A game at Selhurst Park for Palace against Queens Park Rangers always brings back happy memories for former Eagles striker Clinton Morrison, a 1-1 draw in 2007 saw the former Republic of Ireland international score his 100th goal for the club.
An equaliser two minutes from time not only gave the side a share of the points against their London neighbours but also marked a century of goals for Clinton and he remembers not only the goal but also the celebration.
“I knew I needed one more to hit the special number and had a couple of early chances in the game including a goal being ruled out for offside after Scott Sinclair had given Rangers the lead.
“Time was running out and with just two minutes to go we got a free kick and I got on the end of it to head home, It felt so good and the crowd were going mad. I laugh looking back now because I ran to the other end of the pitch to celebrate in front of the main stand where my friends and family were. I had been at Palace since a kid so to hit 100 goals for them meant so much."
Clinton was only the eighth player in the history of the club to reach the century mark at that time and the striker says that the club has always been special to him ever since joining as a schoolboy right through to now when he comes back to support the current squad.
“The club in recent years has really taken off and it would be great to build on what happened last season with us staying up this year. It’s exciting times and I enjoy coming back here and I have been here a few times this season to watch games, the fans are brilliant and the place has a real special feel to it.”
Clinton finished his Palace career on 113 goals and sits third in the all time league goalscorers chart with 103 over three spells at a club that holds such fond memories.
“In my days as a youth team player it was mixture of playing football but also working hard and making sure all the work behind the scenes was done right so the training ground operated in the best way including cleaning boots and jobs around the place. It was a great experience for me and I will never forget my days at the Mitcham Training Ground, scoring goals for the youth team and walking into the first team dressing room and with a bit of cheek saying to someone like Bruce Dyer, ‘I’m coming for your position’!. That was how I was and it helped make up some of the best times I have had in my career at this club, I really enjoyed it and that is why I love this club."
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