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Mark Bright Looks Back to THAT 1989 Win Over Manchester United

22 November 2018

Back in 1989, Crystal Palace, propelled by club legend Mark Bright, recorded a historic victory over league-rivals Manchester United in the same season the Red Devils went on to win the FA Cup Final.

Facing a team that included the likes of Paul Ince, Gary Pallister and Bryan Robson, Palace headed to Old Trafford as firm underdogs.

The game got going in the fashion that most had expected as Russel Beardsmore netted in the 9th minute, giving United an early lead that surprised few.

However, with Bright firing on all cylinders, Palace refused to be defeated and turned the game around to record a shock win over Sir Alex Ferguson's new, steadily growing side.

"We hadn’t been doing very well really," Bright explained. "This is going back to 1989, before the glory years; the new era [for United]. We thought, ‘right we can beat them if we get it going today’. And on the day it ended up being 2-1, I got the two goals for us.

"My near-post goal was a clumsy header. The ‘keeper probably, probably could have saved it. It was just too powerful to be honest."

Bright's two goals secured all three points for the Eagles and the jubilation of winning was clearly felt.

"Coming off the pitch, getting to the changing room, all the hugging, the high-fiving, ‘we’ve done it; well done!’. Steve Coppell said, ‘you know what, you might never head up here and win again, so enjoy it’."

Looking ahead to Saturday's match, the same fixture almost 30 years later, Bright revealed how the build-up for facing a bigger club feels and suggested the manner in which Palace ought to tackle the challenge.

"Any of the big games are great games. Any of the big stages, they’re all easy to get motivated for. Because what you want to do is go there, make a statement, get a win, upset them, slow the game down, break the game up; work on your tactics. It’s no different from those days to how it is now. It’s still a great moment to go and play some of the best clubs in the world and best players in the world.

"You need to show some character, some resilience, toughness, belief, flair, you’ve got to have a bit of everything to go there and get a result. Eventually, you’ve got to put your bogey team to bed. You’ve got to have your resilience, your belief, your gameplan."

Watch the full talk with Bright as he reviews the game that day below.


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