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Alf Noakes




Date of birth



Alf Noakes was signed by manager Cyril Spiers in 1955 and began his Palace career as a forward on his debut against Southampton. However, Noakes was deployed in a defensive role for the majority of his Palace career.

He was a tough full-back who served the club for over six seasons from the mid-1950s. The Londoner was an important member of the promoted side that made its way to Division Three in 1961.

Noakes missed only six games during that successful campaign but after only one season at the higher level, he was to leave the club, but not before joining the elite group of players to have made 200 Crystal Palace appearances.

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Signed from Sittingbourne, 16/6/1955
Debut v Southampton (A) 17/9/1955 
Managers at Palace Cyril Spiers, George Smith, Arthur Rowe
Appearances 209
Goals 14