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Dean Gordon




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.

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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.

TEST YOURSELF: Can you name the starting XI from Dean Gordon's Eagles debut?

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!"

READ MORE: Dean Gordon: "They all counted for Shearer and Lineker so why not me?!”

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.  
Appearances 241
Goals 23