Back in the Day: February 9th - Popovic Returns as Freedman's 1st Team Coach
Saturday 9th February 1929
Torquay United 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Three South – Att: 4,178
Manager: Fred Maven
This victory was the last time Crystal Palace won on February 9th. That’s right, 87 years! Since then it has been one draw and six losses (seven losses if you factor in a War Time defeat). The last time we actually scored on this day was back in 1952.
George Clarke (below) and Harry Havelock scored for the Glaziers at Plainmoor, with Bill Gardner bagging the Torquay goal.
Tuesday 9th February 2010
Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea City
Championship – Att: 12,238
Manager: Neil Warnock
Shefki Kuqi returned to Selhurst Park as a Swan and killed off the Eagles with his 14th-minute strike, his first goal for City – obviously.
Palace had come into the game off the back of three straight wins but Paulo Sousa’s men boasted the best defence in the division. Alan Lee and Kieran Djilali both went close, but the visitors kept their 17th clean sheet in their 29th game of the season.
"They are probably the best side we've played this year and I thought until the end we could have got a result but the disappointment is not scoring a goal but they don't concede many,” said Warnock after the game.
"I felt we should have had a penalty in the first-half as anywhere else on the pitch it's a free-kick. We were not going to get many chances, so we need decisions like that going for you.
"But I thought the referee was poor. He probably had one of those days that he wished he stopped at home."
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace were being pimped out to potential new owners in the Financial Times by the Admisitrators:
"We've got about 20 parties who have expressed an interest in buying the club which is encouraging," Brendan Guilfoyle told BBC Radio 5 Live. "There are some time-wasters around inevitably in football, but 20 is not a bad start.”
Wednesday 9th February 2011
Dougie Freedman named former teammate Tony Popovic as his First Team Coach. The Australian returned to England from his homeland where he was assistant at Sydney FC.
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