1991–92 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1991–92 season
Chairman Ron Noades
Manager Steve Coppell
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 10th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter finals
Full Members Cup Semi finals
Top goalscorer League: Bright (17)
All: Bright (22)
Highest home attendance 29,017 (vs. Manchester United 30 November)
Lowest home attendance 7,185 (vs. Southend United, 22 October)
Average home league attendance 15,979

During the 1991–92 English football season, Crystal Palace competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1991–92 season for Crystal Palace was somewhat anticlimactic football-wise, but controversial in another way. A statement by Ron Noades, which he claimed was reported out of context, stunned Palace's many black players. Noades had apparently claimed that black players didn't play hard enough in winter, but that they made up for it at the end of the season. Although he later stated that he was describing a general attitude amongst managers in earlier decades, and that this was not his own opinion, many of Palace's black players began planning to leave, the most notable departure being that of Ian Wright to Arsenal for £2.5 million (a record for both clubs) in September.

Palace finished 10th in the First Division, having never looked in danger of relegation, but they never challenged the leading pack and would be among the 22 founder members of the new FA Premier League for the 1992-93 season. However, they would be without the services of another key player - Mark Bright - who was sold to Sheffield Wednesday. The Yorkshire club had just finished third in the league and qualified for the UEFA Cup, and were looking more likely to be chasing honours than a Palace side who were now looking like a thin shadow of what they had been a year or two earlier.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Leeds United 42 13 8 0 38 13 9 8 4 36 24 74 37 +37 82
2 Manchester United 42 12 7 2 34 13 9 8 4 29 20 63 33 +30 78
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 5 3 39 24 8 7 6 23 25 62 49 +13 75
4 Arsenal 42 12 7 2 51 23 7 8 6 30 24 81 46 +35 72
5 Manchester City 42 13 4 4 32 14 7 6 8 29 34 61 48 +13 70
6 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 34 17 3 11 7 13 23 47 40 +7 64
7 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 31 16 4 6 11 17 28 48 44 +4 60
8 Nottingham Forest 42 10 7 4 36 27 6 4 11 24 31 60 58 +2 59
9 Sheffield United 42 9 6 6 29 23 7 3 11 36 40 65 63 +2 57
10 Crystal Palace 42 7 8 6 24 25 7 7 7 29 36 53 61 – 8 57
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 6 10 5 25 21 6 8 7 23 26 48 47 +1 54
12 Everton 42 8 8 5 28 19 5 6 10 24 32 52 51 +1 53
13 Wimbledon 42 10 5 6 32 20 3 9 9 21 33 53 53 ±0 53
14 Chelsea 42 7 8 6 31 30 6 6 9 19 30 50 60 – 10 53
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 3 11 33 35 8 4 9 25 28 58 63 – 5 52
16 Southampton 42 7 5 9 17 28 7 5 9 22 27 39 55 – 16 52
17 Oldham Athletic 42 11 5 5 46 36 3 4 14 17 31 63 67 – 4 51
18 Norwich City 42 8 6 7 29 28 3 6 12 18 35 47 63 – 16 45
19 Coventry City 42 6 7 8 18 15 5 4 12 17 29 35 44 – 9 44
20 Luton Town 42 10 7 4 25 17 0 5 16 14 54 38 71 – 33 42
21 Notts County 42 7 5 9 24 29 3 5 13 16 33 40 62 – 22 40
22 West Ham United 42 6 6 9 22 24 3 5 13 15 35 37 59 – 22 38
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Key
League Champions, qualified for Champions League
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24 August 1991 Manchester City A 2–3 28,028 Thomas, Bright
27 August 1991 Wimbledon H 3–2 16,736 Bright, Gray (pen), Wright
31 August 1991 Sheffield United H 2–1 15,507 Thomas, Wright
4 September 1991 Aston Villa A 1–0 20,740 Wright
7 September 1991 Everton A 2–2 21,065 Gray (pen), Bright
14 September 1991 Arsenal H 1–4 24,228 Bright
17 September 1991 West Ham United H 2–3 21,363 Salako, Wright
21 September 1991 Oldham Athletic A 3–2 13,391 Salako, Wright, Bright
28 September 1991 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 15,372 Bright, Collymore
1 October 1991 Leeds United H 1–0 18,298 Bright
5 October 1991 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–4 26,230 Bright
19 October 1991 Coventry City A 2–1 10,591 Bright, Gabbiadini
26 October 1991 Chelsea H 0–0 21,841
2 November 1991 Liverpool A 2–1 34,231 Gabbiadini, Thomas
16 November 1991 Southampton H 1–0 15,861 Thomas
23 November 1991 Nottingham Forest A 1–5 22,387 Thomas
30 November 1991 Manchester United H 1–3 29,017 Mortimer
7 December 1991 Norwich City A 3–3 12,667 Newman (own goal), McGoldrick, Osborn
22 December 1991 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 22,491
26 December 1991 Wimbledon A 1–1 15,009 Gabbiadini
28 December 1991 Sheffield United A 1–1 17,969 Gabbiadini
1 January 1992 Notts County H 1–0 14,202 Gabbiadini
11 January 1992 Manchester City H 1–1 14,766 Bright
18 January 1992 Leeds United A 1–1 27,717 Thomas
1 February 1992 Coventry City H 0–1 13,818
8 February 1992 Chelsea A 1–1 17,810 Whyte
16 February 1992 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 19,834 McGoldrick
22 February 1992 Manchester United A 0–2 46,347
25 February 1992 Luton Town H 1–1 12,109 Bright
29 February 1992 Norwich City H 3–4 14,201 Bright (2), Osborn
3 March 1992 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 12,608
7 March 1992 Luton Town A 1–1 8,591 McGoldrick
11 March 1992 Southampton A 0–1 12,926
14 March 1992 Liverpool H 1–0 23,680 Young
21 March 1992 Aston Villa H 0–0 15,368
28 March 1992 Notts County A 3–2 7,674 Coleman, Bright, Mortimer
4 April 1992 Everton H 2–0 14,338 Coleman, Bright (pen)
11 April 1992 Arsenal A 1–4 36,016 Coleman
18 April 1992 Oldham Athletic H 0–0 12,267
20 April 1992 West Ham United A 2–0 17,710 Bright, Coleman
25 April 1992 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 21,573 Bright
2 May 1992 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 14,903

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1991-92 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1992 Leicester City A 0–1 19,613

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 25 September 1991 Hartlepool United A 1–1 6,697 Bright
R2 2nd leg 8 October 1991 Hartlepool United H 6–1 (won 7-2 on agg) 9,153
R3 29 October 1991 Birmingham City A 1–1 17,270 Gray
R3R 19 November 1991 Birmingham City H 1–1 10,698
R3R2 3 December 1991 Birmingham City H 2–1 11,384 Gray (pen), Thorn
R4 17 December 1991 Swindon Town A 1–0 10,044 Gray
QF 8 January 1992 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 14,941
QFR 5 February 1992 Nottingham Forest A 2–4 18,918

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 22 October 1991 Southend United H 4–2 (a.e.t.) 7,185
R3 26 November 1991 Queens Park Rangers A 3–2 4,492
S Area SF 10 December 1991 Chelsea H 0–1 8,416

Squad[edit]

[2] 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 Jimmy Glass
England GK Nigel Martyn
England GK Perry Suckling
England GK Neil Sullivan (on loan from Wimbledon)
England GK Andy Woodman
Wales DF Paul Bodin
Wales DF Chris Coleman
England DF Dean Gordon
England DF Rudi Hedman
Wales DF Jeff Hopkins
England DF John Humphrey
England DF Richard Shaw
England DF Lee Sinnott
England DF Gareth Southgate (captain)
England DF Andy Thorn
Wales DF Eric Young[3]
Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Bobby Bowry
No. Position Player
England MF Andy Gray
England MF Eddie McGoldrick
England MF Paul Mortimer
England MF Ricky Newman
England MF Simon Osborn
England MF Alan Pardew
England MF Simon Rodger
England MF John Salako
England MF Geoff Thomas
England FW Andy Barnes
England FW Mark Bright
England FW Stan Collymore
England FW Marco Gabbiadini
England FW Jamie Moralee
England FW David Whyte
England FW Ian Wright

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
19 July 1991 DF Chris Coleman Swansea City £275,000
8 August 1991 DF Lee Sinnott Bradford City £300,000
1 October 1991 FW Marco Gabbiadini Sunderland £1,800,000
18 October 1991 MF Paul Mortimer Aston Villa £500,000
18 October 1991 MF Bobby Bowry Queens Park Rangers Free transfer

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
25 July 1991 MF Phil Barber Millwall £100,000
19 August 1991 FW Garry Thompson Queens Park Rangers £125,000
19 August 1991 DF Tony Witter Queens Park Rangers £125,000
24 September 1991 FW Ian Wright Arsenal £2,500,000
21 November 1991 MF Alan Pardew Charlton Athletic Free transfer
10 January 1992 DF Paul Bodin Swindon Town £225,000
31 January 1992 FW Marco Gabbiadini Derby County £1,000,000
5 March 1992 DF Jeff Hopkins Bristol Rovers Free transfer
27 May 1992 MF Andy Gray Tottenham Hotspur £700,000
Transfers in: Decrease £2,875,000
Transfers out: Increase £4,775,000
Total spending: Increase £1,900,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/crystal-palace/1991-1992/results
  2. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/crystal-palace/tab/players/season/1992
  3. ^ Young was born in Singapore, but qualified to represent any of the Home Nations internationally as he was a British passport holder.