Back in the Day: April 5th - Huge Wins in 2010 and 2014
Saturday 5th April 1986
Crystal Palace 2-1 Bradford City
League Division Two – Att: 5,079
Manager: Steve Coppell
Wednesday 5th April 1989
Leeds United 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 25,620
Manager: Steve Coppell
After three wins on the bounce, Crystal Palace’s charge up the league had been halted away from home on the previous weekend by their bogey team, Shrewsbury Town. The Eagles travelled again on the following Wednesday night to Elland Road to face a Leeds team that sat one point above them in the table.
Sir Steve Coppell’s men got off to the perfect start when Ian Wright (7) smashed home from ten yards but Carl Shutt (18) levelled shortly after.
David Madden (39) completed the scoring for the first half, and the match, with a penalty that looked to have been saved by Mervyn Day, however, his parry squirmed in off the post and sealed the points for Palace.
Palace Link: Vince Hilaire competed against us in this one.
Monday 5th April 2010
Crystal Palace 3-1 Preston North End
Championship – Att: 16,642
Manager: Paul Hart
Keith Tracey (8) had given the visitors an early lead at a jittery Selhurst Park, but a sterling comeback would see the Eagles move out of the relegation zone and up to the dizzy heights of 20th place.
Neil Danns (40) equalised five minutes before the break, picking up a Sean Scannell header and calmly slotting past Andy Lonergan in the Preston goal. Five minutes after the break, the game was turned on its head. From a Preston corner, Darren Ambrose (50) started the move on the edge of his own area and, with a large portion of luck, he rode two challenges and the ball broke for Danns. The plaited hair midfielders run was far more controlled, and after a shimmy and a step over, he squared for Ambrose who smashed the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.
You know it is your day when Calvin Andrew scores – and he did just that with six minutes remaining, tapping home after Lonergan made a hash of his punch. The video clip captures just a little bit of the crazy amounts of passion that was flying around Selhurst Park when the ball hit the back of the net.
Saturday 5th April 2014
Cardiff City 0-3 Crystal Palace
Premier League – Att: 27,687
Manager: Tony Pulis
This match was a huge relegation six-pointer, and the game was full of spice even before the game had kicked off. Palace's Sporting Director Iain Moody had gained access to the Cardiff City starting line-up the day before by using his connections at Cardiff, but accidentally text the team to Dougie Freedman instead of Tony Pulis. Freedman, who did his coaching badges with Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, decided to let the former Manchester United man know that Palace were aware of his starting eleven. Vincent Tan would blow his top and try to get the game voided, but this would not happen because this sort of thing, basically, happens all of the time.
Crystal Palace had beaten Chelsea in their previous match, but those bonus three points would be deemed irrelevant if they gave up three points to their relegation rivals.
Early on, Fraizer Campbell was expertly denied by Julian Speroni in the Palace goal, and that was all she wrote for the hosts. Just after the half an hour, Jason Puncheon (31) wrong-footed David Marshall in the Cardiff goal with a strike into the bottom corner and the Eagles never looked back.
On 71 minutes, Marshall was far from wrong-footed when he brilliantly denied Marouane Chamakh’s header from a Puncheon free-kick. However, former Cardiff City player Joe Ledley was on hand to tap home from a yard out. The bearded midfielder chose not to celebrate, but the near on three thousand travelling supporters made up for it by going berserk in the corner of the Cardiff City Stadium.
With two minutes remaining, Puncheon put the cherry on top. Chamakh let the ball run through his legs and Puncheon picked the ball up, cut inside and curled a beauty into the far top corner.
Palace Link: The aforementioned Fraizer Campbell played for Cardiff in this one as did Jordon Mutch, but the real story was Wilfried Zaha. The Palace academy graduate was on loan to the Welsh outfit from Manchester United and he managed to enrage the home fans. He clapped the Palace fans on two occasions and ignored the home fans when they called for him to “Ayatollah”. He was then substituted and marched straight down the tunnel.
What Happened Yesterday?
Ray Wilkins passed away in 2018 and the 'Team of the Eighties' were releated in 1981.
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