Back in the Day: May 31st - 105 Years of History Won't Die Without a Fight
Wednesday 31st May 1989
Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Crystal Palace
League Division Two Play-Off Final 1st Leg – Att: 16,421
Manager: Steve Coppell
Back in 1989, the Play-Off Final was a two-legged affair – which was lucky for Palace. Howard Gayle (20, 26) scored twice in six first-half minutes to put the hosts into a commanding position, one which they held until four minutes from time.
Eddie McGoldrick then popped up in the penalty area to hack home from close range and give Palace second leg hope – or so we thought.
With the ninety minutes almost expired, Simon Garner (89) scored to re-establish Rovers’ two-goal lead, giving Palace a mountain to climb at Selhurst Park in the second leg.
Thursday 31st May 2001
Steve Bruce is appointed the manager of Crystal Palace. Many thought that Steve Kember would be given the reigns after guiding the team to Division One safety with two wins from two at the end of the season, but Simon Jordan plumped for the former Manchester United captain. It would be simultaneously one of the best and worst decision Jordan made as Crystal Palace chairman.
Monday 31st May 2010
It is announced that Crystal Palace FC has only 24 hours to live. If a deal is not struck with the CPFC2010 consortium, the Club would be liquidated and cease to exist.
Refusing to lay down and die, Palace fans come out in force at Selhurst Park to raise awareness of our plight.
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