Back in the Day: April 23rd - AJ Slays the European Champions Elect
Saturday 23rd April 1983
Crystal Palace 2-0 Grimsby Town
League Division Two – Att: 5,827
Manager: Alan Mullery
Monday 23rd April 1984
Crystal Palace 2-0 Charlton Athletic
League Division Two – Att: 7,795
Manager: Alan Mullery
Tuesday 23rd April 1985
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two – Att: 9,745
Manager: Steve Coppell
Saturday 23rd April 1994
Crystal Palace 1-0 Barnsley
League Division One – Att: 20,522
Manager: Alan Smith
Crystal Palace all but confirmed their league title win with a narrow victory over the Tykes at Selhurst Park. For Nottingham Forest to now take the title from Palace, they would need to win their remaining 5 games and hope that Palace lost their last two.
‘Ninja’ headed home his fifth goal of the season at the near post, twenty minutes from time, from a Simon Rodger corner to seal the points.
Palace Link: Former Palace man Neil Redfearn played for the visitors.
Saturday 23rd April 2005
Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool
Premier League – Att: 26,043
Manager: Iain Dowie
The Eagles moved out of the relegation zone with an unexpected win over Liverpool at Selhurst Park. The visitors had their first leg of the Champions League Semi Final a few days after this one and perhaps had one eye on that prize, which they would ultimately win, and Iain Dowie’s men took full advantage.
Shortly after the half hour, Andy Johnson (34) head home a Wayne Routledge shot come cross and the hosts comfortably held on for the win.
Earlier in the season, Milan Baros had scored a hat-trick against Palace at Anfield, aided by a dive that won him a last-minute penalty. He would only make it as far as the second minute in this match as Tony Popovic exacted revenge with a crunching tackle that saw the striker limp off.
Iain Dowie said after the match:
"It was a performance full of desire. I knew we could do better than in recent games.
"It was a big, big display for us. We were aware of Liverpool's quality but we really competed well.
"It is very easy to write people off, but we have given ourselves a fighting chance now and moved out of the bottom three, which is a nice feeling."
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Premier League - Att: 53,086
Manager: Sam Allardyce
Crystal Palace won for the third league game in a row at Anfield, prompting the Palace fans to sing "You must be sick of us" as Liverpool fans flooded out of the stadium.
Christian Benteke, who had signed from Liverpool in the summer for a Club record £30m fee, scored both goals seeing the Eagles come from behind after Coutinho had curled in a beautiful free-kick.
Liverpool fans were left furious after the game by a handshake. Mamadou Sakho, who was on loan from Liverpool to Palace at the time, came on to the field of play at the end of the match [he was not allowed to play in the game as it was against his parent Club] and he and Benteke partook in the below handshake.
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