Brighton–Crystal Palace rivalry

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Brighton–Crystal Palace rivalry
M23 Derby Kits.svg
Locale Southern England
Teams Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
Crystal Palace F.C.
First meeting Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Crystal Palace
1919–20 Southern Football League
(25 December 1920)[1]
Latest meeting Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Crystal Palace
2017–18 FA Cup
Third round
(8th January 2018)
Next meeting Crystal Palace V Brighton
2017–18 Premier League
(14th April 2018)
Stadiums Falmer Stadium (Brighton & Hove Albion
Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)
Statistics
Meetings total 98
Most wins Brighton & Hove Albion (38)
All-time series Brighton & Hove Albion: 38
Draw: 25
Crystal Palace: 37
Largest victory Crystal Palace 6–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Third Division (South)
(11 February 1950)
Brighton–Crystal Palace rivalry is located in Southern England
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace

The Brighton–Crystal Palace rivalry, also nicknamed the M23 derby, is the derby between English football teams Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.[2] Its nickname comes from the motorway between Sussex and south London.

The rivalry began in the 1940s and 1950s but came to full force in the late 1970s when both teams, under the guidance of ambitious young managers, rose from the Third Division to the First Division.[3] Until Crawley Town were promoted to the Football League in 2011, Palace were the nearest other professional club to Brighton. Like Brighton, Crawley's biggest rival is a team from London, AFC Wimbledon.

Brighton currently have the most wins in the derby, with 38 wins against Crystal Palace to their 37, with 25 drawn matches.[4] Palace have won five cup games and Brighton three, while Brighton have won 35 league games and Palace 32.

Background[edit]

Brighton and Crystal Palace had both been founding members of the Football League Third Division in 1920, having transferred over from the Southern Football League with other founding members; the two clubs had met in regular Southern League matches since 1906. The rivalry, however, had its beginnings in the 1940s and 1950s when the clubs met 21 times in twelve years – including two memorable back-to-back matches on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, 1951 – and it came to full force in the late-1970s.

In the 1975–76 season, both clubs were vying for promotion from the Third Division. Brighton were managed by Peter Taylor, Palace by the flamboyant Malcolm Allison. The league game between the two sides at Selhurst Park was played in front of a crowd of 25,000, while the return at The Goldstone in Hove saw 33,000 crammed in to the stadium to see a third tier match. That game, which the home side won 2–0, is generally attributed as giving birth to Brighton's nickname of 'Seagulls' – later adopted officially by the club (see below) – as it was sung on the terraces as a counter-chant to Palace's 'Eagles!'.

Both teams narrowly missed out on promotion that year. In the summer of 1976, Terry Venables became Crystal Palace manager and Alan Mullery Brighton manager. The pair had spent time together on the field as players at Tottenham, and Venables was second in command to Mullery's captaincy at the club; Mullery has described this power dynamic as a reason for the rivalry between them. Whilst at Tottenham, Venables reportedly did not have a good relationship with his manager Bill Nicholson, believing him to have a negative attitude that "drained him of enthusiasm". Venables also felt that he was not appreciated by Spurs fans, in contrast to Mullery, who was Nicholson’s and the fans’ favourite.[5]

The two young managers were set the same task: promotion from the Third Division.[3]

The first meeting between the clubs that season was the league match at The Goldstone on 2 October, which ended 1–1; during the game, smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch and play was stopped three times throughout the match.[5]

The clubs were then drawn together in the first round of the FA Cup, played on 20 November at The Goldstone; the match ended 2–2. After the game, Mullery was critical of his opposite number, bemoaning what he perceived to be Palace’s negative tactics.[5]

A replay took place at Selhurst three days later; the match finished 1–1 after extra time and the teams faced a second replay. Brighton were described as dominating much of the play in the two games, which both attracted attendances of almost 30,000.[3] This attendance figure was a significant increase on both club's averages for the season, with Palace averaging just 15,925 that season and Brighton 20,197.[5]

The second replay, postponed twice due to bad weather, took place at Stamford Bridge on 6 December.[3] Palace took the lead after 18 minutes through Phil Holder. Brighton dominated much of the game's remainder, with striker Peter Ward having a goal disallowed shortly after as he was adjudged to have handled the ball, although Palace’s Jim Cannon later said that this only occurred due to him shoving the Brighton striker. In the 78th minute, Brighton were awarded a penalty which was converted by Brian Horton only to be disallowed as referee Ron Challis adjudged that players had encroached upon the penalty area. Horton retook the penalty and this time it was saved by the Palace keeper, Paul Hammond. The match ended 1–0 to Crystal Palace.[3]

After the final whistle, Mullery approached Challis to discuss the decision and was escorted off the pitch by police while flicking 'v-signs' and swearing at the Palace supporters in the stands. The Brighton manager then allegedly entered the Palace dressing room, threw five pounds on the floor and told Venables: "Your team's not worth that." Mullery was fined £100 by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.[3]

On the 12 March 1977, the two sides met again in the league at Selhurst and Palace ran out 3–1 winners.[3] A crowd of 28,808, nearly double Palace’s average for the season, was present.[5]

That season both teams were promoted with Brighton finishing as runners up, two points in front of Palace. Brighton also changed their official nickname from the Dolphins to the Seagulls, in direct opposition to the Crystal Palace nickname the Eagles.[3]

The rivalry continued with the clubs meeting with the same objective and same managers in the 1977–78 season and 1978–79 season, this time vying for a spot in the top flight of English football.

In 1978, Brighton missed out on promotion on goal difference, finishing in fourth place and well ahead of Crystal Palace in ninth, but the head-to-head battle continued the following season. Both of the league meetings between the two teams in 1977-78 finished level.[5]

Brighton completed their 1978–79 campaign top of the league. Palace, though, still had a game in hand to play against Burnley due to postponements throughout the season; Palace won the match, played in front of 51,000 spectators, and took the title by one point.[3] For the second time in three years, the two clubs had been promoted together. Palace also boasted the bragging rights head-to-head with Brighton that season, after they had defeated Brighton 3–1 at Selhurst, a win that would prove vital at the end of the season, while the return game in February was goalless.[5]

The two clubs subsequently met in the top flight of English football in the 1979-80 season, and Brighton emerged with the bragging rights early in the season, by beating Palace 3–0 on Boxing Day 1979 at the Goldstone.[5]

Mullery states that the rivalry was fuelled by both competition between the teams and directly between the managers. Terry Venables, highly controversially, left Palace in 1980 for Queens Park Rangers while Alan Mullery left Brighton in 1981.

Both clubs were relegated from the first division within several years, Palace in 1981 and Brighton in 1983. The two years that Brighton spent above Palace from 1981 to 1983 have since been the only years that Brighton have competed in a higher league than Crystal Palace.[5]

Mullery went on to manage Crystal Palace for two seasons (1982–1984) and then returned to Brighton for the 1986–87 season.[3]

1980s[edit]

The rivalry between the two clubs carried on throughout the 1980s. Following their joint promotion to the First Division in 1979, the teams met four times in the top flight with Palace failing to record a victory against Brighton.

In 1982, Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades appointed Alan Mullery as Palace manager, which was met with hostility by Palace fans. Crowds at Selhurst dropped significantly partly as a result of the appointment, and Mullery's record against Brighton as Crystal Palace manager was poor, losing both his clashes against the Seagulls. Mullery eventually left the club in 1984.[5]

With both sides back in the second tier, the 1985 match at Selhurst Park saw the end of Brighton favourite Gerry Ryan's career following a tackle by Palace defender Henry Hughton which broke the winger's leg in three separate places. The game was followed by some of the worst violence seen between the two sets of fans.

Brighton dominated the rivalry throughout much of the 1980s, with Palace earning their first win of the decade against Brighton in 1986 under the management of Steve Coppell, a 1–0 win that put an end to Brighton’s promotion push that season.[5]

Alan Mullery returned as Brighton manager in 1986, and on Boxing Day the same year, Palace earned a 2–0 victory against their former manager's team at Selhurst Park. Mullery left Brighton soon after, and they finished the season at the bottom of the table. Palace, after losing 2–0 to Brighton at the Goldstone amidst violent scenes in the crowd in late April 1987, missed out on the newly formed play offs by two points.[5]

Brighton earned promotion back to the Second Division in 1988, bringing back the rivalry with Palace after a season's absence.

In 1989, referee Kelvin Morton awarded five penalties in a Crystal Palace v Brighton game, all awarded in a 27-minute spell - a Football League record. Palace were awarded four of the penalties, and they missed three of them but still won the match 2–1, with a goal from Ian Wright and a successful penalty from Mark Bright enough to earn victory against 10 man Brighton.[5] Crystal Palace earned promotion to the First Division that season, while Brighton remained a Second Division club.

Recent encounters[edit]

Brighton’s off-the-field ownership problems in the 1990s led to the clubs only meeting four times in the league between 1990 and 2011, with Brighton struggling in the third and fourth tiers of English football for much of the 1990s. In both 1997 and 1998, Brighton nearly drifted out of the Football League altogether, finishing 91st out of 92 clubs in the football league in both seasons.

The league match between the two sides on 26 October 2002 at Selhurst Park was the first time the teams had met for 13 years. Palace ran out 5–0 winners. Brighton had their revenge three seasons later when a Paul McShane goal gave them a long-awaited victory at the home of their rivals.

The first game between the two teams at Brighton's new Falmer Stadium, in September 2011, was won by Crystal Palace 3–1, with former Brighton striker Glenn Murray scoring for Palace, after he had left Brighton for Palace on a free transfer that summer. It was the first league defeat Brighton had suffered at their new stadium[6] however the team went on to finish the season in tenth position, seven places higher than Crystal Palace.

During the 2012-13 season, the two clubs met each other a total of four times, in both the league and the two-legged Championship play-off semi-final after the conclusion of the regular season.

In December 2012, Crystal Palace defeated Brighton 3–0 in the league at Selhurst Park, with two Palace goals coming from former Brighton striker Glenn Murray. Brighton had been reduced to 10 men after Lewis Dunk received a red card, and they could not stop an in-form Palace side.[7]

In March 2013, Brighton exacted revenge and dispatched Palace in a 3–0 home win,[8] a defeat that saw the Eagles embark on a horrific run of form towards the end of the season; it was Brighton's first home league win against Palace in 25 years.

The two teams met in the 2012–13 Championship play-off semi-finals, by virtue of Brighton finishing fourth and Palace finishing fifth in the league. Following an uneventful 0–0 draw between the teams at Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace won 2–0 away at the AMEX Stadium and went on to gain promotion to the Premier League by defeating Watford 1–0 (after extra time) in the play-off final.

The second leg of Brighton's play-off tie with Crystal Palace was marred by a bizarre off-field incident. Human excrement was discovered smeared across the floor in the away dressing room toilets, in what was perceived to be an attempt to unsettle the opposition. Brighton's subsequent investigation failed to identify the perpetrator, although former Palace player Paddy McCarthy has since revealed that it was the Crystal Palace coach driver, stating that "The dressing room scandal at Brighton was thanks to our coach driver who couldn't control himself".[9] Brighton manager Gus Poyet reacted furiously to the incident, and sent out an email to club staff demanding an explanation for the events that had unfolded. Shortly afterwards, Poyet was suspended by Brighton over an unrelated alleged breach of contract.[10]

In the 2016–17 season, four seasons after the two clubs met in the play-offs, Brighton won promotion to the Premier League as runners-up to Newcastle United, bringing the rivalry back to the top division for the first time in 36 years, and to the Premier League for the first time since it was founded.

The first occurrence of the derby in the Premier League ended as an uneventful 0–0 draw at the AMEX Stadium on 28 November 2017. A point apiece for both sides left Brighton in 10th place, with Palace still rooted to the bottom of the table in 20th place.[11] Former Palace striker Glenn Murray started the match for Brighton, having returned to the Seagulls for a second spell in 2016.

The return of the derby was marred by disorderly behaviour from visiting supporters. Several stewards from both clubs suffered minor injuries as a result of fan behaviour, with one steward from each club hospitalised. Brighton, in collaboration with Sussex Police, had also made the decision to close stadium entry six minutes into the game due to ticketless fans arriving at the stadium and forcing entry into the away end. The decision left some fans with tickets unable to enter the stadium.[12]

On 4 December 2017, Brighton and Crystal Palace were drawn against each other for a tie in the third round of the 2017–18 FA Cup, set to be played at Brighton's AMEX Stadium on 8 January 2018.[13] This was the first match in England to use Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology. Brighton won the match 2–1, with goals from Dale Stephens and former Palace striker Glenn Murray sending the Seagulls through to the fourth round for a tie against Middlesbrough and giving them the head-to-head edge against Palace with regards total wins.[14]

Players who have represented both clubs[edit]

The following footballers have played for both Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace:

Player First Club Dates at First Club Dates at Second Club
Bert Addinall Brighton 1953–1954 1954–1955
Kemy Agustien Crystal Palace 2011 (loan) 2013–2015
Ade Akinbiyi Brighton 1994 (loan) 2002–2003
Calvin Andrew Crystal Palace 2008–2012 2009 (loan)
Trevor Benjamin Crystal Palace 2001–2002 (loan) 2004 (loan)
Ken Bennett Brighton 1950–1953 1953–1954
Gary Borrowdale Crystal Palace 2002–2007 2009 (loan)
Tony Burns Brighton 1966–1969 1973–1978
Steve Claridge Crystal Palace 1988 2004
Paul Dickov Brighton 1994 (loan) 2007 (loan)
Stephen Dobbie Brighton 2012–2013 2013 (loan), 2013–2015
Scott Flinders Crystal Palace 2006–2009 2007 (loan)
John Humphrey Crystal Palace 1990–1995 1997
Paul Kitson Crystal Palace 2000 (loan) 2002–2003
Roy Little Brighton 1958–1961 1961–1964
Neil Martin Brighton 1975–1976 1976
Dave Martin Brighton Youth–2004 2007–2008
Johnny McNichol Brighton 1948–1952 1958–1963
Paul McShane Brighton 2005–2006 2012 (loan)
Glenn Murray Brighton 2008–2011, 2016 (loan), 2017– 2011–2015
Gary O'Reilly Brighton 1984–1987, 1991–1992 1987–1991
John Phillips Brighton 1980–1981 1982–1983
Simon Rodger Crystal Palace 1990–2002 2002–2004
Dave Sexton Brighton 1957–1958 1959
Neil Smillie Crystal Palace 1975–1982 1982–1985
Jamie Smith Crystal Palace 1999(Youth)–2009 2009–2012
Steven Thomson Crystal Palace 1994–2003 2008
Matthew Upson Crystal Palace 2001 (loan) 2013 (loan), 2013–2014
Eric Young Brighton 1982–1987 1990–1995 & 1997

Match History – Summary[edit]

The two teams have played a total of 98 games in league and cup. Scoring a total of 266 goals (2.7 per game), Brighton scoring 130 (1.3 per game) and Palace 138 (1.4 per game)[1]

Brighton wins Draws Palace wins
League 35 21 32
Other 3 3 5
Total 38 24 37

Match History[edit]

League[edit]

Only English Football League matches are counted.

Season League division Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Date Venue Score Attend. Date Venue Score Attend.
1920–21 Division Three (old) 25 December 1920 Goldstone Ground
0–2
14,000 27 December 1920 The Nest
3–2
22,000
1925–26 Division Three (South) 19 September 1925 Goldstone Ground
3–2
11,738 10 March 1926 Selhurst Park
2–1
5,871
1926–27 Division Three (South) 1 September 1926 Goldstone Ground
1–1
7,209 1 January 1927 Selhurst Park
2–0
14,346
1927–28 Division Three (South) 28 January 1928 Goldstone Ground
4–2
4,494 17 September 1927 Selhurst Park
1–1
13,557
1928–29 Division Three (South) 22 December 1928 Goldstone Ground
1–5
3,899 4 May 1929 Selhurst Park
1–0
22,146
1929–30 Division Three (South) 22 February 1930 Goldstone Ground
1–2
11,530 19 October 1929 Selhurst Park
2–2
13,882
1930–31 Division Three (South) 11 October 1930 Goldstone Ground
1–1
9,730 14 February 1931 Selhurst Park
0–1
16,986
1931–32 Division Three (South) 9 September 1931 Goldstone Ground
0–3
11,175 16 September 1931 Selhurst Park
2–0
12,071
1932–33 Division Three (South) 7 September 1932 Goldstone Ground
1–2
9,302 31 August 1932 Selhurst Park
5–0
13,704
1933–34 Division Three (South) 24 March 1934 Goldstone Ground
4–1
5,356 11 November 1933 Selhurst Park
2–1
10,562
1934–35 Division Three (South) 8 September 1934 Goldstone Ground
3–0
10,560 19 January 1935 Selhurst Park
3–0
11,189
1935–36 Division Three (South) 4 April 1936 Goldstone Ground
2–1
5,879 15 January 1936 Selhurst Park
4–0
3,039
1936–37 Division Three (South) 7 November 1936 Goldstone Ground
1–0
7,768 13 March 1937 Selhurst Park
2–0
16,255
1937–38 Division Three (South) 26 February 1938 Goldstone Ground
2–1
9,707 16 October 1937 Selhurst Park
3–2
19,121
1938–39 Division Three (South) 25 February 1939 Goldstone Ground
0–0
7,146 22 October 1938 Selhurst Park
1–0
18,999
1946–47 Division Three (South) 3 May 1947 Goldstone Ground
1–0
6,957 11 September 1946 Selhurst Park
1–0
11,988
1947–48 Division Three (South) 14 October 1947 Goldstone Ground
1–1
10,240 12 April 1948 Selhurst Park
0–0
16,463
1948–49 Division Three (South) 12 March 1949 Goldstone Ground
1–1
15,413 16 October 1948 Selhurst Park
0–2
15,170
1949–50 Division Three (South) 7 January 1950 Goldstone Ground
0–0
13,289 11 February 1950 Selhurst Park
6–0
13,973
1950–51 Division Three (South) 3 February 1951 Goldstone Ground
1–0
6,790 23 September 1950 Selhurst Park
0–2
17,800
1951–52 Division Three (South) 26 December 1951 Goldstone Ground
4–3
24,228 25 December 1951 Selhurst Park
1–2
15,323
1952–53 Division Three (South) 23 August 1952 Goldstone Ground
4–1
23,905 20 December 1952 Selhurst Park
2–1
9,922
1953–54 Division Three (South) 13 March 1954 Goldstone Ground
3–0
19,312 28 April 1954 Selhurst Park
1–1
12,439
1954–55 Division Three (South) 13 November 1954 Goldstone Ground
1–0
16,440 2 April 1955 Selhurst Park
1–0
11,814
1955–56 Division Three (South) 14 January 1956 Goldstone Ground
5–0
13,602 10 September 1955 Selhurst Park
1–2
20,159
1956–57 Division Three (South) 22 April 1957 Goldstone Ground
1–1
11,382 19 April 1957 Selhurst Park
2–2
15,514
1957–58 Division Three (South) 22 March 1958 Goldstone Ground
3–2
19,517 23 November 1957 Selhurst Park
2–4
15,757
1962–63 Division Three (old) 12 January 1963 Goldstone Ground
1–2
11,807 1 September 1962 Selhurst Park
2–2
18,464
1974–75 Division Three (old) 17 August 1974 Goldstone Ground
1–0
26,235 18 March 1975 Selhurst Park
3–0
18,799
1975–76 Division Three (old) 24 February 1976 Goldstone Ground
2–0
33,300 23 September 1975 Selhurst Park
0–1
25,606
1976–77 Division Three (old) 2 October 1976 Goldstone Ground
1–1
27,054 12 March 1977 Selhurst Park
3–1
28,677
1977–78 Division Two (old) 22 October 1977 Goldstone Ground
1–1
28,208 18 March 1978 Selhurst Park
0–0
26,305
1978–79 Division Two (old) 17 February 1979 Goldstone Ground
0–0
23,795 7 October 1978 Selhurst Park
3–1
33,685
1979–80 Division One (old) 26 December 1979 Goldstone Ground
3–0
28,358 5 April 1980 Selhurst Park
1–1
31,466
1980–81 Division One (old) 27 December 1980 Goldstone Ground
3–2
27,367 18 April 1981 Selhurst Park
0–3
18,792
1983–84 Division Two (old) 21 April 1984 Goldstone Ground
3–1
15,214 26 December 1983 Selhurst Park
0–2
13,781
1984–85 Division Two (old) 15 September 1984 Goldstone Ground
1–0
15,044 2 April 1985 Selhurst Park
1–1
8,025
1985–86 Division Two (old) 1 January 1986 Goldstone Ground
2–0
15,469 29 March 1986 Selhurst Park
1–0
9,124
1986–87 Division Two (old) 20 April 1987 Goldstone Ground
2–0
10,062 26 December 1986 Selhurst Park
2–0
10,365
1988–89 Division Two (old) 26 December 1988 Goldstone Ground
3–1
13,515 27 March 1989 Selhurst Park
2–1
14,384
2002–03 Division One 25 March 2003 Withdean Stadium
0–0
6,786 26 October 2002 Selhurst Park
5–0
21,796
2005–06 Championship 20 November 2005 Withdean Stadium
2–3
7,273 18 October 2005 Selhurst Park
0–1
22,400
2011–12 Championship 27 September 2011 Amex Stadium
1–3
20,969 31 January 2012 Selhurst Park
1–1
17,271
2012–13 Championship 17 March 2013 Amex Stadium
3–0
28,499 1 December 2012 Selhurst Park
3–0
20,114
2017–18 Premier League 28 November 2017 Amex Stadium
0–0
29,889 14 April 2018 Selhurst Park
Overall Brighton Wins Draws Palace Wins Palace Wins Draws Brighton Wins
25
12
8
24
10
10

Other[edit]

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
26 November 1932 Selhurst Park
1–2
FA Cup: Round 1 14,870
30 September 1936 Selhurst Park
3–2
Third Division South Cup 2,822
10 December 1938 Goldstone Ground
2–3
Third Division South Cup 3,877
20 November 1976 Goldstone Ground
2–2
FA Cup: Round 1 29,510
23 November 1976 Selhurst Park
1–1 (aet)
FA Cup: Round 1 replay 29,174
6 December 1976 Stamford Bridge
0–1
FA Cup: Round 1 replay 2 14,118
16 October 1985 Selhurst Park
1–3
Full Members Cup: South Round 1 Group 4 2,207
18 February 1991 Goldstone Ground
0–2 (aet)
Full Members Cup South Round 3 9,633
10 May 2013 Selhurst Park
0–0
Championship play-offs 23,294
13 May 2013 Amex Stadium
0–2
Championship play-offs 29,518
8 January 2018 Amex Stadium
2–1
FA Cup: Round 3 14,507
Brighton wins Draws Palace wins
3 3 5

See also[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j How Brighton v Crystal Palace grew into an unlikely rivalry, The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2013
  4. ^ "Statto". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Howland, James (1 August 2017). "Why Brighton?". The Eagle's Break. 
  6. ^ "Brighton 1–3 Crystal Palace". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Crystal Palace 3–0 Brighton". BBC Sport. 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Brighton 3–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Albion v Palace 'poogate' culprit uncovered at last". The Argus. 21 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gus Poyet fuming after excrement found in Crystal Palace dressing room". The Guardian. 18 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 28 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Brighton steward suffers broken ribs in violence at Crystal Palace match involving fans 'with knives and knuckledusters'". The Telegraph. 29 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "Crystal Palace to face Brighton in FA Cup third round". Dutton, Tom. London Evening Standard. 4 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 8 January 2018.