Memories of Crystal Palarse
Crystal Palace 0-1 Charlton, 25th March, 2000
Our away form this season was cracking. In all my time as an Addick our away form was never much to write home about but during our title year we put on some wonderful performances away from The Valley and in some games we didn't just win but won well. Stockport, Pompey, Grimsby, Norwich to name but four. In fact this victory over Palace was our 12th away from home and a club record.
We had not beaten Palace at their tin-pot ground for 65 years and I had seen us lose there more times than I cared to remember but despite the game entering the final 10 minutes and me being a perennial pessimist, we always looked like we could snatch it.
The 2nd half in particular was such one-way traffic and with 15 minutes left Curbs felt we could win it too and made a decidely positive couple of substitutions by bringing on Paul Kitson for Hunt and ex-Cheese Roll Salako for Newton.
9,000 Addicks were squashed into that crappy Arthur Wait stand that Saturday afternoon for Palace's biggest crowd of the season by a country mile. And 9,000 fans gave it so large when on loan Kitson confidently tapped in a cross from Chrissy Powell with 8 minutes left. "We'll never play you again,"
we sung and oh how we laughed!
The game was played in wet conditions if I remember rightly and we had the majority of the game, with Palace often on the back foot. We were 35 points clear of our loathed rivals before the game and it well and truly showed, even though they had Ashley Cole on loan from Arsenal and Mikael Forsell from Chelsea.
It was interesting to note according to the programme that that season our average home crowd was almost 5,000 more than the Nigels and the worm had most definitely turned and 7 years on we may be back in the same division but these days our old landlords are not fit to rent our outside bogs.Charlton:
Kiely, Barness, Tiler, Rufus, Powell, Newton (Salako 75), Kinsella, Stuart, Robinson (Konchesky 84), Hunt (Kitson 75), Svensson.
Subs not used: Royce, ParkerPalarse:
Digby, Austin, Zhiyi, Linighan, Cole, Morrison, Mullins, Thomson (Foster 60), Carlise (Martin 84), McKenzie, Forsell.
Subs not used: Woozley, Gregg, Hunt