Back in the Day: February 25th - Noades & Goldberg Exchanges Contracts on £30m Sale of Crystal Palace
Saturday 25th February 1984
Crystal Palace 0-1 Grimsby Town
League Division Two – Att: 5,939
Manager: Alan Mullery
The fact that the League table below, after this fixture, and that the Mariners extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with this narrow victory suggests that this result is nowhere as bad as it looks on paper nowadays – but Alan Mullery was in charge, so everything was a disaster.
Interesting yet totally pointless fact: Tony Rand, who wrote the above article, made it all the way to the final of series four of Countdown where, like Crystal Palace under Mullery, he lost.
Saturday 25th February 1989
Crystal Palace 2-0 Bradford City
League Division Two – Att: 7,455
Manager: Steve Coppell
Mark Bright (42, 71) scored a goal in either half as Palace continued their push for a Play-Off place. In horrendous conditions at Selhurst Park, reflected by the attendance of just under 7,500, Brighty first swept home a Gary O’Reilly knock down before then nodding home another O’Reilly flick on in front of the umbrella adorned White Horse Lane end.
Palace Links: Lee Sinnott played for Bradford in this one. 18 months later he would sign for the Eagles.
Wednesday 25th February 1998
A dark day in the history of Crystal Palace Football Club. Mark Goldberg and Ron Noades exchanged contracts on the reported £30million sale of the Club.
That Goldberg needed to pay off the money in instalments was bad enough, the fact that he was not even getting Selhurst Park as part of the deal was laughable and almost, many years down the line, brought about the end of Crystal Palace FC as we know it.
Ron Noades found it all very hilarious on the Centenary DVD as he laughed his way through the story of the sale. Kevin Day’s perfectly morbid “Mmhmmm” sums up almost every Palace fans opinion of this thoughts.
Noades was to stay in the role until October when the final part of the deal was completed. Meanwhile, it was being reported that Goldberg would move Steve Coppell “upstairs” and bring in Terry Venables as manager - joy!
Saturday 25th February 2006
Crystal Palace 4-1 Norwich City
Championship – Att: 19,066
Manager: Iain Dowie
Both clubs had been relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the previous season, and the Eagles were fairing slightly better than the Canaries. With the visitors stuck in mid-table, Palace had found some mid-season form and found themselves in 5th place – but still much lower than the squad strength warranted.
Andy Johnson (7) opened the scoring in this one with a goal that displayed all of his attributes, movement, pace, strength and a fantastic finishing after latching on to a through ball from Ben Watson.
Watson (34) then scored for the second match running, after notching in the previous weeks draw at Millwall. The ginger midfielder and Clinton Morrison played a one-two across thirty yards of space before Watson curled home from just inside the D.
Morrison (54), like Watson, then found the back of the net, stabbing home a Paul Ifill centre, before Palace threatened to run riot as Fitz Hall (62) nodded home a Watson corner at the near post.
The complete thrashing did not materialise, and in the 88th minute the visitors were gifted a consolation. Darren Ward tried to intercept a cross but redirected the ball towards goal. The ball was straight at Gabor Kiraly but the Hungarian made a hash of his attempted save and the clean sheet was spoiled.
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