Back in the Day: September 6th - The Clive Allen Ghost Goal

Back in the Day

Wednesday 6th September 1967

Crystal Palace 5-0 Plymouth Argyle

League Division Two – Att: 16,372

Manager: Bert Head

Crystal Palace romped to victory over Plymouth Argyle with two goals from Bobby Woodruff and strikes from David Payne, Steve Kember and Johnny Byrne. A theme of this day is Palace making good starts to the season before falling away. This win was one of seven in the opening ten games of the season but only six league wins would follow in the rest of the season.


Saturday 6th September 1975

Cardiff City 0-1 Crystal Palace

League Division Three – Att: 10,454

Manager: Malcolm Allison

David Kemp scored the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace continued their 100% start to the season with four wins from four. It would continue to get better as well! By December 6th the Eagles had won 12 of the 20 league games played, had suffered defeat only once and had 31 points (2 points for a win in 1975). Promotion looked to be a formality.

Only 6 wins in the remaining 26 league games, however, saw Palace slip down the league and 1 win in the last 8 games saw Palace eventually limp to a fifth place finish, behind both Brighton and Millwall. This would lead to Malcolm Allison resigning as manager of the Club in May.


Saturday 6th September 1980

Coventry City 3-1 Crystal Palace

League Division One – Att: 13,001

Manager: Terry Venables

On the surface, Crystal Palace took the lead through Clive Allen just after half-time before Gerry Daly scored twice in four minutes and Andy Blair went on to cap a 3-1 win for the Sky Blues. However, when you dig down into the detail of this match, things could have been very different.

If you are too young to know, here is the original Crystal Palace ‘Ghost Goal’:

The ball flew into the top corner and bounced out of the goal off the stanchion. Probably more understandable than the Freddie Sears decision, but still a terrible decision nonetheless.


Friday 6th September 2013

Crystal Palace completes their 187th transfer of the window with the signing of Osman Sow. He scored an absolute banger during a preseason match against Waterford United, in Ireland, but that would be about it.

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