Crystal Palace is sad to announce that former Eagle Cliff Jackson has passed away aged 76.
Jackson began his professional career with his hometown club Swindon Town in 1958 where Bert Head was the boss. In September 1966 Cliff joined Palace from Plymouth Argyle and was reunited with Head, making his debut in a home game against Derby County.
Usually found on the left wing, and also the first Palace substitute to score a goal, Cliff was converted to centre-forward at the start of the 1968/69 promotion season and during that historic campaign he finished as leading goalscorer, having found the net 17 times in 40 league and cup games, including the winner against Fulham in April 1969 which clinched Palace's promotion to the top-flight for the first time.
Noted for his gladiatorial salute after each successful strike, Jackson would score five goals in the First Division the following season to help Palace survive at that level. He moved to Torquay United in the summer of 1970 with a record of 30 goals from his 120 appearances for Palace, and ended his playing career in Devon.
Our thoughts are with his wife Sheila and his family and friends at this difficult time.