25 January 2012

1990: Crystal Palace reach the FA Cup final

In September 1989 newly promoted Crystal Palace visited Anfield and were hammered 9-0 by Liverpool. Seven months later the teams met at Villa Park in the FA Cup semi-final. Liverpool were the holders and would go on to win the league that year, but unlike at the start of the season, Palace were no pushovers. By then Perry Suckling, the goalkeeper who conceded nine (from eight different players no less), had been usurped by Nigel Martyn. 


When Ian Rush put Liverpool 1-0 up the Palace players might have feared a repeat, but the Eagles won 4-3 in one of the all-time great FA Cup games. 




Crystal Palace were again underdogs in the final, coming up against Manchester United at Wembley. Palace started with Andy Gray (Lambeth) and Alan Pardew (Wimbledon) who had scored in the semi-final win, while United's line-up included Danny Wallace (Greenwich), but the player that made the headlines was another South Londoner, Woolwich's Ian Wright. 


Wright came on in the 62nd minute with Palace 2-1 down and scored two goals. The match finished 3-3 after extra time and Manchester United won the replay five days later. 




Ian Wright features in our all-time South London XI. Listen to episode 5 for more.

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