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Salako And Brighty On Rivalries

23 September 2015

Palace legends John Salako and Mark Bright have discussed the club's main rivalries ahead of tonight's visit from Championship side Charlton Athletic, with both men having played for the Addicks later in their careers.

"I'd say Brighton are number one, then Millwall number two and Charlton are three," Salako said, during an interview with his former teammate Bright. "For me, the Charlton one isn't a big thing, it's a recent thing which I probably missed, having left the club [by then].

"I think the rivalry [grew] especially after they shared the ground," he added.

"You'd be going to the ground on the coach and fans would be throwing rocks and bricks. [That's why] for me, Brighton stands out. I always got the most stick off Brighton fans."

Salako also recalled hostile atmospheres at Millwall, when the two sides used to compete in the same division, saying: "It was like Millwall, they were a tough club when I was a kid. That was fierce. 

"The abuse you used to get from the Millwall fans was scary, they were the first real hostile fans that I came across, going to The Den and playing against those players. The fans were really, really angry."

Despite the two agreeing that Charlton are not the Eagles' main rivals, they differed when it came to their memories of playing for the Addicks.

Bright, who enjoyed a successful spell at the Valley, including a Play-Off final victory over Sunderland in 1998, remembers his time well, admitting: "My memories of being at Charlton are fond memories, but obviously my loyalties will always lie with this club (Palace). 

"This is where it happened for us, it happened for the club, we took the club into a new era and now these boys are pressing on and they're going the same thing."

Salako's time at Charlton was less memorable, with the former winger calling it "a nothing time for me." 

"I didn't really play there much, I didn't enjoy my time there and I don't really have much of an affiliation with them," he said. "It was a nothing time for me. It was a frustrating time. 

"And then obviously I went to Reading with Pards (Alan Pardew) and had a wonderful time there and played a lot of games at a club that I do have a lot of affection for. Charlton's a really nice club, I like the people there - lovely club - but it really wasn't a time that was fond for me."

The full video interview, in which the legendary duo discuss the rivalries in greater depth, is now available to watch in full for free HERE.

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