Back in the Day: September 21st - Yannick Bolasie Sinks Everton at Goodison Park
Saturday 21st September 1985
Crystal Palace 2-1 Millwall
League Division Two – Att: 8,713
Manager: Steve Coppell
Mickey Droy was given his marching orders after 20 minutes after an over-officious referee went card crazy. Millwall would then take the lead through Micky Nutton but goals from Phil Barber (65) and Andy Gray (85) saw an unlikely turnaround at Selhurst Park.
Saturday 21st September 1991
Oldham Athletic 2-3 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 13,391
Manager: Steve Coppell
Crystal Palace left Boundary Park with the three points after an up and down affair with hosts Oldham – but this is not the reason for talking about this fixture.
John Salako gave the Eagles a 14th-minute lead and this would hold until just before halftime when Ian Marshall would equalise. Ian Wright restored the lead in the 51st minute but Rick Holden leveled 13 minutes later. Parity would not last long yet again as Mark Bright scored with 20 minutes remaining and that would be that for this one.
Unfortunately, this would be the 117th and last goal of Ian Wright’s Crystal Palace career. After 277 appearances Wrighty would depart for Arsenal two days later and go on to become their all-time top goal scorer. Meanwhile, Palace’s fortunes would deteriorate for, arguably, 22 years.
Saturday 21st September 1996
Reading 1-6 Crystal Palace
League Division One – Att: 9,675
Manager: Dave Bassett
Between September and November of 1996 Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett’s Crystal Palace went goal crazy. So goal crazy in fact that the club released a video called “Palace Score” (below).
After putting three past Manchester City the weekend before, Palace would go to Elm Park and put away another SIX goals. David Tuttle (27), Dougie Freedman (27), Kevin Muscat (50), Bruce Dyer (56 Pen) and Carl Veart (58) made it 5-0 before Trevor Morley scored from the spot to make it 5-1. Barry Hunter had seen red for the hosts on 55 minutes and Andy Roberts saw red five minutes later for the visitors before George Ndah scored a sixth for Palace. Six goals, six different scorers – two of them were defenders and one of them Veart. What a time to be alive.
Alliteration Watch: Phil Parkinson is a bit under the radar as far as alliterated names go. The same cannot be said about Michael Meaker.
Palace Links: Kenny Brown had an incredible impact while on loan at Palace at the end of the previous season, scoring some very vital goals during the run-in from full-back. His time at Reading couldn't have been further away.
Sunday 21st September 2014
Premier League – Att: 37,574
Manager: Neil Warnock
For the second time in five months, Crystal Palace won at 3-2 at Goodison Park. After preventing Everton from reaching the Champions League back in April 2014 and reaching 40 Premier League points in the process, Neil Warnock picked up the first of his (only) three wins as Palace manager in the 4th game of the 2014/15 season.
Everton took the lead inside ten minutes through Romelu Lukaku and it looked like the hosts would cruise to a comfortable victory. Then, out of the blue, James McArthur was felled by Tim Howard in the penalty area and the visitors had a lifeline. Mile Jedinak converted the penalty and the teams would come off at half-time level – but not before a deflected Yannick Bolasie shot had cannoned off the crossbar.
After giving away the penalty Howard was at fault again for the second Palace goal. A looping Martin Kelly cross looked to be a simple claim for the American stopper, however, he made a complete hash of it and the ball bounced off the back of Fraizer Campbell’s head and into the Everton goal – an unorthodox way to score his first for the club.
Bolasie then scored a rare goal to make it 3-1 after brilliant work from Jason Puncheon released the winger for a first-time finish across Howard and into the far corner. Leighton Baines would score a late penalty but Palace would hold on for yet another victory on Merseyside.
The "I Was There" Moment: Zeki Fryers made his only Premier League appearance for the Club to date.
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