Crystal Palace legends Mark Bright and Geoff Thomas have this week been taking a look back at the 1990 cup run as we reach the 25th anniversary of that memorable season for the club.
On Tuesday 12th May 2015, the club will be hosting a special anniversary dinner where supporters will have the chance to meet up with the players and management of the 1990 cup run.
The duo were in action for the Eagles' greatest ever triumph, beating Liverpool in the semi final of the FA Cup in 1990 to book a place against Manchester United at Wembley.
Defeat in the final has meant that both see the win over Liverpool as the highlight of their career, seeing off arguably the best team in Europe at Villa Park after extra time.
However, earlier that season, the Red and Blue army had been thumped at the hands of the Reds at Anfield, meaning it was a campaign of ups and downs for the pair, which they spoke about when they met for the 25th anniversary at Villa Park last week.
"We go to Anfield and we get a proper good hiding," says Bright, reflecting on Palace's 9-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool.
"A proper lesson though," Thomas adds. "You know, one of them where I think it was a turning point in our season. Because I think we went into top flight football thinking that we'd arrived. Obviously we had the likes of yourself and Wrighty, who dominated defences in the lower tier, but we found it totally different and I think that was a crash course in what it was like to play at the top level and we learned."
"To lose at the highest level 9-0 was harsh," added Bright. "Hugely embarrassing."
The pair then discussed the next meeting with the Reds, at Villa Park in the FA Cup semi final. They won the game 4-3 after extra time and booked their place in the final of the competition, following a hard-fought match in the Midlands.
"Without question the proudest moment as a footballer in our careers then," said Bright. "We had just dumped the best team in Europe and the best team in the country out of the FA Cup."
"I thought, personally, it was my best moment in football," Thomas added.
"Obviously we went on to play at Wembley and we were seven minutes away from eclipsing that (beating Liverpool), but that didn't happen and winning is everything, isn't it?"
"I remember walking off here, just so proud of what we'd achieved."
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