend Ian Wright was born. He would score 117 times for the Eagles before going on to become Arsenal’s all-time top scorer. One of the best English goal scorers ever to play the game.
Saturday 3rd November 2012
Championship – Att: 16,744
Manager: Curtis Flemming (Caretaker)
Lennie Lawrence had already snaked off to Bolton to join the recently departed Dougie Freedman, so first team duties were left to Curtis Flemming. The former Palace defender would go on to join Freedman and Lawrence after this one, but he left with a 100% record, two wins from two.
At half-time in this one, with Palace having just taken the lead in injury time of the first half, Ian Holloway was announced as the new Crystal Palace manager. After an infamous night of drinking wine with Palace co-owner Stephen Browett, Ollie decided that the right move would be to jump ship from Blackpool to Palace. His stock was still high at this point and it was considered to be an extremely ambitious appointment.
Back to the match and Glenn Murray (45+1, 65 Pen) scored both of the goals in what was a devastating display against Blackburn, who had been relegated from the Premier League in the previous season. The first was a header from an inch-perfect Owen Garvan cross. Murray nipped in front of Scott Dann and his effort crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
The second came from the penalty spot, from where the Palace top scorer would later be denied a hat-trick as Paul Robinson saved his second penalty of the match and then pulled off an impossible save from the rebound.
What Happened Yesterday?
Crystal Palace exorcised their Anfield demons with a 2-1 win at the home of Liverpool – the first win there since the 9-0 trouncing in 1989.
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