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Nigel Martyn




Date of birth



Nigel Martyn became the first £1million goalkeeper in English football when he moved to Crystal Palace in November, 1989 - the beginning of seven seasons in south London, which included promotion to the top-tier and two starts at Wembley.

The 'keeper's 349 appearances included the club’s first appearance in an FA Cup Final against Manchester United in May, 1990. Just 11 months later, Martyn and the Eagles returned to the home of English football to lift the Zenith Data Systems Cup against Everton.

Martyn became a member of the impressive defensive line in Division One during 1990/91 and the following year this earned recognition at international level, making his England debut in Moscow against Commonwealth of Independent States.

Despite Palace's relegation in 1993 Martyn remained, and was an ever-present in the side of '93/94 that returned to the top-flight at the first attempt.

Defeat in the 1996 Wembley play-off final was to be his final bow in a Palace shirt but by that time his proud appearance record had moved him into the top five of the club’s appearance-makers.

Signed from Bristol Rovers, 21/11/1989
Debut v Tottenham Hotspur (H) 18/11/89    
Managers at Palace Steve Coppell, Alan Smith
Appearances 349
International caps 23