Back in the Day: November 9th - Palace Upset Arsenal at Highbury

Back in the Day

Saturday 9th November 1935

Coventry City 8-1 Crystal Palace

League Division Three South – Att: 20,818

Manager: Tom Bromilow

At the time of writing Crystal Palace have just beaten Liverpool at Anfield (Nov 2015), so we are all naturally in excitable moods – so this is my attempt to bring us back down to Earth.


The crazy thing about this result is that Palace were actually in second place in the league going into the match!

Bob Birtley (below) scored the only goal for the Glaziers, a team that boasted no less than FOUR players with alliterated names – Ted Thorpe, Ronnie Rooke and Bob Bigg.

Jock Lauderdale, George McNestry (2), Les Jones (2) and Clarrie Bourton (3) score the goals for the Sky Blues.

Monday 9th November 1970

Arsenal 0-2 Crystal Palace

League Cup 4th Round Replay – Att: 45,026

Manager: Bert Head

Crystal Palace caused the upset of the season, inflicting the only defeat at Highbury on Arsenal in a season that saw the Gunners win the Double. Goals from Gerry Queen and Bobby Tambling, from the penalty spot, saw the Glaziers sink the Gunners in front of just over 45,000 people.

I found an Arsenal blog that talked about the game briefly:

“Two days later the same players played their third game in six days and it resulted on 9 November in Arsenal’s only home defeat all season: 0-2 to Crystal Palace.  It was the League Cup Round 4 replay after the 0-0 away draw on 28 October and it was proof, if proof were needed that ending a three games in six days sequence with a competition that really didn’t mean too much for Arsenal, was not a good idea.”

Always moaning or making excuses are Arsenal fans.

Tuesday 9th November 2010

Crystal Palace 3-2 Watford

Championship – Att: 12,353

Manager: George Burley

Crystal Palace sat rock bottom of the Championship, and many were backing Watford to sink Palace into an even bigger hole. Instead, Darren Ambrose curled in a beauty on 18 minutes, and the Eagles boasted a rare lead at half-time.

Disaster struck at the start of the second half. Danny Graham scored on 48 minutes before Jordon Mutch made it 1-2 to Watford four minutes later. This goal end with the Watford players celebrating in the corner of the Holmesdale and the Arthur Wait, with Troy Deeney leading the crowd inciting celebrations, and Crystal Palace ended up with a fine for objects thrown at the players – whom, incidentally, were not punished for their blatant incitement of the fans.

This was a grave error of judgment from the Watford players as it clearly angered the Palace team and kicked Selhurst into full voice, albeit with only 12k in attendance.

Owen Garvan levelled the game just four minutes later and then scored again three minutes later with a stunning half-volley to turn the game on its head and give Palace a lead that they would hold onto for the three points on the night.

Wednesday 9th November 2016

The Crystal Palace, and wider South London, community suffer a tragic loss as a tram derails in Croydon. Palace fans Dane Chinnery and Philip Seary are amongst the seven people that lost their lives in the tragedy. Three days later, Palace would host Manchester City and an emotional tribute was paid.


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Edgar Davids departed Crystal Palace.

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