1994–95 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1994–95 season
Chairman Ron Noades
Manager Alan Smith
Stadium Selhurst Park
FA Premier League 19th (relegated)
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Armstrong (8)
All: Armstrong (19)
Average home league attendance 14,992

During the 1994–95 English football season, Crystal Palace competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Crystal Palace returned to the Premiership a year after leaving it, and, over the next few months, they would experience one of the most unusual seasons in their history. They were the division's lowest scoring team with just 34 goals, but reached the semi-finals of both cup competitions. They also finished fourth from bottom in the Premiership, which – due to the streamlining of the division to 20 clubs – cost them their top flight status, thus giving them the distinction of finishing in the last four of all competitions they'd entered that year. Manager Alan Smith was sacked just days afterwards, with Steve Coppell returning to the manager's seat two years after handing the reins over to his former assistant Smith.

The aftermath of Palace's relegation saw the sale of numerous players including Richard Shaw, John Salako, Chris Armstrong and Gareth Southgate. A barely recognisable Palace squad would kick off the Endsleigh League Division One campaign with one of the youngest-ever squads to be faced with a challenge for promotion to the Premiership.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Blackburn Rovers (C) 42 27 8 7 80 39 +41 89 1995–96 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 42 26 10 6 77 28 +49 88 1995–96 UEFA Cup First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 11 9 72 43 +29 77
4 Liverpool 42 21 11 10 65 37 +28 74
5 Leeds United 42 20 13 9 59 38 +21 73
6 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 67 47 +20 72
7 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 14 12 66 58 +8 62
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 9 16 61 59 +2 60
9 Wimbledon 42 15 11 16 48 65 −17 56
10 Southampton 42 12 18 12 61 63 −2 54
11 Chelsea 42 13 15 14 50 55 −5 54
12 Arsenal 42 13 12 17 52 49 +3 51
13 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 12 17 49 57 −8 51
14 West Ham United 42 13 11 18 44 48 −4 50
15 Everton 42 11 17 14 44 51 −7 50 1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
16 Coventry City 42 12 14 16 44 62 −18 50
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 53 64 −11 49
18 Aston Villa 42 11 15 16 51 56 −5 48
19 Crystal Palace (R) 42 11 12 19 34 49 −15 45 Relegation to 1995–96 Football League First Division
20 Norwich City (R) 42 10 13 19 37 54 −17 43
21 Leicester City (R) 42 6 11 25 45 80 −35 29
22 Ipswich Town (R) 42 7 6 29 36 93 −57 27

Updated to games played on 21 September 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Everton qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1994 Liverpool H 1-6 18,084 Armstrong
24 August 1994 Norwich City A 0-0 19,015
27 August 1994 Aston Villa A 1-1 23,305 Southgate
30 August 1994 Leeds United H 1-2 13,654 Gordon
10 September 1994 Manchester City A 1-1 19,971 Dyer
17 September 1994 Wimbledon H 0-0 12,100
24 September 1994 Chelsea H 0-1 16,030
1 October 1994 Arsenal A 2-1 34,136 Salako (2)
8 October 1994 West Ham United A 0-1 16,959
15 October 1994 Newcastle United H 0-1 17,760
22 October 1994 Everton H 1-0 14,505 Preece
29 October 1994 Leicester City A 1-0 20,022 Preece
2 November 1994 Coventry City A 4-1 10,732 Preece (2), Newman, Salako
5 November 1994 Ipswich Town H 3-0 13,349 Newman, Armstrong, Salako
19 November 1994 Manchester United A 0-3 43,788
26 November 1994 Southampton H 0-0 14,007
3 December 1994 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-1 21,930
11 December 1994 Liverpool A 0-0 30,972
17 December 1994 Norwich City H 0-1 12,252
26 December 1994 Queens Park Rangers H 0-0 16,372
27 December 1994 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-0 27,730
31 December 1994 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 14,232
2 January 1995 Nottingham Forest A 0-1 21,326
14 January 1995 Leicester City H 2-0 12,707 Newman, Ndah
21 January 1995 Everton A 1-3 23,733 Coleman
25 January 1995 Manchester United H 1-1 18,224 Southgate
4 February 1995 Ipswich Town A 2-0 15,570 Dowie, Gordon (pen)
11 February 1995 Coventry City H 0-2 11,871
25 February 1995 Arsenal H 0-3 17,092
5 March 1995 Chelsea A 0-0 14,130
14 March 1995 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-1 10,422 Armstrong, Dowie
18 March 1995 Wimbledon A 0-2 8,835
1 April 1995 Manchester City H 2-1 13,312 Armstrong, Patterson
4 April 1995 Aston Villa H 0-0 12,606
14 April 1995 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-1 18,149 Armstrong
17 April 1995 Queens Park Rangers H 1-0 14,227 Dowie
20 April 1995 Blackburn Rovers A 1-2 28,005 Houghton
29 April 1995 Nottingham Forest H 1-2 15,886 Dowie
3 May 1995 Southampton A 1-3 15,151 Southgate
6 May 1995 West Ham United H 1-0 14,227 Armstrong
9 May 1995 Leeds United A 1-3 30,942 Armstrong
14 May 1995 Newcastle United A 2-3 35,626 Houghton, Armstrong

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1994-95 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 1995 Lincoln City H 5-1 6,541 Coleman, Armstrong, Gordon (pen), Salako (2)
R4 28 January 1995 Nottingham Forest A 2-1 16,790 Armstrong, Dowie
R5 18 February 1995 Watford A 0-0 13,814
R5R 1 March 1995 Watford H 1-0 10,321 Ndah
QF 11 March 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 14,604 Dowie
QFR 22 March 1995 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4-1 27,548 Armstrong (2), Pitcher, Dowie
SF 9 April 1995 Manchester United N 2-2 38,256 Dowie, Armstrong
SFR 12 April 1995 Manchester United N 0-2 17,987

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 20 September 1994 Lincoln City A 0-1 4,310
R2 Second Leg 4 October 1994 Lincoln City H 3-0 (won 3-1 on agg) 6,870 Gordon, Armstrong, Dyer
R3 25 October 1994 Wimbledon A 1-0 9,394 Armstrong
R4 30 November 1994 Aston Villa H 4-1 12,653 Armstrong (2), Southgate (2)
R5 11 January 1995 Manchester City H 4-0 16,668 Pitcher, Salako, Preece, Armstrong
SF First Leg 15 February 1995 Liverpool A 0-1 25,480
SF Second Leg 8 March 1995 Liverpool H 0-1 (lost 0-2 on agg) 18,224

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Nigel Martyn
2 England DF John Humphrey
3 England DF Dean Gordon
4 England MF Gareth Southgate (captain)
5 Wales DF Eric Young[2]
6 Wales DF Chris Coleman
7 England MF Simon Rodger
8 Northern Ireland FW Iain Dowie[3]
9 England FW Chris Armstrong
10 England FW Bruce Dyer
11 England MF John Salako
12 England MF Damian Matthew
No. Position Player
14 England DF Richard Shaw
15 England MF Bobby Bowry
16 England MF Darren Pitcher
17 England FW Paul Williams
18 England FW Andy Preece
19 Wales GK Rhys Wilmot
20 Republic of Ireland MF Ray Houghton[4]
21 England DF Ian Cox
22 Northern Ireland DF Darren Patterson
23 England MF Ricky Newman
24 England FW George Ndah
26 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Launders

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 England MF Ray Wilkins (to Queens Park Rangers)
20 England DF Andy Thorn (to Wimbledon)
No. Position Player
England MF Glen Little (on loan to Derry City)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 England GK Jimmy Glass
England DF Paul Sparrow
England DF Jamie Vincent
Republic of Ireland DF Danny Boxall
No. Position Player
England MF Glen Little
Republic of Ireland MF Rob Quinn
Republic of Ireland MF Tony Scully

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