Back in the Day: September 10th - Crystal Palace Born in 1905
Sunday 10th September 1905
The official birthday of Crystal Palace FC. I am unsure why this is the official anniversary - we had already played two fixtures before the 10th September 1905.
In 2015, the Crystal Palace Twitter account marked the occasion with the #CPFC110
Saturday 10th September 1921
Crystal Palace 2-0 Rotherham County
League Division Two – Att: 12,000
Manager: Edmund Goodman
Bertie Menlove and Alan Wood were the scorers as Crystal Palace beat Rotherham COUNTY to record a second win of the season and stem a three-game losing streak.
Wednesday 10th September 1997
In his book ‘Crystal Palace: On This Day’ (which you can buy here) Neil McSteen wrote:
“Ron Noades revealed that Crystal Palace put in a £6.5m bid for Lazio’s Giuseppe Signori, only for the Rome club to offer the 29-year-old a new contract which he then signed, scuppering any move.”
Although he did sign for Sampdoria, just five months later, in January 1998.
Considering what has happened with Signori since with match-fixing claims, we were probably better off missing out.
Saturday 10th September 2005
Crystal Palace 2-0 Hull City
Championship – Att: 18,630
Manager: Iain Dowie
Clinton Morrison made his second full debut for Crystal Palace after his return from Birmingham and scored after 27 minutes to give Palace the lead. Tom Soares channelled his inner Lionel Messi and skipped through the Hull defence before cutting the ball back for Morrison to tap home (view the goal here). Andy Johnson (below), the man that came to Palace as a result of Morrison joining Birmingham, scored with a minute remaining to seal the 2-0 victory.
After losing the first two games of the season, Palace finally looked to be in full flow and fulfilling their credentials as favourites for promotion with this third win on the bounce. However, in true keeping with this stuttering season, just as it looked like Dowie’s men were about to take the division by storm, the Eagles would lose the next two games.
Selhurst Park made quite the impression on three Hull City players that day as they would go on to join Crystal Palace. Leon Cort and Stuart Green joined the following season, but it would take seven years before Damien Delaney would sign for Palace - and all of that is without former Palace winger and future Palace manager, Peter Taylor, being in charge of the Tigers for this match.
Tuesday 9th September 2013
Crystal Palace 2-0 Oman
Friendly – Att: 1,075
Manager: Ian Holloway
With 192 players added in the offseason, Palace gaffer Ian Holloway wanted to put in a fixture to see some of the fringe players in competitive action. So the first international break of the season saw the Oman national team visit Selhurst Park. Stephen Dobbie and Kyle de Silva score the goals on the night in a 2-0 win. Those lucky enough to be in attendance that night got to see Florian Marange’s one and only performance at Selhurst Park.
The match report from the game can be read here.
Palace: Alexander, Taylor, Marange, Blake, Parr, O’Keefe, Garvan, De Silva, Dobbie, Jerome, Wilbraham
Oman: Al-Zaabi, Al-Jabri, Ibrahim, Al-Farsi, Al-Busaidi, Al-Mukhaini, Al-Mukhaini, Al-Ajmi, Al-Ghailani, Salem, Al-Mashari
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace releases a video of Boris Johnson “showboating” at Selhurst Park.
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