FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable matches at Palace

By SFC Media time Tue 23 Dec Club

Ahead of Friday’s game, takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against the Eagles at Selhurst Park.

The teams met in the Premier League for the first time last season since Saints put themselves on course for promotion from the Championship in 2012.

And that classic game where Rickie Lambert scored twice, features in our pick of five matches below: 

26th April 1958 – Division 3 South – Crystal Palace 1-4 Southampton (Clifton 2, Reeves, Paine)

The Southampton team that lined up against Palace in 1958

Saints raced into a three goal half-time lead at Selhurst Park in their penultimate fixture of the season. Brian Clifton headed them into an early lead, with Derek Reeves doubling the advantage on 20 minutes after hitting a low shot on the end of a run at goal.

Clifton made it three before the break with a drive on the end of Ken Birch’s chip forward, and it was 4-0 soon after the break when Terry Paine smashed a shot home from John Hoskins’ corner.

Palace pulled one back late on through Johnny McNichol. Saints would lose their final day of the season encounter at Colchester, to leave them in sixth place at the end of the season.

Southampton team: John Christie, Ron Davies, Tommy Traynor, Ken Birch, John Page, Bob McLaughlin, Terry Paine, Brian Clifton, Derek Reeves, Tommy Mulgrew, John Hoskins

1st April 1972 – Division 1 – Crystal Palace 2-3 Southampton (Stokes, Channon 2)

The 1971/72 Southampton FC squad

Bobby Stokes gave Saints the lead after 28 minutes of this game with a volley into the roof of the net from Brian O’Neil’s corner. 

Palace levelled before the break, but Saints regained their advantage in the second period when Mick Channon flicked in Ron Davies’s header with the outside of his boot. Channon struck again when he squeezed home a delicate shot from an acute angle, which made Bobby Kellard’s late spot kick a consolation.

The result completed a league double of victories over Palace that season which would prove significant as Saints stayed up at the Eagles’ expense by two points.

Southampton team: Eric Martin, Bob McCarthy, Denis Hollywood, Jim Steele, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Bobby Stokes (Terry Paine), Mick Channon, Ron Davies, Gerry O’Brien, Brian O’Neil

15th October 1977 – Division 2 – Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton (Boyer, Holmes)

Phil Boyer heads home an equaliser

Palace got in front after eight minutes of this contest before Saints hit back to turn the game on its head.

Phil Boyer’s unstoppable header levelled the match up on 14 as he got on the end of Peter Osgood’s cross.

Saints completed their turnaround on 66 minutes when Nick Holmes powered through the Eagles defence to force the ball home from six yards.

Southampton team: Peter Wells, Malcolm Waldron, David Peach, Steve Williams, Chris Nicholl, Mick Pickering, Alan Ball, Phil Boyer, Peter Osgood (Trevor Hebberd), Nick Holmes, Ted MacDougall

26th September 1992 – Premier League – Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton (Dowie 2)

Dowie is congratulated on his goals after the game at Selhurst Park

Resilient Saints survived Palace’s onslaught in this contest, with the visitors boosted by John Salako’s tenth minute penalty miss.

Iain Dowie smashed home his first goal of the game two minutes before the break when he latched onto Tim Flowers’ long kick down field before driving a shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

The Eagles levelled up just after half-time, but on 57 minutes Dowie notched his second of the game when Nigel Martyn flapped at a high ball under pressure from Perry Groves to gain a lead which Ian Branfoot’s men held on to.

Southampton team: Tim Flowers, Jason Dodd, Micky Adams, Tommy Widdrington (Neil Maddison), Ken Monkou, Kevin Moore, Francis Benali, Matt Le Tissier, Perry Groves, Iain Dowie, David Speedie

9th April 2012 – Championship – Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton (Lambert 2)

Lambert grabs his second of the game

Rickie Lambert hit two goals to fire Southampton three points clear at the top of the Championship.

Lambert reached 87 goals in three years for Saints by adding a brace of strikes in this game.

He opened the scoring before the break with a powerful header from Danny Butterfield's cross. And he wrapped up the win with a low drive from 20 yards to bring up 30 goals for the season.

Nigel Adkins’ men were now on course for back-to-back promotions with four games left to play.

Southampton team: Kelvin Davis, José Fonte, Danny Butterfield, Danny Fox (Dan Harding 73), Jos Hooiveld, Jack Cork, Dean Hammond, Richard Chaplow (Steve De Ridder 89), Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert (Guly do Prado 77), Billy Sharp

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