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Steve Kember




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Steve Kember signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday after being with the club as a trainee for a couple of years before.

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After being handed his debut by Dick Graham, it was in Bert Head’s sides in the late '60s where Kember’s outstanding midfield performances really caught the eye, and they were a key reason for the team gaining promotion at the end of the 1968/69 campaign - a season in which Kember was an ever-present in the Palace line-up.

He scored the winning goal in the final home game of that year against Fulham which meant Palace sealed promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club’s history.

He went on to become captain in the summer of 1971 but his first spell with the club came to an end just a few months later when he moved across London to join Chelsea.

In 1978 Terry Venables brought back Kember, adding his experience to a young squad that would end the campaign with another promotion.

Kember missed just one game of the 78/79 title-winning campaign after his return in October, making 29 appearances through until promotion was sealed against Burnley in May ’79.

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Signed from Trainee, August 1963 & Leicester City, October 1978.
Debut v Bristol City (a) 1/1/66
Managers at Palace Dick Graham, Arthur Rowe, Bert Head
Appearances 291
Goals 38