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Simon Rodger




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Simon Rodger’s versatility during his Palace career meant he could play in the centre or on the left side of midfield. However, he also represented the club at left-back. But no matter what position he found himself in, Rodger’s skill from set pieces was a huge asset for the Eagles.

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Rodger made his Palace debut at Hillsborough in 1991, but no doubt the most memorable moments from the early days of his Palace career came in the promotion-winning season of 1993/94.

In that campaign Alan Smith guided Palace back to the Premier League as runaway champions of the second tier with 'Jolly' Rodger making 49 appearances.

That joy was soon to turn to disappointment for the midfielder though as after just four Premier League fixtures in the following season he suffered a back injury which kept him out of action for a year.

Upon his return he was involved in two play-off final seasons in 1996 and 1997 and later during his stay in SE25 he was appointed captain by Steve Coppell. 

After 10 years at the club, which saw him complete over 300 appearances, he was awarded a testimonial match against Tottenham Hotspur before departing in 2002.

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Signed from Bognor Regis
Debut Sheffield Wednesday (a) 5/10/1991
Managers at Palace Steve Coppell, Alan Smith, Dave Bassett, Attilio Lombardo, Ron Noades/Ray Lewington, Terry Venables, Steve Kember, Steve Bruce, Trevor Francis
Appearances 328
Goals 12