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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  • Rich Lawson

    You always get that bounce when a new manager comes in (Hodgson ?) but despite what ” Jumpers for goalposts” does I think they will struggle all season,even Fat Sam doesn’t fancy a few more brown paper bags ?

    • Dublintoon

      He should avoid coming out with statements about togetherness the day before he pulls the trigger. It really makes him look like an too impulsive to the point where he hasnt got the bigger picture in mind at all. Credit for not simply re appointing allardyce though.

      • Ken Toon

        Only because Allardyce doesn’t want it.

        • Dublintoon

          Im not so sure about that. Allardyces win ratio and ppg durinf his time there are not what you would expect for a guy parachuted for the short term. His record is actually worse than pardews despite his run there at the end. Fair play he got them over the line but i wouldnt have fancied him to do it again. Plus parish always likes something shiny and new. (To him anyway)

    • TheNutJob

      Didn`t work for the Mackems, no Black Kat bounce there

  • TheNutJob

    Palace have never recovered from being Pardewed, Hippo Heed when in and covered the cracks then he bailed out, now it looks like Woy.
    you couldn’t make it up

    • Dublintoon

      Hard to believe hippo heed had a worse record overall than our friend pardspew.

    • Andy Mac

      The Chron headline Footballing Dinosaur just about sums him up. If he can’t get a time out of England’s finest (allegedly) then what chance has he got at Palace ?

  • Peaky Magpie

    The name Souness makes my blood boil.The instigator of the bad years,and that was even before Lardy came along.Freddie Shepherd still has a hell of a lot to answer to.

  • 1957

    The much maligned Roeder, who was ditched by Shepherd (or resigned after an emergency board meeting) in favour of Big Sham despite only losing 15 out of his 72 games, with a win ratio of 45% and being starved of transfer funds except for Damian Duff who was allegedly signed by Shepherd without Roeder’s knowledge.

    • Steve Pearce

      Glenn Roeder who took us from 14th when he was appointed to the Europa League at the end of the season. A great achievement from an almost forgotten manager.

      • 1957

        Some on here lump him in with Pardew, Steve Mc, Geordie John and JFK as one of our rubbish managers. Totally unfair on him, when you consider he took Sourface’s team and only lost I think 3 of the last 15 games of the season winning 10.

  • Stephen

    Roy Hodgson is a safe pair of hands and will earn his 1 mil bonus easy
    Palace have good squad and might be worth a punt against Southampton

  • ghostrider

    I feel sorry for de Boer
    The team he put out should have scored quite a few goals and how they didn’t beat Burnley is mystifying.
    I think there’s more to it than just losing and not scoring.

    I have a strange feeling that the players haven’t took to him as a person.
    I could be wrong but there’s definitely something more to it.

  • Mrkgw

    Palace have started poorly but De Boer should have been given longer. Yet another’s case of the panic button being hit way too early.

    • Mal

      If Dann hadn’t missed that open goal, I wonder if he would have been sacked. The man making all these failed appointments needs to look at himself but somehow I don’t think he will.

  • Steve Pearce

    I for one hope they don’t score any goals until January so that Andros Townsend comes back to the fold and provides that missing piece of our midfield set up!