Back in the Day: August 22nd - Bakary Sako Scores on Debut
Saturday 22nd August 1953
Crystal Palace 4-3 Southampton
Division Three South – Att: 17,790
Manager: Laurie Scott
Palace followed up an opening day 2-2- draw with Northampton with a 4-3 win other the Saints at Selhurst Park. When all was said and done this proved to be a decent result as Palace finished third bottom and Southampton finished 5th, however, early doors Palace were challenging at the right end of the table before spectacularly falling away.
Two goals from John Hoskins and an effort from Eric Day provided the goals for the visitors, but a brace from Bob Thomas (below) and solo strikes from Bert Foulds and Ernie Randall saw Palace win by the odd goal in seven.
Names that you definitely don’t hear in football anymore: Frank Dudley signs for Manchester United for £43m. Meanwhile, Ernie Randall is off to Chelsea for a world record fee of £100m… No chance.
Wednesday 22nd August 1962
Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Three – Att: 6,827
Manager: Arthur Rowe
Before the 4-1 trouncing in the 2015/16 League Cup tie, once upon a time, Shrewsbury Town owned us. Mr Coppell, for example, never beat them.
A John Cartwright penalty for Palace was nowhere near enough as Rowley (pen), Kenning and McLaughlin all scored for Town to secure a convincing victory.
A loss was not unheard of early on in the 1962/63 season, however, as Palace would not taste victory until the eighth game of the season – a start that probably cost us promotion.
Names that you definitely don’t hear in football anymore: Please refer to the entire Shrewsbury Town starting eleven below.
Saturday 22nd August 1970
Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle United
League Division One – Att: 27,287
Manager: Bert Head
Crystal Palace picked up their first win of the season on the third game of the season thanks to a solitary Alan Birchenall strike. This slender victory would kick-start another promising start to a season, unbeaten in five after this, but by the end of October it all started going wrong, and survival would only be achieved because there were a couple of teams worse than us that year.
Wouldn’t sound out of place in a Guy Ritchie movie: Tommy Gibb
Sounds like an innuendo but I don’t know why: Alan Foggon. “I saw a beautiful lady, and I got a right, Alan.”
Tuesday 22nd August 2006
League Cup 1st Round
Manager: Peter Taylor
Peter Taylor won his first three games in charge at Palace before losing a tight game against Birmingham. This game then followed and suspicions that it might not be all rosy under the former superstar Palace winger.
Michael Hughes (below) gave Palace the lead, and a formality of a victory was expected to follow. Instead, goals from Lawrie Dudfield and Dan Martin completed the most unexpected of turnarounds against a full strength Palace side.
Friday 22nd August 2014
Jason Puncheon takes part in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’. The internet phenomenon saw pretty much the entire world take part in the stunt to raise awareness of ALS.
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
Premier League - Att: 25,295
Manager: Alan Pardew
At the time of writing in 2016, I cannot say definitively say how the Crystal Palace history books will look back on Bakary Sako’s time at Palace – but I will hazard a guess. A promising start before disappearing into his own stomach.
The winger was making his debut for the Club and got off to the perfect start.
Scott Dann had given Palace the lead in the 71st minute, climbing almost as high as the beautiful sun that filled the stadium before powering his header past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.
The visitors had threatened little before somehow levelling six minutes later. Adama Traore managed to get to the byline with his exceptional pace and cut the ball back towards, well, no one. Unfortunately, the ball hit Pape Souare and trickled past Alex McCarthy at his near post.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Brad Guazan decided to roll the ball out to his full-back instead of taking his time and taking the sting out of the Palace push. Dann pounced, stole the ball and steamed into the penalty area. The centre-back then cut the ball back to Sako, and his famed left foot did the business, finding the bottom corner and sending Selhurst Park into an 87th-minute frenzy.
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town
League Cup - Att: 9,837
Manager: Frank de Boer
Frank de Boer picked up his only win as Crystal Palace manager against early Championship table toppers, Ipswich Town. The Dutch gaffer handed academy yongster Jason Lokilo a competitive debut, but it was James McArthur's brace (76, 84) that saw the Eagles through to round three.
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