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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Crystal Palace Links: 30/06/2013

All the news from SE25 in the last 24 hours

The Advertiser have got a round-up of the latest transfer rumours, with the Albert Adomah link refusing to go away.

Bristol City Albert Adomah is also reported target, with various media suggesting the Eagles and Norwich City have submitted bids for the winger.

The future of Palace midfielder Andre Moritz should also be resolved in the next few days.

The Brazilian has been offered a new deal by Palace, but he does have other offers on the table elsewhere too.

A Peterborough blog is attempting to analyse the imminent move of Dwight Gayle, with the question being posed of whether or not he’s the best front-man they’ve ever had.

Darragh MacAnthony has tonight taken to twitter, to voice his opinion on the ongoing saga of Dwight Gayle’s future. Will he stay? Or will he go? Well, tonight, it seems that Posh’s Chairman is resigned to losing the forward he paid £500k for just 6 months ago. But 29 games and 13 goals later, he looks set to return to the ground that saw Posh get relegated. Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park looks to be Gayle’s destination, and Premier League football will await the man who has always been rated highly by the club, and by the fans as possibly the best striker in Peterborough United‘s history.

Matthieu Dossevi is being linked with a move to us from France on a four-year contract, who knows what to believe, it’s silly season.

After three seasons at Valenciennes, Matthieu Dossevi is believed to be leaving the club. According to L’Equipe, the defensive midfielder, 25, is close to signing for the English club Crystal Palace.

Under contract with Valenciennes until 2014, Dossevi is believed to be signing for four years with the newly promoted English Premier League club.

Darren Pitcher provides today’s entry in our top 50 goals countdown.

Whilst our FA Cup run that year was certainly fun to be a part of, you could argue that it may have stretched our squad a little too far for the rigours of the league season. Having beaten Lincoln CityNottingham Forest and Watford, we drew 1-1 in the quarter-final against Wolves at Selhurst Park, forcing the tie into a replay.

Eleven days later, we travelled to Moulineux, where we produced a performance that has stuck in the minds of countless Palace fans ever since, as we demolished the opposition, with four goals of extreme quality.

Following a bicycle kick from Chris Armstrong and a very well taken effort from Iain Dowie, the stage was set for Darren Pitcher to grab his moment of glory. Taking aim at the Wolves goal, he unleashed a ridiculous left-footed volley into the top corner from all of 25 yards, leaving the hosts floundering.

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Top 50 Goals: No. 35: Darren Pitcher Vs Wolves (22nd March 1995)

Darren Pitcher didn’t have the most illustrious of Crystal Palace careers, but this goal will always be looked upon with fondness by Palace fans, as remembered by Tom Meadowcroft.

On the same evening that Chris Armstrong scored the goal which featured at number 40 on our list, a certain Darren Pitcher provided a strike of genuine quality to accompany it.

It was during this season that the Premier League decided to cut the division down to 20 teams from 22, leaving us feeling a little harshly treated in May when we went down fourth from bottom, having amassed a total of 45 points.

Whilst our FA Cup run that year was certainly fun to be a part of, you could argue that it may have stretched our squad a little too far for the rigours of the league season. Having beaten Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest and Watford, we drew 1-1 in the quarter-final against Wolves at Selhurst Park, forcing the tie into a replay.

Eleven days later, we travelled to Moulineux, where we produced a performance that has stuck in the minds of countless Palace fans ever since, as we demolished the opposition, with four goals of extreme quality.

Following a bicycle kick from Chris Armstrong and a very well taken effort from Iain Dowie, the stage was set for Darren Pitcher to grab his moment of glory. Taking aim at the Wolves goal, he unleashed a ridiculous left-footed volley into the top corner from all of 25 yards, leaving the hosts floundering.

Pitcher, who only played 83 times for us during his five-year stay, will always be remembered for that goal. He retired in 1999 aged just 30, after a tackle from Huddersfield’s Paul Reid put an end to his hopes of ever playing again. His volley that night was one of only three he scored for us, but it has certainly stood the test of time.

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