Crystal Palace FC wouldn’t have the status and reputation that they have today, if it wasn’t for the legends that have driven the team forwards in the past. Such legends have given Crystal Palace a unique ‘brand’.
Unique individuals are at the heart of any successful team, and some of the legends from the football team have been highlighted below:
Ian Wright went on to do incredible things at Arsenal FC, but his career started with Crystal Palace FC. Many people describe ‘Wrighty’ as the best player to have worn the red and blue stripes, and his incredible goal tally for ‘The Eagles’ (90 goals in 225 appearances) speaks for itself. Scorer of two of the goals at Wembley in the 1990 FA cup final v Manchester United, Ian Wright earnt his move to Arsenal where he became a Premier League and a European Cup Winners Cup winner. Not forgetting his England career, during which he scored 9 goals for his country. Crystal Palace must have wondered how much further they could have got, had they retained their number 10.
Ian Wright’s strike partner, Mark Bright, signed for an incredible £75,000 and scored over 100 goals (more than Ian Wright) during the six seasons that he was at the club. Mark Bright won the golden boot after finishing as top goalscorer in the then second division, during the 1987/88 season.
Johnson is a current ambassador of Crystal Palace football club and has created much joy amongst the Selhurst Park faithful with his strike rate of over a goal in every two games (85 goals in 161 appearances). His best season arguably came in the 2003/04 season where he was the Championship’s top scorer; helping ‘The Eagles’ get promoted back into the premiership.
A completely different type of player to the above strikers, Geoff Thomas played 249 times for ‘The Eagles’ and captained the side during the famous 1990 FA cup final. A natural leader whose opponents felt his physical presence during frequent midfield battles; Thomas managed to accumulate an impressive 35 goals and won 9 caps for England.
Lombardo quickly established himself in the Premier League, scoring on his debut, away at Everton. Though he didn’t remain at Crystal Palace for long (one and a half seasons), his signing was one of the biggest in the world at the time (1997) and he even went on to perform as caretaker manager during the 1997/98 season. Crystal Palace has long been associated with quality players, hence the reason for their top-flight position today. No doubt more legends will follow as the side progress and aim to win themselves more trophies.