Back in the Day: April 7th - Crystal Palace Win the ZDS Cup

Back in the Day

Saturday 7th April 1984

Derby County 3-0 Crystal Palace

League Division Two – Att: 10,903

Manager: Alan Mullery

Sunday 7th April 1991

Crystal Palace 4-1 Everton (AET)

Zenith Data Systems Cup Final – Att: 52,460

Manager: Steve Coppell

The Full Members Cup (ZDS was the sponsor) was introduced to replace European Competition that English clubs had been banned. The idea for the trophy came from Palace chairman Ron Noades and his Chelsea counterpart, Ken Bates. 

In 1991, Crystal Palace, with their fans making up 40,000 of the 52,460 attendance, and Everton met in the final at Wembley and the Eagles, eventually, run out comfortable winners.

Geoff Thomas (66) headed Palace into the lead, but Robert Warzycha (69) levelled moments later to take the game to extra time. Both teams had chances to win it in the closing stages of the match, but big Nigel Martyn and, even bigger, Neville Southall both produced outstanding saves to take the game into the extra periods.

Dave Watson missed a sitter at the start of the first period of extra time, and that was that for the Toffees. Ian Wright (101) latched on to a booming Martyn punt down field and slotted past Southall with ease.

Two goals in two second period minutes then put the game to bed. John Salako (113) looped a header over Southall at the back post, and just a minute later Wright (114) was through to score again with a brilliant early finish.

Man of the Match and Captain Geoff Thomas lifted the trophy at Wembley.

Palace fans are sharing their memories of the day on the BBS - read the thread here.



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Meanwhile in Kragujevac, Serbia, Luka Milivojevic was born. Happy Birthday, skip.

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