Back in the Day: September 26th - N'Diaye Will Always Love You
Saturday 26th September 1942
Crystal Palace 8-1 Brighton
League South – Att: 1,350
Manager: George Irwin (below)
I don’t care that this happened during the war. I don’t’ care that it doesn’t count in the official records. I don’t care that it was long before our rivalry started – if I see Palace 8-1 Brighton when I am doing my research for these articles, it's going in!
A.Dawes (2), Bark (2), Smith, Wilson, Robson and an own goal by Ford made up the eight goals.
Palace: Poland, Brown, F.W.Dawes, Reece, Bassett, Hudgell, T.J.Smith, A.G.Dawes, Robson, Bark, Wilson
Friday 26th September 1958
Kenny Sansom was born. Many Palace fans will still argue that he was the greatest player ever to pull on the shirt for the Club. Happy birthday, Kenny.
Saturday 26th September 1981
Crystal Palace 0-1 Shrewsbury Town
League Division Two – Att: 9,338
Manager: Dario Gradi
It is always right to remember the dark times, as well as the good times in this feature - and the early 1980's falls under the latter category. Crowds of less than 10,000, goal-shy teams and shocking managerial decisions. Dario Gradi was one of these. He lasted less than a year in SE25 and was sacked in the November of this season.
Tuesday 26th September 2000
Crystal Palace 1-1 Burnley
League Cup 2nd Round 2nd Leg – Att: 5,720
Crystal Palace won on Away Goals AET
Manager: Alan Smith
After drawing 2-2 at Turf Moor Palace were the favourites to progress to the next round with a healthy number of away goals under their belts. As always things didn’t go to plan and on the stroke of half-time, Andy Cooke gave Burnley the lead that they would hold until the last minute of the game. Julian Gray whipped the ball into the box and it evaded and everyone and Andy Linighan (below) tapped the ball home and sent the game into extra time.
Burnley sought the goal that they needed to send them through, but Alex Kolinko (below) would be the hero, not for the last time in this League Cup run that would see Palace make it all the way to the Semi-Final, as he denied Gordon Armstrong at the death with a stunning save.
Saturday 26th September 2009
West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace
Championship – Att: 21,007
Manager: Neil Warnock
Alassane N’Diaye scored the first goal of his career just after the hour to give Palace a vital away win at The Hawthorns. Of course, at this stage of the season it was vital regarding hunting a play-off place but by the end of the season, it would be vital for entirely different reasons. N’Diaye would also play his part on that famous day at Hillsborough.
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