1990–91 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1990–91 season
Chairman Ron Noades
Manager Steve Coppell
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 3rd
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Full Members' Cup Winners
Player of the Year Geoff Thomas
Top goalscorer League: Wright (15)
All: Wright (25)
Highest home attendance 28,880 vs Southampton
(9 Mar 1991, First Division)
Lowest home attendance 5,209 vs Bristol Rovers
(18 Dec 1990, Full Members' Cup)
Average home league attendance 19,660

During the 1990–91 English football season, Crystal Palace F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In their second consecutive season in the First Division, Crystal Palace finished an astonishing third, their highest ever league placing, although, due to Liverpool's ban from European competition being lifted, Palace did not qualify for the UEFA Cup. Palace also won their first ever cup during the season, albeit the less significant Full Members' Cup.

In the League Cup, Palace broke their record for a cup victory with an 8–0 over Southend United, in the second round first leg, with strikers Mark Bright and Ian Wright both scoring hat-tricks. The two claimed the match ball; it was given away at a charity auction.[1]

At the end of the season, captain Geoff Thomas was named the Supporters' Player of the Year. Thomas was rewarded for his good form with a call-up to the England squad for a European Championship qualifying game against Turkey in May.

Kit[edit]

Bukta remained Palace's kit manufacturers, and introduced a new home kit for the season. English airline Fly Virgin remained the kit sponsors.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 51 10 9 9 1 23 8 74 18 +56 83
2 Liverpool 38 14 3 2 42 13 9 4 6 35 27 77 40 +37 76
3 Crystal Palace 38 11 6 2 26 17 9 3 7 24 24 50 41 +9 69
4 Leeds United 38 12 2 5 46 23 7 5 7 19 24 65 47 +18 64
5 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 35 25 5 8 6 29 28 64 53 +11 62
6 Manchester United 38 11 4 4 34 17 5 8 6 24 28 58 45 +13 59
7 Wimbledon 38 8 6 5 28 22 6 8 5 25 24 53 46 +7 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 11 4 4 42 21 3 8 8 23 29 65 50 +15 54
9 Everton 38 9 5 5 26 15 4 7 8 24 31 50 46 +4 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 2 35 22 3 7 9 16 28 51 50 +1 49
11 Chelsea 38 10 6 3 33 25 3 4 12 25 44 58 69 – 11 49
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 5 6 27 22 4 5 10 17 31 44 53 – 9 46
13 Sheffield United 38 9 3 7 23 23 4 4 11 13 32 36 55 – 19 46
14 Southampton 38 9 6 4 33 22 3 3 13 25 47 58 69 – 11 45
15 Norwich City 38 9 3 7 27 32 4 3 12 14 32 41 64 – 23 45
16 Coventry City 38 10 6 3 30 16 1 5 13 12 33 42 49 – 7 44
17 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 29 25 2 5 12 17 33 46 58 – 12 41
18 Luton Town 38 7 5 7 22 18 3 2 14 20 43 42 61 – 19 37
19 Sunderland 38 6 6 7 15 16 2 4 13 23 44 38 60 – 22 34
20 Derby County 38 3 8 8 25 36 2 1 16 12 39 37 75 – 38 24
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Arsenal deducted two points; Manchester United deducted one point due to a brawl in a game between both teams.
Key
League Champions, qualified for the European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated
Results Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 20 9 9 50 41  +9 69 11 6 2 26 17  +9 9 3 7 24 24  0

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H A A H H A A H H H H A A H
Result D W W W D D W D D W L D W W W L W W W W L W L W D L L W W W L L D W D L W W
Position 8 4 4 2 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25 August 1990 Luton Town A 1–1 9,583 Young
28 August 1990 Chelsea H 2–1 27,101 Gray, Wright
1 September 1990 Sheffield United H 1–0 16,831 Thompson
8 September 1990 Norwich City A 3–0 15,306 Barber, Wright, Salako
15 September 1990 Nottingham Forest H 2–2 20,545 Shaw, Thomas
22 September 1990 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 34,859 Thomas
29 September 1990 Derby County A 2–0 15,202 Wright, Bright
6 October 1990 Leeds United H 1–1 21,676 Thomas
20 October 1990 Everton A 0–0 24,504
27 October 1990 Wimbledon H 4–3 17,220 Bright, Gray, Humphrey, Thomas
3 November 1990 Manchester United A 0–2 45,724
10 November 1990 Arsenal H 0–0 28,181
17 November 1990 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 14,360 Wright (2)
24 November 1990 Southampton A 3–2 15,851 Wright (2), Bright
1 December 1990 Coventry City H 2–1 17,052 Bright, Gray
8 December 1990 Chelsea A 1–2 21,558 Thorn
16 December 1990 Luton Town H 1–0 15,579 Bright
22 December 1990 Manchester City A 2–0 25,321 Pointon (own goal), Wright
26 December 1990 Sunderland H 2–1 15,560 Salako, Bright
30 December 1990 Liverpool H 1–0 26,280 Bright
1 January 1991 Aston Villa A 0–2 25,523
12 January 1991 Sheffield United A 1–0 17,139 Bright
19 January 1991 Norwich City H 1–3 17,201 Bright
2 February 1991 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 17,045 Young
16 February 1991 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0 16,006
23 February 1991 Arsenal A 0–4 42,512
2 March 1991 Coventry City A 1–3 10,891 Wright
9 March 1991 Southampton H 2–1 28,880 Thomas (2)
16 March 1991 Derby County H 2–1 14,752 Gray, Wright
23 March 1991 Leeds United A 2–1 28,556 Wright, Salako
30 March 1991 Sunderland A 1–2 19,704 Pardew
1 April 1991 Manchester City H 1–3 18,001 Salako
13 April 1991 Aston Villa H 0–0 18,331
17 April 1991 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 26,285 Young
20 April 1991 Everton H 0–0 16,439
23 April 1991 Liverpool A 0–3 36,767
4 May 1991 Wimbledon A 3–0 10,002 Wright (3)
11 May 1991 Manchester United H 3–0 25,301 Wright, Salako (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 1991 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 15,396
R3R 21 January 1991 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 (a.e.t.) 23,301 Wright, Salako
R3R2 28 January 1991 Nottingham Forest A 0–3 22,164

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 25 September 1990 Southend United H 8–0 5,666 Bright (3), Wright (3), Thompson, Hodges
R2 2nd Leg 9 October 1990 Southend United A 2–1 (won 10-1 on agg) 5,199 Young, Salako
R3 30 October 1990 Leyton Orient H 0–0 12,958
R3R 7 November 1990 Leyton Orient A 1–0 10,158 Bright
R4 27 November 1990 Southampton A 0–2 13,765

Full Members' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SR2 18 December 1990 Bristol Rovers H 2–1 5,209 Salako, Gray
SQF 18 February 1991 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–0 (a.e.t.) 9,633 Bright, Wright
SSF 26 February 1991 Luton Town H 3–1 7,170 McGoldrick, Wright (2)
SF 1st Leg 5 March 1991 Norwich City A 1–1 7,554 Thomas
SF 2nd Leg 19 March 1991 Norwich City H 2–0 (won 3-1 on agg) 13,857 Bright, Wright
F 7 April 1991 Everton N 4–1 (a.e.t.) 52,460 Thomas, Wright (2), Salako

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Nigel Martyn
England GK Perry Suckling
England GK Andy Woodman
England DF Alex Dyer
England DF Rudi Hedman
England DF John Humphrey
England DF Gary O'Reilly
England DF Richard Shaw
England DF Gareth Southgate
England DF Andy Thorn
England DF Tony Witter
Wales DF Paul Bodin
Wales DF Jeff Hopkins
Wales DF Eric Young
England MF Phil Barber
No. Position Player
England MF Andy Gray
England MF Ricky Newman
England MF Simon Osborn
England MF Alan Pardew
England MF Simon Rodger
England MF John Salako
England MF Geoff Thomas (captain)
Wales MF Glyn Hodges
Republic of Ireland MF Eddie McGoldrick
England FW Mark Bright
England FW Stan Collymore
England FW Jamie Moralee
England FW Garry Thompson
England FW Ian Wright
England FW David Whyte

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
England DF Mark Dennis (retired)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
2 July 1990 MF Simon Rodger Bognor Regis Town £1,000
16 July 1990 MF Glyn Hodges Watford £410,000
15 August 1990 DF Eric Young Wimbledon £850,000
16 August 1990 DF John Humphrey Charlton Athletic £400,000
24 October 1990 DF Tony Witter Grays Athletic £10,000
4 January 1991 FW Stan Collymore Stafford Rangers £100,000
20 March 1991 DF Paul Bodin Swindon Town £550,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
27 July 1990 DF John Pemberton Sheffield United £300,000
6 August 1990 DF Adam Locke Southend United Free transfer
30 August 1990 DF Chris Powell Southend United Free transfer
30 November 1990 DF Alex Dyer Charlton Athletic £100,000
17 January 1991 MF Glyn Hodges Sheffield United £450,000
Transfers in: Decrease £2,321,000
Transfers out: Increase £850,000
Total spending: Decrease £1,471,000

References[edit]