Back in the Day: September 9th - Aki Riihilahti was Born
Wednesday 9th September 1931
Brighton 0-3 Crystal Palace
League Division Three South – Att: 11,175
Manager: Jack Tresadern
Any excuse. Jack Lane, Peter Simpson, and Bill Turner scored the goals for Crystal Palace at the Goldstone Ground on this day. Little did they know that retrospectively they would be considered heroes for turning over the Weed.
Now take a look at Jack Lane! He was one suave looking man.
Saturday 9th September 1967
Crystal Palace 3-0 Charlton Athletic
League Division Two – Att: 23,181
Manager: Bert Head
After beating, eventual, rival Brighton 3-0 on September 9th in 1931, Crystal Palace would win 3-0 on September 9th, 1967 against a team that will never be our rival. Any excuse.
Bobby Woodruff bagged a brace, and Johnny Byrne added yet another goal to his Palace tally.
Thursday 9th September 1976
Aki Riihilahti was born!
Between 2001 and 2006 the Finland international would play178 times for the Eagles, scoring 14 goals.
In his time at Palace Aki would score in one of the most important games in the Club's history, the 4-2 win at Portsmouth, before playing in the infamous 1-0 win at Stockport a few days later. He would also taste promotion in 2004 as Palace beat Alan Pardew's West Ham United in the Play-Off Final at Cardiff.
During the Premier League season, he would score a goal that earned Palace a point against Arsenal, the season after they went unbeaten, and (at the time of writing) he sits in second place, behind Mile Jedinak, for the record of the most international appearances by a player when representing Crystal Palace.
Aki was interviewed by Holmesdale Radio in 2016 and, as per, he comes across like a stand-up comedian.
The man is a legend. Happy Birthday, Sir.
Saturday 9th September 1989
Crystal Palace 2-0 Wimbledon
League Division One – Att: 12,116
Manager: Steve Coppell
Crystal Palace secured a first win of the season with a comfortable win at Selhurst Park against Wimbledon. Geoff Thomas scored on 19 minutes to give the Eagles the lead before Ian Wright made it two with 15 minutes remaining.
Palace Links: Three of the Wimbledon back four would go on to be involved with Palace in some fashion later in the careers. Eric Young would join permanently in 1990, Terry Phelan would join Palace on loan ten years later and Keith Curle would be part of Neil Warnock’s coaching team from 2007-2010.
Saturday 9th September 2006
Luton Town 2-1 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 9,187
Manager: Peter Taylor
Shefki Kuqi (below) made his debut for Crystal Palace and his performance was a sign of things to come for the £2.5m man. He was dreadful. Almost as dreadful as the result. Carlos Edwards gave the hosts the lead as early as the second minute before Rowan Vine doubled the lead just after the hour. James Scowcroft grabbed a late consolation for Palace but no equaliser would follow.
After three straight wins at the start of the 06/07 season, a promising start was starting to slip away and rarely did Palace look like stemming the tide of disappointing results in finishing 12th - but with Taylor opting to start Scowcroft and Kuqi over Freedman and Morrison, it is hardly surprising.
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Former Crystal Palace striker David Whyte passes away.
The Crystal Palace youth product would go on to make more of a name for himself at Charlton Athletic, but Palace fans have always talked about his talent and of their sadness that he never made it at Selhurst Park. RIP, David.
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