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The Palace Preview: Grimsby Town, Featuring Global TV Listings

3 January 2019

Today, in a 17.30 kick-off, Crystal Palace will host League Two side Grimsby Town in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round as the Mariners look to record a cup upset with the two sides sitting 67 places apart in the English footballing pyramid.

Grimsby have won four of their past five matches and currently sit 13th in the fourth tier of English football following recent consolidation of their status as a League Two club having been promoted from the National League in 2016.

Their history has been one of turbulence, as the Mariners have played from the fifth to the top tier of English football - only one of four clubs to have done so - though they haven’t played at the top level since 1948.

Founded in 1878 following a meeting at the Wellington Arms pub, 'Grimsby Pelham' as it was then known was first established by local cricketers looking to fill the winter months with sport when cricket couldn’t be played.

Since then, the Mariners have been the first English club to employ a foreign manager - Hungarian Elemér Berkessy - and have also been led by the great Bill Shankly.

To find the last time that Palace have faced Grimsby in the FA Cup, however, you have to look deep into the past as, in 1908, a then non-league Eagles outfit lost 1-0 to second-tier Grimsby.

Positively, Palace haven’t lost an FA Cup game at home to a team from any division below them since losing to Millwall in 1984/85 and have won seven of their past eight home matches with Grimsby.

Perhaps the most memorable of all of these came in 1996, when the Eagles played host to the northern side in a 5-0 league victory at Selhurst Park. Dougie Freedman scored the club’s then fastest ever hat-trick that day, as he bagged three goals within 11 minutes.

Only five years later, and the Eagles would again go on to beat the Lincolnshire side 5-0 at home, with Freedman scoring in that match also.

Though not for the Eagles, another Palace icon playing that day was a certain Danny Butterfield, who would later go on to sign for Palace from Grimsby and play 269 games for the south London club.

During his time in red and blue, Butterfield would score a perfect hat-trick in six minutes and 48 seconds during an FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Wednesday’s opposition Wolverhampton Wanderers. His frenzy of goals that day would knock Freedman’s record off the top-spot for being Palace’s quickest ever hat-trick.

One man who will be looking to keep this fixture a high scoring one, though this time for the visitors, will be Wes Thomas, who has scored four goals from Grimsby’s past five matches.

Palace's typically tight defence will have to keep a close eye on him, though they will be boosted by their ability in the league to mitigate against opposition goals.

Did you know?

Grimsby manager Michael Jolley has a master’s degree from Cambridge University in Economics and first began football coaching when he volunteered with the Crystal Palace Academy in 2004. During his time there, the likes of Victor Moses and John Bostock graduated from the system to the first-team. He has also worked in the New York and London offices of HSBC.

Tactical Overview

Jolley’s side have tended to pragmatically change their formation over recent games, but typically fall back on a variation of 4-4-2. His is a squad that plays with a high work-rate and Palace can expect to be faced with a relentless, driven team that defend in numbers when needed to, holding the joint-second best defensive record of any club in League Two’s bottom 16.

Team News

Crystal Palace trained with a full fit squad this week, though forward Christian Benteke is still not able to play.

Grimsby have been suffering of late with various injuries striking the squad, especially in defence. Centre-backs Danny Collins and Akin Famewo are possibly in contention to play on Saturday, though both have been sidelined lately. Jordan Cook and Charles Vernam are likely to be unavailable for selection.

Summer signing Elliott Whitehouse is also unavailable, while another centre-back, this time Harry Davis, suffered from concussion on Boxing Day and so cannot play until next week.

Live Coverage

This match will not be shown live on TV in the United Kingdom, but it will be shown live for fans in the following countries:

  • Balkans - Sport Klub
  • Bulgaria - NTV Nova
  • Czech Republic - ARQ/Digisport
  • Slovakia – ARQ/Digisport
  • Poland - Eleven
  • China - PPTV
  • India – Sony
  • Korea - ECLAT
  • Myanmar - Eleven
  • Singapore – Singtel
  • Canada – Rogers Sportsnet/Sportsnet World
  • USA – ESPN/ESPN+
  • South Africa – SuperSport
  • Cyprus – TAF Sports
  • Malta - Go
  • Scandinavia - NENT

Why not see if there is an Official Supporters’ Club meeting near you? Find the closest one here

As this game is not being shown live in the UK, Palace Audio is the best way of staying up-to-date with Palace’s progress live as it happens away from Selhurst Park. For just £1.49, fans can listen to full commentary of the fixture. Find out more here

There are still tickets available for Palace fans, and to see how the Eagles get along with their FA Cup opener, you can buy yours now.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town

5 January 2019

For the second time this week, Jordan Ayew left it late to win the game for his team as Palace edged past a spirited 10-man Grimsby Town and advance into the FA Cup fourth round.

Despite playing with an extra man for 88 minutes following Andrew Fox’s VAR-assisted dismissal, it looked as though Roy Hodgson’s team would require a replay at Blundell Park despite peppering the Mariners’ goal throughout the contest, included striking the post three times.

However, in the 86th-minute substitute Ayew popped up to head home from a free-kick to net in successive games for the Eagles and squeeze past the League Two outfit.

VAR was being used at Selhurst Park for the first time, and just two minutes into the game it would affect the whole of the cup tie. Andrew Fox lunged in on Andros Townsend and his studs caught the Palace winger nastily on the ankle, and just as Martin Atkinson seemed satisfied to produce a yellow card, VAR official Jonathan Moss suggested that a red should be issued instead and Fox was sent for a very early bath.

That might have caused many to believe that the game would be a formality for the hosts, especially when Alexander Sørloth saw a header cleared off the line by Reece Hall-Johnson soon after, but Palace received a big scare when Wes Thomas popped up at the back post to connect with a cross but could only divert the ball wide.

However the chances soon began piling up, and before the midway point of the first half Jeffrey Schlupp had hit the side-netting before setting up Sørloth who shuffled the ball wide, Wilfried Zaha forced James McKeown to save with his legs and Max Meyer saw a header brush the post with McKeown denying Sørloth with the rebound.

Continuing with the theme of the Eagles’ season, the woodwork was struck again on 32 minutes through an unlikely source when Martin Kelly hit a low left-footer towards the bottom corner which McKeown tipped onto the woodwork before claiming, and then Schlupp jinked his way into the box from the left flank but blazed into the Whitehorse Lane Stand.

For all the Eagles’ efforts, they couldn’t quite find the breakthrough their domination merited thanks to some misfortune and resolute Mariners defending, but the game continued in the same vain after the restart and seconds into the second half Sørloth stooped to nod just wide, and Kelly once again took aim from range and forced McKeown to beat the ball away.

On the hour mark the post was hit for a third time when Townsend whipped in a cross which Cheikhou Kouyaté got his head onto but again the goalframe wasn’t on the Eagles’ side, and then the winger twice tried to add another stunner to his ever-growing collection when he drilled in a shot from 30 yards which whistled over the crossbar and then sent a curler wide of the mark.

As the shot count crept towards the 30-mark, Scott Dann was the next to go close when his goal-bound attempt bent away from the target from range, but four minutes from time the breakthrough was finally found. Ayew won a free-kick which was curled into the area by Schlupp, and his fellow Ghanaian was there to head past McKeown and ensure the Eagles’ place in round four.

Grimsby's efforts were acknowledged by the strong near-20,000 crowd at full-time, with a large number staying behind to sportingly clap the fourth-tier side off the pitch having come so close to earning a replay with 10 men before Ayew settled matters.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Souare (Kouyaté 36), Meyer, Riedewald (Ayew 68), Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Sørloth (Wickham 61). Subs not used: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Woods, Kaikai.

Grimsby: McKeown, M. Rose, Hall-Johnson, Hendrie, Fox, Embleton, Hessenthaler, Clifton, Woolford (Cook 89), Cardwell, Thomas (Vernam 75). Subs not used: Russell, Ring, Pollock, Welsh, Pringle.

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Ticket News

TODAY'S TICKETS: Available on the Gate and Without Membership

5 January 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's FA Cup third-round tie against League Two side Grimsby Town are still on sale.

The game will take place at Selhurst Park on Saturday January 5th, kicking off at 17.30.  It will not be televised in the UK, but it will be in some European countries - which can be viewed here.

The Eagles and Mariners have only met once in the competition, over a decade ago, and the two sides haven't played since a Palace win back in 2003.

Tickets are still available for home fans and can be bought online here. Supporters currently without tickets are advised to purchase in advance of the match to avoid queueing on the day as it will be busy, either online or with plenty of time before the game takes place on the gate.

Tickets are priced £15 for adults, £10 for senior concessions and just £5 for junior concessions. If you want to buy them on the gate, please head to the Box Office or Entrance E4 before the game.

The Main Box Office is open at Selhurst Park on Saturday from 09:00 and the Matchday Box Office at Entrance E4 in Park Road is open from 14:30.

For seats in the Directors' Box, prices are £20 for adults and £10 for both senior and junior concessions. Premium Matchday experiences can be bought from £59.90 + VAT per person in the Executive Boxes, though they are almost sold out.

To purchase your tickets for this encounter and find out more, click here now.

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