Back in the Day: March 12th - Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton 1977
Saturday 12th March 1932
Crystal Palace 5-0 Cardiff City
League Division Three (South) – Att: 13,206
Manager: Jack Tresadern
Peter Simpson scored a hat-trick and claimed his 100th Crystal Palace goal as the Glaziers dismantled the team from the Welsh capital.
George Clarke and Bill Turner scored the other two Palace goals.
Saturday 12th March 1977
Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton
League Division Three – Att: 28,808
Manager: Terry Venables
Crystal Palace met for the fifth and final time in the 1976/77 season, the season that defines the rivalry between the two Clubs:
The clubs' fifth and final meeting of the season came in March, when Palace won 3-1 at home with Harkouk scoring two Palace goals and creating the other in what the Guardian called "a display of uncontrolled manic aggression". Richard Yallop, writing our (the Guardian) match report, was so impressed with Venables's tactical nurdlings in that game — an eyebrow-raising five of Brighton's players were man-marked — that he decided this was "surely a man with the tactical nous to be a future England manager."
Saturday 12th March 1994
Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom
League Division One – Att: 17,106
Manager: Alan Smith
The Eagles continued to steamroll Division One, and another win saw them eight points clear at the top. Paul Stewart (2) grabbed the first goal of his loan spell from Liverpool, tapping home after the keeper had parried a Chris Armstrong shot straight to his feet. This was Stewart’s 9th game for Palace, but for what he lacked in goals he made up for in all-around play and enabled Armstrong to the be the prolific goalscorer that he was.
Would Simon Rodger have been sent off today for the challenge in the build up to the goal?
Tuesday 12th March 1996
Crystal Palace 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
League Division One – Att: 14,552
Manager: Dave Bassett
A late David Hopkin (86) goal saw Palace climb up to third place in the league as Dave Bassett continued to inspire a brilliant run of form that had seen the Eagles take 13 from a possible 15 points.
George Ndah (38) capitalised on a defensive error to put Palace ahead in the first half, firing high past the keeper from a tight angle, but the lead would last for only two minutes. Graham Branch found himself completely unmarked on the overlap and emphatically finished from just inside the area.
Hopkin then scored a goal very similar to the one that would entrench him in Palace folklore the following season. He cut inside and curled a beauty into the far top corner – only this one would find the back of the net off the post.
New signings David Tuttle and Carl Veart (insert) appeared on the cover of the programme for this one.
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