Today marks the eighth anniversary of that sunny afternoon in Cardiff when Iain Dowie’s samba dancing play-off crashers gave the season a perfect fairytale ending by securing promotion to the Premier League.
The squad that had been languishing at the wrong end of the table in December were transformed under Dowie, playing a high energy brand of football and sneaking into the top six on the final day of the season.
Just after the 2nd half began at the Millenium Stadium, prolific front man Andy Johnson picked the ball up near the centre of the pitch, made his way towards the left hand side of the box and let a speculative low shot go.
The West Ham goalkeeper, Stephen Bywater could only parry the ball away, handing Neil Shipperley the opportunity to write himself into Palace folklore forever.
From all of three yards, Shipperley prodded the ball back towards the goal, sending 30,000 south Londoners crazy.
The rest of the game was tense, with the Hammers desperate to equalise and our boys clinging onto the lead for dear life but when Bywater hurried his clearance deep into stoppage time, sending it out of the field of play and into the dugouts, the agony subsided.
The final whistle blew, the turnaround was complete and the team no one gave a hope to on Boxing Day was back in the big time.
What a day.