Back in the Day: August 31st - Ian Wright Makes His Crystal Palace Debut
Wednesday 31st August 1932
Crystal Palace 5-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Division Three South – Att: 13,704
Manager: Jack Tresadern
Crystal Palace stormed to the top of Division Three South with a 5-0 thumping of Brighton. Of course, this was prior to the days that this fixture is as fierce a rivalry as it is now but any big win over Brighton is always going to be greatly received when I look back.
Peter Simpson amazingly only score one of the five goals on this day instead of his standard brace or more, with Dick Doncaster, Harry May and Les Roberts (2) scoring the other goals.
Alliteration Watch: Dick Doncaster scored on the day but Brighton’s Arthur Attwood probably didn’t even come close.
Names that you definitely don’t hear in football anymore: Wally Rivers and Ernie ‘Tug’ Wilson were subject to £25m bids from Manchester United and Chelsea on deadline day.
See what I mean?
Saturday 31st August 1985
Crystal Palace 2-3 Huddersfield Town
League Division Two – Att: 6,026
Manager: Steve Coppell
Losing 2-3 at home to Huddersfield is not a game that you would think would be looked at when remembering the history of the Club. However, there was a considerably notable debut in this match. Ian Wright, as he so often did during this season, took to the field as a second-half substitute, replacing David Lindsay, to make his debut. It would not be a scoring start but the goals would come. 117 of them in 277 appearances for the Club.
David Cork gave Huddersfield an early lead before Phil Barber scored twice in ten first-half minutes to see Palace lead at the break. The second half would belong to Town, however, as Dale Tempest scored ten minutes after the restart before Simon Webster hit the winner with ten minutes remaining.
Tuesday 31st August 2010
Anthony Gardner joins the Eagles.
Wednesday 31st August 2011
One of the ‘Hillsborough Heroes’ departs.
Friday 31st August 2012
Damien Delaney signs for Crystal Palace. The Irishman was in limbo, pondering retirement or a move to the States. Three years later he is wearing the captain's armband in a man of the match performance in a victory at the home of the Champions.
Dormania is no more.
In the last knockings of the transfer window it is announced that David Goodwillie will join Palace on loan until January.
Saturday 31st August 2013
Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland
Premier League – Att: 22,671
Manager: Ian Holloway
Crystal Palace won for this first time since returning to the Premier League with a 3-1 triumph over Gus Poyet’s Sunderland. Danny Gabbidon gave Palace a lead inside ten minutes before Steven Fletcher, who replaced the awful Dong-Won Ji at half time, equalised on sixty-four.
The game then came to life in the seventy-eighth minute as Dwight Gayle used his pace to nip in front of John O’Shea. The Irish defender bought Gayle down from behind and after some deliberation by the referee and his assistant a penalty was awarded and O’Shea was sent for an early shower. Gayle scored, just, the resulting penalty for his first Premier League goal before Stuart O’Keefe (below) wrapped the game up with a glorious curling effort, in off the underside of the crossbar.
Palace went into the International Break with renewed confidence, but it was to be a false dawn and Ian Holloway’s days as manager were already numbered.
Meanwhile, this also happened.
Steve Parish once said to me on a train back from a game: "Don't f***ing talk to me about him" - which leads me to wonder how "delighted" we actually were.
Monday 31st August 2015
Fan favourite Barry Bannan departs for Sheffield Wednesday.
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