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Top Flight Tussles: Part 2

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14:26 28th June 2013


With the start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season now just 50 days away, we continue our look back at some of Palace's most memorable encounters with our top flight opponents. 

MANCHESTER UNITED
Man United
In November 2011, Crystal Palace headed to Old Trafford for what would go down in Selhurst Park folklore as one of the most memorable matches in the clubs history. 
With a place in the Carling Cup semi-finals at stake, United were red-hot favourites to claim a place in the last four. But Palace took the lead through an outstanding 35-yard strike from Darren Ambrose – an advantage that lasted barely four minutes before Federico Macheda equalised from the spot. 
Neither side was able to claim a winner in 90 minutes, but Glenn Murray netted an extra time header to upset the odds and send Palace into the semis, where they lost on penalties to Cardiff City.
We were on the losing side the last time the two sides met in a big cup fixture though, as United beat Steve Coppell's side in an FA Cup Final replay, back in May 1990.  
The Eagles are still searching for their first win over Manchester United as Premier League opponents, having picked up just two points from eight games against them.

NEWCASTLE UNITED
Newcastle
Palace have failed to score in their last five meetings with Newcastle, stretching back to their 2-1 FA Cup First Round defeat at St James’ Park in January 1999. 
Their last trip to the north east came in the 2009/10 Championship season, with Newcastle triumphing 2-0 en route to claiming the title. 
The Magpies also won by the same scoreline when the teams met at Selhurst Park earlier in the campaign. 
Palace have won one of their six Premier League clashes with the Toon Army – a 2-1 win at St James Park in March 1998, when goals from Attilio Lombardo and Matt Jansen gave Palace the points.   
One of the Eagles most famous ever victories came against Newcastle, who were First Division champions at the time, in the 1907 FA Cup, when they triumphed by one goal to nil.  

NORWICH CITY
Norwich
The Canaries have been regular opponents for Palace in English football’s second tier during the 1990s and 2000s, but they have also met six times in the Premier League era.
The last top flight meeting between the two sides came at Selhurst Park in April 2005, when both sides were battling against relegation. 
On that occasion, the Eagles rallied from 3-1 down to claim a 3-3 draw in a thrilling contest – but it was a result that did little to aid either side’s survival hopes.
Palace have lost just two of their last 14 meetings with Norwich City, last tasting defeat at Carrow Road in September 2007.  

SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton
During the 2011-12 Championship season, Palace faced Southampton on three occasions, twice in the league and once in the Carling Cup. 
The Saints won both league encounters 2-0, with the first of those victories coming at St Mary’s Stadium on Boxing Day 2011, en route to winning promotion to the Premier League.
Those victories came after Palace had triumphed by the same scoreline in the Carling Cup, thanks to goals from Darren Ambrose and Jermaine Easter.
The last top flight meeting between the sides came in the 2004/05 season, when both clubs were relegated from the Premier League. 
On that occasion, Danny Higginbotham scored a 90th minute equaliser on the penultimate day of the season to deny the Eagles a priceless three points. 

STOKE CITY
Stoke
You have to go all the way back to September 1979 to find Palace’s last top flight success over Stoke, with the Eagles triumphing 2-1 on that occasion.
The teams met in the FA Cup last season, with Palace earning a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park to force a replay, which the Potters won after extra time.
Their last encounter as league opponents came in the 2007/08 season, as Palace won 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, thanks to goals from Tom Soares and Jose Fonte. 
Despite Stoke earning promotion that year and Palace finishing in the play-offs, the clubs have never met in the Premier League.
Their last top flight meeting came back in January 1981, as the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst.  

SUNDERLAND
Sunderland
One of Palace’s most memorable victories over Sunderland came in the Division One Play-Offs, in May 2004. 
After winning the first leg at Selhurst by the odd goal in five, Palace were taken into extra time and, despite being down to ten men following Julian Gray’s sending off, earned a place in the final on penalties, thanks to Michael Hughes’ decisive spot kick.
The Eagles went on to reach the Premier League after beating West Ham in the final in Cardiff.
The two sides have never met as Premier League opponents though, with their last top flight encounter coming in the old First Division, back in March 1991.
Sunderland won 2-1 at Roker Park that day, having lost by the same scoreline on their visit to SE25 earlier in the campaign.

SWANSEA CITY
Swansea City
Palace have only met Swansea on 16 occasions in league competition over the years – the first of which was a 0-0 draw in the old Division Three, in December 1920.
The clubs have never met in English football’s top tier, with the Swans doing the double over Palace he last time they faced each other in the Championship. 
During that campaign – the 2010/11 season – Swansea notched up two 3-0 victories over the Eagles, as they collected six points towards their promotion-winning total. 
You have to go back to September 2008 for Palace’s last win over the Swans, when goals from Ben Watson and Nick Carle secured all three points.
Palace's biggest ever win over Swansea came at Selhurst Park back in March 1948 season, when the hosts ran out 4-0 winners. 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Tottenham
Andre Villas Boas’ Tottenham side will be the first visitors to Selhurst Park this season – and Palace will be buoyed by the result the last time Spurs came to SE25.
On that occasion, in January 2005, Iain Dowie’s men recorded an impressive 3-0 victory, as Mikele Leigertwood, Danny Granville and Andrew Johnson goals secured all three points for the hosts. 
That was the Eagles only home victory over Tottenham in the Premier League era, although they did pick up a surprise 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in November 1997. 
Tottenham’s last triumph over the Eagles came in a 3-0 FA Cup Third Round victory in January 2004, although Palace knocked Spurs out of the same competition when the sides met for the first time ever, 80 years previously.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
West Brom
Despite not having the better overall head to head record against West Brom, Palace haven’t lost to the Midlands side in their previous five meetings.
Their last encounter came in the Championship in April 2010, as the two teams fought out a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park following Palace’s 1-0 success at the Hawthorns earlier in the season. 
The two clubs have only faced each other on two occasions in the Premier League, with the Eagles drawing one and winning one of those fixtures. 
Palace triumphed 3-0 at Selhurst Park in October 2004, thanks to goals from Fitz Hall and an Andrew Johnson brace. 
And only a 92nd minute equaliser from Robert Earnshaw prevented Iain Dowie’s side from doing the double over the Baggies that season. 

WEST HAM UNITED
West Ham
Arguably our most memorable victory over West Ham came in the 2004 Championship Play-Off Final, when a solitary Neil Shipperley goal at the Millennium Stadium was enough to secure promotion to the Premier League. 
The two clubs have met on four occasions at that level, with Palace winning one of those fixtures, thanks to a Chris Armstrong strike, in May 1995.
West Ham have won two of their four Premier League matches, with the other ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park, in May 1998.
That was the last time the two clubs met in the top tier of English football, with more recent meetings coming in the Championship.