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Dick Graham

8 March 2013

The club were saddened to learn of the passing of former player and manager, Dick Graham, aged 90. 

Dick Graham was serving in the RAF when he made his first appearance for Crystal Palace under the guesting arrangements that were in practice during the Second World War and he played so well that his permanent transfer was completed at the earliest opportunity.

After signing, Dick quickly became Palace's first choice goalkeeper and it is interesting to notice how Palace's early post-war fortunes coincided with Dick's appearances. When he was able to play every game, or a large proportion of them, Palace did reasonably well in Division Three South but when his back injury prevented him from playing the club finished bottom of the league twice in three seasons.

Dick was a brave, stylish keeper who always gave his best and fans rued the day when it was announced that he would have to give up his playing career. However 12 years later Dick returned to Selhurst Park as manager.

It was as assistant manager that Dick first returned to Selhurst and in November 1962 he became manager, replacing Arthur Rowe. Dick's first task was to avoid relegation and he led the club to a respectable 11th place finish in Division Three.

The following season Dick's Palace side was always among the promotion contenders and in May promotion was achieved. In 1964/65 Dick led Palace to a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in nearly 60 years and seventh in the Second Division, which was the club's highest ever league finish at the time.

After this successful playing and management career at the club he depart Selhurst Park in January 1966.

On Saturday against Leeds United, the players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute's applause prior to kick-off.  

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