Date of birth
Dean Gordon, born in Thornton Heath, came through the club as a trainee before signing his first professional contract in July 1991.
The second-leg of Palace’s 6-1 win over Hartlepool United in the 1992 Rumbelows League Cup was when Gordon made his Eagles bow, coming on in the 50th minute for Gareth Southgate.
Pace was a vital asset of Gordon’s game and this meant the defender was not only impressive as a left-back but became known for his attacking forays down the flank.
Gordon won a league winners’ medal when Alan Smith led the side to the Division One title in 1993/94, with the defender missing just one game during that league campaign.
After an absence through injury Gordon returned to the side in November 1996 and was an ever-present for the rest of the '96/97 season - one that ended with the team earning another promotion to the Premier League thanks to: "Hopkin looking to curl one!"
Gordon's performances were recognised at international level, with the left-back receiving 13 call-ups to play for England's Under-21s.
|Signed from||Trainee, 4/7/1991|
|League debut||v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 22/12/1991|
|Managers||Steve Coppell, Alan Smith, Dave Bassett, Attilio Lombardo, Ron Noades/ Ray Lewington.|