Crystal Palace are on the brink of greatness…
At just after 2pm on Saturday, Selhurst Park may see their team smash a record set by Newcastle United 12 years ago.
Under the trusty guidance of Graeme Souness, it took Newcastle seven hours and 18 minutes to score their first goal of the 2005/06 Premier League season, setting a new PL record that stands to this day.
That season saw Newcastle open the campaign with: Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 0 West Ham 0, Bolton 2 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 0 Manchester United 2…before then Charles N’Zogbia scored in the 78th minute to rescue a point in a 1-1 home draw with Fulham. That goal coming 438 minutes into the season.
To think that Souness shambles came only two years after Newcastle played Inter Milan and Barcelona in their final two Champions League matches of the 2002/03 campaign, a season that saw NUFC play 14 Champions League games (including the qualifying round).
Champions League football has never interfered in the lives of Crystal Palace fans but their team is intent on at least taking away that record established by Newcastle 12 years ago.
Their 2017/18 season has started with: Palace 0 Huddersfield 3, Liverpool 1 Palace 0, Palace 0 Swansea 2 and Burnley 1 Palace 0.
Difficult to find sympathy for many Crystal Palace fans after the way they went on about Alan Pardew, as Newcastle supporters only did the decent thing and tried to warn them…
So Palace host Southampton in the live 12.30 lunchtime slot and try to claim the record for time spent waiting to see the first Premier League goal of the season.
It could in fact get very messy for them if things don’t improve when facing Fraser Forster on Saturday, as their next three PL games are Man City and then Man Utd – both away, followed by Chelsea at home. They then face a certain Newcastle United at St James Park…
Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish has made a bit of a mug of himself after saying everybody should calm down after only a few defeats, with it then emerging that Palace started looking for a new boss before the international break – only two weeks into the season.
He is very active on Twitter and when in conversation with Newcastle fans, has often been keen to make petty jibes about NUFC.
When Roy Hodgson takes up his job, Steve Parish may like to reflect that in the 18 months Rafa Benitez has been at Newcastle, he has seen four different managers at Palace – with Hodgson following the stellar list of Pardew, Allardyce and de Boer.
As for Newcastle United and Graeme Souness back in 2005/06, the madness of Hall & Shepherd replacing Sir Bobby Robson with Graeme Souness, was finally ended on 2 February 2006.
By that point, Newcastle had played 23 Premier League matches, with 7 wins, 5 draws and 11 defeats.
NUFC youth chief Glenn Roeder was put in charge with Alan Shearer taking on the role of assistant as well as carrying on playing.
The pair of them oversaw 10 wins in the final 15 PL games with 2 draws and only 3 defeats.
This led to an end of season finish of 7th and a place in the Intertoto which ultimately brought UEFA Cup qualification.
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