Back in the Day: November 7th - Dario Gradi Takes Charge of his Last Palace Match
Saturday 7th November 1981
Crystal Palace 1-2 Blackburn Rovers
League Division Two – Att: 9,650
Manager: Dario Gradi
Dario Gradi took charge of his last Crystal Palace match and a loss to Blackburn led to the powers that be deciding to pull the trigger on the diminutive manager. Jim Cannon (52) gave Palace a fighting chance from the penalty spot after Simon Garner had scored a first-half brace, but there was to be no comeback.
Saturday 7th November 1998
Crystal Palace 4-1 Portsmouth
League Division One – Att: 20,188
Manager: Terry Venables
Craig Moore (6) opened the scoring with his second goal of the week, after scoring in the midweek loss at West Brom, and it looked like Palace would be able to cruise to win when Fitzroy Simpson was red carded for the visitors on 41 minutes – for fouling the goal scorer.
Pompey didn’t read the script, however, and John Aloisi scored a minute later to level the match.
The reprieve was short lived though and Matt Jansen made it 2-1 on 57 minutes before Hayden Mullins put the game to bed 7 minutes later. Craig Foster then put the icing on the cake from range with just under 10 minutes left on the clock.
When watching this video, it is easy to see why we all used to rave so much about Matt Jansen – totally unplayable.
Saturday 7th November 2009
Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough
Championship – Att: 15,321
Manager: Neil Warnock
Darren Ambrose scored the only goal of the game after 65 minutes, latching onto a Neil Danns knock down.
"I was so pleased it fell to him (Darren Ambrose)” said Warnock after the match.
"It's not my fault someone gave him away. I bid £1.5m for him once - that's how much I rate him.
"He needs a certain type of manager and we make a good pairing.
"But I think we had 11 stars out there today."
What Happened Yesterday?
Ipswich were slaughtered as Palace reached the summit of the Championship.
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