Season Preview - Crystal Palace
Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Crystal Palace
FACTS & FIGURES
Nickname: The Eagles
Ground: Selhurst Park - 26,309
Manager: George Burley
FA Cup - Runners Up: 1990
Football League Second Division - Champions: 1978-79
Football League Second Division - Runners Up: 1968-69
Football League Second Division - Playoff Winners: 1988-89
Football League Division One - Champions: 1993-94
Football League Division One - Playoff Winners: 1996-97, 2003-04
Football League Third Division - Runners Up: 1963-64
Record Attendance: 51,482 v Burnley - Second Division, 11 May 1979
Record victory: 9-0 v Barrow - Fourth Division, 10 October 1959
Record defeat 0-9 v Liverpool - First Division, 12 September 1989
Record Buy: Valérien Ismaël - £2,750,000 from Strasbourg
Record Sale: Andrew Johnson - £8,600,000 to Everton
Record Appearances: Jim Cannon - 660 - 1973-1988
Record Goals: Peter Simpson - 153 - 1930-1936
It's been a whirlwind few months for Crystal Palace after losing ten points and subsequently boss Neil Warnock, but they fought the odds to remain a Championship side.
Paul Hart hauled Palace over the line on the final day, with Darren Ambrose a key player for the Eagles in both their initial chase for the playoffs, then eventually saving the drop.
George Burley now takes the helm at Selhurst Park, with not a great deal changing financially, but the spirit around SE25 remains strong.
Palace fans will undoubtedly hope for more, but in my opinion the best that can be hoped for is another season at this level and Championship safety.
The Eagles may well be motivated to finish better placed, but the lower echelons of the division - given the club's finances and lack of experience - is the best that can be hoped for.
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