Back in the Day: August 24th - Bolasie, Moritz & Blake Sign For Palace
Tuesday 24th August 2004
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea
Premier League – Att: 24,953
Manager: Iain Dowie
It was top versus bottom at Selhurst Park, and there was to be no upset in this one. Didier Drogba scored his first Chelsea goal with Tiago scoring the second.
Tuesday 24th August 2010
Portsmouth 1-1 Crystal Palace (Portsmouth win 4-3 on penalties)
League Cup First Round – Att: 8,412
Manager: George Burley
Edgar Davids made his Crystal Palace debut at Fratton Park, but he would get off to a losing start. David Nugent had given Portsmouth the lead on 57 minutes but an Ibrahima Sonko own goal 9 minutes from time saw this one go to extra time. However, this was not before Wilfried Zaha was sent off for kicking out. After being kicked all over the pitch for 86 minutes, he finally lost his patience and reacted to the manhandling that he was getting as the referee refused to offer him any protection.
Extra time couldn’t separate the teams and an eventful penalty shoot-out, which had a run of four missed penalties, saw the hosts advance.
Palace academy graduate Hayden Mullins featured for Pompey on this day, as did Joel Ward who would move to Crystal Palace in 2012.
Friday 24th August 2012
Yannick Bolasie, Andre Moritz and Darcey Blake all sign for Palace, making it one of the most important days that Crystal Palace have ever had in the transfer market. I was accused of being mad when I wrote this about Bolasie before his 100th appearance for the club. Even now, after he has departed to Everton, becoming our record transfer received, I still stand by it. Without Yannick Bolasie (and add Moritz and Delaney into that equation) signing for us on this day, we would probably have languished in the Championship, or worse, for years to come.
Saturday 24th August 2013
Premier League – Att: 25,270
Manager: Ian Holloway
Marouane Chamakh gave Palace the lead on his full debut as he latched on to a Damien Delaney punt downfield and out-muscled Ryan Shawcross on the way. However, poor defending cost Palace the points as two goals in four second-half minutes from Charlie Adam and Ryan Shawcross completed a turnaround for the hosts.
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