Back in the Day: February 6th - Palace Play for the Last Time at the Crystal Palace
Saturday 6th February 1915
Crystal Palace 4-1 Reading
Manager: Edmund Goodman
Crystal Palace played their last ever game at the Crystal Palace. The breakout of World War One saw The Admiralty seize the grounds, forcing Palace into the Herne Hill Velodrome.
Saturday 6th February 1932
Coventry City 8-0 Crystal Palace
League Division Three South – Att: 11,459
Manager: Jack Tresadern
Going into this, Crystal Palace were 6 points clear of Coventry in the table and boasted the 4th best defence in the league. So, I am a total loss as to explain to you why Frank White, Jock Lauderdale (2), Harry Holmes, Clarrie Bourton (3) and Billy Lake found it so easy to find the back of the Palace net. Or why the goal machine, Peter Simpson, couldn’t find the back of Coventry’s.
Saturday 6th February 1937
Crystal Palace 8-0 Exeter City
League Division Three South – Att: 10,019
Manager: Tom Bromilow
Well, this is slightly better than the previous match, if not considerably more routine. Exeter were cannon fodder at the wrong end of the table with Crystal Palace sitting comfortably in mid-table and in the middle of an eight-game unbeaten run.
Bob Birtley opened the scoring from the spot before Jack Blackman (2), John Watson (2) and a Bob Bigg hat-trick sent the visitors back south with their tails between their legs.
Saturday 6th February 1988
Crystal Palace 3-0 Birmingham City
League Division Two – Att: 8,809
Manager: Steve Coppell
Players with a surname starting with ‘B’ scoring for Palace appears to be a theme on the 6th February. With Blackman, Birtley and Bigg scoring in 1937, Barber and Bright (2) added their names to the list in a win that saw them move above Middlesbrough and Millwall to third in the old Division Two.
While Palace were beating Birmingham in the second tier, in front of just 8,809 people, Luton were beating Oxford 7-4 in the top flight. How things can change.
Saturday 6th February 2010
Scunthorpe United 1-2 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 7,543
Manager: Neil Warnock
Despite the ten point deduction, Palace won again to move back to within 9 points of a Play-Off place with a last-gasp winner at Glanford Park.
Darren Ambrose (63) saw his corner half cleared but when the ball was knocked back to the Palace top scorer he had the freedom of the left wing. He promptly dribbled into the penalty area and curled a beauty into the far corner to give Palace the lead.
Marcus Williams was then sent off in the 72nd minute for a professional foul on Kieron Djilali and the Eagles looked set for the win. Instead, David Mirfin (84) headed home a corner to level for the ten men.
But as the clock ticked into the 90th minute, the ball dropped to Neil Danns who fired in the winner in front of the travelling support, leaving the Palace fans singing:
“Going Down? Are we F***! Minus Ten and we’re going up!”
"This business has drawn us all closer together, both players and supporters. These players just do not know when they are beaten.” Said Warnock after the game.
"It was disappointing that we let Scunthorpe come back on level terms after going down to 10 men, but Neil Danns has come up with a last-gasp winner, and it's a terrific result for us."
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