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Len Choules




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Len Choules was regarded as one of the best defenders in Division Three South during the '50s, with Choules establishing himself in the Palace side after making his debut towards the end of the 1952/53 season against Ipswich Town.

Over Choules’ 10 seasons he played in seven different positions and even though he began as a full-back, many who watched at that time will remember his goal in 1953, against Gillingham when he first played as a striker.

The popular Orpington-born player was part of the promotion-winning side that manager, Arthur Rowe, guided from Division Four in 1960/61 before Choules departed in the following summer of 1962.

His 280-appearance career was rewarded with two testimonials by the club and his performances were recognised when he played in an FA XI against Oxford University.

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Signed from Sutton United, 6/5/1951
Debut v Ipswich Town (H) 22/4/1953
Managers at Palace Laurie Scott, Cyril Spiers, George Smith, Arthur Rowe, Dick Graham
Appearances 280
Goals 3