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View pstrutt's Profile pstrutt Flag Busselton, WA 06 Mar 21 7.23am Send a Private Message to pstrutt Add pstrutt as a friend

This snippet from a clickbait article got me thinking:

'The Ivory Coast international might go down in history as the best player to appear for the South London side, and his attacking influence is really needed as the club are lacking a threat upfront without him.'

This, obvz, is about Zaha and his return to fitness.

So what truth does it hold?

Who is our greatest player in history?

Lombardo?
Byrne?
Salad?

You thoughts.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 06 Mar 21 8.57am Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

You can't include Lombardo as great player that he was he was only with Palace for five minutes.

Don Rogers had a greater goal scoring record with us with 28 goals in 70 appearances and almost all of them were a wonder to behold.

 

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View Mapletree's Profile Mapletree Flag Croydon 06 Mar 21 9.09am Send a Private Message to Mapletree Add Mapletree as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

You can't include Lombardo as great player that he was he was only with Palace for five minutes.

Don Rogers had a greater goal scoring record with us with 28 goals in 70 appearances and almost all of them were a wonder to behold.

Lombardo made 47 appearances and stuck with us following relegation.

 

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View chris123's Profile chris123 Flag hove actually 06 Mar 21 9.54am Send a Private Message to chris123 Add chris123 as a friend

Kenny, Don and Wilf.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 06 Mar 21 10.46am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

It's an interesting question, but it's a bit like asking who is the greatest racing driver of all time?

The era when they raced or, in this case, when they played, has an influence I think. Lewis Hamilton looks good in the record books, but the car he drives is far better than the others and a darn sight safer than cars in the 50s and 60s. So, although the record books don't show it I would vote for Fangio as the GOAT simply because of his skill in a fragile car with absolutely no safety features whatsoever. Stirling Moss a close second.

As for Palace's GOAT I'm thinking of how the game was played on a pitch of mud on a rainy day with a leather ball weighing gawd knows how much more than today's beach balls. Johnny 'Budgie' Byrne would get my vote, although I don't remember much about him. Don Rogers, as suggested by Midland is a good candidate.

But my favourite player of all time, although not necessarily the greatest, was Vince Hilaire. Local lad, great on the ball and a real entertainer. Magic.

 


Dad and I would watch games on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end, probably at the same time as Roy.

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 06 Mar 21 10.46am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

You can't include Lombardo as great player that he was he was only with Palace for five minutes.

Don Rogers had a greater goal scoring record with us with 28 goals in 70 appearances and almost all of them were a wonder to behold.

Greatest player has to include some length of service which is why I have to give it to Zaha.

 


One more point

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View TheBigToePunt's Profile TheBigToePunt Flag 06 Mar 21 11.33am Send a Private Message to TheBigToePunt Add TheBigToePunt as a friend

If you base it on what they achieved for Palace then it's difficult to look past Wilf, even if he's less exciting than he used to be.

Wilf
Wright
Bright
Thomas
Martyn

I only started going in the late 80s.

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Online Flag 06 Mar 21 12.17pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

You can't include Lombardo as great player that he was he was only with Palace for five minutes.

Don Rogers had a greater goal scoring record with us with 28 goals in 70 appearances and almost all of them were a wonder to behold.

Always will be Rogers for me. Vince was great to watch but Peter Taylor had a much better scoring record - to get into the England team as a third division player took some doing.

 

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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 06 Mar 21 1.17pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Mapletree


Lombardo made 47 appearances and stuck with us following relegation.

True but statistics don't tell you everything as if I recall most of his appearances and goals were in the second tier as he broke his leg and missed half of his single season in the top league

 

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View kingdowieonthewall's Profile kingdowieonthewall Flag glorious Goring by sea 06 Mar 21 1.45pm Send a Private Message to kingdowieonthewall Add kingdowieonthewall as a friend

'killer' patterson , just for smacking Roy Keane in the boat.
(Don Rogers most likely, but Ian Wright used to get that same buzz going round the ground, when he attacked)

Although only with us a too short while, Lombardo was utter class, exuded it.
Saw him at Gatwick airport once, took a bit of self restraint not to do the Ayatollah !

 


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View slubglurge's Profile slubglurge Flag welling 06 Mar 21 1.50pm Send a Private Message to slubglurge Add slubglurge as a friend

Sansom for me, Rogers for the sheer excitement to watch but Sansom went on to have a stellar career for club and country

 

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View crystal-purley's Profile crystal-purley Flag Purley 06 Mar 21 3.01pm Send a Private Message to crystal-purley Add crystal-purley as a friend

Most of those mentioned but Rachid just for the sheer entertainment value.

 


The thing about capitalists is that they eventually run out of cheaper labour and stuff to sell.

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