Back in the Day: November 8th - Edgar Davids Leaves Crystal Palace
Tuesday 8th November 1983
Crystal Palace 1-0 Cardiff City
League Division Two – Att: 5,330
Manager: Alan Mullery
Saturday 8th November 1997
Crystal Palace 1-1 Aston Villa
Premier League – Att: 21,097
Manager: Steve Coppell
Thinking back to the 1997/98 season there was always a sense that if Palace could just get a home win under their belts, there would be a chance of survival. With one of the better away records in the division we were truly letting ourselves down at Selhurst Park, but luck always seemed to desert us at key moments. This was one of those matches where it was almost a first home win only to just miss out.
Neil Shipperley (42) gave the Eagles the lead shortly before the break, taking advantage of a quick free-kick to send a diving header past Mark Bosnich in front of the Holmesdale.
With 13 minutes to go, the lead was still intact only for the referee to send off Jamie Smith. The challenge was certainly a lunge but definitely not worthy of the straight red that he received.
Then with just four minutes let on the clock, Julian Joachim (86) pounced as Kevin Miller failed to hold a Savo Milosevic and Palace hearts were broken.
Saturday 8th November 2008
Coventry City 0-2 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 16,883
Manager: Neil Warnock
Clint Hill (9) and Ben Watson (53) scored as Palace picked up, at the time, a surprising away win.
Neil Warnock in his ‘This is Croydon Today’ column said of the win:
"The performance at Coventry was the most complete display since I’ve been involved with the club.
When you’re away from home you expect to come under pressure. But on Saturday, aside from two or three minutes here and there, that didn’t really happen.
We didn’t really want the first-half to end we were playing that well. We missed a number of good chances in the opening 45 minutes and I don’t think there would have been any complaints if we had gone in at half-time 4-0 up.
I had not been happy with the way we had started in the previous two games, before Coventry so before Saturday I made the players watch a video of the first-half performances against Forest and Wednesday and compared it with the second halves of those games.
Performances like the one against Coventry frustrate me because I know that’s how we can play and we should be playing like that on a more regular basis.
But once again we showed we need to sharpen up in free play – we can’t keep on relying on Ben Watson’s set-pieces.
We need to start scoring from open play – we had enough chances to do that at the weekend. But over the past few games I’ve learned two or three things about my squad that we will need to win games. I think we have the second best clean-sheet record in the division behind Sheffield United – and what we have to do now is find gaps in our opposition without losing any solidity in our back-four.
John Oster has come into the side and played very well for us. So we’ve got options in the middle of the park now, which is a great problem to have. What we need now is to get Alan Lee and James Scowcroft fit so we’ve got options in the attacking third."
Ex-Palace: Clinton Morrison played for Coventry in this one. "I’ll be trying my hardest to score, but I have too much respect for the fans - I would never celebrate and rub it in their faces,” said the former Palace man in the build-up to the game.
Monday 8th November 2010
Edgar Davids left the Club by mutual consent.
"Today I have decided that my journey as a player of Crystal Palace FC has come to an end. I want to thank all the people who supported me and gave me one of the greatest experiences of my life."
Sunday 8th November 2015
Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
Premier League - Att: 44,115
Manager: Alan Pardew
Palace won at Anfield for the second season running as Liverpool fan Scott Dann scored the winner eight minutes from time. Yannick Bolasie had given Palace the lead on 21 minutes but Philippe Couthinho would level three minutes before the break.
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