Back in the Day: September 24th - Sullay Kaikai Scores on his Crystal Palace Debut

Back in the Day

Wednesday 24th September 1919

Crystal Palace 5-0 Leytonstone

London Challenge Cup 1st Round

Manager: Edmund Goodman

Ted Smith scored twice for Palace (bear in mind that goals in the London Challenge Cup did not count to his numbers – so you could add another 12 to his total of 124 for the club) as did Cyril Smith, his only two goals for the club, with Ben Bateman making up the five.

Crystal Palace would go on to make the final of the tournament in this season but would lose 1-0 to Chelsea in the final. The venue for the final was announced before any games had been played and this season it was Stamford Bridge – giving Chelsea somewhat of an advantage.

Tuesday 24th September 1985

Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester United

Milk Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg – Att: 21,506

Manager: Steve Coppell


Wednesday 24th September 1986

Crystal Palace 0-0 Bury

League Cup 2nd Round 1st Leg - Att: 4,017

Manager: Steve Coppell

Wednesday 24th September 1997

Coventry City 1-1 Crystal Palace

Premiership – Att: 15,910

Manager: Steve Coppell

Dougie Freedman made his 100th appearance for the Club as the Eagles picked up a valuable point away from home. Freedman would not score on his landmark day, however. The goal would come from the most unlikely source of Jamie Fullarton, scoring his first goal for Palace just one minute after Dion Dublin had given the hosts the lead after eight minutes.


Wednesday 24th September 2014

Crystal Palace 2-3 Newcastle United

League Cup 3rd Round - Att: 13,773

Manager: Neil Warnock

After drawing 3-3 just a few weeks earlier in the league, the Eagles and the Magpies would combine for another high scoring affair. Dwight Gayle had scored from the spot on 25 minutes before Emmanuel Riviere scored 11 minutes later to level. Riviere would then score from the spot himself 3 minutes after the break and it looked like that would be enough to see Alan Pardew’s men through to the 4th Round.

On came Andrew Johnson to make his one and only appearance in his second spell at the club and the lift that this gave to the crowd arguably led to the equaliser that came 2 minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match. AJ would not score it himself, however, as the ball looked to be dropping to the Club legend at the back stick a young gun called AJ off and slotted the ball home himself, scoring his first goal for the club on his debut.

The game went into extra time but despite the visitors going down to ten men, as Mehdi Abeid saw red, Paul Dummett found an unlikely winner 2 minutes after the sending off.


Saturday 24th September 2016

Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace

Premier League - Att: 38,941

Manager: Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace overturned a two-goal deficit to win at The Stadium of Light thanks to a 94th-minute header from Christian Benteke.

Jermaine Defoe, who else, had scored twice for the hosts but Joe Ledley pulled one back just a minute after Defoe had made it two in the 60th-minute. 

Man-machine, James McArthur, then levelled in the 75th-minute, heading home an inch-perfect Zeki Fryers cross, before Benteke powered home a header deep into stoppage time.

Palace Links: Future Crystal Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt played for Sunderland in this one. In my match report on the game I wrote about the Dutch defender - "he proves time and again that he is simply not good to play as a defender in the Premier League." Shhhhhh.

All Results

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