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Latvian Eagle 15-04-2021 11:39 AM

I went to this game, I can only assume it must have been during the school holidays. Eric beating Thorstvedt to the ball seemed like a miracle as we seemed to struggle scoring past him. He was like a pre Schmeichel... Well Schmeichel I guess. :D

E.X Moontoad 15-04-2021 12:05 PM

Recall it was a freezing cold night for that Spurs game and wearing a heavy duty overcoat, as I took my place on the Whitehorse terrace. Also think I’m right in saying Simon Osbourn started for us – not sure if this was his first start or even appearance for the first team. Either way was keen to see how he did, as was seen as a great prospect around that time.

bubbs11 15-04-2021 02:04 PM

PALACE 1 Young
SPURS 0

Att: 26,285

Palace: Martyn Humphrey Bodin Pardew Young Thorn Salako Bright Wright McGoldrick Subs: Collymore (Salako) Osborn (Bright)

Spurs: Thorsvedt Hughton Van den Hauwe Polston Mabbutt Gascoigne Howells Moncur Nayim Lineker Walsh Subs: Robson (Gascoigne) Polston (for Moncur)

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Olympian2 15-04-2021 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbs11 (Post 15744012)
PALACE 1 Young
SPURS 0

Att: 26,285

Palace: Martyn Humphrey Bodin Pardew Young Thorn Salako Bright Wright McGoldrick Subs: Collymore (Salako) Osborn (Bright)

Anyone recall whether this was Bod's 1st league start of the season? I just noticed his name for the 1st time.

bubbs11 15-04-2021 02:22 PM

A game I've never forgotten. Not so much for the match itself, but what it meant. At the final whistle we'd heard Leeds had lost 2-0 at QPR, which meant with just four games to go, we were 7pts clear of both Leeds and Man U. European qualification was virtually ours.

Unusually for me i sat in the Old Stand for this one. It was the Sunday after Spurs superb win at the first FA Cup semi final to be played at Wembley, against Arsenal. Gascoigne had scored the kind of free kick that had me and my mates (all neutrals) watching on TV, jumping about the room in sheer excitement of what we'd just seen.

The good thing was, the euphoric victory left Spurs a little low in energy come this match, and it was quite a comfortable 1-0 if i recall. But my main memory is the glow of happiness i felt at the final whistle. My brother and me had vowed that if we got to Europe, we would definitely go to the first away game wherever it sent us. The excitement, that i'd finally see my Palace team in European competition just felt great. This just felt like the pivotal win as the papers alluded to and perhaps we would mathematically clinch it against Everton on the Saturday.

The following day, UEFA met in London to discuss Liverpool's application to rescind their European ban that still had two further years to go. To everybody's absolute shock and horror, UEFA chairman Lennart Johansson announced that the ban had been overturned and Liverpool were reinstated to European competition with immediate effect. I can't actually recall when I heard the news (maybe the Advertiser), but come Saturday's game at home to Everton everyone knew and the atmosphere was just one of real hurt and sorrow. The players played like they had the stuffing knocked out of them and a normally reticent Steve Coppell went beserk, calling out the FA for not working in Palace's best interests. I'll write more about it in the Everton report.

Bipe 15-04-2021 02:49 PM

I thought the UEFA thing was some time around now. At this stage Liverpool did still have the league title in their sights of course.

The rest of the league table is quite an interesting read. Despite their dire run Spurs were still eighth - but only four points above Sheffield United in 16th in a massively congested mid-table. The Blades' great escape was now all but complete - having looked absolutely dead and buried at Christmas they now only stood a mathematical chance of relegation on goal difference. Derby look all but down and things were also starting to look grim for Sunderland unless they could win their game in hand.

Worth noting that all of the modern day 'big six' are also in the top nine of this league table. Back then of course Leeds were also considered a big club albeit re-acclimatising to the top division, so the only real party poopers were us and good old Wimbledon in seventh.

Finally, you have to go all the way down to Sheffield United in 16th to find a team which had scored fewer goals than us at home, backing up the point I made a week or two back about our lacks of goals outside of Wright and Bright being our downfall. If 'downfall' is the right word for a team which finished third!

ElwissAtMemphis 15-04-2021 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Olympian2 (Post 15744025)
Anyone recall whether this was Bod's 1st league start of the season?

Yes, it was his debut.

Maiden Eagle 15-04-2021 04:46 PM

I was at this one and I remember for Eric's winning goal, he went up for a challenge with the Spurs keeper (can't recall his name, Norweigan guy ?) who dropped the ball and Ninja tapped into an empty net. I was at the other end, but even from where I was, it seemed a clear foul on the keeper and I was astonished (but delighted) the goal stood.
I don't think Venables was very happy about it !:)

Olympian2 15-04-2021 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by ElwissAtMemphis (Post 15744258)
Yes, it was his debut.

Cheers Elwiss :p

Bipe 18-04-2021 02:31 PM

20 April 1991 saw the 'rematch' against Everton, only a couple of weeks after our ZDS Trophy triumph.

It was a scrappy and ill-tempered game which ended goalless, as mentioned earlier in the thread the goals had started to dry up for us at home and this made only two goals in our last four home matches - unusually, these had been played consecutively with no away league game to break them up.

The main memory from this game was of course Martin Keown's 'revenge mission'. He had been left battered and bruised from the ZDS game and had evidently decided that someone was going to pay. That person was Eric Young and the moment came fairly late on at the Whitehorse end. I can still clearly recall it from my vantage point on the Holmesdale, as Young went up for a header near the corner of the penalty area Keown jumped alongside and thrust his elbow hard into Young's face. The referee had a clear view of it and it was a red card all day long. I suppose Keown must have felt that it was worth it. As far as I can recall Young was forced off due to the extent of his injuries. I wonder how big a deal the papers made of that assault at the time.

bubbs11 18-04-2021 06:51 PM

PALACE 0
EVERTON 0

Att: 16,439

Palace: Martyn. Humphrey. Bodin. Pardew. Young Thorn. Salako. Thomas. Thompson. Wright. McGoldrick. Subs: Osborn (for Pardew). Collymore (for McGoldrick)

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Such was the anger over the Eric Young assault, unusually, the club put out a statement in the following home programme and didn’t pull any punches. I doubt you would ever see something like that today.

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bubbs11 18-04-2021 09:09 PM

Even 30 years down the line, it still rankles. The game was bad tempered as you might’ve guessed after the ZDS, but the atmosphere was flat. An end of season that should’ve seen a fantastic reward and celebration for the club’s most successful league campaign, ended in bitterness and that horrible feeling that we’d been cheated.

The FA that was supposed to represent the best interests of all their clubs, basically ignored Palace and made sure Liverpool’s further two year ban ended. Even then they could’ve made the decision out of fairness for Liverpool to begin in Europe the season after next, but didn’t. They also could’ve lobbied UEFA for an extra qualification place, which would’ve been fair as a country that no longer existed, East Germany, got four places. There was talk of a play off between us and one of the lower ranked UEFA cup qualifiers, but never materialised as the FA weren’t interested so it was never an option.

Coppell, as you can see from the reports, was absolutely furious. The football world couldn’t care less. I’m sure most have seen it, but last year I made a short documentary about this whole event and here it is incase you missed it and would like to see it.


Grim Reaper 18-04-2021 10:25 PM

Spurs game - 17th April

In classic Palace two-bob style of that era, the club thought it would be a good idea to dig out the cardboard-shaped trophy (vaguely looking like the FA Cup) covered in tin foil that had done the rounds for our FA Cup run the year before. Someone got their felt tip pens out and did 'ZDS' in red and blue and glued it to the tin foil cup, gave it to the mascot in the parrot costume (apparently it was an eagle) who then paraded it round the ground pre-match.

It was cringe-inducing in the extreme and our fans applauded whilst praying he didn;t go to the away fan. The parrot, with no hint of shame, showed it to the Spurs fans, fresh from their qualification for the final of THE Cup, who promptly gave the parrot a well-deserved shower of abuse and w anker signs.

Ahhh Palace, always classy! Ha ha

Grim Reaper 18-04-2021 10:27 PM

Embarrassed to say that the Spurs game was the first time I ever went to Selhurst station. I always did Norwood or Thornton Heath but for some reason I decided to do Selhurst and managed to get lost between there and the ground! Oops!

Obviously it didn't do me any long term harm as a few years later I bought a flat right by that station.

Grim Reaper 18-04-2021 10:30 PM

Everton - April 20th

Very strange game in that the end of season video gave that an extended run of 'highlights' and the only thing of note apart from Keown's attempted murder was the fact that we had two sunny spell and two full on hail storms all in the one match. Looks even weirder on the highlights as it flits between the weather extremes all in the 2 or 3 minute segment and you wonder what the hell's going on

Grim Reaper 18-04-2021 10:34 PM

That assault by Keown was actually sickening. and by that, I mean, the cracking sound that Ninja made as he landed made the ground utterly silent for a second or two. I honestly thought he was dead. Strangest thing I've ever seen in a match - genuinely scared me for a few seconds.

At the very least I assumed Eric must have broken his leg or even his back. So relieved when he hobbled off with the physio.

Keown obviously got abuse but even with 10 men, we couldn't find a way past them.

It did mean we had the rather impressive stat versus four of the Big 5 with 4 clean sheets from 4 home games, with just Man Utd to come.

Also made it 3 clean sheets in a week at home. Quite rare to have three home games in a week and even rarer to not concede a single goal.

bubbs11 19-04-2021 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15748492)
That assault by Keown was actually sickening. and by that, I mean, the cracking sound that Ninja made as he landed made the ground utterly silent for a second or two. I honestly thought he was dead. Strangest thing I've ever seen in a match - genuinely scared me for a few seconds.

At the very least I assumed Eric must have broken his leg or even his back. So relieved when he hobbled off with the physio.

Keown obviously got abuse but even with 10 men, we couldn't find a way past them.

It did mean we had the rather impressive stat versus four of the Big 5 with 4 clean sheets from 4 home games, with just Man Utd to come.


Also made it 3 clean sheets in a week at home. Quite rare to have three home games in a week and even rarer to not concede a single goal.


You know, I don’t think that fact has occurred to me since that very season. That is a truly amazing achievement in itself. In comparison, so far this season we have conceded 12 goals at home against the ‘big 6’, with Man C and Arsenal still to come.

Jim Cannon 19-04-2021 06:28 PM

It needs to be pointed out that if the big 6 are booted out of domestic football that surely their records would have to be expunged.

I think this means we won the title in 1990-91

Bipe 19-04-2021 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Cannon (Post 15750246)
It needs to be pointed out that if the big 6 are booted out of domestic football that surely their records would have to be expunged.

I think this means we won the title in 1990-91

Good point, it probably also means that we won the Champions League in 1992. Arsenal put up a really poor showing that year as I recall and I'm sure we could have done better. Confident we could have turned over Barcelona in the final, thus depriving them of their first ever European Cup and starting the rot which these days sees them as a part-time club in the Spanish fifth tier.

The final was a dour game with defences on top but our direct style troubled Koeman and co throughout. The decisive moment came in the 76th minute, Andy Gray latching on to Bright's knockdown to fire home from 15 yards for a 1-0 win.

Maiden Eagle 19-04-2021 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Cannon (Post 15750246)
It needs to be pointed out that if the big 6 are booted out of domestic football that surely their records would have to be expunged.

I think this means we won the title in 1990-91

:D:lux::lux:

Jim Cannon 19-04-2021 07:46 PM

This title came as no surprise to many, after our FA Cup triumph over struggling Man United in 1990. This led to the departure of the clueless Alex Ferguson and was the catalyst to Palace becoming a super power of the English game.

Nigel_Scarfer 19-04-2021 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Cannon (Post 15750246)
It needs to be pointed out that if the big 6 are booted out of domestic football that surely their records would have to be expunged.

I think this means we won the title in 1990-91

And 2 fa cups as well.

bubbs11 21-04-2021 04:36 AM

From the Everton programme:

Palace announce new sponsorship deal with Tulip

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Season ticket prices for 91/92 season

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WLYWLYAWYPWF 21-04-2021 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by bubbs11 (Post 15752401)
From the Everton programme:

Palace announce new sponsorship deal with Tulip

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Season ticket prices for 91/92 season

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Noades face = Just shut up and sign the cheque.

Bipe 21-04-2021 07:23 AM

£100 for a season ticket on the Holmesdale...those were the days.

Interesting to note that Pardew again started this game, Andy Gray must still have been injured from the ZDS Final. I've always had it in my head that apart from the early phase of the season, Pardew pretty much faded from the first team picture with the exception of the ZDS games. But in truth as the team line-ups through the season have shown he was still getting plenty of game time, albeit often due to injuries.

From memory he and Barber both left in the summer as Coppell started to ring the changes. Paul Mortimer came in (we'll gloss over that quickly), and of course we had Gareth Southgate emerging in midfield, closely followed by Rodger and Osborn from the youth set up. I used to play against Simon Rodger in youth football so it was interesting to see him make the grade.

N Herts Eagle 21-04-2021 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15752453)
£100 for a season ticket on the Holmesdale...those were the days.

Interesting to note that Pardew again started this game, Andy Gray must still have been injured from the ZDS Final. I've always had it in my head that apart from the early phase of the season, Pardew pretty much faded from the first team picture with the exception of the ZDS games. But in truth as the team line-ups through the season have shown he was still getting plenty of game time, albeit often due to injuries.

From memory he and Barber both left in the summer as Coppell started to ring the changes. Paul Mortimer came in (we'll gloss over that quickly), and of course we had Gareth Southgate emerging in midfield, closely followed by Rodger and Osborn from the youth set up. I used to play against Simon Rodger in youth football so it was interesting to see him make the grade.

From memory Mortimor came in that season to replace Salako after he was injured.
I dont recall many close season signings Lee Sinnot to cover Eric. Plus Chris Coleman a defender from Swansea who ended up as a centre forward by the end of the season.

Grim Reaper 21-04-2021 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15752453)
From memory he and Barber both left in the summer as Coppell started to ring the changes. .

I think Pardew left nearer Xmas 91. I say that only because my memory is of the Eagle Eye front cover of their Christmas issue, with Pardew on a turkey's head and saying 'Merry Christmas Charlton - here's your turkey' :D

Grim Reaper 21-04-2021 08:07 AM

Nice jump in sponsorship money. I remember the initial Virgin deal in 88 being £250,000, although that may have been renewed at some stage - now we were up to a million per year.

N Herts Eagle 21-04-2021 08:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15752527)
I think Pardew left nearer Xmas 91. I say that only because my memory is of the Eagle Eye front cover of their Christmas issue, with Pardew on a turkey's head and saying 'Merry Christmas Charlton - here's your turkey' :D

True i think the Mortimor signing was the final straw. He was not seen as the long term Salako replacement. Mortimor came after Marco as we never saw Salako feeding Marco from the wing.

Bipe 21-04-2021 09:02 AM

I went to the Villa away game early in the 91/92 season and I have a clear recollection that Mortimer played in that game. But I'm probably wrong.

N Herts Eagle 21-04-2021 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15752591)
I went to the Villa away game early in the 91/92 season and I have a clear recollection that Mortimer played in that game. But I'm probably wrong.

Signed for us on the 18th October which was 17 days after Marco.
However you may be correct but was playing for Villa:)

Bipe 21-04-2021 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by N Herts Eagle (Post 15752631)
Signed for us on the 18th October which was 17 days after Marco.
However you may be correct but was playing for Villa:)

Wow I think you're right...amazing how the memory starts playing these tricks on you as middle age beds in.

N Herts Eagle 21-04-2021 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15752655)
Wow I think you're right...amazing how the memory starts playing these tricks on you as middle age beds in.

Mine is Lee Sinnot i thought he played in the Norwich ZDS semi final.
Somewhere there is a game he played and showed how good a player he could be. Trouble is now I cannot for the life of me think which one.

stevek 21-04-2021 11:11 AM

Sinnott would have made a great old-style Rugby full back - he had an unerring ability to find touch.

Grim Reaper 21-04-2021 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by N Herts Eagle (Post 15752687)
Mine is Lee Sinnot i thought he played in the Norwich ZDS semi final.
Somewhere there is a game he played and showed how good a player he could be. Trouble is now I cannot for the life of me think which one.

I think every player does have one decent game in them. Sometimes it is just one.

When I think of this I think Rudi Hedman v high flying Villa in 1990; David Amsalem's debut in 1998; Damian Mathew's debut at Grimsby (his 2nd game was pretty good as well); I think David Woozley and Richard Harris as the 1999 season drew to a close.

I'm sure you're right about Sinnott, but like you, I cannot for the life of me remember which game it was.

N Herts Eagle 21-04-2021 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15753137)
I think every player does have one decent game in them. Sometimes it is just one.

When I think of this I think Rudi Hedman v high flying Villa in 1990; David Amsalem's debut in 1998; Damian Mathew's debut at Grimsby (his 2nd game was pretty good as well); I think David Woozley and Richard Harris as the 1999 season drew to a close.

I'm sure you're right about Sinnott, but like you, I cannot for the life of me remember which game it was.

Rudi I would add Swindon play off second leg.

Maiden Eagle 21-04-2021 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15753137)
I think every player does have one decent game in them. Sometimes it is just one.

When I think of this I think Rudi Hedman v high flying Villa in 1990; David Amsalem's debut in 1998; Damian Mathew's debut at Grimsby (his 2nd game was pretty good as well); I think David Woozley and Richard Harris as the 1999 season drew to a close.

I'm sure you're right about Sinnott, but like you, I cannot for the life of me remember which game it was.

I think when we signed Rudi from Colchester (?), when they had almost been relegated out of the Football League, I think our expectations about him, were pretty low.

On that basis, I never thought he was that bad a player, for us:D

Lee Sinnott, on the other hand.....oh dear.

Jim Cannon 22-04-2021 10:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15753137)
Richard Harris as the 1999 season drew to a close.

But all Richard Harris could do was throw a ball

Mind you, he should have signed for Stoke, would have been cheaper than Delap and I am sure he could throw it much further

Latvian Eagle 22-04-2021 10:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim Cannon (Post 15753638)
But all Richard Harris could do was throw a ball

Mind you, he should have signed for Stoke, would have been cheaper than Delap and I am sure he could throw it much further

Yup, Richard Harris did next to f all for us bar a long throw. Woozley was decent enough, and Andy Frampton done a job at Left Back.

Bipe 22-04-2021 08:14 PM

On 23 April 1991 we travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool.

The timing of this was somewhat ironic, coming just a week or so after the powers that be had decided to kick little old Palace firmly in the gonads and welcome Liverpool back into the European fold. 18 months previously we had travelled up there in hope, only to witness the infamous 9-0 mauling. A lot of water had passed under the bridge since then of course, we had won our previous two games against them so this time around there was more optimism that we could hand their faltering title defence a potentially fatal blow.

It wasn't to be as we succumbed to a comfortable 3-0 defeat, we would have to wait until the following season to taste victory at Anfield. If memory serves though, this was the game in which Eddie McGoldrick played as a sweeper. This was certainly a bold move from Coppell, going with an untried formation and utilising a player in the pivotal position who as far as we knew had never played there in his life. As it turned out McGoldrick played well and he famously drew particular attention from the notoriously dour Allan Green on the live radio commentary, who repeatedly broke off from commenting on the game to marvel at McGoldrick's skill and bravery. It took something to draw praise from that miserable bugger so well done Eddie. The game culminated in a late McGoldrick own goal, this brought further howls of sympathy from Green.

In fact I believe the entire line up that night was relatively experimental, I think Southgate started and I have a recollection that Collymore came off the bench...maybe this was the cameo appearance that sewed the seed for his big money move to Anfield a few years later!

bubbs11 22-04-2021 08:58 PM

LIVERPOOL 3. Rush. Barnes McGoldrick (og)
PALACE 0

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Liverpool: Grobbelaar Ablett Burrows Nicol Mølby Staunton Beardsley Houghton Rush Barnes. Gillespie. Subs: Speedie Rosenthal (unused)

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Olympian2 22-04-2021 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15754151)
On 23 April 1991 we travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool.

The timing of this was somewhat ironic, coming just a week or so after the powers that be had decided to kick little old Palace firmly in the gonads and welcome Liverpool back into the European fold. 18 months previously we had travelled up there in hope, only to witness the infamous 9-0 mauling. A lot of water had passed under the bridge since then of course, we had won our previous two games against them so this time around there was more optimism that we could hand their faltering title defence a potentially fatal blow.

It wasn't to be as we succumbed to a comfortable 3-0 defeat, we would have to wait until the following season to taste victory at Anfield. If memory serves though, this was the game in which Eddie McGoldrick played as a sweeper. This was certainly a bold move from Coppell, going with an untried formation and utilising a player in the pivotal position who as far as we knew had never played there in his life. As it turned out McGoldrick played well and he famously drew particular attention from the notoriously dour Allan Green on the live radio commentary, who repeatedly broke off from commenting on the game to marvel at McGoldrick's skill and bravery. It took something to draw praise from that miserable bugger so well done Eddie. The game culminated in a late McGoldrick own goal, this brought further howls of sympathy from Green.

In fact I believe the entire line up that night was relatively experimental, I think Southgate started and I have a recollection that Collymore came off the bench...maybe this was the cameo appearance that sewed the seed for his big money move to Anfield a few years later!

That was his debut, right?

Olympian2 22-04-2021 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbs11 (Post 15754213)
LIVERPOOL 3. Rush. Barnes McGoldrick (og)
PALACE 0

Att: 36,767

Palace: Martyn. Humphrey. Bodin. Pardew. Southgate. Shaw. Thomas. Osborn. Wright. McGoldrick. Subs: Collymore (for Bodin). Thompson (Osborn)

That was also the night of the 40 minute long ‘Stevie Coppell’s Red n Blue Army’ in the 2nd half, no?

bubbs11 22-04-2021 09:16 PM

Not the best game to suddenly have an injury crisis after a pretty much stable side all season. Two kids in Osborn and Southgate making their first starts; no Young, Thorn, Gray or Bright.

Was a disappointing night being their as Liverpool’s class clearly shone through, but what remains with me to this day was the rendition of ‘Stevie Coppell’s red and blue army’ that went on and on and on. Not sure how long into the second half we started it, but it went on for ages and turned into a mantra that felt like for me, a celebration of the club’s most successful season even if it ended on a sour note through no fault of our own. Can’t recall us ever sustaining a chant like that before for as long as that, and was almost like a precursor to the HF 15 years early.

From memory, both Southgate and Osborn made a more than decent account for themselves . McGoldrick was imperious in his sweeper role, so gutted for him to score through his own net.

Latvian Eagle 22-04-2021 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbs11 (Post 15754237)
Not the best game to suddenly have an injury crisis after a pretty much stable side all season. Two kids in Osborn and Southgate making their first starts; no Young, Thorn, Gray or Bright.

Was a disappointing night being their as Liverpool’s class clearly shone through, but what remains with me to this day was the rendition of ‘Stevie Coppell’s red and blue army’ that went on and on and on. Not sure how long into the second half we started it, but it went on for ages and turned into a mantra that felt like for me, a celebration of the club’s most successful season even if it ended on a sour note through no fault of our own. Can’t recall us ever sustaining a chant like that before for as long as that, and was almost like a precursor to the HF 15 years early.

From memory, both Southgate and Osborn made a more than decent account for themselves . McGoldrick was imperious in his sweeper role, so gutted for him to score through his own net.

HF came along a lot later than 2005, was around 2011 they really became noticed I would say.

bubbs11 22-04-2021 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Latvian Eagle (Post 15754245)
HF came along a lot later than 2005, was around 2011 they really became noticed I would say.

Oh I always thought they were founded in 2005. I’m guessing you mean the incessant chanting didn’t begin for another 6 years? Moved to Scotland in 2003 so not sure about the timings of the group.

Latvian Eagle 22-04-2021 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by bubbs11 (Post 15754289)
Oh I always thought they were founded in 2005. I’m guessing you mean the incessant chanting didn’t begin for another 6 years? Moved to Scotland in 2003 so not sure about the timings of the group.

In 2005 they would have all probably been about 12. :moo:

Mark Gardiner 23-04-2021 08:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15754151)
On 23 April 1991 we travelled to Anfield to play Liverpool.

The timing of this was somewhat ironic, coming just a week or so after the powers that be had decided to kick little old Palace firmly in the gonads and welcome Liverpool back into the European fold. 18 months previously we had travelled up there in hope, only to witness the infamous 9-0 mauling. A lot of water had passed under the bridge since then of course, we had won our previous two games against them so this time around there was more optimism that we could hand their faltering title defence a potentially fatal blow.

It wasn't to be as we succumbed to a comfortable 3-0 defeat, we would have to wait until the following season to taste victory at Anfield. If memory serves though, this was the game in which Eddie McGoldrick played as a sweeper. This was certainly a bold move from Coppell, going with an untried formation and utilising a player in the pivotal position who as far as we knew had never played there in his life. As it turned out McGoldrick played well and he famously drew particular attention from the notoriously dour Allan Green on the live radio commentary, who repeatedly broke off from commenting on the game to marvel at McGoldrick's skill and bravery. It took something to draw praise from that miserable bugger so well done Eddie. The game culminated in a late McGoldrick own goal, this brought further howls of sympathy from Green.

In fact I believe the entire line up that night was relatively experimental, I think Southgate started and I have a recollection that Collymore came off the bench...maybe this was the cameo appearance that sewed the seed for his big money move to Anfield a few years later!

Quite correct about McGoldrick, Southgate & (my favourite commentator, cos I'm a miserable bugger too) Mr. Green

stevek 23-04-2021 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Gardiner (Post 15754924)
Quite correct about McGoldrick, Southgate & (my favourite commentator, cos I'm a miserable bugger too) Mr. Green

Generally not a fan on Alan Green, but I was that night. As well as lauding Eddie, he also commented frequently on the noise the Palace fans were making.

N Herts Eagle 23-04-2021 08:24 AM

Similar recollection of the game mid week radio commentary. There was no chance of getting to Liverpool after work. No chance of arranging a meeting with overnight stay in those days either.
The team was suffering with injuries and the season was coming to an end. Yet a brave performance great away support. A total surprise with Eddie playing sweeper even more so how good he was.
A long way in a short time from the 9 0. With so much packed into it. One of those strange games a defeat even a heavy defeat at 3 0 but a feeling of pride in the team despite it.

Mark Gardiner 23-04-2021 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by stevek (Post 15754931)
Generally not a fan on Alan Green, but I was that night. As well as lauding Eddie, he also commented frequently on the noise the Palace fans were making.

Made the long journey home barely endurable.

On another point, are Liverpool the only teams to have scored (or failed to score) the full range of goals in a game against us from 0 to 7? Must be due an 8-goal thrashing soon :mad:

simon 23-04-2021 10:47 AM

I took my scouse girlfriend (now my wife) to this match. The only other matches she has been to are the 9-0 and the 0-0 with Everton earlier in this season, so never seen us score.

I was convinced that Barnes' goal was offside and you can see me looking across to the linesman on the highlights. Unfortunately it wasn't.

We actually played really well, and Eddie had a blinder at sweeper. Liverpool were just very, very good.

Support was amazing though, and as mentioned above the Stevie Coppell's Red 'n' Blue Army chant was possibly the longest and loudest I'd heard before or since. Pretty much the whole of the second half if I remember correctly, which I probably don't.

Latvian Eagle 23-04-2021 10:49 AM

All I remember from the season review highlights was after one of the goals the commentator says something like "And Martyn didn't have an Earthling!" Whatever that means?! :moo:

The Rush goal.I think.

November85 23-04-2021 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Latvian Eagle (Post 15754245)
HF came along a lot later than 2005, was around 2011 they really became noticed I would say.

It was during the administration period in early 2010 they took off I reckon.

Mark Gardiner 23-04-2021 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by simon (Post 15755298)
I took my scouse girlfriend (now my wife) to this match. The only other matches she has been to are the 9-0 and the 0-0 with Everton earlier in this season, so never seen us score.

I was convinced that Barnes' goal was offside and you can see me looking across to the linesman on the highlights. Unfortunately it wasn't.

We actually played really well, and Eddie had a blinder at sweeper. Liverpool were just very, very good.

Support was amazing though, and as mentioned above the Stevie Coppell's Red 'n' Blue Army chant was possibly the longest and loudest I'd heard before or since. Pretty much the whole of the second half if I remember correctly, which I probably don't.

Probably just beats the away leg of the Playoff Final at Blackburn in '89. We sang for about an hour before kick-off, but then were too knackered (or uninspired by the performance) to provide much support once the match started.

Bipe 23-04-2021 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Latvian Eagle (Post 15755299)
All I remember from the season review highlights was after one of the goals the commentator says something like "And Martyn didn't have an Earthling!" Whatever that means?! :moo:

The Rush goal.I think.

"Didn't have" or "hasn't got an earthly" (not earthling) used to be a fairly common phrase but you don't hear it so much these days. Basically means that no-one on the planet would stand a chance, e.g. of saving that shot.

Latvian Eagle 23-04-2021 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15755376)
"Didn't have" or "hasn't got an earthly" (not earthling) used to be a fairly common phrase but you don't hear it so much these days. Basically means that no-one on the planet would stand a chance, e.g. of saving that shot.

That has always stuck in my mind. :D

Bipe 23-04-2021 12:44 PM

By the way, in case any of you pop pickers out there are wondering (you're probably not), in what must have been one of the most boring chart weeks on record there were no new entries into the top ten for week ending 20 April. No song within that top ten moved by more than three places, there was just a minor reshuffling of the pack. Chesney Hawkes and James still stuck at #s 1 and 2 respectively. So no update this week and no insights into my own musical biases.

Grim Reaper 23-04-2021 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by stevek (Post 15754931)
Generally not a fan on Alan Green, but I was that night. As well as lauding Eddie, he also commented frequently on the noise the Palace fans were making.

Yup, exactly how I remember it. They were very complimentary about Eddie and the fans that night and saying what an injustice it was that Eddie got credited with an own goal - which incidentally I think came from pressure by future Palace hero Ray Houghton

Grim Reaper 23-04-2021 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15755391)
By the way, in case any of you pop pickers out there are wondering (you're probably not), in what must have been one of the most boring chart weeks on record there were no new entries into the top ten for week ending 20 April. No song within that top ten moved by more than three places, there was just a minor reshuffling of the pack. Chesney Hawkes and James still stuck at #s 1 and 2 respectively. So no update this week and no insights into my own musical biases.

We're all bracing ourselves for a burst of Cher with 'Shoop Shoop' coming up soon :D

Latvian Eagle 23-04-2021 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15755397)
Yup, exactly how I remember it. They were very complimentary about Eddie and the fans that night and saying what an injustice it was that Eddie got credited with an own goal - which incidentally I think came from pressure by future Palace hero Ray Houghton

My favourite Houghton moment was when he lamped the bloke up at Norwich. I can't remember who it was now, but after Muscat had been sent off for bringing a Norwich player down through on goal a huge fight broke out and Houghton almost took one of their players heads off. :D

Mark Gardiner 23-04-2021 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Latvian Eagle (Post 15755405)
My favourite Houghton moment was when he lamped the bloke up at Norwich. I can't remember who it was now, but after Muscat had been sent off for bringing a Norwich player down through on goal a huge fight broke out and Houghton almost took one of their players heads off. :D

I recall him grabbing a Norwich player by the throat. 19 players involved in the dust-up, the only pacifist onlookers being the two keepers & Dave Tuttle. Should have court martialed Tuttle for lack of moral fibre!

Latvian Eagle 23-04-2021 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Gardiner (Post 15755447)
I recall him grabbing a Norwich player by the throat. 19 players involved in the dust-up, the only pacifist onlookers being the two keepers & Dave Tuttle. Should have court martialed Tuttle for lack of moral fibre!

Bryan Gunn came the length of the pitch mind you.

Bipe 25-04-2021 05:45 PM

Just for the record, Palace had no game on the weekend of 27 April 1991, so a week off before the final two games of the season - away to Wimbledon then home to the Wankers. A strong finish was needed to hold on to third place, albeit that it didn't really matter anymore beyond being a source of pride, thanks to the UEFA / FA stitch up which Bubbs has so comprehensively documented. Following just one win in our previous six league games, it seemed important to me that we try to end the season on a high. The players and the management team deserved it for all their efforts in this most memorable of seasons.

So we have to wait until 4 May 1991 for the next fixture, our final visit to the old Plough Lane. I had been there the season before, shortly before the cup final on a balmy May evening. What a fun game that had turned out to be, enlivened by an unexpected punch-up with Dave 'the Mod' Madden in the thick of things as one of his Palace swansongs.

I will not report on the 1991 game there until a couple of days before the anniversary.

Grim Reaper 26-04-2021 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Gardiner (Post 15755447)
I recall him grabbing a Norwich player by the throat. 19 players involved in the dust-up, the only pacifist onlookers being the two keepers & Dave Tuttle. Should have court martialed Tuttle for lack of moral fibre!

I might be wrong bt I think it may have been 21 players - all but Tuttle, who played keepy up on his own, 50 yards away.

I've always been split on that. Yes, he kept out of trouble so is the polite and correct action but in a contact sport like football, I also think players need to know every other player has their back and vice versa. Often wondered what the players said to him back in the dressing room after that game.

Grim Reaper 26-04-2021 12:08 PM

Am I imagining it or did Palace play a friendly on that weekend of April 27th? I've got a match in Gibraltar in my head for some reason but I freely admit my memory not as good as it used to be.

ian king 27-04-2021 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Grim Reaper (Post 15758611)
Am I imagining it or did Palace play a friendly on that weekend of April 27th? I've got a match in Gibraltar in my head for some reason but I freely admit my memory not as good as it used to be.

Thursday 25th April 1991 v Gibraltar XI. 2-2 Salako and an o.g.
Att. 2,800 +

Woodman, Humphrey, Shaw (Rodger), Pardew, Southgate (Witter), Thorn, Salako, Osborn, Collymore, Bright (Whyte), McGoldrick

John from Beare Green 28-04-2021 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by ian king (Post 15761965)
Thursday 25th April 1971 v Gibraltar XI. 2-2 Salako and an o.g.
Att. 2,800 +

Woodman, Humphrey, Shaw (Rodger), Pardew, Southgate (Witter), Thorn, Salako, Osborn, Collymore, Bright (Whyte), McGoldrick

1971? Those players were very young!

bubbs11 28-04-2021 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by John from Beare Green (Post 15762741)
1971? Those players were very young!

Just shows you how special that team were. Osborn was only conceived that month and he was still able to marshall that midfield.

Bipe 28-04-2021 10:03 PM

To be fair Bobby Bowry always did look like an 8 year old in an adult's kit. Him getting the piss ripped out of him whilst warming up at A field before the league cup semi final is a treasured memory.

cappuccinoeagle 28-04-2021 11:02 PM

Just checked Tony Witter on Wikipedia- was only at Palace from 90-91, later played over 100 games for Millwall. A central defender.

eltron 28-04-2021 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by cappuccinoeagle (Post 15762991)
Just checked Tony Witter on Wikipedia- was only at Palace from 90-91, later played over 100 games for Millwall. A central defender.

I seem to remember he was in the same reserve side that had Stan Collymore in it.

My memory tells me that we had our reserve games on a Monday night at Selhurst. I went to a few and can remember seeing Stevie practically giving Stan Collymore 1-1 coaching during the game with him on the wing.

But the other abiding memory is how Tony Witter stood out. He seemed to be a sweeper more than a centre half - always managing to be the spare man, picking up the 2nd ball.

Think he went to QPR for £100,000 - but am surprised to see he only played 1 game for them.

stevek 29-04-2021 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15762952)
To be fair Bobby Bowry always did look like an 8 year old in an adult's kit. Him getting the piss ripped out of him whilst warming up at A field before the league cup semi final is a treasured memory.

Which, of course, made what part of what made Souness's accusation that we kicked them off the park so ridiculous.

Bipe 29-04-2021 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by stevek (Post 15763049)
Which, of course, made what part of what made Souness's accusation that we kicked them off the park so ridiculous.

I was referring to the 1995 semi, by when I think Souness had long gone. But I might well have got the dates muddled in my head again. It was the one when Fowler scored a last minute winner, I can picture Bobby Bowry now jogging around in his oversized kit...

stevek 29-04-2021 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15763065)
I was referring to the 1995 semi, by when I think Souness had long gone. But I might well have got the dates muddled in my head again. It was the one when Fowler scored a last minute winner, I can picture Bobby Bowry now jogging around in his oversized kit...

Sorry - yes, the match I was referring to wasn't a semi final!

ian king 29-04-2021 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by John from Beare Green (Post 15762741)
1971? Those players were very young!

Corrected!!

Grim Reaper 29-04-2021 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ian king (Post 15761965)
Thursday 25th April 1991 v Gibraltar XI. 2-2 Salako and an o.g.
Att. 2,800 +

Woodman, Humphrey, Shaw (Rodger), Pardew, Southgate (Witter), Thorn, Salako, Osborn, Collymore, Bright (Whyte), McGoldrick


Thank you...although a bit miffed that we couldn't beat Gibraltar!

Latvian Eagle 29-04-2021 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by stevek (Post 15763078)
Sorry - yes, the match I was referring to wasn't a semi final!

Was that the 2-1 at Selhurst? We knocked Liverpool and Chelsea out then got our usual stuffing by Arsenal in the Semis.

stevek 30-04-2021 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Latvian Eagle (Post 15764253)
Was that the 2-1 at Selhurst? We knocked Liverpool and Chelsea out then got our usual stuffing by Arsenal in the Semis.

Yes, I think so.

Bipe 30-04-2021 04:33 PM

Although Palace had no game on the weekend of 27 April, the charts of course rolled on relentlessly. It was another busy week with four new entries into the top ten:

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) by Cher - Yes here it is, it was number one for five weeks and ended up as the third biggest selling single of the years. I really disliked it, some sort of movie tie-in with Bob Hoskins if I recall.

Sailing On The Seven Seas by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - something of a surprise comeback hit for OMD who had been dormant for several years, it followed their formula of bouncy synth-pop. I believe OMD have been successfully touring again over recent years so some longevity there.

Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman) by Zucchero featuring Paul Young - one of those weird pan-European crossover hits, a plaintive ballad in which both vocalists gave it all they had. Young's career was really on the skids by now and this was something of a last hurrah for him chart action wise. A rapid descent from his mid-80s heyday.

Human Nature by Gary Clail On-U Sound System - if memory serves this was an industrial dance track. There was a general chit chat thread about concerts at the Crystal Palace bowl a few weeks back, I went to see Squeeze and Level 42 there in 1991 and seeing Gary Clail's name reminds me that he was on the bill for that event.

colonel 30-04-2021 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15765444)
Human Nature by Gary Clail On-U Sound System - if memory serves this was an industrial dance track. There was a general chit chat thread about concerts at the Crystal Palace bowl a few weeks back, I went to see Squeeze and Level 42 there in 1991 and seeing Gary Clail's name reminds me that he was on the bill for that event.

I was at that gig as a big Level 42 fan.
There was another support band - Witness - that were great. I bought their EP - House Called Love/Change - and they disappeared without trace sadly.

Olympian2 30-04-2021 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Bipe (Post 15765444)
Human Nature by Gary Clail On-U Sound System - if memory serves this was an industrial dance track.

Gawd, I used to love that track!

bubbs11 02-05-2021 07:19 AM

I finally managed to find and get onto YouTube the official season review video. Not the best quality but you can now put your memories and newspaper reports to the images. Would’ve been better to have had it when we started this thread but better late than never. I’ve also added it to my very first post on page 1 for easy access.





Will also be posting up a random video that might interest some of you when Bipe introduces the Wimbledon game. I found an old Croydon Cable 20 minute item about policing on match-days which features that win at Wimbledon. It is a right journey back in time as it shows a lot of our support watching the game.

jaspercpfc 02-05-2021 07:59 AM



Good work Bubbs

AddoWolz 02-05-2021 09:24 AM

I watched the Wimbledon game in the home end ( along the side of the pitch) with about 10 mates as the away end was already full when we got to the game , There was loads of Palace in there .

art malice 02-05-2021 09:28 AM

I threw up at the back of the terrace that day, I was so hungover. Croydon Cable thankfully missed that.

Maiden Eagle 02-05-2021 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by jaspercpfc (Post 15767662)


Good work Bubbs

Was that the very lovely Julia Roberts, who introduced that clip ?

And no, I don't mean the Hollywood actress !

SA Eagle 02-05-2021 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by AddoWolz (Post 15767732)
I watched the Wimbledon game in the home end ( along the side of the pitch) with about 10 mates as the away end was already full when we got to the game , There was loads of Palace in there .

I was along the side too, midway through the 2nd half the old bill asked a group of us to move into the away end; they were fairly relaxed about it all if a little bemused by one bloke arguing the toss with them and comparing it to "nazi Germany".

Bipe 02-05-2021 09:55 AM

Well we seem to be nudging into the Wimbledon game so just to confirm the formalities and my recollections. 4 May 1991, Wimbledon 0 Palace 3 (Wright 3).

Very much Ian Wright's day with a hat-trick comprising a couple of poacher's finishes and the goal everyone remembers, that fantastic looping volley over the goalkeeper from 40 yards. I've always loved watching the way the ball bounced out back into play from hitting the back of the net for that goal, lovely taut netting there from the Dons and sadly you don't see that anymore. The Dell also used to have that feature.

If I recall all three of Wright's goals were scored in front of the large travelling support. Although a small ground overall (of course Wimbledon were non-league little more than a decade previously), that away terrace behind the goal was quite generously proportioned with a good open view of the action, I used to like going there.

It felt good to finally notch a comfortable win after any number of narrow one goal victories over the course of the season. This set us up nicely for a potential revenge mission at home to the Wankers on the final day of the season.

art malice 02-05-2021 10:05 AM

Wimbledon fans booing and jeering Wright first-half. That stopped after the break.

bubbs11 02-05-2021 10:24 AM

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N Herts Eagle 02-05-2021 10:35 AM

The season was drawing to a close and this was the last away game. Drive to the ground a wander down to the away end. In what I recall was a nice day. To cap it all the result and the manner of the result was one of our best away performances. It was a comfortable game capped off by Wright at his best. The long range effort just added to the whole feel. Game after game that season we went to not expecting defeat though they came. This game though was a highlight we totally outclassed them on their ground.
The rest of the week was spent living the dream. Had a few weeks before I knew the result of the Man Utd game. I was convinced the fund from successful bets in the season helped considerably by Eric scoring was divided between multiple bets covering the result to cover the fund and then the actual score. Now lets be realistic money was tight still. There was a new house move on the cards. No match ever had more than 1 quid in bets. It was all just fun. But with the winnings from the season which were to help fund the season ticket next year covered plus a few multiple bets with the score. I went into the Utd game with 1000 pounds riding on the outcome. For me it was massive. It was at this game I divulged the dream to my mate. It was up there with the Downing Arms bet I told him. Downing Arms was a donkey that was a racehorse. It was tipped to one of the managers in the office we worked in. Every Thursday he came in with vegetables from some old boys allotment he gave a lift to on a Thursday. They were great yet on this day nothing just a tip on a donkey at 15/1. The office being as it was decided to take the challenge. Collected around 28 quid including the director who asked no questions as to how i knew a bookies runner on the shop floor.
At 2.30 listening to the race results on Radio2 a cheer went up. We collected a few hundred quid and a cigar each from the director. This was in 1974 so was a hell of a lot for the time. So some 17 years latter the Utd game was going to be massive for me even if the last game.
Downing Arms went on to lose race after race then when it got to anything over 8/1 it won. Was owned by the landlord of a pub out in the countryside of Bedfordshire hence where the tip originated the old boy supplied his veg for the restaurant.

Mark Gardiner 02-05-2021 11:24 AM

The gents on the away terrace was a little wooden shed with a side-on view of the goal behind which the Palace support was massed. There was a window (open) which afforded me an excellent view of one of Ian Wright's goals. See - men can multitask!

bubbs11 02-05-2021 11:36 AM

If there was a film made about Ian Wright’s time at Palace, this would’ve been the last happy scene before the mood changes and the ticking time bomb of his departure would begin.

As Bipe said it was ‘Wright’s day’. He was just becoming greater and greater and receiving even more national notoriety. I do remember worrying whether we’d be able to keep hold of him as there was speculation about Liverpool and Arsenal; but you just put it to one side. We were about to finish the third best team in the land, so there was every chance he’d want to stay and see how far we could push this dream.

It was a great afternoon, and one of those games that gave you a really glowing feeling as you’d just seen one of the best goals you’d ever seen in your life. Wimbledon were no slouch’s back then either, so scoring a hat trick and a goal like that was no mean feat.

I love that picture I posted up of Thomas celebrating with Wright. Geoff’s face is just one of disbelief and speaks volumes. If I owned the club that picture would be framed at the club and placed somewhere prominent.

My 18 year old self is actually immortalised at the game by that policing video I placed on You Tube and was posted up on here. I won’t tell you where I am, suffice to say, not one of the old bill. So it turned out to be poor Wimbledon’s final game at the old Plough Lane. At that point we wasn’t aware whether it would be us they’d be sharing with as negotiations were ongoing. A sad outcome for not just the locals and Wimbledon supporters, but for some Palace fans like me I’m guessing, that went many a time to the old ground when Palace were away and watched them as far back as their 4th division days.

eltron 02-05-2021 12:18 PM

I'm glad Julia read my many letters requesting more footage of the United Artists Fairfield Funday. A particular favourite of mine was a steel band playing Stand by Me!

bubbs11 02-05-2021 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by eltron (Post 15768519)
I'm glad Julia read my many letters requesting more footage of the United Artists Fairfield Funday. A particular favourite of mine was a steel band playing Stand by Me!

:D

They did you proud.

John from Beare Green 02-05-2021 05:36 PM

I was on the away terrace directly behind the goal, maybe half way up or closer to the top. When Wright went for the lob, I thought it was an idiotic choice. Couldn't he have simply taken it down and then he would have had a one-on-one against the keeper? It was a low terrace. The ball went so high up in the air, and then it came down incredibly fast. The keeper was scrambling back; it was going to be close! I couldn't tell whether the ball had come down on the pitch side of the crossbar or the terrace side, and i couldn't see the goal line (shallow terrace, restricted view) but the fans at the front right behind the goall started jumping aup and down so I realised he'd done it!

Grim Reaper 02-05-2021 09:10 PM

They had 300 police for Wimbledon v Palace!? The most low key 'derby' (if you can call it that) of all time.

Was there ever a single punch thrown at a Wimbledon-Palace match?

Can't help feeling 5 cops was more than enough.

Grim Reaper 02-05-2021 09:15 PM

"Now for the second part of our 'police special'"

The most placid game of all-time - I love watching it for the nostalgia but it's not exactly Line of Duty. LOL

Grim Reaper 02-05-2021 09:17 PM

Ha - Baldock makes an appearance. Everyone had a token ejection off him and the team back in the day. Ha ha.

At least mine came at a 0-0 draw


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