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Johnny McNichol




Date of birth



Johnny McNichol was appointed captain soon after his arrival and even though his career at the south London club started with seven goals in his first season, disappointment was to follow with Palace relegated to the newly-formed national Fourth Division.

Francisco Ghento and Johnny McNichol shake hands before Real Madrid friendly.jpg

Having joined as an inside forward, like so many during this era, he played in several positions and was just as comfortable playing at both wing-half and full-back. 

The versatile Glazier captained the first promotion-winning side for 40 years when, at the end of the 1960/61 campaign, Palace secured their place in Division Three.

McNichol’s Palace professional career came to a close during the season of 1962/63 when he suffered a broken jaw but behind the scenes, he took on a role in the commercial team, where he was responsible for setting up the first weekly pools competition at the club.

Upon leaving SE25 the player-cum-staff had completed 20 years combined on and off the pitch.   

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Signed from Chelsea, 13/3/58
Debut Port Vale (H) 15/3/58
Managers at Palace Cyril Spiers, George Smith, Arthur Rowe, Dick Graham
Appearances 205
Goals 15