Back in the Day: October 21st - Crystal Palace 4-3 Millwall
Tuesday 21st October 1980
Crystal Palace 3-2 Southampton
League Division One – Att: 20,981
Manager: Ernie Walley (caretaker)
The Eagles made it two wins from two since the departure of Terry Venables to QPR as Caretaker boss Ernie Walley made a case for taking the job permanently. A Mike Flanagan hat-trick outscored Steve Moran’s brace for the points.
Unfortunately, despite halting the run of seven straight losses by beating Leicester on the previous weekend (2-1) and then backing it up with this victory, it was a false dawn. Only three more wins would follow in the remaining THIRTY games.
Saturday 21st October 1989
Crystal Palace 4-3 Millwall
League Division One – Att: 18,920
Manager: Steve Coppell
Braces from Ian Wright and Mark Bright were just about enough to give Palace the win against local rivals Millwall at Selhurst Park in a ‘topsy turvy’ game.
Millwall took the lead in the 6th minute, but they had a huge helping hand from Jeff Hopkins. The defender tried to pass the ball back to Perry Suckling only to get far too much on the ball. Instead of finding his goalkeepers mitts, the ball instead flew over his head for what was a perfect lob.
Crystal Palace were behind for just six minutes and would never trail in the game again. John Pemberton picked up the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and broke with pace and power before providing the perfect cross for Wright who was never going to miss.
The goals continued to come every six minutes as Wright stabbed home a Geoff Thomas knock-down on eighteen minutes before Bright seemingly put the game beyond Millwall on the stroke of half-time, tapping home after some terrible defending.
A team can never be written off in a derby, however, and Tony Cascarino got the visitors right back in it, heading home at the back post five minutes after the break. It was then poor Palace defending that allowed the equaliser as nobody picked up Steve Anthrobus who finished emphatically with a diving header.
The game looked to be heading for a draw, but some determined work by Andy Gray created one final chance for Palace. His pressing caused a ricochet that fell into the path of Wright. Suddenly it was two on one and Wright’s pass gave Bright the opportunity from the edge of the box. The big number nine made no mistakes as he smashed the ball into the far top corner to send Selhurst Park mental.
Thursday 21st October 2010
Crystal Palace officially launches its Facebook page.
Monday 21st October 2013
Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham
Premier League – Att: 24,881
Manager: Ian Holloway
It all started so well. Adrian Mariappa climbed above Brede Hangeland to nod home his first goal for the Club on seven minutes, and we all thought that a routine, and well needed, win would follow in from of the Sky cameras.
Instead, it was a case of when your luck is out, it’s out. Fulham scored two wonder goals to lead before half-time and never looked back.
The first goal from Pajtim Kasami was nominated for the Puskas Goal of the Year award – which is the shortlist of the best goals scored anywhere in the world in that year – and it was so good that Steve Sidwell’s stunning volley on the stroke of half-time is barely mentioned.
“I touched the ball twice in the first half, both times to pick the ball out of the back of the net,” said Julian Speroni.
Dimitar Berbatov (50) and Philippe Senderos (55) then further stunned Selhurst Park, and things turned ugly in the stands. At the end of the game, a large gathering of fans near the tunnel aggressively let manager Ian Holloway know their feelings about recent performances.
Famously Holloway and Parish had an extended meeting straight after the match that had the press waiting for a considerable amount of time for Holloway’s post-match conference (as seen in the bustle at the start of the video below) in which he sounded like a broken man.
Ironically, this result led to Palace sacking Holloway and Fulham sticking with Martin Jol. By the end of the season, Crystal Palace would sit in 11th place as Fulham waved goodbye to the Premier League. Who knows's what would have happened if Palace had one this game? Tony Pulis could have gone to Craven Cottage instead, and things could have been very different.
What Happened Yesterday?
Just like Holloway above, Dougie Freedman took charge of his last Crystal Palace match. Meanwhile, in 2001, Steve Bruce made it SEVEN straight wins in the league.
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