Back in the Day: April 22nd - Andy Johnson Scores His Last Palace Goal
Wednesday 22nd April 1959
Northern Ireland 4-1 Wales
Home International Championship – Att: 45,000
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vic Rouse became the first player from Division Four to represent his country. According to the newspaper report below, he was the only Wales player to emerge with any credit as they were thrashed 4-1.
Wednesday 22nd April 1964
Wrexham 2-2 Crystal Palace
League Division Three – Att: 3,492
Manager: Dick Graham
Crystal Palace travelled to already relegated Wrexham with the opportunity to wrap up promotion and the league title with a win. Naturally, the Glaziers decided to neglect the easy path and drew 2-2, with Cliff Holton (from the spot) and Brian Whitehouse scoring the goals.
The point was effectively enough for promotion, barring a dramatic last day shift in Goal Average, which was the deadlock decider in those days. Goals Concede divided by Goals Scored. Coventry would have to win, and Watford would have to beat rivals Luton by several goals for Palace to miss out.
Wednesday 22nd April 1970
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Manchester City
League Division One – Att: 43,893
Wednesday went into this match needing to win by four goals to survive relegation at the expense of Crystal Palace – who had played their last league match, a 1-0 win against Manchester City, on April 6th!
Substitute Ian Bowyer scored twice for the visitors to ensure a second successive top-flight season for the Glaziers.
Saturday 22nd April 2006
Crystal Palace 2-1 Southampton
Championship – Att: 20,995
Manager: Iain Dowie
The Eagles ended their home league campaign with a 2-1 win over Southampton. Andy Johnson (63) opened the scoring for the hosts with what would turn out to be the last goal that he would ever score in the Red ‘n’ Blue stripes of Crystal Palace.
Southampton levelled through Ricardo Fuller just six minutes later but some shocking positional play from the visitors allowed Clinton Morrison (81) the freedom of Selhurst Park, and he coolly converted Tony Popovic’s pass.
Palace Link: George Burley managed the Saints, who “boasted” former Eagles Kevin Miller and Ricardo Fuller in their line-up.
Friday 22nd April 2010
Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 14,312
Manager: Dougie Freedman
Sitting precariously close to the relegation zone and with promotion-chasing Leeds, Hull and Forest to play in the final three games of the season – Palace travelled to Doncaster with the belief that only a win would do.
Scunthorpe, sitting a place beneath us, matched the Eagles’ point with a draw against Coventry, but with the difficult run in, it was tough to see where another point was going to come from.
At full time, one of those special Crystal Palace moments happened. The HF started to sing Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, and the entire away end stayed behind to sing the song over and again, long after the home fans had departed the stadium.
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