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How about people giving us their recollections of the worst goalkeeping gaffes that we've seen, either by our keepers or the opposition. The 2 that I immediately recall are firstly, Paul Barron catching a shot against Wolves at Selhurst (early 80's in Div 2) while falling backwards and proceeding to perform a kind of backwards roll that caused him to kick the ball out of his own hands and into the net. The match was televised just to compound his embarassment. Another was George Wood's pinpoint pass to the Leicester City forward in the 4-4 draw at Filbert Street (87/88) who had time to look up, thank him and place the ball in the empty net. Poor George returned to his goal to retrieve the ball to a chorus of boos from the Palace fans behind the goal. I don't think he ever played again.
11-05-2000, 03:00 AM
Rhys Wilmots inept display away at Southampton resulting in a 3-1 defeat. Steve Mautone at Forest this year wasn't much better.
11-05-2000, 04:04 AM
I'm sorry, but the best has to be the Gary Sprake "slip through hands" from a John Sewell hopeful up and under. It was on ITV's Sunday Match or whatever it was called. We couldn't believe it - if I remember rightly Leeds were leading 1-0 and we didn't look as if we were going to score until nearly the last minute when "Shovel" Sewell lived up to his name and scooped the ball up from the touchline. Everyone groaned as Sprake only had to jump a little to catch the ball with no-one near him. The groans turned to disbelief and then to cheers as the ball slipped through his hands and into the net!! A valuable point in our fight against relegation!!
11-05-2000, 05:30 AM
I remember Paul Hammond letting in a shot from Chester's Alan Oakes at Selhurst in 1976 or 77.Oakes hit the ball from inside his own half and it never really went above shoulder height,but Hammond just stood and stared at it.When the final whistle went(we lost)Hammond tried to get into the Whitehorse to attack a Palace fan who'd been bad mouthing him after his mistake,but he was held back by teamates/stewards...a pity really,as the crowd might have lynched him for that howler.
I must also take this oportunity to confess that I rated Paul Barron as a good keeper,and remember a save he made at Leeds in 1981'ish as one of the best I've ever seen.I've got it somewhere on video.He was just unfortunate to play in a particularly bad Palace side.He's now goalkeeping coach at Villa.
11-05-2000, 05:29 PM
Kasey Keller at the New Den the year of the Leicester Play Off Final ( I think).
Dived over George Ndah's mi**** bicycle kick
11-05-2000, 05:34 PM
Do we have to censor "mi****" just because I misspelt "mis-hit". It wasn't a blatent attempt to post the word normally seen in the name "Mark Gold****"
11-05-2000, 05:52 PM
Chris day's shocker at southend away during the promotion year brought about the rise of one Carlo Nash. with no danger Day for some reason ran out to clear the ball, completley missed it allowing one of their muppets an open goal. that was the tip of the iceberg, but the worst goalkeeping display went to the best goalkeeping display from Carlo who was outstanding four days later at QPR.
11-05-2000, 06:24 PM
I think George Wood when he was about 53,kept on running out of his area for some reason,similar to Day at Southend.
11-05-2000, 06:49 PM
This is the complete opposite to a blunder but does anyone remember a cup tie a few years back against Lincoln or Hull, last minute, we were a goal down from the first leg and Nigel dribbled out to at least the half way line beating a couple of players and lumping it forward for someone to set up an equaliser?
one of nigel's rare mishaps springs to mind.... vs forest in 1990 where he let a rather tame pearce effort straight between his legs
and again worth mentioning rhys wilmots' brilliant og where he chucked the ball in his own net for saints first goal in 93, that pretty much relelgated us
Mat ov CPFC
11-05-2000, 11:29 PM
through a haze of alchol I can barely remember, and I stand to be corrected, Migel Martyn managing to gift Sheffield Wednesday a goal at Hillsborough by mis-kicking a goal kick. It was particualy galling as we had just equalised and we had been all over them.
Still, **** happens !
11-05-2000, 11:57 PM
I don't know whether it was a goalkeeping error or defense, but anyone remember that 1st minute own goal scored by Richard Shaw at Southampton. slotted the ball calmly past Martyn.
Carlo at Stockport this season was good, especially the chants of Carlo is a Palace fan.
12-05-2000, 12:32 AM
This is going back a lot further than the other contenders. In 1963 we played QPR at Selhurst on a pitch which consisted of mud and about six blades of grass. We got our only goal when the QPR goalkeeper took a goalkick consisting mainly of mud. The ball arrived just outside the penalty area, and straight at the feet of Ronnie Allen, our slowest player, and therefore the last to get back to his own half of the field.
However I also saw the Sprake own goal, and it must win the prize.
I haven't seen the Gary Sprake one (though it sounds like a cracker). "Best" I've seen was definitely the Kasey Keller one from George Ndah's crap overhead kick. It's a LOL job every time I watch the video.
12-05-2000, 01:38 AM
As a Norwegian one incident comes to mind: In a league-match in the mid-eighties there was a goalie called Bjarte Flem who played for Tromsų, he was going to throw the ball to one of his defenders when the defender told him not to... Flem reacted a bit late and continued with the throw, which resulted in a goal that made him a cult-hero up here: He actually threw the ball into his own net!!! He recently had a prize dedicated to him: The Bjarte Flem trophy for the worst blunder in the clips shown in a tv-program... it's a classic
ANDY FROM BR1
12-05-2000, 02:02 AM
Originally posted by Jolly Norwegian on 05-11-2000 09:38 PM
He recently had a prize dedicated to him: The Bjarte Flem trophy for the worst blunder in the clips shown in a tv-program... it's a classic
He should have another prize dedicated to him with a name like that!
15-05-2000, 11:40 PM
For pure goalkeeping-defender calamity there is one double act that stands out a mile - namely the Leif-Day effort v Wolves in 1996, which set up two goals for Corica in the first 15 minutes. The pair of them were a double act to rival Morecambe and Wise!
Despite this, the pair remained in the team to give Leif the chance to end his Palace career with a stunning finish for well taken own goal v Leeds in the cup two months later.
Day and Leif - take a bow!
ANDY FROM BR1
16-05-2000, 09:07 PM
Versus West Ham when Mr Lim's betting consortium turned off the lights.
Our first goal was a classic cock-up by Craig Forrest. In attempting to hoof the ball upfield he only managed to knock it straight to Shipps on the edge of the box who knocked it straight back into the empty goal. Lovely.
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