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jaspercpfc
21-03-2016, 10:36 AM
Lets jump back into 1996 for 5 minutes. The Prodigy - Firestarter was top of the charts, you couldn't pick up a paper without some mention of the BSE crisis impacting the European Union and we were three months away before Football supposedly came home in Euro 96' - 20 years ago this month, we were having our very own party in our nearest rivals back yard.

We'd been on a run which had seen only one defeat in twenty league games and first up in our Easter schedule, we'd make the short journey to the New Den against Millwall who were in free-fall at the time (and ultimately relegated despite being top at Christmas) Palace sat third in the league before going into this match. This game wasn't only a huge win against our nearest rivals but also provided a moment of comical genius thanks to Millwall's mullet haired Yank keeper Kasey Keller.

It was a scrappy first half, Alex Rae who was linked on numerous occasions with a move to Palace had a penalty saved before Hopkin fired in the opener early in the second half with a low rifled shot after some decent approach play down the left flank by Ndah.
Kenny Brown making his debut in Palace colours after his midweek loan move doubled the lead, tapping home after Houghton's shot was only parried. Kenny was such a canny acquisition and although rarely remembered did a sound job in the three months he was with us and was a top guy.
Gareth Davies, our other "Ginger nut," who will most famously be remembered IMO for giving it large to Jamie Smith in the Play-offs in 97' conceded his second penalty of the game and Millwall cut the deficit, before Ndah scored a third with a low drilled shot from a Hopkin pullback when Kellar went walkabout.
Three points were in the bag and then the icing on the cake to complete the rout.......Houghton dinked the ball in to the area and Ndah with his back to goal tried a spectacular overhead kick, Kellar came to collect and the ball proceeded to bobble and trickle into the goal. It was a calamitous goal to concede but a delight to watch. This period probably culminated in Ndah's finest spell as a CPFC player.
2002 was probably the most intimidating atmosphere I've seen at the Den but the locals were none to pleased back at New Cross after that one :p

milky87
21-03-2016, 10:48 AM
Surely there is footage somewhere

prizesucker
21-03-2016, 10:54 AM
there is footage of this game within my thread here in the 95/96 season and also in the 250 goals VHS :-

http://cpfc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=261986

stevek
21-03-2016, 11:50 AM
Kenny Brown making his debut in Palace colours after his midweek loan move doubled the lead, tapping home after Houghton's shot was only parried. Kenny was such a canny acquisition and although rarely remembered did a sound job in the three months he was with us and was a top guy.

Kenny scored three important goals for us in his loan spell - this one; the equaliser at Derby in the penultimate game of the season (albeit in vain - Derby scored again and ensured second spot with a game to spare); and then at the Valley in the play off semi final. He was the rare thing of a right footed player who always played left back.

Pub Idol
21-03-2016, 12:04 PM
Kenny scored three important goals for us in his loan spell - this one; the equaliser at Derby in the penultimate game of the season (albeit in vain - Derby scored again and ensured second spot with a game to spare); and then at the Valley in the play off semi final. He was the rare thing of a right footed player who always played left back.

Was Dean Gordon injured? Cant remember TBH.

Good loan signing anyway.

jaspercpfc
21-03-2016, 12:24 PM
Was Dean Gordon injured? Cant remember TBH.

Good loan signing anyway.

Gordon scored a few goals early on in that campaign (inc the hat-trick at West Brom) but then got injured in March 96'. Vincent was in and around the first team at the time but was never good enough. A lot of clubs were showing interest in him at the time and I think his injury probably killed all talk of any moves.

Latvian Eagle
21-03-2016, 02:37 PM
Loved that game. Nige saving a pen, Ndah scoring a fluke of an overhead thanks to Kasey Keller. :D

Nth Kent Eagle
21-03-2016, 02:53 PM
Those of us who went to the Den that day should get extra loyalty points added to our total. Some lovely friendly Millwall at that match.

andyocpfc
21-03-2016, 03:05 PM
I remember this game. Horrible outside the stadium with their fans kicking off wherever possible it seemed.

stevek
21-03-2016, 03:23 PM
I didn't actually see the overhead goal go in - I'd looked away assuming it was just going gently into Keller's hands.

Latvian Eagle
21-03-2016, 06:58 PM
I watched the highlights earlier. After the Penalty Millwall scored Alex Rae (I think?) and Nige both dived in on one another quite viciously then proceeded to shove each other about. Pretty sure neither got booked for that, but today both would more than likely see red. :eek: