Back in the Day: April 13th - David Hopkin Plays His Last Game for Crystal Palace
Saturday 13th April 1985
Leeds United 4-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 12,247
Manager: Steve Coppell
Palace Link: A 22-year-old Andy Linighan turned out for Leeds in this one.
Saturday 13th April 1996
Crystal Palace 2-0 Southend United
League Division One – Att: 15,819
Manager: Dave Bassett
Dougie Freedman (7, 57) scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season as Palace closed the gap to just two points behind second-place Derby County.
After just seven minutes David Hopkin lifted the ball over the top and Freedman held off Mick Bodley before firing past Simon Royce. Just before the hour, Freedman doubled his tally, sweeping home a Simon Rodger ‘shot-come-cross’.
Saturday 13th April 2002
Crystal Palace 2-0 Preston North End
League Division One – Att: 21,361
Manager: Trevor Francis
Crystal Palace ended their home campaign on a high and all but ended the visitors’ hope of a Play-Off spot. Ten minutes into the second half substitute Andrejs Rubins skipped away from a couple of challenges before feeding David Hopkin (55) on the right-hand edge of the penalty area. The Scot unleashed an unstoppable drive across Tepi Moilanen and into the far top corner. This would be the last game in Hopkin’s Palace career. His right foot and left hand both played important roles in the history of the Club and finding the back of the net in his final match was a somewhat fitting way to end his (second and last) time in SE25
David Hopkin made 127 appearances for Palace scoring 33 times.
On sixty-four minutes, Selhurst Park witnessed a miracle – Ade Akinbiyi scored. Rubins was involved again when Clinton Morrison mishit the Latvian's cross towards goal where Akinbiyi was on hand at the back post to bundle the ball home. Off came the shirt for his famous, but rarely seen, goal celebration.
Off the field, tickets for Simon Rodger’s testimonial went on sale – Crystal Palace vs. Spurs, 31st July 2002.
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