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View dingdong's Profile dingdong Flag bognor regis 07 Dec 11 9.47pm Send a Private Message to dingdong Add dingdong as a friend

my all time hero was kenny sansom

 

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View simlaboy's Profile simlaboy Flag coulsdon 07 Dec 11 10.13pm Send a Private Message to simlaboy Add simlaboy as a friend

Kenny gets my vote CLASS

 

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View longtime eagle's Profile longtime eagle Flag Hendersonville,Tennessee 16 Dec 11 9.09pm Send a Private Message to longtime eagle Add longtime eagle as a friend

Its a tough question! Kenny was certainly great but when it came to results I was never diappointed by Cliff Holton. Cliff always got the goals when we needed them.! It must have been in the sixties when Cliff banged in a few at The County Ground in Swindon and we beat em 6 - 3.

 

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View Dan Theolmesdaleroad's Profile Dan Theolmesdaleroad Flag Up north 16 Dec 11 11.25pm Send a Private Message to Dan Theolmesdaleroad Add Dan Theolmesdaleroad as a friend

I think Iíd have to go with AJ. Not just because he was he a prolific goalscorer, but his work-rate was phenomenal too. Always gave 100%, never stopped running and chasing lost causes. His rate of improvement as a player since joining the club was incredible too, and he deserved every moment of the international recognition and other plaudits he received during our Premiership season in Ď04/í05.

But I really admire him for the loyalty he showed us, too. After being relegated he couldíve easily spat his dummy out, sulked and demanded a move to a Premiership club, particularly as it was World Cup year, but he didnít. He stayed another full season, fought tooth and nail for us again and spearheaded our immediate return to the playoffs in another brave bid for promotion, albeit an unsuccessful one in the end.

I donít think any of us couldíve begrudged him a move after that, and despite suffering long-term injuries heís still battling away in the Premiership where he belongs. Absolute class, and a tremendous example both as a player and as a person. If only there were more Andrew Johnsons in the game.

(Of course, Iím not telling you anything new here, but Iíll still say it anyway!).

Honorable mention also goes to Geoff Thomas, Ian Wright, John Salako, Nigel Martyn and many others from my first days as a supporter in the early Ď90s, as well as Gareth Southgate and Atillio Lombardo.

My dad would probably go for John Jackson, or possibly Terry Long or Mel Blyth.

 


"Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and thereís so much to smile about." - Marilyn Monroe

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View collier row eagle's Profile collier row eagle Flag romford essex via another galaxy 16 Dec 11 11.47pm Send a Private Message to collier row eagle Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add collier row eagle as a friend

couldn't name just one player, there are several over the years that i have followed palace, including johnny byrne, bobby woodruff, gerry queen, john jackson, nigel martyn, wrighty, geoff thomas, aj, the list goes on and on, but if you are forcing me to name just one then it's.........AJ for me.

 

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View j77's Profile j77 Flag nottingham 16 Dec 11 11.59pm Send a Private Message to j77 Add j77 as a friend

I used to play right back for my school, so it was John Pemberton for me. I used to get electricians tape off my dad and tape it round my socks to keep my shin pads in place to copy Pembo. Loved that run at the start of the second half in the 1990 semi. Remember a similar one at home to Millwall the same year setting Ian Wright up.

 

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View PalacePhotoMan's Profile PalacePhotoMan Flag Wallington 17 Dec 11 12.13am Send a Private Message to PalacePhotoMan Add PalacePhotoMan as a friend

This comment by Longtime Eagle had me intrigued.

"Cliff always got the goals when we needed them.! It must have been in the sixties when Cliff banged in a few at The County Ground in Swindon and we beat em 6 - 3."

I couldn't think of what game he meant, so I looked up our games at Swindon in Cliff's time at Palace:-

62-3 L 0-1
64-5 L 0-2

(63-4 didn't play them as they were promoted at end of 62-3 season).

So I tried to find a game he might be confusing it with. How about:-

Watford away 6th April 63 W 4-1 Holton 3

Sorry to be so pedantic but I wouldn't have slept if I hadn't looked this all up!

 


Zaha, Williams, Murray, Ambrose, Scannell.

A 5-man forward line who scored 3 goals in 10 minutes on 27th September 2011 at .......................

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View longtime eagle's Profile longtime eagle Flag Hendersonville,Tennessee 17 Dec 11 7.06pm Send a Private Message to longtime eagle Add longtime eagle as a friend

Message for PalacePhotoMan: Yes you were right about Holton not scoring in Palace's 6 - 3 win at Swindon. I got the dates all wrong!.That particular result took place in November 1952,about ten years before Holton came to the Palace. I wonder who did score all those goals that day,any ideas? When one is as old as I am ,ten years do not make that much difference ! But I still like Cliff!.

 

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View eagle in cornwall's Profile eagle in cornwall Flag Made In Thornton Heath. 17 Dec 11 7.50pm Send a Private Message to eagle in cornwall Add eagle in cornwall as a friend

I remember a match at Loftus Road back in 63,it was 0-0 at half time and it ended up QPR 3 Palace 4 with two to Holton and Peter Burridge got the other two.

I was lucky enough at that period in time to get very close to our Players off of the pitch....because of this I found out how our Players got on with each other outside of the game....which was pretty good.

But for me it's a no brainer the greatest player I have ever seen in a Palace shirt..the Late Great....Johnny Byrne!!!!

And a lovely fella into the bargain!!

 


........................Then along came Johnny Byrne! and the rest, as they say, is history.....................

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View simlaboy's Profile simlaboy Flag coulsdon 19 Dec 11 11.57am Send a Private Message to simlaboy Add simlaboy as a friend

And a shout for Jerry Murphy,

 

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View SW2Eagle's Profile SW2Eagle Flag London 19 Dec 11 5.33pm Send a Private Message to SW2Eagle Add SW2Eagle as a friend


This is a great, if simple question.

When I was growing up, I got to see Ian Wright, John Salako, Nigel Martyn, Geoff Thomas...and plenty more. It was a great time.

Since then, there have been those who I've admired for their skill: Lombardo, Jansen, Freedman, Curcic, Zaha etc. There have also been players who have done amazing jobs in difficult times: Andy Linighan, Alan Lee, Neil Danns, Calvin (I know that won't be popular) and a real left-field memory - a lad called David Woozley who came into the centre of defence - only about 18 years old - last time we were in administration and put in some great performances. Never really made it in the professional game, which really shows how well he stepped up to the plate back then. Darren Ambrose is probably a combination of both of the above - as is Freedman, both as player and manager.

So - what makes a favourite player. It was always difficult to beat Ian Wright - coming off the bench to score twice at Wembley when I was young and excitable - it was an amazing thing to see. I think I'd have picked him as my favourite Palace player for a long time. These days, I'd say Geoff Thomas every time. Not just because of what he's done since playing but, when I look back and watch videos of our games from his day, I don't think I've ever seen a better example of a leader on the pitch.

Every time I re-watch the 1990 semi final, his performance gets a little better. It was, to me, similar to Roy Keane's famous performance agaisnt Juventus - but Thomas was and is a great bloke - not a vile and vindictive scumbag who should be banned from the game for life.

When I look back on the way he played, it's of little surprise that he's gone on to do what he has in the face of adversity. He personifies courage and determination - whilst remaining a truly likable character. I can't think of a better example of a professional - and it's great to see that he keeps an intereset in all things Palace as well.

 


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Dave 'The Mod' Madden

 


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