Back in the Day: December 19th - Iain Dowie Named Crystal Palace Boss
Sunday 19th December 1993
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 7,011
Manager: Alan Smith
Crystal Palace travelled to top of the league Tranmere Rovers, yes – Tranmere Rovers, and Paul Williams scored the only goal of the game that saw the Eagles leapfrog their opponents to top the division. Alan Smith’s men would not relinquish this position for the rest of the season.
The winning margin could have been more, but a brilliant double save from Eric Nixon in the Rovers goal denied Palace a more comprehensive win.
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Tuesday 19th December 2000
Crystal Palace 2-1 Sunderland
League Cup Quarter Final – Att: 15,945
Manager: Alan Smith
Both teams missed good chances to open the scoring in the first half but the game would get the goals that it deserved in quick succession at the start of the second.
A terrible goal kick from Thomas Sorensen, one that wouldn’t look out of place when trying to make a short pass out on FIFA, allowed Clinton Morrison to run into the penalty area and square the ball for Mikael Forssell to tap home. Sunderland, however, went straight down the other end and levelled through Alex Rae.
Forssell and Morrison then both rattled the crossbar as the Division One team continued to knock on the door of the Premier League defence in search of a winner.
Eight minutes from time the winner did come when a huge clearing header from Fan Zhiyi, and I do mean huge, put Morrison through on goal. The Palace number ten beat his man and fired across Sorensen and into the far corner to send Palace into the Semi Finals where they would face Liverpool.
Friday 19th December 2003
Iain Dowie was appointed as manager of Crystal Palace. He would take the Club "from relegation potentials to promotion certs in just five months."
Monday 19th December 2011
Crystal Palace 1-0 Birmingham City
Championship – Att: 12,057
Manager: Dougie Freedman
Palace won at Selhurst Park for the first time since October thanks to Kagisho Dikgacoi, who headed home a Darren Ambrose cross six minutes from time.
"It was a fantastic header and Darren put in a fantastic cross,” said Freedman after the game., his 50th in charge of the Club
"Everyone understands the game plan, we've no big stars, no heroes, we win and lose together and tonight underlined that.
"We kept on plugging away, we refused to let one in our net and we had the desire to put one in Birmingham's net."
Saturday 19th December 2015
Stoke City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Premier League - Att: 27,500
Manager: Alan Pardew
Chung-Yong Lee thumped home a glorious 88th minute to move Crystal Palace up to 6th in the Premier League, level on points with 4th placed Spurs. Unfortunately, it would prove to be a false dawn.
Connor Wickham (45+1) gave the visitors the lead from the spot on the stroke of half-time after Wilfried Zaha was fouled in the box.
Stoke would then level from the spot through Bojan (76) after a hand-ball from Damien Delaney, before Lee's showstopper.
However, Wickham (medium term) and Yannick Bolasie (long term) would both pick up injuries and Palace's form would fall off a cliff. Only two more league wins would follow in the remaining twenty-one league games.
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