Back in the Day: November 17th - Crystal Palace Go 14 Games Unbeaten
Saturday 17th November 1956
Crystal Palace 2-0 Walthamstow Avenue
FA Cup 1st Round – Att: 17,760
Manager: Cyril Spiers
Jimmy Murray and George Cooper saw the Glaziers advance to the second round of the FA Cup against non-league Walthamstow Avenue – better known to us today as Dagenham & Redbridge.
This was the first time that Crystal Palace played a Cup match under floodlights at Selhurst Park.
Saturday 17th November 1984
Portsmouth 1-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two - Att: 12,656
Manager: Steve Coppell
Saturday 17th November 1990
Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 14,360
Manager: Steve Coppell
Sir Steve Coppell’s Palace continued to go great guns in the (old) First Division with a solid win at Loftus Road.
The Eagles took the lead through Ian Wright (22) after some tenacious midfield work from Andy Gray (look out for his turn in the video and the defender's reaction as he goes sliding past him) and a touch of fortune as Wrighty’s deflected shot went in off the post.
Mark Bright then struck the crossbar with a towering header in the second half before Roy Wegerle (71) equalised with a header from a yard out.
The points would be Palace’s though as the old near post corner flick on routine paid dividends for Coppell for the umpteenth time. Wright (82) was the beneficiary this time, heading in from just millimetres out.
Saturday 17th November 2001
Crystal Palace 4-1 Crewe Alexandra
League Division One – Att: 21,802
Manager: Steve Kember (Caretaker)
Crystal Palace continued to fight at the top of the (new) Division One despite the ongoing Steve Bruce saga. A Dougie Freedman shot that deflected off Dave Walton (25 OG) gave Palace the lead and would trigger a period of 20 minutes before half-time that would see all five goals. Clinton Morrison (31) promptly made it 2-0, expertly cutting inside before curling a beauty into the far top corner. Jovan Kirovski (34) then made it 3-0 with a low drive from range before Dean Ashton (41) gave Crewe a glimmer of hope. Instead, Dougie Freedman (45) smashed home on the volley just before half-time and ensured that the points stayed in the south.
Be prepared for some budget camera work and factually inaccurate commentary.
Saturday 17th November 2012
Crystal Palace 3-0 Derby County
Championship – Att: 16,211
Manager: Ian Holloway
Glenn Murray (12, 82) scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and also turned provider for Andre Moritz (58) as Crystal Palace continued to lead the pack in the Championship.
Murray’s first (pictured above) was a simple back post header from a Yannick Bolasie, the second, however, was far from simple. He held off one man at the halfway line before driving goalwards. The number 17 then held off another with a great display of strength and utter disregard for the defender’s pride. Finally, he skipped inside a third defender before firing past the keeper and into the roof of the net. Pure class.
Sunday 17th November 2013
As the search for an Ian Holloway replacement continues, it looks like Tony Pulis is back in contention for the job.
What Happened Yesterday?
Tony Finnegan scored a brace at “racist” Elland Road.
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