As we make the journey to the north-west to face Manchester City on Saturday we take a look back to a victory in December 1990 when Steve Coppell led his Palace side to face player-manager Peter Reid’s Manchester City in front of 25,000 spectators at Maine Road.
The Eagles cruised to a 2-0 away win as they went into the Christmas break sitting in the top three of the old Division One.
Former Palace defender Richard Shaw can remember that day when two in-form sides looked to go into the festive break with a victory.
“City were unbeaten since Peter Reid’s appointment as manager a few weeks before and we were flying, having only lost three of our fixtures that season when the City game was played.
“I can remember the normal terrific atmosphere that Maine Road was famous for, a great stadium to play at. We came under quite a bit of pressure early on but we held firm against some strong attacks.”
After a dominant period towards the end of the first half the Eagles’ breakthrough came in the 45th minute, an own goal giving them the lead, one that Richard still remembers with a smile.
“Nigel Martyn launched a long ball up field that looked to be going straight through to his opposing 'keeper, Tony Coton but Neil Pointon, City's full-back, nipped in to try to clear the ball but only ended up putting the ball past his own keeper, with the ball coming off his shin and into the net.”
As the game went on the visitors continued to grow in confidence and were in control of the game and did have opportunities to increase their lead before a final minute effort from Ian Wright sealed the win.
“It was typical Wrighty, he picked up the ball from Eddie McGoldrick and in no time cut inside and beat three defenders before shooting home from some 22 yards out. It sealed a great win for us and one that sent us into a busy period of Christmas games in good spirits.”