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David Payne




Date of birth



A supporter’s dream came true for David Payne when he signed for the club as a trainee in January, 1964, having grown up as a boy on the Selhurst Park terraces.

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Payne’s debut as a 17-year-old came in a League Cup tie against Leicester City in November, 1964, which saw the Glaziers’ earn an impressive 0-0 draw at the home of the First Division club.

David Payne.jpgThe chance of league action came about a month later at Preston North End, ending his breakthrough season with seven league appearances.

In the following 1965/66 campaign he became a regular member of the Palace midfield and over three seasons he had a near ever-present record.

Unfortunately for Payne a mid-season injury in the promotion year of 1969 limited his appearances but he was able to return for the final eight games to help the club reach the runners-up position.

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Signed from Trainee, 26/10/1964
Debut v Leicester City  (a) 4/11/64   
Managers at Palace Dick Graham, Arthur Rowe, Bert Head, Malcolm Allison.
Appearances 318
Goals 12