Back in the Day: October 26th - Crystal Palace 5-0 Brighton
Saturday 26th October 1985
Crystal Palace 2-0 Blackburn
League Division Two – Att: 5,408
Manager: Steve Coppell
Despite having SEVEN first team players out injured, Palace managed to beat high-flying Blackburn thanks to goals from Phil Barber (46) and Ian Wright (87).
Saturday 26th October 1996
Crystal Palace 3-0 Grimsby Town
League Division One – Att: 13,941
Manager: Dave Bassett
Bruce Dyer gave Palace the lead just before the break after latching onto an Andy Roberts pass. ‘Goal Machine’ Carl Veart (55) then headed in from close range before Roberts turned provided again, this time executing a training ground free-kick routine to allow Dougie Freedman (79) to slot home.
Look out for some rascal Grimsby shorts in this video.
Saturday 26th October 2002
Crystal Palace 5-0 Brighton
League Division One – Att: 21,796
Manager: Trevor Francis
It was the first competitive meeting between the two sides since a Zenith Data Systems Cup tie in February 1991 and the first league match since March 1989. Needless to say, this match was a big deal.
Newly promoted Brighton propped up the table with just one win from their opening thirteen games. Meanwhile, Palace sat in seventeenth place but with only two wins in the season. Trevor Francis’ men were unbeaten in six games (1W 5D) in all competitions, however – a run that included a 7-0 win over Cheltenham in the cup. The main difference between the two sides was Palace had only lost three and Brighton had lost ELEVEN.
The atmosphere in the ground during the build-up was electric. Brighton, managed by “Agent” Steve Coppell, were hoping that a derby win would kick-start their season – Palace were looking to convert a draw into a win for once.
Within four minutes it was clear that the game was already over. Andy Johnson stabbed home from close range, the first of a hat-trick that would write his name into Palace folklore, and the only surprise by the end of the game was that Palace hadn’t scored more.
Sit back and enjoy the highlights above or the extended highlights below.
"FIVE NIL AND YOU CAN'T GO HOME!"
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Crystal Palace beat Liverpool 2-1 in the League Cup at Selhurst Park.
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