Back in the Day: October 10th - Crystal Palace Record Club Record Win
Saturday 10th October 1959
Crystal Palace 9-0 Barrow
League Division Four – Att: 9,566
Manager: George Smith
Crystal Palace historian Ian King remembered this one in his book ‘Crystal Palace: The Complete Record 1905-2011.’
It seems extremely unlikely that any of the 9,500 Palace enthusiasts who were at Selhurst Park for the visit of Barrow could have any idea that they would see the club’s biggest victory in all competitions. After all, Palace were lying 10th in the Division Four Table.
The game itself became a wonderful success for one of Palace’s often underrated starts, Roy Summersby, who contributed four of the goals. But the opening strike was netted by outside-left Ray Colfar, who had joined Palace in 1958 from manager George Smith’s former club, Sutton United. Ray crashed home a long pass from Dave Sexton from some 20 yards midway through the first half, and by half time Palace were four goals ahead. Johnny Gavin netted direct from a corner, then Summersby struck twice.
Ray Colfar netted again early in the second half, the Roy Summersby hit two in quick succession, the second from the penalty spot. Johnny Byrne turned a pass from Colfar past the poor goalkeeper then banged a low drive past him with a minute to go.
However, enormous victories like this do not mean that a side will gain promotion; Palace finished the season eighth in Division Four.
Meanwhile, just down the road in Forest Hill, Vince Hilaire was arriving into the world. Happy Birthday, Vince!
Saturday 10th October 1970
Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 41,800
Manager: Bert Head
Crystal Palace travelled to Old Trafford to compete against a United team that would contain Bobby Charlton who was making his 500th appearance for the club.
Much like when Palace travelled to Anfield in 2014 for Steve Gerrard’s last game for Liverpool, we refused to read the script and would crash the party. Bobby Tambling scored just after the hour mark and that would be enough for Palace to take the points back to London.
Saturday 10th October 1987
Crystal Palace 1-0 Millwall
League Division Two – Att: 10,678
Manager: Steve Coppell
Crystal Palace got the best over local rivals Millwall thanks to a solitary Mark Bright (52) goal. This match would see the 1st Issue of the legendary Eagle Eye Fanzine sold (Below - not the 1st issue).
Amazingly, Millwall would go on to win the League this season despite being ELEVEN points off the lead at this stage.
Monday 10th October 2016
Christian Benteke scores a hat-trick for Belgium, becoming the first Crystal Palace player to score an international treble... albeit against Gibralter. Big Ben's opening goal came after just 8.1 seconds and was the fastest ever goal in the history of World Cup qualifying and the history of the Belgium national team.
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