Back in the Day: September 18th - Record Breaking Crystal Palace Run Begins with 5-0 Win
Wednesday 18th September 1974
Hereford United 2-0 Crystal Palace
League Division Three – Att: 8,488
Manager: Malcolm Allison
This game would not immediately jump out as one that we would want to talk about when reflecting on the history of Crystal Palace. However, it featured two players for the first time. Don Rogers had left for QPR in exchange for Ian Evans, who went on to become Club captain, and Terry Venables, who went on to better things later in his Palace career as Manager… the first time at least.
Dixie McNeil opened the scoring from the spot, and Dave Rudge secured the points for the hosts in this one.
The Two First Names Club: Roy Barry
Names you definitely don’t hear in football anymore: You won't be hearing " and Dixie McNeil nodded in a Dudley Tyler cross at the back post" on Match of the Day anytime soon.
Tuesday 18th September 1984
Sheffield United 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Two - Att: 12,701
Manager: Steve Coppell
Steve Coppell earned his first League win as a Manager thanks to goals from Jerry Murphy (69) and an 88th minute winner from Tony Mahoney.
Saturday 18th September 1993
West Bromwich Albion 1-4 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 17,873
Manager: Alan Smith
Bob Taylor gave West Brom a lead at the Hawthorns against table-topping Palace, and they would hold it until the 48th minute. Then the effects of the Alan Smith half time team talk took effect and the Eagles were rampant.
Chris Coleman equalised just after the break with what was famously described in the commentary as a “meatball” header. From a standing position and around 15 yards from goal, Cookie managed to head the ball up and over the keeper and into the far corner.
Substitute David Whyte, RIP, then took liberties with two West Brom defenders. First, he showed good strength to hold one off before a step over, and a flick did for that defender again and a defender that had joined him. The Academy graduate then burst into the penalty area and smashed the ball into the top corner.
Gareth Southgate then got in on the act, latching onto a long ball over the top just ahead of the keeper, before stroking the ball into the empty net. Chris Armstrong capped it all off in the 89th minute, beating the offside trap and slotting the ball home through Tony Lange’s legs for his 7th goal in 4 games!
‘The Two First Names Club’ was out in force for this one! Nigel Martyn, Simon Rodger, Dean Gordon, John Humphrey and Darren Bradley. If you’re into American names, you could probably add two more to the list in Kevin Donovan and Bob Taylor!
Tuesday 18th September 2001
Crystal Palace 5-0 Grimsby Town
League Division One – Att: 13,970
Manager: Steve Bruce
This game snapped a bad run and started a phenomenal one. Steve Bruce’s Palace had lost three games on the bounce, after winning the opening two games of the season, and another season of uncertainty looked to be on the cards. It eventually turned out that way, but this, and the six wins that followed was one of the best times I have ever had as a Palace fan.
The seven wins on the bounce was a post-war record and only bettered once in the history of the Club (8 wins in 1920/1921 – Feb to Mar). We were going up as Champions, and nothing was going to stop us.
Then Birmingham City parted ways with Trevor Francis, and Bruce departed for Birmingham. In all of his wisdom, Simon Jordan appointed Francis. The outcome? Birmingham went up and Palace finished mid table with probably the best squad in the division.
What a time to be alive.
Back to the Grimsby match and Jovan Kirovski (32) opened the scoring with his first goal for the club and Tony Popovic (39) made it 2-0 before the break. Pops (51) then added his second and Palace’s third before Dougie Freedman (65) and Clinton Morrison (90) completed the rout. More impressive is the fact that if Grimbsy had won this match, they would have climbed to second place in the division.
Apparently, a certain Danny Butterfield didn't disgrace himself too badly on this day. He would sign for Palace the following season. Well, he didn't disgrace himself on the field, but I am never defending that barnet.
Tuesday 18th September 2012
Crystal Palace 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Championship – Att: 13,153
Manager: Dougie Freedman
Another fixture that came in a good run after a disappointing start to the season. Three losses to start the league season was then followed by wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton before Forest visited Selhurst on this Tuesday night.
Kagisho Dikgacoi (below) scored five minutes into the second half, his 4th of the season, and when, future Palace midfielder, Adlene Guedioura was sent off just after the hour for kicking out at Mile Jedinak, it looked like Palace would add a third win of the season.
Forest refused to let the game go, however, and Dexter Blackstock came off the bench to grab a late equaliser to make Palace rue their earlier missed chances.
This game was part of a 14 game unbeaten run that would cement the Eagles in the top five for the duration of the season… it did feel like we let the title slip away, though.
No surprises there: Jonny Williams was injured in this one.
Thursday 18th September 2014
Crystal Palace takes the squad photo for the season.
Alex Manos smiles for the first time in his life – ruins it by closing his eyes.
Sunday 18th September 2016
Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke City
Premier League - Att: 23,781
Manager: Alan Pardew
Crystal Palace pick up back to back Premier League wins for the first time since December. Read what I wrote about the game here.
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September 17th: Terry Byfield started working for the Club in 1984.
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