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View Pigglelet's Profile Pigglelet Flag Deepest Darkest Sussex 24 May 21 6.51pm Send a Private Message to Pigglelet Add Pigglelet as a friend

Thatís a very interesting question. I donít know about which single division because I have very fond memories of the 1960s. The decade started with our promotion into Division 3. We then made it into Division 2 after an absence of 40 or so years and finally sealed promotion into Division One for the first time ever with a 3-2 win at Selhurst against Fulham. It wasnít all good Ė we only won 6 league games during all of 1962 across two seasons and at one point it looked like we might be dropping back into Division 4. They were exciting times with three promotions and thatís not something you are going to get as a lower mid-table PL team but thatís all in the past and I donít think Iíd want to return to those days now and join the Sunderlands, Boltons and Wigans.

 


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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag 24 May 21 6.55pm Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

Originally posted by Goal Machine

Without doubt, the football was worse in the Championship, but we certainly had more drama than we do now. I couldn't give a monkey's who we're playing against, a win is a win and it feels great.

i couldnít give a goal machine

But seriously, I agree, Iíve always said, I go to watch palace, not who weíre playing against. Itís nice locking horns with the big boys, but only if weíre competive. Give me a scrappy 1-0 win against the likes of Barnsley, Rotherham or further back Grimsby or Shrewsbury over being taken apart by Liverpool, Chelsea or Man.City any day of the week!!

 

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View kingdowieonthewall's Profile kingdowieonthewall Flag glorious Goring by sea 24 May 21 7.23pm Send a Private Message to kingdowieonthewall Add kingdowieonthewall as a friend

Originally posted by Pikester

Next season will be tricky to say the least.
"Relegation would be a disaster" some say - "Look at Sunderland" - "Leeds were down there for years".

I started going to Palace in 77/78 with my first full season the glorious 78/79 season ending with that Burnley game that I was lucky enough to get to.

Not many memories of note until 88/89 and us beating Blackburn 3-0.

The 1990 Cup Semi 4-3 against Liverpool was amazing and the others etched in my mind were beating West Ham at the Playoff final in Cardiff and Watford in the Playoff final at Wembley.

The point is 4 out of those 5 we were a 2nd tier side. The excitement of those seasons was having something to play for.
When we got to the top flight the first season is great - we're on MOTD. We're in the papers. That first set of fixtures that comes out - so exciting. We're going to be live on tv.
2nd season maybe some excitement - still pleased to be there. And then what? Having Cabaye was a real highlight. The Andy Johnson era was great.

Is it just the dull football that's made it all rubbish?
Is it not having a talismanic striker like AJ to get excited about?
Once we're allowed back is it all too corporate with too many 'tourists' and finding it difficult to get tickets?

Is the Premier League always just 'good for a while' for a club like ours.
Were the promotion seasons better?

Is someone offered you the next 20 years in the Premier League but you wouldn't win any silverware against yoyoing between the leagues but having a handful of exciting promotion seasons which would you choose?

this is pretty much it.
Also liked the early copple days, had great fun watching us away at WBA even if it was a 5-3 loss or 4-4 at leicester.
all yellow away kit,

Edited by kingdowieonthewall (24 May 2021 7.32pm)

 


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View rollercoaster's Profile rollercoaster Flag Cornwall 24 May 21 7.38pm Send a Private Message to rollercoaster Add rollercoaster as a friend

We all enjoy different things about football and Palace. For me the first venture into the top flight over 4 seasons holds most of my best memories. I liked the football back then. I just like seeing the ball in the box, seeing meaty challenges and don't like professional diving and fouling which seemed less prevalent back then + standing + terrific atmosphere.

Winning that last game against Man City to stay up by 1 point, Beating ManU 5-0, Don Rogers Debut Goal, 5-1 Sheff U, 2-2 Arsenal...we saw some great games and some stonking defeats but it was always fun.

 

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View Romford-Eagle's Profile Romford-Eagle Flag Romford 25 May 21 1.35am Send a Private Message to Romford-Eagle Add Romford-Eagle as a friend

Got to be this season, the moment Roy walked out the door...

 

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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Flag CR3 25 May 21 9.26am Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

For me it has to be the up and down years, with brief forays into the PL followed by the horrendous feeling of relegation but then the euphoria of being one of the strongest sides in the Championship and gaining promotion.

Norwich are experiencing this now and it makes you wonder whose fans are happier, ours struggling to beat anyone in the top half but currently settled in the top league or theirs, beating everyone one league down but in the knowledge they are favourites for the drop the following season.

 

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View chris123's Profile chris123 Flag hove actually 25 May 21 9.52am Send a Private Message to chris123 Add chris123 as a friend

Originally posted by Pigglelet

Thatís a very interesting question. I donít know about which single division because I have very fond memories of the 1960s. The decade started with our promotion into Division 3. We then made it into Division 2 after an absence of 40 or so years and finally sealed promotion into Division One for the first time ever with a 3-2 win at Selhurst against Fulham. It wasnít all good Ė we only won 6 league games during all of 1962 across two seasons and at one point it looked like we might be dropping back into Division 4. They were exciting times with three promotions and thatís not something you are going to get as a lower mid-table PL team but thatís all in the past and I donít think Iíd want to return to those days now and join the Sunderlands, Boltons and Wigans.

That promotion season in 1969 for me.

 

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View Dixie Eagle's Profile Dixie Eagle Flag Chatham 25 May 21 9.55am Send a Private Message to Dixie Eagle Add Dixie Eagle as a friend

The thought of going back to the Championship doesn't bother me at all. I enjoy playing Millwall, Birmingham, Charlton (if they're there), Derby and the others. Most games will be at 3pm Saturday. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards first. Those previous rebuilding periods were great. Much more enjoyable than the last 2-3 seasons.

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 25 May 21 10.22am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Best for me was the 1990 Cup Final at Wembley.

Dad had always joked about us getting to the final, never believing it would happen.

I got tickets and took him. He thought he was dreaming and gone to Heaven. "Palace at Wembley, blimey" he kept saying.

Those few minutes when we were 3-2 up against Man Utd at Wembley. The crowd went mad, dad was in tears of joy. Best time for me.

And then Mark Hughes came along and spoilt it all. Never forgiven him.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 25 May 21 10.27am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

Best for me was the 1990 Cup Final at Wembley.

Dad had always joked about us getting to the final, never believing it would happen.

I got tickets and took him. He thought he was dreaming and gone to Heaven. "Palace at Wembley, blimey" he kept saying.

Those few minutes when we were 3-2 up against Man Utd at Wembley. The crowd went mad, dad was in tears of joy. Best time for me.

And then Mark Hughes came along and spoilt it all. Never forgiven him.

Forever known as TCH (That C unit Hughes"

Edited by Badger11 (25 May 2021 10.27am)

 


One more point

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 25 May 21 10.41am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

Forever known as TCH (That C unit Hughes"

Edited by Badger11 (25 May 2021 10.27am)

Quite. And to think that, last night, tonymikejoe had the gall to suggest he would make a fantastic manager for us.

 


Dad and I watched games standing on the muddy slope of the Holmesdale Road end. He cheered and I rattled.

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View TheBigToePunt's Profile TheBigToePunt Flag 25 May 21 11.47am Send a Private Message to TheBigToePunt Add TheBigToePunt as a friend

I completely understand why people have started to explore this question. We haven't found (or for my money seen anyone else our size find) a way to stay in the top flight that isn't often dull and sometimes awful to watch.

What I struggle with is the idea that this predicament translates into: 'Do you want to see dull football in the top flight, or open football in the championship?' or even 'Does it matter what league Palace are in really, so long as you get to go and enjoy it?'.

Firstly, I have stood and then sat through year after year of just as much utter dross from Palace in the second tier as I have in the top flight. It isn't some golden land of laughs and bonhomie. It still costs the earth. Selhurst is usually half empty. Everyone still finds plenty to moan about. It still rains.

More importantly, though, league football is not just about the individual matches in isolation. If anything, it's the opposite, and I think that's what some people are perhaps overlooking.

Most peoples top ten second-tier Palace games/moments will probably include nerve shredders at Stockport and Hillsborough, or play offs like Blackburn, Hopkins at Wembley, West Ham at Cardiff. Even if your favourites are just isolated good performances in the middle of a championship season, or derby games against Millwall, Charlton etc, the fact is that all of these games have significance outside of themselves. Even the most enjoyable league games are not stand-alone test matches - they are part of building, arresting or maintaining momentum. The games matter because they add up to either staying in the league, or getting out of it.

All my life, watching Palace play in the championship is partly about watching the game that day, partly about the context of the league table, and partly about the longer-term direction of the club. To watch championship football with little or no interest in the latter two is an alien concept to me, and one I think people may struggle with more than they relaise.

 

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