Back in the Day: September 7th - Charlton Announce Move to Selhurst Park
Wednesday 7th September 1966
Wolves 1-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 18,205
Manager: Bert Head
Steve Kember scored the equaliser on the night, but the story of the game was the Wolverhampton goal scorer. David Burnside was listed as starting for Crystal Palace in the official match day programme. Instead, he completed a transfer to Wolves during the day, turned out for the hosts and gave them a lead on his debut against his teammates from mere hours before.
Maybe this is where the myth that your ex-striker will always score against you was born!
Saturday 7th September 1974
Crystal Palace 6-2 Swindon Town
League Division Three – Att: 14,382
Manager: Malcolm Allison
Malcolm Allison’s Crystal Palace thumped Swindon Town in what would be Don Rogers and Mel Blyth’s last games for the Palace. Peter Eastoe would score twice for the Robins, but Nicky Chatterton, Stewart Jump and braces apiece for Dave Swindlehurst and Alan Whittle (including one penalty) meant that Rogers, after 76 appearances and 30 goals, and Blyth, after 248 appearances across six years, would sign off with a win.
Mel would return to Palace for a brief loan spell and appear six times between November 1977 and January 1978, but this was the real end. We'll have more on Don Rogers later in the year.
Saturday 7th September 1985
Charlton Athletic 3-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 6,637
Manager: Steve Coppell
Three penalties and four goals in a South London derby, but none of this was the talking point on this day. Charlton Athletic announced that they would leave the Valley after 66 years and ground-share with the Eagles at Selhurst Park, much to the disgrace of the Charlton fans:
Wednesday 7th September 2011
Antonio Pedroza signs for Crystal Palace from Chiapas, and it is fair to say that it didn't work out. However, the Mexican is responsible for perhaps one of the greatest tweets ever from a Palace player:
Saturday 7th September 2013
The old wooden seats are ripped out of the Main Stand and replaced with new plastic ones. The old ones are sold off to fans at £25 a pop.
Monday 7th September 2015
Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur scores for Scotland against the World Champions, Germany.
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