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Dave Swindlehurst




Date of birth



Swindlehurst began his Palace career within the club's youth setup before making his debut in 1973 at Selhurst Park against Notts County. The Edgware-born striker was a big, strong target man who was brave, good in the air and a consistent goalscorer throughout his Eagles journey.

Swindlehurst began his youth career with Palace in the early '70s, making his professional debut for the club in '73. He featured in the FA Youth Cup for the 1972/73 and 73/74 campaigns before his move into the first-team squad.

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In 1976 he was part of the Division Three side that took the club to an FA Cup semi-final for the first time in their history, including getting the vital goal in the 1-0 victory that saw the giant-killing of Leeds United in the fourth round at Elland Road.

Under Terry Venables' management, Palace won promotion in 1977 from Division Three and, that season, Swindlehurst made his 100th appearance in Palace colours.

The third-place finish saw Swindlehurst score 10 goals that campaign, including one in a vital final game of the season at Wrexham to record a 4-2 victory.

The 1978/79 season will always be remembered for that special night at Selhurst when 51,000 fans saw Palace’s 2-0 win against Burnley secure not only promotion to the top flight, but the Second Division title, too.

That season started at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers as Swindlehurst bent a free-kick around Blackburn's wall to open Palace’s account for the season. Little did we know then how the campaign would end.

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After a goal from Ian Walsh just 14 minutes from the end of that match v Burnley on a warm Friday night in May, Swindlehurst finished the season as he started it moments later with Palace's second goal to seal promotion and send the Eagles soaring into the First Division.

The striker remained at Palace until early 1980 and his record speaks for itself having scored 81 goals for the club.

Signed from Youth team
Debut Notts County - 25th August, 1973 (H)
Managers at Palace Malcolm Allison, Terry Venables
Palace appearances 276
Goals 81
International appearances 1 (England Under-21)
1 (England B)

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