Back in the Day: August 21st - Julian Speroni Attempts to Take On Kevin Campbell

Back in the Day

Tuesday 21st August 2001

Leyton Orient 2-4 Crystal Palace

League Cup 1st Round – Att: 4,290

Manager: Steve Bruce

It would appear that I have found a bogie day for Crystal Palace. This is the only time that we have ever won on August 21st:

P: 11 - W: 1 - D: 1 - L: 9 – For: 11 – Against: 27

Up until October during this season, Palace were irresistible. Win after win saw us climb to the top of the league and Orient had no chance of stopping our free-scoring attack.

Orient actually took the lead on 28 minutes through Jeff Minton but Clinton Morrison levelled on 7 minutes later. Everyone expected Palace to then run away with the game only for Scott Houghton to fire Orient back into the lead 2 minutes later. 2-1 was how it stood at half time but a Steve Bruce shaped shakeup got the boys going.

Tommy Black equalised 11 minutes into the second half but it wasn’t until the last 7 minutes that Palace would find the winner. Morrison grabbed his second of the game and Black promptly followed with his second to secure a place in the next round against Everton.

Saturday 21st August 2004

Crystal Palace 1-3 Everton

Premier League – Att: 23,666

Manager: Iain Dowie

Maybe it had something to do with the “666” in the attendance total that caused Julian Speroni to experience the home debut from hell. It all started so well for Palace. Mark Hudson had given Palace the lead, heading home a Wayne Routledge cross, AJ had had one cleared off the line and it looked like there was going to be only one winner in this game.

Until Jules tries to take on Kevin Campbell. The rest is history…

I wonder what Nigel Martyn was thinking as he looked on from the other end of the ground.

This was the last time that we would take the lead at Selhurst Park and lose for 7 years and 8 months when Cardiff City come from behind to win 2-1 on April 28th 2012.

Two ex-Palace featured in this one. Goalkeeping legend Nigel Martyn turned out for Everton, sporting a shaved head and no moustache. I wonder if Big Nige would have believed you if you told him that day that Speroni would still be at the club 11 years later and taking all of his club records.

Marcus Bent was the other ex-Palace man that day. Never quite fulfilled the potential that he showed with Palace in the late nineties.

Alliteration Watch: Kevin Kilbane. Footballer turned well-dressed pundit, great left peg, cool name.

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

Championship – Att: 12,221

Manager: Dougie Freedman

Oh, Ashton Gate. I hate the place. Full of bad memories and losses. This loss, in particular, came fresh off the back of turning a win into a loss on the opening day of the season against Watford and provoked further meltdown on the message boards and social networking alike. The Crystal Palace player ratings thread on the BBS was scathing to say the least. 

At half time, Bristol City paraded new signing Sam Baldock around the pitch like he was Lionel Messi after, it was believed, the West Coast outfit had pipped Palace to his signature. Meanwhile, the home fans sang "F*** Off, Bolasie" as it was rumoured that the winger was on his way to Palace.

How did those two transfers work out?

Kagisho Dikgacoi scored the only Palace goal of the game (video below), but goals from Taylor, Woolford, Stead (pen) and Adomah saw City romp home and cemented Palace to the bottom of the Championship.

Written into Palace folklore is the argument that Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman had in the car park after the game. Whatever was said, it worked as Palace were top of the league a couple of months later.

I didn't take the result too well:

Post-match Twitter turned particularly nasty as Dean Moxey, who put in a poor performance, saw that fans were abusing his wife on the social media platform, prompting this tweet:

Meanwhile... Sorry, Lucy.

Thursday 21st August 2014

Neil Lennon emerges as the new favourite to take over from Tony Pulis:

I wonder if Gary took that back when Colin took the job!

What Happened Yesterday?

August 20th - Edgar Davids signs for Crystal Palace

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