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View Guntrisoft's Profile Guntrisoft Flag Beckenham, Kent 02 Jan 03 1.02am Send a Private Message to Guntrisoft Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add Guntrisoft as a friend

About a month ago HOL member 'Geoff Thomas' sent me some great photos he scanned in of the crunch match in 1979 against Burnley which saw the largest ever attendance at Selhurst Park.

We are going to run a feature with these scans in it, and I would like the members who were around at the time to recall their memories of that day, and what it was like to be in such a huge crowd.

I was only 1 year old at the time, and only started supporting Palace when I was about 17, so it would be great to hear more about that match.

 


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View Geoff Thomas's Profile Geoff Thomas Flag Tonbridge - 02 Jan 03 11.16am Send a Private Message to Geoff Thomas Add Geoff Thomas as a friend

Guntri,

PM message me your site address and i will send in the magazine with all the pictures as my scanning did not work very well!

GT

 


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Tebbo Flag Orpington 02 Jan 03 1.09pm

I was 20 at the time and remember standing in the Arthur Wait. A pee at half time was out of the question because it was impossible to move from where I was standing.
I recall someone close to me had a sack full of the small round pieces of paper that used to be produced by the old telex machines. These were launched skywards when we scored.
Amazing atmosphere, sadly never to be repeated, not even on our later visits to Wembley.

 


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View croftonglazier's Profile croftonglazier Flag Orpington 02 Jan 03 1.20pm Send a Private Message to croftonglazier Add croftonglazier as a friend

I was 15 at the time. I stood on the Holmesdale under the floodlight that used to be at the top of the hill. Most vivid memory is when we scored the second goal as someone to our left uncorked a bottle of champagne and the cork landed on my dad's nose cutting him. At the end I can remember the surge onto the pitch but we were so far back we had no chance and could only watch the celebrations in the old stand from afar. I still have the flag I waved that night and after the game my dad and I went to celebrate in the Rosecroft in Orpington - which was full of jealous Addicts from the Valley ! Still I managed to get on the pitch when we knocked Swindon out of the play offs some years later - and still treasure the video as a number of us from Orpington go right across the middle of the screen.

Edited by croftonglazier (02 Jan 2003 1:23pm)

 

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View CiderEagle's Profile CiderEagle Flag I'm an Englishman in Newport 02 Jan 03 1.28pm Send a Private Message to CiderEagle Add CiderEagle as a friend

That evening is a bit of a blur to be honest. I was 17 and just about to leave school. Me and my Dad went in the Arthur Wait for the first and only time, being unable to get tickets elsewhere. I have never experienced an atmosphere like it, before or since. Memory plays tricks, and please correct me if I'm wrong in this but I think the options open to use were, win and win the Division, draw or lose and fail even to get promoted. Smillie was chosen in preference to the 19-year-old (I think?) Vince Hilaire, which caused great concern among us all. I think it was 0-0 at half-time and halfway through the second half a great chant of "We want Vince" went up, sung by what seemed like the entire ground. The lad was duly produced, began to repeatedly skin the Burnley defence and made both goals (again, this is just my memory of it and I fully accept that this may all be factually a load of cobblers!). The ground didn't empty for ages afterwards, the trophy was presented and what seemed like the entire squad was announced to the crowd. The pubs were chaotic afterwards, apparently there were a few M***w*** fans going around beating up any Palace fans they could find.

Earlier in the day, our cat had gave birth to two kittens - one was stillborn but the other was a little black one I wanted to name "Vince", but was overruled by the women of the family. We eventually compromised on "Champ". So for six or seven years, every time we stroked the cat we had a reminder of the Greatest Day In Palace History. He was probably the best-loved cat in the world.

 

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View MR MICHAEL's Profile MR MICHAEL Flag 02 Jan 03 2.07pm Send a Private Message to MR MICHAEL Add MR MICHAEL as a friend

Reading these sends a shiver down my spine, what a fantastic night i must of been.

I've heard stories from my dad that before the pitch invasion, my dad said to the Old Bill, that your not stopping us running onto the pitch, and the copper said that i know, cos i'll be joing you. LOL.

keep up the memories you lot, like to here more.

 

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View redblueeagle's Profile redblueeagle Flag East Grinstead 02 Jan 03 3.11pm Send a Private Message to redblueeagle Add redblueeagle as a friend

I was only eight and at that time had never been to Palace. However I do remember my mum listening to the game on the radio.

The situation was if we won we knocked Brighton off the top of the league and won it ourselves.
If we drew then we took Sunderlands place in third and got promoted.
If we lost Brighton,Stoke and Sunderland all got promoted and we stayed down.

I rememeber Burnley scoring first but it was offside.

Oh for another day like that!

 


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View cb1969's Profile cb1969 Flag Back in the 'hood 02 Jan 03 3.13pm Send a Private Message to cb1969 Add cb1969 as a friend

I remember the day well, I still have my program and ticket stub!. I was 10 years old, and as my dad was a cabbie down at Crystal Cars in Norbury and used to pick up a few of the players, we managed to get a couple of tickets off of Peter Nicholas. We were in the seats opposite the Waite Stand, and I can remember a bloke sitting next to us who said he'd come down from Luton after getting a last minute ticket.
Looking at the Holmesdale End that night you couldn't have got a fag paper in between the crowd it was so packed. Sadly I don't remember either of the goals, but I have since read that Jim Cannons' goal was one of the best goals never captured on tape.
Five minutes before the end the whole ground was singing "when the whites go marching in", and believe me at that moment, with the best part of fifty three thousand singing and supporting my beloved palace, i was in awe.
I then remember everyone piling onto the pitch, and a great banner being held up saying "Move Over Liverpool, Here Come Palace!", there were flares (both the pyrotechnic ones, and the trousers!!) and fireworks.
I can still remember going home and seeing Sandy Gall on News at Ten showing the heaving pitch.
There is a photo in the "We all follow the Palace" book that shows the pitch mobbed by fans with the pitch not visible and the stands STILL looked packed.
I reckon that with 53000 people there, just one may have had a cine camera, and relives that moment whenever they please. If you are out there, please share it with us!!

 

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View davidcpfc's Profile davidcpfc Flag bristol 02 Jan 03 3.47pm Send a Private Message to davidcpfc Add davidcpfc as a friend

I was 16 years old and had to travel down from bristol with my dad. We could nt leavetill 3-30 because i had a exam at school and the only way we got in was i had a mate mike branch and his dads seasson ticket and i still have a flag which i made ,what a night

 

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag Sittingbourne,Kent/Made in Bromley 02 Jan 03 3.54pm Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

Without doubt my greatest day as a Palace fan,yes even above the cup final.Win and we go up as champs,draw and we go up as runners-up and lose and we stay down,52,000 people inside and another 6,000 locked out,you can just Imagine what the atmosphere was like.
I was only 14 at the time and was standing In the Arthur Waite enclosure,I don't think my feet were touching the ground for most of the game as It was so packed,The holmesdale from the view I had was just a sea of heads.
Atmospheres like that will never ever be repeated Inside football grounds because of all-seater stadiums and even If you are lucky enough to go to a game where there's terracing they restrict the attendance.
When the first goal went In I think the noise would have been heard on the moon.
What a night,It's going to take something pretty special to better It that's for sure,I just don't think It's ever going to happen.
Great memorys!!

Edited by monkey (02 Jan 2003 3:56pm)

 

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View TorontoEagle's Profile TorontoEagle Flag Beds 02 Jan 03 10.06pm Send a Private Message to TorontoEagle Add TorontoEagle as a friend

I was 6 at the time but didn't even like football - I didn't go and I don't even remember it at all.

It's great to hear people's stories and I can't wait to see some pictures of Selhurst with 52,000.

Edited by TorontoEagle (02 Jan 2003 10:06pm)

 

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View dougster's Profile dougster Flag 03 Jan 03 12.46am Send a Private Message to dougster Add dougster as a friend

i WISH i was born for that!

 

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