Back in the Day: March 13th - Attilio Lombardo Made Crystal Palace Manager
Friday 13th March 1998
Having been thumped by Chelsea 6-2 a couple of days earlier, the outgoing Ron Noades and the incoming Mark Goldberg decided to make a managerial change. Sir Steve Coppell moved upstairs as the owners decided that Attilio Lombardo, who only knew how to swear in English, should take over as manager with Thomas Brolin as his translator.
Spoiler – it didn’t work out.
Monday 13th March 2006
Stoke City 1-3 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 10,121
Manager: Iain Dowie
Crystal Palace travelled to Stoke with the chance of consolidating a Play-Off place – victory would see the Eagles 6 points clear of 7th placed Preston. With the TV cameras in attendance, Iain Dowie’s men turned on the style and brushed the Potters aside with a display full of pace.
The opening goal came on the half an hour when Emerson Boyce went on a marauding run down the right and put in a wicked ball across the face of goal. Mamady Sidibe slide in to prevent Jobi McAnuff from scoring but only succeeded in putting the ball through his own net.
Stoke came out with intent at the start of the second half and took just two minutes to level through Josip Skoko, but the response from the Eagles was immediate. With “Delilah” still ringing around the stadium, McAnuff let fly and his deflected shot beat Steve Simonsen.
McAnuff then release Andy Johnson (58) over the top and the Palace number 8 was in a foot race with Clint Hill – there was only ever going to be one winner.
Palace Link: Clint Hill, in his pre Palace days, faced us on the night.
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