Back in the Day: February 8th - Dave Bassett Appointed Manager for a Second Time

Back in the Day

Friday 8th February 1996

Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett took over the managerial reigns from Steve Coppell, who moved upstairs, to breathe some new life into the Palace promotion charge. Ultimately it would end in Play-Off Final defeat in May.

Saturday 8th February 1997

Crystal Palace 3-1 Bradford City

League Division One – Att: 15,459

Manager: Dave Bassett

Basset celebrated with a victory on his first anniversary as Palace overcome an early Bradford goal.

Chris Waddle (5) had the freedom of Selhurst Park and used it to slot past Carlo Nashbroughtand the lead would last until just after the hour mark when David Hopkin found Neil Shipperley (61) with downfield cross.

Four minutes later, substitute George Ndah (65) scored at the second attempt from a Dean Gordon cross before Dougie Freedman (74) wrapped up the match when getting in behind the Bradford defence.

Friday 8th February 2013

Watford 2-2 Crystal Palace

Championship – Att: 15,079

Manager: Ian Holloway

Watford had beaten Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season with two late goals at Selhurst Park, this time the Hornets got on the board early. Udinese loanee, in a full starting eleven of loan players for the hosts, Almen Abdi (6) curled home before Chelsea loanee Nathan Chalobah (14) doubled the lead shortly after.

Ian Holloway went for broke and threw on Jonny Williams and Kevin Phillips, and it would pay dividends. First, Peter Ramage reacted quickest to prod home from a corner, and then Jazz Richards whipped the ball to the back post where Phillips (70), against his former Club, would cushion home the equaliser.  


Palace and Watford would meet one more time in the season – and KP would be involved again.

Saturday 8th February 2014

Crystal Palace 3-1 West Brom

Premier League – Att: 24,501

Manager: Tony Pulis

Going into the game having scored just 15 goals in their previous 24 games, Palace took on relegation rivals West Brom and excelled thanks to their January Transfer Window captures.

Three players made their Palace debuts, and two of them would get on the scoresheet. First, the most exciting of the debutants, Tom Ince (15), nipped in to lift the ball over Ben Foster. Unfortunately, this would be the best that it would get for Ince in a Palace shirt.

Twelve minutes later, Joe Ledley (27) found himself completely unmarked in the six-yard box and completed the easy task of heading home Ince’s corner kick.

The buzz around Selhurst Park was palpable as Palace carried the 2-0 lead into the break, but just thirty seconds into the second half, the Baggies were back in it. Thievy Bifouma (46) had entered the fray as a half-time substitute and powerfully fired past Julian Speroni – becoming the third debutant to score in the match.

Speroni then came into his own with some fantastic stops, most notably from former Palace man Scott Sinclair from just seven yards.

It looked like Palace would have to continue to weather the visitor’s storm when on 69 minutes Yannick Bolasie punted a clearance downfield. Marouane Chamakh chased the ball and nipped in in front of the defender with a header and raced away. Foster bought him down in the penalty area, and the Moroccan picked himself up and slotted home the spot kick.

Palace moved up to 14th and 3 points clear of relegation, only 2 points from the next 15 would see Palace slide back into the bottom three and deep trouble.

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