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Percy Dalton
19-04-2015, 07:41 PM
46 years ago this evening more than a few glasses were being raised to celebrate our first ever promotion to the top division after coming from 0-2 down to beat Fulham 3-2 and secure runners up spot to Derby. :lux:

In the 46 years that have passed we have only slipped out of the top two divisions for three seasons and have spent 15 seasons (fingers X soon to be 16) in the top division, despite some desperate fiancial times that would have finished off many clubs. Given a stable financial situation and continued good stewardship all being well we should be able to celebrate in 4 years time the 50th Anniversary of that wonderful promotion day as an established top flight club :p

Crofty
19-04-2015, 08:23 PM
:lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux:

KYLIE MINEAGLE
20-04-2015, 09:57 AM
46 years seems like yesterday remember it well. **** me I'm getting old.

jonn63
20-04-2015, 01:45 PM
Wish I'd been there but as only about 6 , I had to wait 10y s for 79-80

dave_who_ru
20-04-2015, 02:05 PM
I watched the game from under a half-built Arthur. At last a roof above us.

We finished on 16 games without defeat (10 wins, 6 draws).

Percy Dalton
20-04-2015, 02:25 PM
I watched the game from under a half-built Arthur. At last a roof above us.

We finished on 16 games without defeat (10 wins, 6 draws).

I think most of the Holmesdale did from about the Cardiff or Hull home games as I recall. As you say we had a roof at last to help ramp up the atmosphere, which for the Millwall home game was one of the loudest nights I can recall at Selhurst.

The 16 match unbeaten run was of course carried on to 18 before we lost at Everton our third game in division 1 (old money) having been 1-0 lost 1-2 in the end. Trying to remember if that is still our longest unbeaten run?

Olympian2
20-04-2015, 03:38 PM
That's cool to know. I was born the day before our first ever promotion to the top flight!

Ruskin Old Boy
20-04-2015, 03:40 PM
Every goal scored at the Holmesdale end, two for them in the first half, 3 for us in the second half.

Fair to say there was much downing of beer that evening.

Very happy days :lux:

palace64
20-04-2015, 03:53 PM
46 years seems like yesterday remember it well. **** me I'm getting old.

and me where has it gone

ScrapMetalKids
20-04-2015, 04:04 PM
As I clambered over the hoarding of the Whitehorse at the end and vaguely remember my dad shouting 'wait for me' !

Fatboy
20-04-2015, 04:15 PM
46 years seems like yesterday remember it well. **** me I got old.

EFA
:angel:

dave_who_ru
20-04-2015, 04:26 PM
I think most of the Holmesdale did from about the Cardiff or Hull home games as I recall. As you say we had a roof at last to help ramp up the atmosphere, which for the Millwall home game was one of the loudest nights I can recall at Selhurst.

The 16 match unbeaten run was of course carried on to 18 before we lost at Everton our third game in division 1 (old money) having been 1-0 lost 1-2 in the end. Trying to remember if that is still our longest unbeaten run?

According to the books that was our longest unbeaten run. Happy days.

I recall being in the Arthur for the Cardiff game but I'm not sure at what stage the building works had reached. I know the back part was partitioned off at some stage but when?

ElwissAtMemphis
20-04-2015, 04:55 PM
That's a very early end to the season. There wasn't a World Cup or Euro that season. Was there any reason for that?

SKATE
20-04-2015, 04:58 PM
Every goal scored at the Holmesdale end, two for them in the first half, 3 for us in the second half.

Fair to say there was much downing of beer that evening.

Very happy days :lux:


I was too young for beer! Was in the main stand enclosure - and amongst the hoardes on the pitch the end!

davech
20-04-2015, 04:59 PM
Magic game. 2-0 down, one of them by some fat lump called Brian Dear, as I remember. Fulham had already been relegated to Div 3, iirc.

Then the comeback. And the nearest rivals for promotion, some team called Charlton, lost at home to confirm things :D.

Scanned (very poor) page from my Crystal Palace Story. Sorry, can't make it any bigger/better.

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I had to go to Cadet Camp and missed the first game v Man Utd (they were good then, not a bunch of w@nkers), but my mate got me the programme :lux:

Pikie Punisher
20-04-2015, 05:37 PM
Vague memories me being quite young then, mainly of the celebrations after, but it still fills me with warmth and happiness just thinking about that day :) and indeed the other matches I went to that season, my first. Christ, as I've said before, I would absolutely love to see footage of that Fulham match (there was a rumour on this forum that there might be some out there?), I've seen the footage of the 3-1 win over Pompey at home a bit earlier, which I was at too, fantastic :love:

desperado
20-04-2015, 06:50 PM
One of the greatest ever days of being a Palace supporter. I watched this with my mum and dad on the Holmesdale in the same spot we stood ever since I was four years old

I think we only needed a draw to get promoted but were 2-0 down at half-time. We scored almost immediately from the restart and when Mark Lazarus equalized shortly afterwards the place erupted

Mark had a goal celebration that involved running round the pitch shaking hands with as many people as possible. When he set off in front of the Main Stand enclosure an old boy in one of the wheelchairs that were sited in front of the stand tried to run onto the pitch with the aid of sticks

I turned to point this out to my dad and he was in tears. Only time I ever saw my dad cry

dave_who_ru
20-04-2015, 07:33 PM
That's a very early end to the season. There wasn't a World Cup or Euro that season. Was there any reason for that?

Maybe not too unusual. I have looked at the period 1964/65 to 1972/73 and matches finished in April in 5 of those seasons. The latest date was 15 May in the 1967/68 season.

As regards to World Cup years the 1965/66 season ended on 7 May and the 1969/70 season on 6 April, which was the earliest I can find.

dave_who_ru
20-04-2015, 07:39 PM
Scanned (very poor) page from my Crystal Palace Story. Sorry, can't make it any bigger/better.

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Interesting view of the Arthur. You can see that the back of the stand was still open to the elements so just a roof on it.

Lee sinnots ear
20-04-2015, 09:26 PM
Only a school boy but remember it well standing at the front of the old stand with my Dad at the Holmesadle end.

What I remember other than the comeback was fans running on the pitch offering the Palce players swigs from bottles of champagne����

DARZET EAGLE
20-04-2015, 09:48 PM
46 years seems like yesterday remember it well. **** me I'm getting old.

Six months before I got married, still with my wife and Palace.

big bad John
20-04-2015, 11:08 PM
Mark had a goal celebration that involved running round the pitch shaking hands with as many people as possible. When he set off in front of the Main Stand enclosure an old boy in one of the wheelchairs that were sited in front of the stand tried to run onto the pitch with the aid of sticks

Watched the game from the Whitehorse end of the Old Stand enclosure. Remember the old boy with the walking sticks. Believe Lazurus walked him off. At one stage a piece of the Old Stand roof fell and injured a fan. Budgie was playing for Fulham who were bottom of the table. 36,000 crowd was a little disappointing seeing as we had over 40,000 a couple of weeks previously against Boro. Great scenes on the pitch afterwards.

big bad John
20-04-2015, 11:18 PM
That's a very early end to the season. There wasn't a World Cup or Euro that season. Was there any reason for that?


It seems strange nowadays, but our last match was actually nine days later, away at Blackburn on April 28th. Can only think that Blackburn had a large backlog of fixtures after that very bad winter. Despite having over a week to paint the town claret the players came up trumps in the last game 2-1.

Hedgehog
21-04-2015, 01:19 AM
Magic game. 2-0 down, one of them by some fat lump called Brian Dear, as I remember. Fulham had already been relegated to Div 3, iirc.

Then the comeback. And the nearest rivals for promotion, some team called Charlton, lost at home to confirm things :D.

Scanned (very poor) page from my Crystal Palace Story. Sorry, can't make it any bigger/better.

44215

I had to go to Cadet Camp and missed the first game v Man Utd (they were good then, not a bunch of w@nkers), but my mate got me the programme :lux:
I thought the fat lump was Johnny Byrne!

KYLIE MINEAGLE
21-04-2015, 03:05 AM
I can see my mate Kev( still an STH) in the crowd shot and my other mate Danners. He now lives in Warsaw , but all his sons now grown are Palace supporters who get over for games when they can. A new slant on the Polish Eagle I suppose.

Henfield Eagle
21-04-2015, 04:02 AM
Remember it well...happy days:lux:

gcwhite
21-04-2015, 04:05 AM
I thought the fat lump was Johnny Byrne!

Dear and Byrne both played that day. They made Tomas Brolin look slim.

ozzieEagle
21-04-2015, 05:45 AM
I can't recall that game for some bloody reason.... I definitely remember Good Friday against Borough... I definitely remember away at Charlton and the "Ahoy Palace keep it up" headlines but I'll be buggered if I can remember that one. I remember Millwall at home and a smashed up Norwood Junction.

Only thing I remember were the pitch celebrations.... Unless that happened twice ? I would have just turned 14, So cant blame the booze.

Percy Dalton
21-04-2015, 08:08 AM
According to the books that was our longest unbeaten run. Happy days.

I recall being in the Arthur for the Cardiff game but I'm not sure at what stage the building works had reached. I know the back part was partitioned off at some stage but when?

I may be wrong but I seem to recall the wooden fence that partitioned off the back part of the construction (about where the grass bank used to be) went up before the Millwall game. It was certainy there for the Boro game.

Of course if we did not have health and safety police today we could re develop Selhurst without shutting down sections of the ground. Just issue everybody with a hard hat and a yellow jacket, job done !!! Its crazy thinking back that a huge part of the stand was built while the park road terrace was still in use. The Arthur rising from the ground mirrored the promotion run in :lux:

Percy Dalton
21-04-2015, 08:15 AM
Watched the game from the Whitehorse end of the Old Stand enclosure. Remember the old boy with the walking sticks. Believe Lazurus walked him off. At one stage a piece of the Old Stand roof fell and injured a fan. Budgie was playing for Fulham who were bottom of the table. 36,000 crowd was a little disappointing seeing as we had over 40,000 a couple of weeks previously against Boro. Great scenes on the pitch afterwards.

I think if I remember correctly the ball that hit the Main Stand roof and some of it broke off and fell into the old Enclosure hitting a few fans was in the the pre match warm up or at the very start of the game.

I do remember Bert Head was not at the game of scouting in Scotland. George Petchey was in charge and must have given an interesting team talk at half time !!

I also seem to recall Fulham had a third goal (which would have made it 3-3) ruled out for off side ?

It was a nice mid April sunny warm day and the pitch was as hard as concrete with not a lot of grass on it. We had a rough winter of course but Selhurst was often bald come the end of the season just a hard baked clay surface. Pitch technology is one thing that has made the game better today, mind you I do miss some of those games when the players used to have to plough through a sea of mud :p

KYLIE MINEAGLE
21-04-2015, 08:19 AM
Indeed .When you see the stuff Don Rogers used to weave his magic on ,you have to wonder how he would have gone today. Anyway I digress. I do remember one of the old wooden crash barriers giving way that day when we scored sending a load of us down the still in place banking.

gcwhite
21-04-2015, 08:40 AM
1969. What a year. Neil Armstrong's one small step, Palace promoted to Division 1, Bob Dylan played at the Isle of Wight and I left school.

davech
21-04-2015, 08:52 AM
Dear and Byrne both played that day. They made Tomas Brolin look slim.

I can't remember - did Byrne score? Can't find any details.

gcwhite
21-04-2015, 09:01 AM
I think Dear scored both.

norwood58
21-04-2015, 11:44 AM
Was there as a kid with my parents in what's now called the main stand, great pitch invasion at the end and remember the players throwing their kit and boots to the crowd

grays_eagle
21-04-2015, 12:18 PM
One memory from that game was a fan behind me on the Holmesdale opening a bottle of champagne when we equalised. As the cork popped, he shouted "We're up!".

jonn63
21-04-2015, 02:05 PM
I can't recall that game for some bloody reason.... I definitely remember Good Friday against Borough... I definitely remember away at Charlton and the "Ahoy Palace keep it up" headlines but I'll be buggered if I can remember that one. I remember Millwall at home and a smashed up Norwood Junction.

Only thing I remember were the pitch celebrations.... Unless that happened twice ? I would have just turned 14, So cant blame the booze.

What palace smashed up norwood juntion lol.

desperado
21-04-2015, 02:18 PM
I think Dear scored both.

Dear definitely got one but I thought Frank Large scored the other Fulham goal could be wrong though

Frank Large certainly lived up to his name and was as fat as both Dear and Byrne in that game

Granada allover
21-04-2015, 02:25 PM
1969. What a year. Neil Armstrong's one small step, Palace promoted to Division 1, Bob Dylan played at the Isle of Wight and I left school.

The rooftop Beatles, Stones played Hyde Park (out of tune mostly, saved by Mick Taylor) and I failed virtually all my 'O' Levels: too much attention on Selhurst Park. Plus ša change...

gcwhite
21-04-2015, 04:14 PM
The rooftop Beatles, Stones played Hyde Park (out of tune mostly, saved by Mick Taylor) and I failed virtually all my 'O' Levels: too much attention on Selhurst Park. Plus ša change...

My mates all went to see the Stones but I turned it down. In my memory I think I went to see Palace instead. Having checked Wikipedia the Hyde Park gig was on July 5th so unless it was a pre-season friendly then my memory is wrong.

Anyway it was the summer of 69 and I wasn't a great Stones fan anyway.

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The EEEAAAGGGLLLEEE!!!
21-04-2015, 04:30 PM
That was my first ever game at 8 years old. Darn I'm getting old. Nearly had red and blue blood for half a centaury.

ian king
21-04-2015, 04:38 PM
Remember Mark Lazarus on the radio later saying "We're all goin' potty down 'ere"!!

Blackburn away originally played on 1st February 1969 but abandoned (0-0) after 18 minutes due to rain/mud/waterlogged pitch.

Although past his best it somehow seemed appropriate that Johnny Byrne should be at Selhurst Park that afternoon as he was at the start of our climb from Div 4 to Div 1 in ten years.

Percy Dalton
21-04-2015, 08:43 PM
Remember Mark Lazarus on the radio later saying "We're all goin' potty down 'ere"!!

Blackburn away originally played on 1st February 1969 but abandoned (0-0) after 18 minutes due to rain/mud/waterlogged pitch.

Although past his best it somehow seemed appropriate that Johnny Byrne should be at Selhurst Park that afternoon as he was at the start of our climb from Div 4 to Div 1 in ten years.

Agree 100% although it was sad to see how he had put on the weight. I prefer to remember him as he was in his first spell with us, although there were a few magic moments second time around and he made a contribution to establishing Palace as a 2nd Division side

Granada allover
21-04-2015, 08:51 PM
Agree 100% although it was sad to see how he had put on the weight. I prefer to remember him as he was in his first spell with us, although there were a few magic moments second time around and he made a contribution to establishing Palace as a 2nd Division side

I'll never forget the excitement when he returned from West Ham. His first match was a friendly against Leicester, I think and it felt (to this 14-year-old) like a top of the table six pointer.

DARZET EAGLE
21-04-2015, 09:35 PM
Yep, Budgie a true legend.

Bluewater eagle
22-04-2015, 11:19 AM
My first Palace game, all I can remember about it was running about the grass bank at the back of the holmesdale and not being able to see the pitch.

ozzieEagle
22-04-2015, 01:04 PM
What palace smashed up norwood juntion lol.


Millwall old boy...Including plenty of houses along the Holmesdale road and one hell of a lot of the windows down by the station... I had to go to Forest Hill Station with them, The train had no ceiling or lights by the time we got there. I think during the game one of the wooden terrace barriers inside the old Arthur was set on fire as well...The fire may not have been that game, it did happen at one game though.

jonn63
22-04-2015, 03:55 PM
Millwall old boy...Including plenty of houses along the Holmesdale road and one hell of a lot of the windows down by the station... I had to go to Forest Hill Station with them, The train had no ceiling or lights by the time we got there. I think during the game one of the wooden terrace barriers inside the old Arthur was set on fire as well...The fire may not have been that game, it did happen at one game though.

I new it was Millwall just jesting.

casinocolin
22-04-2015, 06:43 PM
Starting watching Palace this season I was taken to the games by my uncle and cousin in an old ford Anglia and stood in the enclosure of the old stand, my cousin for some reason started to support Millwall the following season why I will never know silly boy but managed to get to the games from Bromley by train then on and started to watch from the Holmesdale road end, great times.