Back in the Day: September 8th - Dougie Freedman Signs for Crystal Palace
Wednesday 8th September 1965
Crystal Palace 4-1 Portsmouth
League Division Two – Att: 15,744
Manager: Dick Graham
Goals from Peter Burridge, Bobby Kellard, Derek Kevan and Ian Lawson saw Palace thump Portsmouth in a midweek match at Selhurst Park. Cliff Portwood grabbed a consolation for Pompey.
Take a look at one of Palace's scorers on the day, Ian Lawson, below (bottom right). Looks just like Palace TV presenter, Chris Grierson!
Tuesday 8th September 1987
Crystal Palace 4-1 West Brom
League Division Two – Att: 8,554
Manager: Steve Coppell
Another 4-1 win as Palace run ten-man West Brom ragged at Selhurst Park on this Tuesday evening. Mark Bright (26) scored the only goal of the first half before Neil Redfearn (47) put the game beyond the Baggies reach. Bright (57) added a second and made it three before Ian Wright (57) scored the fourth and put Palace in cruise control.
Bobby Williamson scored a last-minute consolation for the visitors.
*I'd Bet That You Didn't Know This: Tony Morley was sent off and exited the stadium in a rage. He then fell in love with South London, quit as a footballer and opened up a chain of chicken shops named after himself.
*I may have made that up.
Saturday 8th September 1990
Norwich City 0-3 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 15,271
Manager: Steve Coppell
Crystal Palace raced into a 2-0 lead at Carrow Road through Phil Barber (7) and Wright (13) as the hosts were in a generous mood at the back. The goal of the game came in the second half, however, when John Salako (55) beautifully controlled a long ball before slotting past the Bryan Gunn. After four games, the Eagles sat in second place in the First Division.
*After the match, Norwich midfielder Tim Sherwood claimed that "he ain't ever felt this bad" after the resounding defeat.
Alliteration Watch: Robert Rosario sounds exotic. Born in Hammersmith.
*I may have made that up too - but at least this one could be true.
Friday 8th September 1995
A future legend is signed.
Dougie Freedman joins Crystal Palace from Barnet for £800k and begins his love affair with the Club. 368 appearance and 108 goals across two spells, a successful managerial period and returning as Director of Football. The man is a legend no matter what some like to think around the Club these days.
If you ever want to hold anything against anyone, then look no further than the man that we sold that day to help fund the signing of Dougie Freedman. Iain Dowie departed for West Ham for £500k after scoring ten goals in 25 games for Palace.
Dowie would return to manage the Eagles and gain promotion to the Premier League in 2004. An immediate relegation would follow, and the Club would suffer Play Off disappointment the following season under Dowie’s guidance - despite having a squad that should have been more than capable of winning the league.
He then he left the club by mutual consent because he wanted to "move north." We just didn’t know that that meant from SE25 to SE7.
Bolton sold Dougie a dream that he, wrongly, bought and paid him a lot more than we were offering. Dowie lied to force a move to Charlton and cost a cash-strapped Crystal Palace a bucket load of compensation money. I know what I think is worse.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to interview Dougie Freedman for Holmesdale Radio. The great man gave us two hours of his time and what followed was one of the best Crystal Palace interviews that one could wish for - even if I do say so myself!
Wednesday 8th September 2010
James Vaughan signs for the Club on an initial three-month loan from Everton but would stay for the duration of the season, scoring nine times in 30 outings. Vaughany became a firm favourite with the Palace fans and would only endear himself more when he scored against Palace a couple of seasons later yet refused to celebrate.
More on his debut in a few days...
Thursday 8th September 2016
Free Agent Mathieu Flamini signs for Palace. The former Arsenal man would make 13 appearances for the Eagles.
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