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Jim Cannon




Date of birth



Jim Cannon joined Crystal Palace from Scotland in February, 1970, as an apprentice and 17 years later would leave Selhurst Park having only represented the Eagles in his professional career.

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Our former captain had the dream debut against Chelsea, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 victory in Malcolm Allison’s first game as manager of the south Londoners.

Cannon may well be known by most fans for his appearances at centre-half in a Palace shirt but he began at left-back, regularly featuring there during the 1975/76 Third Division campaign – including an FA Cup semi-final, quite an achievement for a team from the third-tier.

When the Glasgow-born defender moved to the centre of defence he formed a partnership with Wales international, Ian Evans, and it was to prove vital to have such a fine defensive unit for the club’s promotion in 1976/77 with Cannon an ever-present in the 46-game season.

READ MORE: Glory Years: Jim Cannon recalls amusing John Burridge tale

After forming a new central defensive partnership with Billy Gilbert in 1977 after injury to Evans, Cannon was named the new team captain and that remained the case for the rest of his time in SE25.

Cannon was at the heart of defence in the promotion year of 1978/79 with only 24 goals conceded and kept a clean sheet in half of the league games that title-winning season.

Cannon is the only post-war Palace player to be awarded two testimonials after his phenomenal club appearance record and he won the fans’ Player of the Year trophy on three occasions.  

READ MORE: Palace host Down Memory Lane event with club legends Cannon & Swindlehurst

Signed from Trainee, 3/5/1971
Debut v  Chelsea (H) 31/3/1973 
Managers at Palace Bert Head, Malcolm Allison, Terry Venables, Ernie Walley, Dario Gradi, Steve Kember, Alan Mullery, Steve Coppell.
Appearances 660
Goals 35