Back in the Day: December 18th - The Run to the Zenith Data Systems Trophy Begins
Wednesday 18th December 1935
Crystal Palace 6-0 Newport County
League Division Three South – Att: 2,165
Manager: Tom Bromilow
Bob Bigg (2), Bert Dawes and a Jack Blackman hat-trick saw Palace thrash struggling Newport County in front of just over two thousand people at Selhurst Park – Crystal Palace’s lowest ever attendance.
Tuesday 18th December 1990
Crystal Palace 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Zenith Data Systems Cup 2nd Round – Att: 5,209
Manager: Steve Coppell
When Bristol Rovers, managed by former Palace man Gerry Francis and boasting future Palace manager Ian Holloway in their starting line-up, rocked up to Selhurst Park on a cold Tuesday night in December, few would have anticipated that this would be the start of the run that would take Palace to a Wembley win – the only trophy of any note won to date by the Club (at time of writing in 2015 - admire my optimism).
After the Heysel disaster in 1985, English teams were banned from European Competition and the Full Members Cup was introduced to fill the void – is it a stretch today that Palace have won a European trophy? Probably. The Trophy was called the Simod Cup from 1987-89 and the Zenith Data Systems Cup from 1990 until its final year in 1992. For more on the history of the Full Members Cup, there is a good article on When Saturday Comes.
Tony Pounder gave the Division Two visitors the lead on the half hour but goals from Andy Gray, a thumping volley two minutes before the break, and John Salako, a mazy dribble and curling shot into the far corner two minutes after the break (I wonder how many people missed both of those goals!) would see Palace through to the next round.
Friday 18th December 2015
American investment into the Club is confirmed:
STATEMENT FROM CRYSTAL PALACE FOOTBALL CLUB
Crystal Palace Football Club is delighted to announce that it has today signed a deal with investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer. The deal will see chairman Steve Parish, Josh Harris and David Blitzer take control of the club in a general partnership structure.
They will be joined by a number of other investors in a limited partnership that will include current CPFC2010 shareholders, Stephen Browett, Jeremy Hosking and Martin Long, who will all retain a substantial shareholding.
All shareholders have agreed an initial £50m injection of capital for the development of the stadium, with more to follow. This will give fans the first-class facilities they deserve.
The deal offers the club the best opportunity to build on the enormous progress made over the last five years, during which time it has come out of administration and established itself as a thriving, financially secure member of the Premier League.
It ensures that, while overseas investors are joining us, the heart and soul of the club remains in south London. Steve Parish said: "I'm delighted that Josh and David have agreed to make this investment and join me in shaping the future of Crystal Palace.
"I have had the great pleasure of getting to know them both over the past 18 months and I am sure they will be a huge help to me and add an enormous amount of value.
"I am looking forward to getting started with them and continuing to drive this great football club to ever great heights. I would like to thank Stephen, Jeremy and Martin, as well as all the club's supporters, for their incredible support over the past five years and I am thrilled they will retain a shareholding for the next part of the journey".
Joshua Harris and David Blitzer said: "We couldn't be more excited to be joining the Crystal Palace family. We were drawn to the club's rich history, exciting brand of football, strong leadership and, above all, its passionate fans.
"We’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know Steve and have the utmost respect for him and his partners, Stephen, Jeremy and Martin.
"We look forward to supporting Steve in his role as the operating co-owner and leader of the club. Crystal Palace has a storied legacy, a bright future and we're proud to become a part of it".
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