Date of birth
Geoff Thomas made the move south from Crewe Alexandra in May, 1987, and the attacking midfielder was named club captain just 12 months after his arrival.
Thomas soon settled into his new home during the time Steve Coppell was rebuilding his squad and was voted the fans’ Player of the Season in his first season.
During the promotion-winning 88/89 campaign he made 26 appearances due to injury but he was back the following season to lead the side in the top-flight and of course the club’s first appearance in an FA Cup final.
Thomas was to return to Wembley Stadium the next season when victory over Everton saw him lift the Zenith Data Systems Cup in April, 1991.
That 1990/91 season also saw the side record their best ever top-flight finish: third place, in fact a really good start saw the club reach that spot by Christmas time. As for Thomas, he scored the opening goal in the 1991 Zenith Data Systems Cup win and the Manchester-born youngster earned a place in an England B side’s clash v Algeria.
The club icon rounded the season off with another trophy, as he picked up the supporters’ Player of the Season for the second time in his six years at the club.
On the international scene he won the first of his nine full international caps when selected by Graham Taylor for a European Championship qualifier in Turkey in May, 1991.
|Signed from||Crewe Alexandra, 8/6/87|
|Debut||v Huddersfield Town (a) 15/8/1988|
|Managers at Palace||Steve Coppell|