Back in the Day: May 24th - Crystal Palace Sign Glenn Murray
Wednesday 24th May 1989
Crystal Palace 2-0 Swindon Town
2-1 on aggregate
League Division Two Play-Off Semi Final 2nd Leg – Att: 23,677
Manager: Steve Coppell
With Palace having failed to score an away goal in a 1-0 defeat at the County Ground in the first leg – it was key that Steve Coppell’s men got off to the perfect start.
Nine minutes into the match a Rudi Hedman free-kick was punched only half clear by Fraser Digby. Dave Madden crashed a shot goalwards from the edge of the box, but Digby was up in time to make the save, but much like his punch, it was not enough. The ball fell straight to Mark Bright (9) to tap home and level the tie on aggregate.
Thirty minutes later Dave Burke pumped a free kick into the edge of the penalty area from the halfway line. Mark Bright flicked the ball on and Ian Wright (39), as he so often did, read the flick perfectly and volleyed home the winner.
Much like in the first leg, chances came and went for the Robins, and it was Palace fans invading the Selhurst Park turf when the referee sounded the full time whistle. Blackburn Rovers would be the opponents in the two-legged final.
Meanwhile, in Lyon in France – Yannick Bolasie was born. Happy Birthday, Yala.
Saturday 24th May 2003
Steve Kember was announced as the Crystal Palace manager for the second time. After seeing out the last four games of the 2002/03 season as Caretaker, his third spell in that capacity, Kember convinced Simon Jordan that he was the right man for the job. Jordan agreed, but on the grounds that if he failed, all of his ties with the Club would be severed.
Tuesday 24th May 2011
In one fell swoop, Crystal Palace slighted rivals Brighton and signed one of the most important strikers in the Clubs history. Glenn Murray would go on to score 47 goals for the Club, including scoring 31 goals in one season – making him only the fourth striker to achieve the feat post World War II and only the seventh player in the Club’s history.
- Percy Cherrett (1925/26 – 1926/27)
- Peter Simpson (1929/30 – 1930/31)
- Albert Dawes (1935/36)
- Johnny Byrne (1960/61)
- Ian Wright (1988/89)
- Andrew Johnson (2003/04)
- Glenn Murray (2012/13)
Murray would later return to Brighton, via Bournemouth, but many Palace fans shrugged their shoulders. The striker's goals in Red 'n' Blue had kick-started the most successful period in Crystal Palace's history and that can never be taken away.
Sunday 24th May 2015
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea City
Premier League – Att: 25,076
Manager: Alan Pardew
Victory on the final day of the 2014/15 season victory, courtesy of a Marouane Chamakh strike, ensured a tenth place finish for Crystal Palace in the Premier League – the joint second highest finish in the Club’s history.
The game came at a price for the match winner. Chamakh tore his hamstring and would not play again for six months.
After the game, Alan Pardew took to the field to thank the Holmesdale Fanatics for their efforts through the season.
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