Date of birth
Andy Gray was signed by Steve Coppell in the manager’s first season at Selhurst Park and the player began his initial period at the club as a striker before moving to the midfield role at a later point of his career.
Gray was leading scorer in his second season in SE25, finding the back of the net 10 times during the 85/86 campaign. However, his role as midfielder commenced when Ian Wright and Mark Bright joined the club to form that formidable forward line.
After just under two years away, after moving to Aston Villa, Gray returned to south London in 1989 when the Division One season was due to begin after promotion.
That season the club reached the FA Cup final for the first time and Gray’s equaliser in the semi-final against Liverpool, with three minutes of the game remaining, helped Palace secure a 4-3 victory.
The following season saw Gray in a midfield partnership with Geoff Thomas, and the pair went a long way in playing a major role in the club achieving a third-place finish in the top-flight. This followed a 4-1 victory over Everton at Wembley in April, 1991, which saw the Eagles win the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
At the end of that year the Lambeth-born youngster was rewarded with an international call-up as he was selected for England’s Euro 1992 qualifier against Poland.
|Signed from||Dulwich Hamlet, 8/11/1984 & QPR, 8/8/1989|
|Debut||v Cardiff City (H) 9/12/1984|
|Manager at Palace||Steve Coppell|