Back in the Day: April 15th - Ian Wright Scores 25th Goal of the Season in 1989
Wednesday 15th April 1964
Colchester United 1-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Three – Att: 5,633
Manager: Dick Graham
Crystal Palace missed the opportunity to open up a two-point gap over Coventry City with just three games to play as the Glaziers late-season jitters continued to play havoc with their promotion hopes.
On March 28th, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth to move 4 points clear of Coventry and Watford. Little did they know, that would be the last win of the season. Two draws and a loss had followed before Dick Graham’s men visited Layer Road where Stewart Imlach’s penalty was not enough to the Glaziers back to winnings ways as a Mike Grice strike saw the spoils shared.
Saturday 15th April 1989
Crystal Palace 2-0 Portsmouth
League Division Two – Att: 12,358
Manager: Steve Coppell
Palace made it seven wins in eight matches and moved to within 9 points of automatic promotion with two games in hand over second-placed Manchester City. Having been 12th after the fixtures on March 4th – the climb up the table was nothing short of spectacular!
Ian Wright (63), with his 25th goal of the season (only 2 penalties), and Mark Bright (81), with his 22nd goal of the season (only 2 penalties) scored the goals on the day. After eight seasons in the second tier, the dream of promotion was starting to turn into a reality.
Meanwhile, a couple of hundred miles further north 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster - the worst sporting disaster ever in Europe.
Tuesday 15th April 1997
Crystal Palace 2-0 Stoke City
League Division Two – Att: 12,633
Manager: Steve Coppell
Steve Coppell’s men took full advantage of the first of two games in hand to move to within a point of the Play-Offs. Palace sat on 60 points before the match, with opponents Stoke City sitting on 58 points. It was a must-win for both sides if they wanted a chance to make the ‘end of season lottery’.
The hosts got off to a great start when Bruce Dyer (6) curled home a left footed shot, after good work from Simon Rodger and Marc Edworthy and Dyer was on hand again 15 minutes later to put the game to bed. Carl Muggleton did well to save a Neil Shipperley shot, but the ball bounced straight to Dyer (21) who nodded in from close range.
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