Back in the Day: April 21st - Dougie Freedman Scores a Wonder Goal
Saturday 21st April 1984
Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 15,202
Manager: Alan Mullery
Saturday 21st April 1990
Crystal Palace 2-0 Charlton Athletic
League Division One – Att: 15,276
Manager: Steve Coppell
A second half goal from Geoff Thomas (56) and Mark Bright (75) put the boot into already relegated Charlton and moved the Eagles within three points of confirming a second successive season in the top flight.
Meanwhile, the Match Day Programme cover displayed the recording of "Glad All Over" - the song for the FA Cup Final.
Wednesday 21st April 2004
Crystal Palace 3-0 Sunderland
League Division One – Att: 18,291
Manager: Iain Dowie
Iain Dowie’s Eagles made full use of their game in hand, hammering automatic promotion-chasing Sunderland and moving level on points with the West Ham, who occupied the last Play-Off place.
The game hinged on an incident in the 20th minute. Andy Johnson raced away, lifted the ball over Mart Poom and proceeded in getting flattened by the Estonian stopper. The referee reached for his red card and, after having to wait four minutes for the goalkeeping change to occur, Johnson (24) smashed the spot kick down the middle for his 27th goal of the season.
The killer second goal took a while to come, but just after the hour Johnson was away again down the right and his centre was nodded home by Neil Shipperley (63) in front of a jubilant Holmesdale Road end.
Then came the magic. Johnson flicked on Mikele Leigertwood long ball and Dougie Freedman (80) crashed home a volley from the corner of the penalty area. What. A. Goal!
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