After Alan Pardew’s side beat Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, it saw the Eagles reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the seventh time in their 110 year history.
The club's first trip to the quarters came in just their second ever season of existence in March 1907. After defeating cup kings of the time Newcastle United at St James’ Park in one of the competition’s all-time greatest shocks, the Southern League Division Two side edged past Fulham and Brentford after replays to face Everton. After Horace Astley had given Palace the lead, Everton drew level to claim a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park, before cruising to a 4-0 win in the replay at Goodison Park.
A cartoon depicting Palace's giant-killing run to the semi-finals of the 1906/07 FA Cup.
It would take 58 years for the club to once again enjoy a lengthy FA Cup run, but they did get to the quarter-finals in 1965 when the Second Division side were drawn against the giants of Leeds United. After 41,667 had packed into Selhurst to break the ground’s attendance record in the fifth round tie against Nottingham Forest, nearly 4,000 more made it inside for the game against the Whites but two goals from Alan Peacock and one from Jim Storrie saw a star-studded Leeds line-up take the spoils.
Footage courtesy of British Pathe.
The first of three semi-final appearances would come in 1976 under fedora-clad Malcolm Allison when Division Three Palace’s reward for knocking out Leeds and Chelsea away from home was a trip to Roker Park to play Sunderland, but Alan Whittle scored the only goal of the game to secure a semi with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Six years later Palace once again reached the latter stages of the competition under Steve Kember’s management where they were handed a trip to Loftus Road and its plastic pitch to play Queens Park Rangers, then managed by former Eagles boss Terry Venables, but they would be beaten 1-0 by the eventual runners-up. Another former Eagle Clive Allen scored the only goal for Rangers four minutes from time who then ran the length of the pitch to wave a finger or two at the Palace fans, sparking a pitch invasion by both sets of fans.
In their march to the 1990 final Steve Coppell’s Eagles had to overcome a tricky test when they travelled to Fourth Division side Cambridge United to earn the right to make it into the semi-finals, and the Eagles just scraped through with a 1-0 win thanks to a Geoff Thomas strike in a scrappy affair, but it paved the way for the famous 4-3 win against Liverpool in the next round.
Palace’s last appearance in the competition’s quarter-finals came back in 1994/95 when they demolished Wolves 4-1 in a replay at Molineux. The sides had drawn 1-1 at Selhurst Park in the original tie which saw Iain Dowie net for Palace, but when the sides met again spectacular strikes from Darren Pitcher, Dowie and a brace from Chris Armstrong set up a semi-final against Manchester United.