Stephen Browett brings us his thoughts ahead of the third away game in seven days.
The less said about Tuesday night the better with rain, wind and traffic jams adding to the gloom. Now It’s time for Palace away supporters to hit the road for the third time in a week and prepare for a visit to Manchester City and a stadium where we have a zero success rate. But, records are made to be broken and wouldn’t it be great to break our duck there this Saturday? We seem to be consistently brilliant when we play just down the M62 in Merseyside (where our recent record is played 4 won 4) but we’ve not had much luck in Manchester. We last beat Manchester City away in 1990 so we are well overdue a result.
That win in 1990 featured one of the classic own goals of English football that you can still find on You Tube. Nigel Martyn punted a long ball up towards the City penalty box where full back Neil Pointon, attempting a back-pass (they were allowed in those days) lobbed his own keeper to put Palace ahead. Palace’s second goal was a classic from Ian Wright. Eddie McGoldrick passed to him from the wing and Wrighty scored with a lovely low shot from outside the box. Alan Pardew was on the bench that day (as he will be this time).
Some good news for Palace’s travelling support is that tickets for the game at Swansea are on sale now to those with 1500 loyalty points and on Monday they will be on sale to all paid members and season ticket holders, with no points requirements. The club is offering free coach travel to this game.
Our match against West Bromwich Albion on February 27th has been chosen as this year’s “Palace on Tour Day”. This is always a great day out and the good news is that Palace will also be offering free coach travel to the Hawthorns and ticket prices will be a modest £25 for adults and just £1 for kids.
See you in Manchester!