Back in the Day: November 10th - Late Comeback Keeps Palace Top of the League

Back in the Day

Saturday 10th November 1979

Crystal Palace 1-0 Arsenal

League Division One – Att: 42,699

Manager: Terry Venables

This was the second time that Palace managed to beat Arsenal. Dave Swindlehurst (42) scored the only goal of the game shortly before half-time. Arsenal keeper Pat Jennings punched a corner clear but only as far as Peter Nicholas on the edge of the box. Nicholas fired in a volley and Swindlehurst deflected the ball home with a flick to send a majority of the 42,699 people in Selhurst Park wild.

You can view some brief highlights from the match here.

Tuesday 10th November 1992

Wilfried Zaha was born. Happy Birthday, Wilf.



Sunday 10th November 1996

Crystal Palace 3-0 Queens Park Rangers

League Division One – Att: 16,136

Manager: Dave Bassett

Crystal Palace were at the top of their form and only one place from the summit of the Championship when Rangers came to Selhurst Park for a televised Sunday fixture. Bruce Dyer (40) deflected home a Kevin Muscat shot from range to give Palace the lead and they never looked back.

Neil Shipperley (71) smashed home into an empty net after Jurgen Sommer had brilliantly denied Dougie Freedman before David Hopkin (90) curled home from the edge of the box after yet more fantastic goalkeeping from Sommer.

Saturday 10th November 2012

Peterborough United 1-2 Crystal Palace

Championship – Att: 9,691

Manager: Ian Holloway

For many of the Palace fans that were at London Road for this one, it rates highly on their list of all-time favourite games. We were top of the league going into the game and Peterborough were struggling at the wrong end of the table. It should have been a formality for the Eagles but is was far from it after Grant McCann (6) put the hosts ahead early.

Palace peppered the Posh goal and when Glenn Murray’s header bounced downwards and over the bar with around 15 minutes remaining, it looked like it just wasn’t going to be our day.

Enter Aaron Wilbraham.

The ball was played into the substitute and his brilliant reverse pass released Andre Mortiz and, with 10 minutes left on the clock, the Brazilian fired in a low drive off the far post to send the terraced away end loopy.

Just like London buses, the winner would come almost immediately after when birthday boy Wilfried Zaha picked up the ball on the edge of our box, from a Peterborough corner, and ran the length of the field with pace that Usain Bolt would be proud of. In what still seems like a miracle to me, Kagisho Dikgacoi managed to keep up with the youngster and Zaha slotted in the South Africa who made no mistake with his finish.

Cue celebrations in the video below:

All Results

What Happened Yesterday?

November 9th

Crystal Palace beat Arsenal at Highbury in the League Cup in 1970 and Owen Garvan inspired Palace to a much-needed win in 2010.

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