Back in the Day: February 14th - Peter Taylor Dismantles Chelsea in 1976
Saturday 14th February 1976
Chelsea 2-3 Crystal Palace
FA Cup 5th Round – Att: 54,407
Manager: Malcolm Allison
The Peter Taylor Masterclass.
Palace of division three took on Chelsea of division two, and it was the Eagles that came out victorious thanks to Peter Taylor. The winger would score twice on the day, and assist the opener for Nicky Chatterton in what is one of Palace’s most revered victories in the Clubs history.
It was a battle in the stands that day, but it was a massacre on the field.
Sit back and enjoy wing wizardry at its very best:
Saturday 14th February 2004
Crystal Palace 6-3 Stoke City
League Division One – Att: 16,715
Manager: Iain Dowie
Crystal Palace continued to surge up the league and moved into 8th place after a crazy Selhurst Park affair with Tony Pulis’ Stoke City.
Andy Johnson (5, nine pen, 33 pen) bagged a hat-trick, both penalties conceded by Paul Williams, with Michael Hughes (45) scoring just before the break to see the Eagles lead 4-2 at half time. John Eustace (6) had levelled just a minute after Johnson’s opener, and Clive Clarke (45) made it 3-2 on the stroke of half-time before Hughes went on his buccaneering run to score straight from kick-off.
Hughes then turned provider, crossing for Neil Shipperley (55) to head home and give Palace a three-goal cushion. Carl Asaba (83) converted the day’s third penalty seven minutes from time, but Wayne Routledge wrapped up the win in stoppage time with a brilliant individual effort.
The programme that day was adorned by a friend of mine, Ben Mintram (in the glasses).
Sunday 14th February 2010
Crystal Palace 2-2 Aston Villa
FA Cup 5th Round – Att: 20,486
Manager: Neil Warnock
The reward for Danny Butterfield’s hat-trick in the previous round was a tie against Premier League opposition. Martin O’Neill’s Villa came to Selhurst Park, and Palace were within 3 minutes of going through before being cruelly denied by a Stilian Petrov header.
Johnny Ertl (24) gave Palace the lead with a rare goal before James Collins (35) equalised. Then came the moment of the game and a ‘Goal of the Decade’ contender from Darren Ambrose. A free kick from 37 yards out and central, Ambrose took a huge run up and, with the outside of his boot, lashed the ball past Brad Friedel with a wicked effort.
Neil Warnock was charged by the FA for his post-match comments surrounding Villa's equaliser, which saw the assistant wrong award Villa a corner that then led to the late equaliser:
"I hope he is suspended for a long time," said Warnock.
"We were let down by incompetence. The referee had a great game. He was let down by somebody who had a very poor game,"
"I hate officials smiling when they've done something wrong - it really bugs me."
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