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Top 10 black players

October 15 2015

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To mark Black History Month, we've selected the top 10 black Crystal Palace players.

10. Wilfried Zaha (2010 - present)

Edging into the top 10 just ahead of Yannick Bolasie, the wing wizard is simply unplayable at times and was integral in the team's 2013 promotion.

9. Nathaniel Clyne (2008 - 2012)

Establishing himself in the first team as a teenager, the pacy right back went on to be crowned player of the year, plus won two young player honours.

8. Jason Puncheon (2013 - present)

The playmaker has been instrumental in Palace's successful Premier League tenure, assisting and scoring vital goals, including some breathtaking free-kicks.

7. Clinton Morrison (1997 - 2002 & 2005 - 2008)

An expert poacher, he was the club's top scorer for four consecutive years after making his debut and scored 113 times over two spells.

6. Vince Hilaire (1976 - 1984)

The tricky wide player was hugely popular at Selhurst, and as part of the famous Team of the Eighties, dazzled fans with his silky skills.

5. John Salako (1986 - 1995)

Flying winger had a brilliant left foot and was a superb crosser, playing a major role in Palace's glory period of the early 90s.

4. Chris Armstrong (1992 - 1995)

Lightning-fast striker grabbed 15 goals in a relegated Premier League Eagles side and fired them back up with even more goals the following year.

3. Andy Gray (1984 - 1987 & 1989 - 1992)

Operated as a front man in his first spell and returned as a midfield powerhouse, who in tandem with Geoff Thomas, became the side's engine.

2. Mark Bright (1986 - 1992)

A traditional centre forward, he was the ideal partner for Ian Wright and netted vital goals in the club's rise to the top flight and FA Cup Final.

1. Ian Wright (1985 - 1991)

The explosive striker was equally accomplished at both tap-ins and scorchers with his goals launching Palace to unprecedented success. Palace's all-time leading post-war scorer with 117 strikes.

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