Back in the Day: September 4th - Ian Wright Strike Downs Villa
Wednesday 4th September 1946
Reading 10-2 Crystal Palace
Division Three South – Att: 8,241
Manager: George Irwin
This match had taken place way before the Freddy Krueger movies had been made but as a headline, I am going with: ”Nightmare at Elm Park”.
This victory remains Reading’s biggest win to this day, and it is tough to see them ever beating it. Post WWII was a strange time in the lower reaches of English League Football and many a thumping materialised. Reece and Waldron scored the Palace goals while the scorers at the opposite end were MacPhee (4), Deverall (2), Edelston (4) and Barney. A barney is no doubt what took place in the Palace changing room after this one and someone had to take the fall.
Step up Robert Felton, playing at the back for Palace. Apparently, he would shoulder the blame for this defeat as this was the one and only time that he ever pulled on a Palace shirt.
Alliteration Watch: Gilbert Glidden is a name of beauty that overshadows the scoreline in this one for me.
Names that you definitely don’t hear in football anymore: Dickie Girling sounds more like a verb and a noun to me.
Tuesday 4th September 1979
Crystal Palace 7-0 Stockport Country
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg – Att: 18,465
Manager: Terry Venables
Just a week before Stockport and Palace had competed well in a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Edgeley Park. The second leg was to be a completely different story.
Jerry Murphy opened the scoring in the second minute and Palace never looked back. Vince Hilaire made it two on 17 minutes before two Mike Flanagan goals in ten minutes made it 4-0 at half-time. Gerry Francis made it five shortly after the break before he was replaced by Ian Walsh (below), who would then grab two goals for himself - on his birthday no less. Happy Birthday, Ian.
If this had taken place today, the fixture would have been lucky to draw half of the 18,465 this one did. I bet not one Palace fan was disappointed that they came out on that night.
Alliteration Watch: Steve Sherlock’s may need to investigate his defending after this one - I'll get my coat.
Wednesday 4th September 1991
Aston Villa 0-1 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 20,740
Manager: Steve Coppell
Our trio of featured midweek fixtures ends at Villa Park where Palace made it three league wins on the bounce after an opening day defeat to Manchester City. Ian Wright scored the only goal of the game after three minutes to make it three goals in three matches. Did I say three?
Wright would only score two more goals for Palace before making the unceremonious move across London to Arsenal.
Alliteration Watch: Steve Staunton, from the halfway line.
Wednesday 4th September 2013
Crystal Palace submits their 25 man squad to the Premier League:
1. Neil Alexander
I’m just going to stop right there.
Tuesday 4th September 2014
New Crystal Palace signing Kevin Doyle scored for the Republic of Ireland against Oman. It was only a matter of time before the international goal machine would be smashing them in in ‘Red ‘n’ Blue’, surely!
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