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Supa Pard
08-04-2016, 09:20 PM
Apologies if there's been a thread about this but my choices would be Peter Simpson, Vic Rouse and Johnny Byrne.
Yours?

Salad_Burnet
08-04-2016, 09:22 PM
Chopper Harris

Supa Pard
08-04-2016, 09:24 PM
Chopper Harris

I saw him when I was a kid.
Total Chelsea c**t.

David of Kent
08-04-2016, 09:28 PM
Peter Taylor in the '76 FA Cup run

Wish I'd seen more of Atillio Lombardo's matches for us and been able to see any of John Jackson's games

arabian eagle
08-04-2016, 09:32 PM
Vince Hilaire, Kenny Samson just before my time, so everyone at the ground was still talking about them.

Supa Pard
08-04-2016, 09:34 PM
I feel so old cos I've watched all the above.

Except Simpson, Rouse and Byrne.

Breaking rocks
08-04-2016, 09:34 PM
Johnny Byrne.

DARZET EAGLE
08-04-2016, 10:25 PM
Apologies if there's been a thread about this but my choices would be Peter Simpson, Vic Rouse and Johnny Byrne.
Yours?

I didn't see Peter Simpson, but wish I had he was obviously a great goalscorer. Johnny Byrne in his first spell was magnificent, he could score fantastic goals, mainly with his feet, and also create for others from deep positions. He became the first fourth division player to win an under 23 Cap for England, and having scored 30 goals Palace won Promotion to Division 3, where he was awarded his first full cap against Northern Ireland.
Vic Rouse was one of the best goalkeepers ever to wear the green jersey for Palace making 238 appearances for the club between 1956 and 1963. He won his only cap for Wales playing in the 4th Division in 1959. He was extremely brave and agile but was displaced by the brilliant Bill Glazier at the start of the 1963/64 season.

Supa Pard
08-04-2016, 10:41 PM
I didn't see Peter Simpson, but wish I had he was obviously a great goalscorer. Johnny Byrne in his first spell was magnificent, he could score fantastic goals, mainly with his feet, and also create for others from deep positions. He became the first fourth division player to win an under 23 Cap for England, and having scored 30 goals Palace won Promotion to Division 3, where he was awarded his first full cap against Northern Ireland.
Vic Rouse was one of the best goalkeepers ever to wear the green jersey for Palace making 238 appearances for the club between 1956 and 1963. He won his only cap for Wales playing in the 4th Division in 1959. He was extremely brave and agile but was displaced by the brilliant Bill Glazier at the start of the 1963/64 season.

My older brother absolutely idolised Vic Rouse.
I knew about Vic Rouse after Vic Rouse had long gone from Palace!
I've taught my boy in the Vic Rouse ways.
He hates Vic Rouse.
;)

herts_palace
08-04-2016, 10:57 PM
Johnny Byrne

Supa Pard
08-04-2016, 11:04 PM
Its funny really.
Byrne would've been my first choice if not for my brother and Vic Rouse.

Icy
08-04-2016, 11:34 PM
A bit more Lombardo and a bit more Cole. Different times, different players

Princess
08-04-2016, 11:45 PM
Sadly I never saw Jim Cannon (I love him hugely) . This is very sad.

Jim Cannon
09-04-2016, 12:07 AM
A bit more Lombardo and a bit more Cole. Different times, different players

You have been massively misled about Cole's time here. He played less than 20 games and was very young looked alright but nobody had any clue what he would go on to do it really wasn't obvious

danpalace07
09-04-2016, 12:25 AM
Wright and Bright in the flesh

Hedgehog
09-04-2016, 01:03 AM
Sadly I never saw Jim Cannon (I love him hugely) . This is very sad.
You are far too young Princess!

Hedgehog
09-04-2016, 01:05 AM
I would have to go with Peter Simpson, Johnny Byrne and Bill Glazier.

I also never saw Lombardo in a Palace shirt, even on TV, so I guess him too.

RednBlue
09-04-2016, 07:35 AM
:eek: OMG I'm so old! I've seen all of those listed on this thread so far!!!! (Edit: Except Peter Simpson)

jaspercpfc
09-04-2016, 07:44 AM
Kenny Samson or Peter Taylor.

sunshine lucas
09-04-2016, 07:46 AM
Cliff Holton

Ardent Eagle Forever
09-04-2016, 07:49 AM
Peter Taylor in the '76 FA Cup run

Wish I'd seen more of Atillio Lombardo's matches for us and been able to see any of John Jackson's games

John Jackson, best goalkeeper never to have played for England.

Supa Pard
09-04-2016, 07:49 AM
Cliff Holton

Good call.

Ardent Eagle Forever
09-04-2016, 07:51 AM
Johny Byrne for me.

Harry Bassett
09-04-2016, 07:53 AM
RednBlue must be a really old geezer, I have seen all the players bar Peter Simpson!

Nelson Muntz
09-04-2016, 07:53 AM
Billy Callender

Supa Pard
09-04-2016, 07:54 AM
Billy Callender

Where have the months gone?

Ruskin Old Boy
09-04-2016, 09:03 AM
RednBlue must be a really old geezer, I have seen all the players bar Peter Simpson!

Positively ancient ;)

(Only joking Tony :p)

Same here, Peter Simpson for me as well (though my mum knew him in his later years).

Swoonara
09-04-2016, 10:17 AM
My older brother absolutely idolised Vic Rouse.
I knew about Vic Rouse after Vic Rouse had long gone from Palace!
I've taught my boy in the Vic Rouse ways.
He hates Vic Rouse.
;)

He was my manager!

gold76
09-04-2016, 11:26 AM
I don't know about players- but would have loved to have seen the 69 & 79 promotion teams in their pomp..

DARZET EAGLE
09-04-2016, 01:02 PM
Cliff Holton

Yep, he was a fearsome goalscorer with the hardest shot I've ever seen. Originally played for Arsenal scoring 83 in 198 appearances and moved to Watford and then Northampton in short spells becoming record goalscorer in a season with both clubs. He signed for Palace in December 1962, staying for two and half seasons, and as part of the team promoted to the second division, Cliff scored 40 goals in 101 appearances.:love::love:

Ruskin Old Boy
09-04-2016, 05:56 PM
Cliff Holton interviewed at an interesting pre-season training camp, from 3mins 50 secs in.

(He'd left Palace at the end of the 64/65 season and gone back to Watford. As Darzet says he had a fearsome shot yet was an elegant player. First time I'd seen an outfield player wearing gloves it was Cliff Holton - and the gloves were yellow.)



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RednBlue
09-04-2016, 06:02 PM
Positively ancient ;)



(Only joking Tony :p)



Same here, Peter Simpson for me as well (though my mum knew him in his later years).


Whoops - Everyone except Peter Simpson - he was before my time.

the drexciyan
09-04-2016, 08:08 PM
My good mate Norm has seen Peter Simpson live. He was only 5-6 at the time though so not expecting any riveting insights on his goalscoring prowess. After he retired from playing he ran a newsagents in Croydon. LAD.

KYLIE MINEAGLE
10-04-2016, 01:06 AM
I would have liked to see Patrick Bamford play for Palace. Unfortunatly all he ever did was stroll on to the pitch in the kit and do bugger all.

davech
10-04-2016, 10:57 AM
Johnny Byrne in his first spell here. By all accounts, his partnership with Roy Summersby was something to behold.

GreatGonzo
10-04-2016, 11:00 AM
Would have loved to have seen Nicola Ventola play and to an extent Ivan Kaviedes.

Coveta
10-04-2016, 11:07 AM
:eek: OMG I'm so old! I've seen all of those listed on this thread so far!!!! (Edit: Except Peter Simpson)

Me too even saw Campbell and Ronnie Rook plus Dick Graham!

Smoz
10-04-2016, 11:08 AM
I suspect that you always want to have seen the players from the era just before you started going to Selhurst. I first went during the 78/79 promotion season and would love to have seen Peter Taylor and Rachid Harkouk play for us.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
10-04-2016, 11:16 AM
Former Villa keeper Stefan Postma is one I wish I hadn't have seen, but I guess it was my fault for clicking the link

Mictor Voses
10-04-2016, 11:30 AM
Bobby Moore. I hadn't seen any footage of him in action until Sky ran the documentary on the World Cup winning side a few months ago. My God. What a player.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
10-04-2016, 11:51 AM
Bobby Moore. I hadn't seen any footage of him in action until Sky ran the documentary on the World Cup winning side a few months ago. My God. What a player.

Same for his German counterpart Franz Beckenbauer.

DARZET EAGLE
11-04-2016, 07:18 PM
Johnny Byrne in his first spell here. By all accounts, his partnership with Roy Summersby was something to behold.

Indeed in the 1960/61 Promotion season from the Fourth Division, Summersby scored 25 goals and 'Budgie' Byrne scored 30 goals, quite a strikeforce!

DocSavage
15-04-2016, 04:25 PM
Apologies if there's been a thread about this but my choices would be Peter Simpson, Vic Rouse and Johnny Byrne.
Yours?
mark hughes on his own on his way to wembley 26 yrs ago

Supa Pard
15-04-2016, 06:17 PM
mark hughes on his own on his way to wembley 26 yrs ago

If I'd had my way he'd never have made it that far.

For novelty value only, Per Bartram.

DARZET EAGLE
15-04-2016, 09:52 PM
If I'd had my way he'd never have made it that far.

For novelty value only, Per Bartram.

Err...Sam Bartram for me, a very useful goalkeeper who made 579 appearances for err... Charlton from 1934 to 1956 and was never dropped.

AddoWolz
15-04-2016, 11:49 PM
The Don , Don Rodgers , he looked fantastic in the films I've seen of him , the ball control they had was amazing seeing as they were playing in six inches of mud and every team had a Ron chopper Harris that was aloud to basically kick lumps out of the oppositions most skillful player
I think Don would be a 20 million pound player today playing on the fantastic pitches that today's players get to play on

DARZET EAGLE
16-04-2016, 05:29 PM
The Don , Don Rodgers , he looked fantastic in the films I've seen of him , the ball control they had was amazing seeing as they were playing in six inches of mud and every team had a Ron chopper Harris that was aloud to basically kick lumps out of the oppositions most skillful player
I think Don would be a 20 million pound player today playing on the fantastic pitches that today's players get to play on

Trust me he was fantastic,very ''Georgie Best'' like. In my view he is in the top five Palace players ever.:lux:

gcwhite
16-04-2016, 07:49 PM
The Don , Don Rodgers , he looked fantastic in the films I've seen of him , the ball control they had was amazing seeing as they were playing in six inches of mud and every team had a Ron chopper Harris that was aloud to basically kick lumps out of the oppositions most skillful player
I think Don would be a 20 million pound player today playing on the fantastic pitches that today's players get to play on

Rogers. Sorry to be pedantic but a Palace legend should have his name spelled correctly.

garronrav
16-04-2016, 07:54 PM
Noticed Blind Eagle hasn't posted on this thread :smile:

JJ
17-04-2016, 07:42 AM
Samson just before my time

Before everyone's time I'd have thought... :rolleyes:

Vince Hilaire's Afro
17-04-2016, 09:56 AM
Rogers. Sorry to be pedantic but a Palace legend should have his name spelled correctly.

It's a good job you're not as big a fan of Kenny, or you'd be on 24hr call

gcwhite
17-04-2016, 11:25 AM
It's a good job you're not as big a fan of Kenny, or you'd be on 24hr call

Well our Kenny has had his name misspelled on this thread too.:D

Eli Cash
17-04-2016, 12:06 PM
Zico.

cpfc4evandeva
17-04-2016, 12:14 PM
I went to a couple of games Lombardo played in but I don't really remember him :(

Non-Palace... Diego Maradona.

cranesparkeagle
17-04-2016, 12:19 PM
Johnny Byrne. well before my time but his reputaion amon players of hs generation speals for itself. Barely saw Don Rogers so would have liked to see him in full flow and not just You tube clips

MAX
17-04-2016, 12:38 PM
Has to be Johnny Byrne, although my personal favourite was Vince Hilaire. The kid used to take an unbelievable kicking. Understand he used to bandage his legs for protection.

Old Joe Paxton
17-04-2016, 12:47 PM
George Best, Pele, Maradona

Phil's Barber
17-04-2016, 12:52 PM
Don Rogers for me too.

Supa Pard
17-04-2016, 12:52 PM
Has to be Johnny Byrne, although my personal favourite was Vince Hilaire. The kid used to take an unbelievable kicking. Understand he used to bandage his legs for protection.

He was brilliant was Vince.
And then I met him... :(

Supa Pard
17-04-2016, 12:59 PM
And all my boyhood hero worship was shattered.

Supa Pard
17-04-2016, 01:26 PM
Don Rogers for me too.

Lombardo, Wright and The Don. Best players we've ever had.

Rogers was at a book signing at Selhurst around 2005/6. I can't quite remember.
I'd bought his book a week or 2 before.
Me and my boy got in the queue to sign it. I kept nudging my boy saying 'that's him, that's him.' He was quite pissed off about that.
When it got to our turn I froze. I got his autograph when I was a little boy and asked him if he remembered that as he was signing my book. Oh dear!
I looked quite the c**t really.
Wasn't the first time and I'll wager it won't be the !ast.

Jordan's Jacket
17-04-2016, 01:59 PM
Dennis Compton

HRP
17-04-2016, 05:03 PM
Benzema

JJ
17-04-2016, 11:17 PM
George Best, Pele, Maradona

I saw Maradona play for Rest of the World vs The Football League at Wembley in 1987. It was only a year after the Hand of God goal and he was mercilessly booed every time he touched the ball.

Old Joe Paxton
17-04-2016, 11:34 PM
^ yes recall the game though never went

Am going to add late great Johan Cruyff too to my list

Owngoal
17-04-2016, 11:45 PM
At his very best John 'Yogi' Hughes was also one hell of a player (Seffield Unt game). The don in full flight made the whole crowd gasp, so magical and we do not have anything to compare with him today

DARZET EAGLE
18-04-2016, 07:16 PM
Dennis Compton

Playing for Arsenal or Middlesex?

JJ
19-04-2016, 07:00 AM
^ yes recall the game though never went

Platini played as well, and I think Ravelli the Swedish GK. FL won the game 3-0, and was captained by Steve Clarke, then at Chelsea.

Jack Regan
12-05-2016, 09:06 AM
Duncan Edwards.

Any player rated so highly by Sir Bobby Charlton must've been special.

Seagull-Eater_ Miss_Selhurst_ SE19_denizen
12-05-2016, 09:15 AM
Wayne Rooney at Everton. Just a torrid stream of one-syllable swearwords. Hilarious

dilem
28-07-2016, 11:49 PM
Started properly following football just after zidane retired.
Would of loved to see him/henry in prime - youtube videos dont do justice.

From palace - Aj/lombardo.

Gollum
29-07-2016, 12:03 AM
Florian Marange

danpalace07
29-07-2016, 12:10 AM
Guardiola just to see how such a great manager played

Mr Mojo Risin
30-07-2016, 08:42 AM
Trevor Aylott, just to see how bad he really was

Mictor Voses
30-07-2016, 08:57 AM
Bobby Moore. Only saw some proper footage of him for the first time during the Boys of 66 documentary earlier this year. What a centre half.

Panther
30-07-2016, 09:07 AM
Stanley Matthews. Once went to see him play at Arsenal but he was injured.

evvo111
30-07-2016, 09:13 AM
I'd love to have seen Pele in a live match. For Palace probably Vic Rouse and Johnny Byrne.

I'd also like to have seen Dennis Uphill. I was told something about him which I can't remember, possibly how bad he was (or how good).

Fictional player Charles Charlie Charles.

EmmerGreenEagle
30-07-2016, 09:03 PM
Kenny Sansom as a Palace player.

DARZET EAGLE
30-07-2016, 10:16 PM
Cliff Holton

Good choice mate. Cliff was a great goalscorer with a thunderbolt shot, and formed a terrific partnership with Dennis Uphill.

tamlamotowner
30-07-2016, 10:29 PM
Cliff Holton is my all time Favourite Palace hero whom I saw play many times.
I lament not seeing Johnny Byrne said he first time around ( I did get to see him when he came back in 67)

CarlosTheFinger
30-07-2016, 10:34 PM
Florian Marange

I'll raise you Gavin Mahon and Aruna Dindane.

CarlosTheFinger
30-07-2016, 10:37 PM
I'll raise you Gavin Mahon and Aruna Dindane.

And then I'll raise myself David Nugent.

And yes, you have full permission to read innuendo in my choice of phrasing.

palacemetros
30-07-2016, 10:46 PM
Kenny Sansom as a Palace player.

Shame you missed him, pleased to say I didn't. Like others on here, would have liked to see Johnny Byrne. My brother actually started to go to West Ham games after he moved there, just to watch him (and he's Palace thru' & thru'). Of non Palace players, probably Greavsie.

evvo111
31-07-2016, 03:41 PM
Good choice mate. Cliff was a great goalscorer with a thunderbolt shot, and formed a terrific partnership with Dennis Uphill.

Was Uphill a good player? I was told something about him but can't remember whether it was he was good or bad (old age kicked in with a vengeance :) ).

DARZET EAGLE
31-07-2016, 10:05 PM
Cliff Holton is my all time Favourite Palace hero whom I saw play many times.
I lament not seeing Johnny Byrne said he first time around ( I did get to see him when he came back in 67)

The mention of Cliff Holton always takes me back to a lazy style, unstoppable shot, yellow gloves and a great win at Brighton in the snow scoring from the halfway line. You may well lament not seeing Budgie first time around, he was absolutely brilliant, and he was a real character particularly at the bar after a game!

DARZET EAGLE
31-07-2016, 10:15 PM
Was Uphill a good player? I was told something about him but can't remember whether it was he was good or bad (old age kicked in with a vengeance :) ).

Dennis was an inside forward, signed from Watford having scored 30 goals in 51 games. He played 63 games for Palace scoring 17 goals on the cusp of his career, and in 1963 moved into non league football. He was I recall a classic goal poacher and formed a lethal partnership with Cliff at Watford who scored no less than 84 goals in 120 games.

StevePlus
01-08-2016, 09:29 AM
Dennis was an inside forward, signed from Watford having scored 30 goals in 51 games. He played 63 games for Palace scoring 17 goals on the cusp of his career, and in 1963 moved into non league football. He was I recall a classic goal poacher and formed a lethal partnership with Cliff at Watford who scored no less than 84 goals in 120 games.

Yes, but he wasn't that great at Palace! These two were a great combination at Watford, but we signed the wrong one - Uphill. He had already been dropped by Dick Graham when Holton signed, didn't play for Palace again, and was released at the end of the season.

Eaglerob76
01-08-2016, 11:05 AM
Zaki Fryers

henryhallandhisbasque
01-08-2016, 11:06 AM
John Jackson live.

DARZET EAGLE
01-08-2016, 03:20 PM
In my opinion John Jackson was second only to Nigel Martyn. He was a great shot stopper, very agile and dominant in the box. Saving shots from a heavy leather ball without gloves was some achievement. I think he would have made the England team but for the brilliance of Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

danpalace07
02-08-2016, 01:47 AM
Don Rogers. Everyone says what a legend he was, apart from the 5-0 against the wankers I've never seen him

DARZET EAGLE
02-08-2016, 07:44 AM
Don Rogers. Everyone says what a legend he was, apart from the 5-0 against the wankers I've never seen him

....nor did many of the defenders who played against him.:D

Garfy
02-08-2016, 07:54 AM
Scored on his debut against Everton. Was class. He used to glide across he pitch.

GloverUK
02-08-2016, 08:18 AM
I remember my Dad telling me stories of Ronnie Rook. Apparently he was amazing

davech
02-08-2016, 09:10 AM
In my opinion John Jackson was second only to Nigel Martyn. He was a great shot stopper, very agile and dominant in the box. Saving shots from a heavy leather ball without gloves was some achievement. I think he would have made the England team but for the brilliance of Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

A close run thing, but Nigel had the benefit of playing behind behind a much better defence. For, that reason Jacko just shades it for me. Week in, week out he produced absolute heroics. I would go so far as to say he was the reason we survived four years in the top flight.

As you say, could and should have played more for England, but for the 'big club' bias. I will go as far as to say if he had been in goal instead of Peter Bonetti, THAT game could have ended very differently.

fang
02-08-2016, 09:28 AM
In my opinion John Jackson was second only to Nigel Martyn. He was a great shot stopper, very agile and dominant in the box. Saving shots from a heavy leather ball without gloves was some achievement. I think he would have made the England team but for the brilliance of Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence.

Absolutely right. The odd thing was that if you looked at Jackson walking to goal before K.O., "agility" is the last thing you would think he was capable off. I remember him looking like a bit of a lump.

DARZET EAGLE
03-08-2016, 10:43 AM
I remember my Dad telling me stories of Ronnie Rook. Apparently he was amazing

Was that when we played at the Nest?

Big-Griff
03-08-2016, 10:47 AM
Sadly I never saw Jim Cannon (I love him hugely) . This is very sad.


I cant believe this - Jim was the total Bollox:p

DARZET EAGLE
03-08-2016, 10:49 AM
Absolutely right. The odd thing was that if you looked at Jackson walking to goal before K.O., "agility" is the last thing you would think he was capable off. I remember him looking like a bit of a lump.

Maybe time has dulled your mind a little. He was tall and powerfully built certainly not a lump as you put it. 346 appearances in 9 years at Palace is testament to his consistancy.

monkey
03-08-2016, 06:39 PM
Not that I've lost too much sleep over it, but I just missed seeing Don Rogers live in a palace shirt, so I'll go for him:p

DARZET EAGLE
03-08-2016, 09:57 PM
Not that I've lost too much sleep over it, but I just missed seeing Don Rogers live in a palace shirt, so I'll go for him:p

Just imagine Bolasie, but with an end product, Rogers scored 28 goals in 70 games. Not bad for a left winger.:love:

monkey
04-08-2016, 04:13 PM
Just imagine Bolasie, but with an end product, Rogers scored 28 goals in 70 games. Not bad for a left winger.:love:

I thought he only scored against man united in 1972;)

Just missed him, started going just after he left, David Kemp was the man then:p

Ardent Eagle Forever
04-08-2016, 04:26 PM
For those who want to see how good Don Rogers was I'd suggest trying you tube for the league cup final between Swindon and arsenal. IIRC he ripped the arse off arsenal. Third division versus first.

Grim Reaper
05-08-2016, 01:44 PM
Sadly I never saw Jim Cannon (I love him hugely) . This is very sad.

Yup - just missed him - started going about 4 months after he retired. Met him a couple of times and he's a sound geezer.

Told him to come out of retirement so I could see him play but he was having none of it!

Grim Reaper
05-08-2016, 01:47 PM
I saw Maradona play for Rest of the World vs The Football League at Wembley in 1987. It was only a year after the Hand of God goal and he was mercilessly booed every time he touched the ball.

That team had the most hated player of the time (Maradona) and the most loved (Lineker) in the same line up.

Has their ever been a more polarising pair in a single team?

Shamone
05-08-2016, 02:10 PM
Has their ever been a more polarising pair in a single team?

Beckham and John Terry?

RDSdaEAGLE
05-08-2016, 02:16 PM
Don Rogers.
Jim Cannon.
Kenny Sansom.
Ian Wright.
Mark Bright.
Geoff Thomas.

I missed out on the Wright, Bright and Thomas era by a few years. My grandfather raved about Rogers and Sansom. And Jim Cannon is a legendary defender.

danpalace07
05-08-2016, 02:44 PM
Don Rogers.
Jim Cannon.
Kenny Sansom.
Ian Wright.
Mark Bright.
Geoff Thomas.

I missed out on the Wright, Bright and Thomas era by a few years. My grandfather raved about Rogers and Sansom. And Jim Cannon is a legendary defender.

Hilaire as well I reckon

pots1970
05-08-2016, 02:56 PM
Johnny byrne, my dad who is 79 said he is the best player he has ever seen at Palace, can anyone confirm how good he actually was?

WestBerksPalace
05-08-2016, 04:40 PM
You have been massively misled about Cole's time here. He played less than 20 games and was very young looked alright but nobody had any clue what he would go on to do it really wasn't obvious

Rubbish, he looked class already. Like a young Kenny Sansom.

WestBerksPalace
05-08-2016, 04:41 PM
For me, Johnny Byrne and Peter Simpson! Vince Hilaire IMO was very overrated, his end product was woeful, talented yes, no doubt.

WLYWLYAWYPWF
05-08-2016, 04:55 PM
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palace64
05-08-2016, 07:42 PM
Don Rogers. Everyone says what a legend he was, apart from the 5-0 against the wankers I've never seen him

....nor did many of the defenders who played against him.:D

spot on

Bipe
05-08-2016, 09:52 PM
That team had the most hated player of the time (Maradona) and the most loved (Lineker) in the same line up.

Has their ever been a more polarising pair in a single team?

How dare you diss Vince Hilaire WestBerksEagle sir.

I remember Lineker describing how he watched in awe during the warm up for that game while Maradona casually, while standing virtually on the same spot, volleyed the ball vertically about 20 feet up in the air around a dozen times in a row before getting bored with the monotony of it and moving on to his next party piece. Lineker couldn't wait to tell his Barcelona team-mates about it when he got back to his club, only to be met with the reply, 'oh yeah, he used to try to teach us how to do that in training all the time. The most any of us ever got was three, and that was with a full sprint to reach the last one before it hit the ground'. The freakish genius of the man...

Anyway back on topic and I am the same age as Grimreaper who must have been a late developer because I saw Jim Cannon play loads of times. My first game was the 2-0 home win against Astin Villa in 1979 aged 7 (Jerry Murphy brace). For some reason around that time I always regarded the permanently injured Mike Elwiss as a mysterious figure so I would probably plump for him (although if memory serves he did turn out in a friendly game at East Grinstead which I attended in the very early eighties while he was trying to get back from his injury).

DARZET EAGLE
05-08-2016, 09:56 PM
Johnny byrne, my dad who is 79 said he is the best player he has ever seen at Palace, can anyone confirm how good he actually was?

See my earlier posts 8, 42, and 85. For good measure check out his stats on Wiki.:p

Johnnieboy
05-08-2016, 10:12 PM
I arrived a couple of minutes late for a game a few years back and missed the goal scored by Wayne Andrews. Wish I'd seen that...

Bizarro
06-08-2016, 08:03 AM
I only just missed him, but Kenny Sansom for me. He was my favourite player as a kid but left just before my first match.

Nigelbrag
06-08-2016, 08:40 AM
Supporting Palace for 46 years means i have seen a lot of our great players in that time. But the player i did not see play but read so much about was Duncan Edwards, from all accounts a rarity of a player from what i have read, and tragically lost at such a young age, so he would be the one.
I suppose from what i had seen the nearest to his style/ability would have been Kevin Beattie of Ipswich, who i always thought was a superb player of outstanding quality, but sadly injury prone during his playing days.

nibalama
06-08-2016, 09:03 AM
In the fifties when we weren't playing at home or at an away game in London my dad used to watch the First Division London teams. He said overall the best players he saw during this time were Duncan Edwards, Johnny Haynes & Johnny Byrne "Budgie" was always his favourite. If I remember rightly, the only time I saw him play was for Fulham when we beat them 3-2 to gain promotion for the first time to the top league.

Braders
06-08-2016, 09:28 AM
Peter Simpson, incredible goalscorer.

Harry Bassett
06-08-2016, 09:40 AM
In the fifties when we weren't playing at home or at an away game in London my dad used to watch the First Division London teams. He said overall the best players he saw during this time were Duncan Edwards, Johnny Haynes & Johnny Byrne "Budgie" was always his favourite. If I remember rightly, the only time I saw him play was for Fulham when we beat them 3-2 to gain promotion for the first time to the top league.

I used to do exactly the same and watched players like Matthews-Mortenson-Milburn-Lawton-Finney-Swift-Carter and early foreign players -The Robledo brothers at Newcastle and Hans Jeppson at Charlton-My personal favourite player was Jimmy Logie at Arsenal-I agree with your dads choice of Edwards-Haynes and Byrne.

Not so easy to do nowadays though because of the cost of tickets and travel.

DARZET EAGLE
06-08-2016, 03:00 PM
Never saw him but wished I had.

Big Gav
06-08-2016, 03:10 PM
Just missed Don Rogers so him and Johnny Byrne