Back in the Day: March 16th - Crystal Palace's First Ever England International
Monday 16th March 1914
Wales 0-2 England
Ninan Park - Att: 17,586
Horace Colclough became the first Crystal Palace player to represent England. The left back played in a comfortable England win over Wales, with goals from J.Smith (I assume that is not the J.Smith) and Billy Wedlock.
It would be the one and only time that Colcough would play for England.
Wednesday 16th March 1927
Crystal Palace 7-4 Bristol Rovers
League Division Three (South) – Att: 5,327
Manager: Alex Maley
On only one other occasion have Crystal Palace won 7-4 and that was during the Second World War where records do not count [against QPR for those wondering]. It was the fourth time in our history that we had scored 7 or more goals and we have achieved the feat on sixteen more occasions, the most recent coming in 2002 in a 7-0 win over Cheltenham in the League Cup.
Bill Culley (2), Joe Rowley and Tommy Williams accounted for the Rovers goals on the night with Bill Turner (2), George Clarke (2), Percy Cherrett (2) and Cecil Blakemore making up the seven Palace strikes.
Saturday 16th March 1991
Crystal Palace 2-1 Derby County
League Division One – Att: 14,752
Manager: Steve Coppell
With Crystal Palace desperately trying to keep pace with Liverpool and Arsenal, an easy three points were expected when bottom of the table Derby visited Selhurst Park – for 75 minutes it looked like the Eagles were going to lose ground.
Then with 15 minutes remaining Ian Wright burst into the penalty area and an unceremonious tackle from Mark Wright sent the former Wright flying up into the air and the referee had no choice but to award the penalty. With Peter Shilton having saved zero penalties in the World Cup Semi Final against Germany in the previous summer, there was absolutely no chance that he was going to keep Andy Gray out. The spot kick was central and Shilton stayed central but the ball was hit with too much venom for the former England stopper to even get close to it.
With nine minutes remaining Palace seemingly put the game to bed with the classic Palace combination. A John Salako cross, a Mark Bright knock down and an Ian Wright finish.
The visitors then miraculously found a way back into the game when Gary Micklewhite beat Nigel Martyn from the edge of the penalty area, but Sir Steve Coppell’s men would hold on for the win.
Monday 16th March 2015
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