Back in the Day: March 20th - Ian Wright Suffers Broken Leg
Tuesday 20th March 1990
Crystal Palace 1-1 Derby County
League Division One - Att: 10,051
Manager: Steve Coppell
With the FA Cup Semi-Final just weeks away, Crystal Palace suffered a huge setback. Ian Wright was scythed down by Paul Blades in the first-half and Palace's star man would be stretchered off with a broken leg.
Andy Gray gave Palace a 73rd-minute lead, but a Mark Wright equaliser seven minutes later would see the spoils shared.
Sunday 20th March 1994
Crystal Palace 2-0 Charlton Athletic
League Division One – Att: 14,743
Manager: Alan Smith
Charlton were challenging Palace for automatic promotion in the first half of the season but had fallen away after Christmas. The Addicks put up a brave fight at Selhurst Park but, after a considerable amount of clowning around in front of goal from the hosts, the deadlock was finally broken by Chris Armstrong (42) three minutes before the break, nodding home a Simon Rodger corner.
It took 25 minutes of the second half to put a result beyond the visitors, and there was an element of luck about the goal. John Salako put in the perfect cross for Paul Stewart (70) whose mistimed header bounced past goalkeeper, John Vaughan.
Palace Links: Alan Pardew and Darren Pitcher both played for Charlton on the day.
Saturday 20th March 2004
Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich City
League Division One – Att: 23,798
Manager: Iain Dowie
After a slight blip in their charge up the table, one draw and one loss in the last two matches, top of the league Norwich came to Selhurst Park – the Canaries would fail to take advantage of their game in hand.
Crystal Palace had signed goalkeeper Nico Vaesen on loan earlier in the week, from Birmingham, and he was thrown straight into the team. The stopper was superb in his debut and kept a much needed clean sheet after conceding five goals in the last two matches.
Wayne Routledge (41) scored the only goal of the game, smashing home from close range in front of the Holmesdale. Palace were now 5 points behind the last Play-Off place, currently occupied by Sunderland.
Palace Links: Marc Edworthy, Mathias Svensson and Leon McKenzie all appeared against their former Club for the Canaries.
Sunday 20th March 2011
Connor Wickham pipped Wilfried Zaha to the Championship Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards.
Tuesday 20th March 2012
Crystal Palace 1-0 Barnsley
Championship – Att: 11,853
Manager: Dougie Freedman
Julian Speroni kept Palace in the match against the Tykes, who had lost 7 of their last eight going into the match, and Sean Scannell nicked a stoppage-time winner with a diving header at the back post.
"It may be one step too far but these players have a never-say-die attitude," said Dougie Freedman after the game.
"We're unbeaten in 10 now so we're not a team that lies down so anything is possible. It just shows what resilience we have got.
"The belief that we showed to keep on going when the performance wasn't at its best is why we are doing so well this year. On the night Barnsley had all the possession, but we've ended up with the points."
On this evening, along with several other Palace fans, I danced with the Crystals (Crystal Palace cheerleaders) at half-time to raise money for Sport Relief. It was thoroughly embarrassing, but we raised a lot of money for a great cause:
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