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Play-Off Final 2013 Memories

27 May 2014

One year ago today Palace fans around the world were rejoicing as the Eagles clinched a place in the top flight for the first time since 2005 by beating Watford in the Championship Play-Off Final.

That day at Wembley will never be forgotten by those in attendance and many others watching on their TV screens as Kevin Phillips and co wrote themselves into the club's folklore by sealing a 1-0 victory after extra time.

Here is collection of everything you need to remember that glorious day and bring some fantastic memories flooding back!

Official Match Report:

A Kevin Phillips penalty in extra-time sealed promotion for Crystal Palace to the Premier League after they saw off the challenge of Watford in the Championship Play-Off Final by a single goal.

After coming through the play-offs without conceding a goal Ian Holloway's side delivered the ultimate prize of top-flight action after a nerve-wracking 120 minutes at Wembley.

Just like the classic cup-finals of the past, the two sides emerged onto a pristine Wembley pitch basked in sunshine to a rapturous welcome with the Eagles fans creating a carnival-like atmosphere thanks to hundreds of red and blue balloons which bobbed around their half of the stadium in the early stages.
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Match Highlights:

What They Said:

Ian Holloway: "We had enough match winners in our team that would cause a few problems. I've got to make sure we've got that next year.
"It all starts now for me because the minute we kick off next season we're on a hiding to nothing, so we've got to make sure we can compete and I want to stay there."

Kevin Phillips: “I've experienced three losses in these games and I didn’t know what it was like to win. When that final whistle went, I didn’t know what to do, celebrate or cry. I think I did a bit of everything! And you saw what it means to the supporters too. 

“It’s a magnificent feeling. I've won here in the Carling Cup, but this is something special – the most expensive game in the world. It’s just incredible.”

Danny Gabbidon: “Just the thought of our fans going to Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, those kind of teams, playing against those teams next season, there’s no better place to play your football. 

"To have done it now is the best feeling ever. I can’t really describe how I’m feeling.”

Jonny Williams: “It was a great achievement and a great experience to play at Wembley. But once that whistle goes, you kind of think it’s the same sized pitch, two goals, so it’s just a game. But in that kind of game it was great to get the win and we looked like scoring to be fair and the tactics were great. 

“To be involved in this team, getting promoted to the Premier League, they are all heroes. It’s great.”

The Day in Full:

You can still download the 2012/13 Season Review DVD on iTunes here.

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Want to hear more recollections of the day? Check out the hashtag #cpfcplayoffmemories on Twitter and see many more photos, videos and stories!

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