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Mel Blyth

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

28/07/1944

Signed

Mel Blyth enjoyed two spells at Crystal Palace, with the first starting in 1968 when the defender arrived from Scunthorpe United.

Blyth immediately became a mainstay in the 68/69 promotion-winning side - Palace’s first promotion to the top-flight.

READ MORE: 1958-69: Palace soar into the top-flight

He has the proud achievement of becoming the first player to score for the club in the First Division when he headed home against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw - a decent start to life in the top-flight.

It was in the First Division that the Norwich-born defender became more of a regular fixture at centre-half alongside John McCormick.

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Blyth left for Southampton after his appearances had been hampered by injury following the club’s relegation from the First Division. However, he was to make a brief return to SE25.

When Ian Evans suffered a broken leg Blyth was brought in on loan by Terry Venables in November, 1977, and his six games in that spell took him over 250 appearances for the club.

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Signed from Scunthorpe United,28/6/68 & Southampton (loan), 1/11/77
Debut v Cardiff City (a) 10/8/69
Managers at Palace Bert Head, Malcolm Allison, Terry Venables
Appearances 254
Goals 12

 

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