FIVE OF THE BEST: Memorable home matches against Palace

By SFC Media time Mon 02 Mar Club

Ahead of Tuesday’s game, takes a look back at five memorable post-war matches against the Eagles in Southampton.

The penultimate home game of the 1994/95 season saw Matt Le Tissier’s brace inspire Saints to gaining a top-half finish in the Premier League – and that classic game features in our pick of five matches below: 

4th May 1971 – Southampton 6-0 Crystal Palace (Gabriel, Harfield, Davies, O’Neil, Channon 2)

The final game of the 1970/71 season was worth the wait

It was a final game of the season to savour for the smallest home crowd of the season who witnessed eighth placed Saints run up a comfortable victory over the Eagles. Jimmy Gabriel, Les Harfield and Ron Davies all contributed to a 3-0 half-time lead, with the latter delivering a trademark header from Mick Channon’s cross. Brian O’Neil spun a shot into the net just past the hour before Channon completed the scoring with a brace of strikes, the last of which was an unstoppable free-kick from just outside of the area.

Southampton team: Eric Martin, Joe Kirkup, Roger Fry, Hugh Fisher, John McGrath, Jimmy Gabriel, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, Ron Davies, Brian O’Neil, Les Harfield

9th October 1979 – Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace (Boyer 3, Holmes)

Boyer grabs the second of his three goals in this game

An undefeated Palace team arrived at The Dell, but went 3-0 down to Saints within an hour of this game. Phil Boyer struck either side of a Nick Holmes effort to put Lawrie McMenemy’s team in control before Martin Hinshelwood pulled one back on 63 minutes. Boyer waited until the 89th minute complete his hat-trick when he turned on the edge of the area to tuck away a right footed shot. McMenemy was full of praise for his team after the match, stating: “We could have beaten anybody tonight. I’m delighted for Phil – he earns his goals by unselfish running.”

Southampton team: Terry Gennoe, Trevor Hebberd, David Peach, Steve Williams, Manny Andruszewski, Malcolm Waldron, Alan Ball, Phil Boyer, Mick Channon, Charlie George, Nick Holmes

20th December 1980 – Southampton 4-2 Crystal Palace (Gilbert OG, Channon, Moran, George)


Steve Moran makes it 3-1

Saints avenged a 3-2 defeat at Selhurst Park with a two goal margin win over the Eagles at The Dell. An own goal from Billy Gilbert put the hosts in front when the ball deflected off him from ma Steve Williams free-kick. Charlie George missed a penalty, before Mick Channon volleyed in Nick Holmes’s cross for 2-0 on 41 minutes. Tony Sealy pulled one back on 59 minutes, with Steve Moran restoring Saints’ two goal lead by flicking the ball home from close range. George atoned for his spot-kick miss with an angled header inside the last ten minutes, before a late reply from the Eagles made it eleven goals in two games between the two teams.

Southampton team: Peter Wells, Ivan Golac, Mike McCartney, Steve Williams, Dave Watson, Chris Nicholl, Steve Moran, Mick Channon, Charlie George, Nick Holmes, Graham Baker

27th November 1990 – Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace, League Cup (Le Tissier, Shearer)


Shearer heads home the vital second goal

A goal in either half saw Saints progress to round five of the competition with Matt Le Tissier scoring one and creating the other to set up a meeting with Manchester United.  Having seen off Rochdale and Ipswich Town in the previous rounds, Saints had to win the midfield battle to break down the visitors, with Jimmy Case instrumental to that. Le Tissier opened the scoring on 42 minutes when he converted Paul Rideout’s cross, and the goal scorer turned provider for Alan Shearer to head home the crucial second just before the hour mark.

Southampton team: Tim Flowers, Alex Cherednik (Francis Benali), Micky Adams, Jimmy Case, Neil Ruddock, Russell Osman, Matt Le Tissier (Rod Walllace), Barry Horne, Alan Shearer, Paul Rideout, Glenn Cockerill

3rd May 1995 – Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace (Le Tissier 2, Watson)


Simon Charlton in action for Saints against Palace at The Dell

Saints got off to a flying start in the penultimate home game of the season, with Matt Le Tissier opening the scoring after just 45 seconds after a cross into the area was misjudged by the Palace goalkeeper. Le Tissier inspired the win as he provided the corner from which Gordon Watson headed home a second goal on nine minutes, and although Gareth Southgate pulled one back for the visitors before half-time, Le Tissier sealed the win on 86 minutes with an immaculately placed shot inside the far post for 3-1. The man-of-the-match suffered a heel injury in that game which caused him to miss his only game of that season a few days later in a goalless draw at Everton.

Southampton team: Dave Beasant, Simon Charlton (Tommy Widdrington), Ken Monkou, Jason Dodd, Francis Benali, Richard Hall, Gordon Watson, Jim Magilton, Neil Shipperley (Paul Tisdale), Matt Le Tissier, Neil Maddison

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