Back in the Day: March 17th - Alan Pardew Signs for Crystal Palace
Wednesday 17th March 1982
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 13,894
Manager: Steve Kember
Crystal Palace played only twice in December of 1981 due to the weather and lost both – they took full advantage of this rescheduled fixture from December 28th.
Kevin Mabbutt (7) and Jerry Murphy (27) put the Eagles into a commanding early lead before Alan Mayes (62) pulled one back for the hosts just after the hour.
Chelsea didn’t bother reprinting a new programme for the game and used the one that had already been printed in December – they always have been cheapskates:
Sunday 17th March 1985
Crystal Palace 2-1 Carlisle United
League Division Two – Att: 4,330
Manager: Steve Coppell
Tuesday 17th March 1987
Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 6,647
Manager: Steve Coppell
While Palace were losing at Sheffield United, off the field they were making a history defining signing. 26-year-old Alan Pardew signed from Yeovil Town for a measly £7,000.
Sunday 17th March 2013
Championship – Att: 28,499
Manager: Ian Holloway
The St Patricks Day massacre at The Amex. It was a horrible day for all related to Crystal Palace, but it made that day in May all the sweeter.
Holloway’s men started brightly and were by far the better team for the opening half an hour, but all it took was one Brighton goal and the world collapsed around our ears.
Leonardo Ulloa (43) headed home just before the break and this wouldn’t have been a disastrous half-time score, but on the stroke of half-time, David Lopez (45+3) curled a free-kick in off the underside of the bar – a goal that would later win Brighton’s goal of the season. Every time they watch their goal of the season, they have to sit there and ponder how, ultimately, it was utterly pointless.
Ulloa (50) added a third shortly after the break and, for once, Brighton had the bragging rights in the M23 derby.
In the aftermath, there was meltdown amongst Palace fans and the finger was pointed at Holloway, who was seen to play down the importance of the match, calling the rivalry “nonsense”. He learned and made up for it in May.
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