Palace survived that season by just four points, and in December of the same year would record one of their greatest triumphs: a 5-0 victory over Manchester United at Selhurst Park.
Gerry Queen holds a special place in Palace’s top-flight history, with his 25 goals in the First Division bettered by only five players: Ian Wright, Luka Milivojevic, Christian Benteke, Mark Bright and Wilfried Zaha.
No. 200 – Tony Sealy
Crystal Palace 5-2 Middlesbrough (23rd August 1980)
Clive Allen can feel rightly hard done by that he scored a hat-trick in this game and yet it is Tony Sealy who scored Palace’s landmark 200th top-flight goal.
After Allen had opened the scoring, Middlesbrough hit back and led at the break. Sealy was introduced from the bench to replace Stephen Leahy and made an instant impact, scoring the equaliser.
Allen added two more to complete his hat-trick, one from the spot, before Gerry Francis completed a five-star afternoon for the men from south London, leaving manager Terry Venables in no doubt about the quality of his young side.
No. 250 – Ian Wright
Crystal Palace 4-3 Millwall (21st October 1989)
He was always going to appear in this list, wasn’t he?
Wrighty proved too good for Millwall, scoring a brace as the Eagles recovered from a defensive calamity just six minutes in to claim all three points, with Mark Bright bagging a couple for himself as the Eagles edged a seven-goal thriller.
Mark Bright will feel disappointed not to appear on this list in his own right…