Back in the Day: September 12th - Liverpool 9-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday 12th September 1925
Crystal Palace 0-1 Aberdare Athletic
League Division Three South – Att: 12,471
Manager: Edmund Goodman
There is no doubting that September 12th has witnessed some of the worst results in the history of Crystal Palace Football Club, starting here with a team that none of us has ever heard of. The following season they would finish bottom of the division and fail to gain re-election and were replaced by Torquay United.
Ok, so at this point they were no mugs, finishing 8th the previous season and 9th in this season and Palace were awful. This was the fourth loss on the bounce at the start of the season, and a fifth would follow. Meanwhile, the Glaziers were rooted to the bottom of the table. However, it serves the purpose of the bad results theme that follows, and I am sticking with it.
Jimmy Martin scored the only goal of the game for Athletic. By all accounts, the way he skipped around William Blake before scoring was like poetry in motion…
Palace: Bill Harper, William Blake, Charlie Cross, Dick Cracknell, Jimmy Hamilton, Bob Greener, Bert Harry, Fred Groves, Cecil Blakemore, Arnold Keenan, George Clarke
Aberdare: George Brown, Jack Walsh, Tom Brophy, Joe Miller, Jack Harwood, Andrew Nicol, Frederick Sheldon, James Russell, Jack Smith, Jimmy Martin, Dai James
Saturday 12th September 1936
Luton Town 5-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Three South – Att: 14,187
Let’s face it; there is never a good time to lose 5-2 to Luton (checks where Luton finished that season) – even if they did finish the season as Champions. In defence of my dark day's theme, Palace had beaten Notts County (who finished second to Luton) just five days before so there is no excuse for this showing.
Birtley and Blackman scored the Palace goals with Ball and Fellowes scoring Luton first two goals. However, Joe Payne would then score a hat-trick that saw the Hatters ride out as comfortable winners. On Joe Payne, he would score ten goals in one match during this season… so this probably wasn’t that bad a result after all.
Alliteration Watch: Bob Bigg and Bob Birtley both played for Palace. All we need is Brian Badonde to complete the set.
Tuesday 12th September 1989
Liverpool 9-0 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 35,779
Manager: Steve Coppell
No matter which way you cut this one, it is a terrible result.
The masochist in me wishes I was at this game but alas I was too young for mid-week away games at this point in my life. I will leave you in the capable hands of Carl Davies who remembered this game in our away days feature here…
Saturday 12th September 2009
Crystal Palace 0-4 Scunthorpe United
Championship – Att: 12,912
Manager: Neil Warnock
This match is probably the worst of the lot. The anger at Selhurst Park that day from the fans that day rivalled the 3-1 loss to Southampton that saw Neil Warnock sacked in the 2014/15 season. Neil Warnock was also the gaffer in this one, but this was back when he had a bit more of a clue, and he then inspired a run of only one loss in 12 after this one.
Jonathan Forte opened the scoring, capitalising on a Danny Butterfield mistake before it went horribly wrong in the space of ten second-half minutes. Paul Hayes, Palace Academy graduate Sam Togwell and Michael O’Connor’s quickfire goals inspired an intense atmosphere which was compounded by Freddie Sears missing a penalty.
After the game Neil Warnock said to the BBC:
"I hope the lads go home tonight as embarrassed as me. We can't play like that. I can't think of a bigger embarrassment in my career.
"All you can do is apologise to the fans who I thought were terrific. I would crucify the manager if I was one of them after that."
"I don't think Scunthorpe have scored a good goal. I'm not knocking them, we absolutely put it on a plate for them. They must think they won the pools."
Neil wasn’t hearing what I was hearing in the stands that day!
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Roy Hodgson is announced as Frank de Boer's replacement as Crystal Palace manager.
In the former England's Manager first season as Crystal Palace boss, Hodgson would guide the Eagles to an eleventh place finish despite taking over from the de Boer after four games with no wins and zero goals. This would extend to seven games with no win and zero goals before a victory over Chelsea kick-started the revival.
What made the recovery even more remarkable was the injury crisis the Hodgson had to endure. For most of the season, the injury list was double-digit numbers with key players, including Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and Mamadou Sakho missing for extended periods of time.
For his success, Roy was awarded the freedom of Croydon.
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