Back in the Day: February 15th - Eagles Slaughter Wolves in 1997
Saturday 15th February 1986
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 4,825
Manager: Steve Coppell
Wednesday 15th February 1995
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg – Att: 25,480
Manager: Alan Smith
Crystal Palace were struggling in the League but had found their way into the Carling Cup Semi Final where Liverpool would, as they so often are, be the opponents.
The Eagles defended resolutely and held out until the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game where Robbie Fowler broke the hearts of the travelling support with a late winner, leaving Alan Smith’s men with it all to do in the Second Leg at Selhurst Park.
Saturday 15th February 1997
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 25,919
Manager: Steve Coppell
Nine points separated second-placed Wolves and sixth placed Palace going into this one, with the hosts having won their previous four in the league and their last four home games. After a terrible run of one win in thirteen between mid-November and the end of January, the Eagles were back on track and had won the previous two, but nobody saw this hammering coming.
David Tuttle (17) opened the scoring with a thumping header into the top corner of Mike Stowell’s goal, and this would be the way that it would stay until eighteen minutes from time.
Future Eagle Jamie Smith then seemed to be ushering Bruce Dyer comfortably down the flank only for the Palace substitute to brush past the then Wolves full-back and into the penalty area. There he continued Palace man, and legend, Geoff Thomas like he wasn’t there and then teed up Andy Roberts on the edge of the box. Stowell was equal to his effort but could only parry the ball outwards where “goal machine” Carl Veart (72) was on hand to prod home from close range.
Then just a minute later, Dyer (73) popped up on the other flank and run again at the defence, this time he skipped inside future Palace first team coach Keith Curle and fired a low drive from outside the box past the keeper at his near post.
Palace had avenged the 2-3 defeat at Selhurst Park earlier in the season, but the two teams were not done with each other just yet as they would famously meet in the Play-Off Semi Final.
Palace Links: Believe it or not, despite all of the above mentions there are two more! Former Eagle Simon Osborn and future Eagle Neil Emblem also played for Wolves in this one.
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