Back in the Day: April 20th - Palace Score for the First Time in Eight Hours
Friday 20th April 1979
Leicester City 1-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 16,767
Manager: Terry Venables
Crystal Palace missed out on the opportunity to go 1 point clear at the top of Division Two after being held to a 1-1 draw at Filbert Street. Paul Hinshelwood scored an equaliser for the Eagles to cancel out a Bobby Smith strike.
At the top of the table, things were getting ridiculously tight:
Saturday 20th April 1985
Crystal Palace 2-1 Portsmouth
League Division Two – Att: 10,215
Manager: Steve Coppell
Palace Link: Vince Hilaire pulled on a Pompey shirt for this one.
Friday 20th April 2007
Charlotte Eagles 4-1 Crystal Palace Baltimore
United Soccer League Division Two
Crystal Palace Baltimore made their first ever appearance in the USL D2 but would lose to the Eagles. Ibrahim Kante scored the first ever CP Baltimore league goal - they would lose to nil in the next three matches.
Saturday 20th April 2013
Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
Championship – Att: 18,563
Manager: Ian Holloway
Winless and six and without a goal in five, dreams of automatic promotion had evaporated and merely holding on to a Play-Off place was starting to look unlikely. Leicester, in the chasing pack just behind Palace, came to Selhurst Park and a loss would have seen the Eagles drop into the last Play-Off place – level on points with Dougie Freedman’s Bolton who had stormed up the league under his stewardship.
Relief swept around Selhurst Park when Danny Gabbidon (26) headed home in the first half to end the eight hour barren run, but the lead lasted just 11 minutes as Andy King (37) ensured the scores were level at the break.
Loan man Stephen Dobbie (67) put Palace back in front midway through the second half with a beautiful curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, but again the joy was short lived. Chris Wood (73) smashed home the equaliser.
The draw left Palace clinging on to the Play-Offs, but little did Palace fans know – they had already witnessed the last loss of the season.
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