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Hillsborough 2010 Wins Moment Of The Decade

2 December 2015

Over the past fortnight fans have been voting for their Moment of the Decade on the club's Free Membership site, as we continue the 110 year anniversary celebrations.

The Eagles's dramatic last-day survival away to Sheffield Wednesday in 2010 was voted as the club's best moment of the past ten years - with 31.4% of the vote - due to the significance of the result and how Championship survival then led to summer of the later moments, like the CPFC 2010 Takeover, promotion to the Premier League and the results in the top flight.

Darren Ambrose, winner of the club's Goal of the Decade vote and scorer at Hillsborough, reflected on that game: "It was not as tense as it should have been, probably. Not in my eyes. 

"It was more exciting for us, because that year, Sheffield Wednesday were down there on merit, they should have been there playing in that final game [playing for survival], whereas we shouldn't.

"I remember us taking off against Newcastle and being in seventh or eighth, then landing minus ten points and being in a relegation scrap that we shouldn't have really been in. I think the team that deserved to stay up did. We just treated it as another game.

"We had a lot of leaders in that team: Shaun Derry, Clint Hill, [Danny] Butterfield, [Paddy] McCarthy, people like that. I could name them all. 

"When you think about it now, it was a tense game!" He laughed. "We should have been more nervous than we were. There were three or four thousand [Palace fans] there when we turned up on the bus."

"To score down that end as well, for me, was really good. Alan Lee goes on and on about his goal, but no one remembers his goal! He scored, but he scored down the other end. So for me to score where all the Palace faithful were was brilliant. They're up there with the best fans in the world.

"I'll never forget that day," he added. "It was one of my favourite games of my career to date."

In second place fans voted for the 2013 Play-Off semi-finals and final, in which Palace stunned Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex before breaking Watford hearts at Wembley. That got 26.5% of the vote.

Crystanbul - the incredible 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool at the end of the 2013-14 season - took third place, with 12.5% of the fans' votes.

You can watch a full video interview with Darren Ambrose after his GOTD victory, in which he discusses the goal against Manchester United and Hillsborough, HERE.

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