Barclays Premier League
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 12:45pm
Selhurst Park
(Live on BT Sport)


The game will be the 52nd league and cup meeting between Albion and Crystal Palace. The Baggies currently lead the way in terms of victories with 22 compared to the Eagles' 15.

There have been six Premier League meetings with both clubs having two wins to their name.

The clubs have met 25 times previously in competitive action at Selhurst Park with Albion winning nine and Palace eight.

Albion's last game on this date took place in 2009 when a Roberto Di Matteo-led side played out a goalless draw with Preston North End in a Championship clash at Deepdale. The Baggies' last win on October 3 came back in 1987 when in a Second Division clash, goals from Andy Gray and Bobby Williamson gave Albion a 2-1 over Reading at Elm Park.

Crystal Palace's last game to take place on this date came in 2012 when a Wilfried Zaha double gave the Eagles a 2-1 Championship win at Wolves.

Since Tony Pulis took charge last January, the Baggies have kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League, more than any other side.

Albion are the only team yet to concede a Premier League goal away from home this season.

Albion's last six games: Everton (H) 2-3; Norwich City (A, LC) 0-3; Aston Villa (A) 1-0; Southampton (H) 0-0; Stoke City (A) 1-0; Port Vale (H, LC) 0-0 aet, WBA won 5-3 on pens.

Crystal Palace's last six games: Watford (A) 1-0; Charlton Ath. (H, LC) 4-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 0-1; Manchester City (H) 0-1; Chelsea (A) 2-1; Shrewsbury Town (H, LC) 4-1.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis looks like being without Jonas Olsson (groin), Gareth McAuley (calf) and Salomon Rondon (back) for the trip to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham and Joel Ward (knocks), Mile Jedinak and Marouane Chamakh (both hamstring) and Damien Delaney (groin) are all missing for the hosts.



Albion Win: 7/2, Crystal Palace Win: 5/6, Draw: 12/5.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 8/1, Rondon 8/1, Lambert 9/1, Anichebe 10/1, McClean 12/1, McManaman 14/1, Gnabry 14/1, Morrison 14/1, Gardner 16/1, Brunt 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Fletcher 28/1, McAuley 28/1, Chester 33/1.

Crystal Palace: Gayle 5/1, Campbell 11/2, Sako 6/1, Bamford 13/2, Bolasie 7/1, Puncheon 15/2, Zaha 8/1, Mutch 9/1, Cabaye 9/1, Lee 10/1, Ledley 14/1, Hangeland 25/1, McArthur 25/1, Dann 25/1, Kelly 33/1, Souare 33/1.

No Goalscorers: 8/1.



Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Moss officiated four Albion games last season - the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in April, the 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa in March, the 1-1 draw at West Ham United on New Year's Day and the 4-0 win at home to Burnley last September.

The West Yorkshire official took charge of five Palace games during 2014/15 - their 3-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield in May, the aforementioned 2-0 defeat to Albion in April, the 3-2 FA Cup win at Southampton in January, the 3-1 win at home to Liverpool in November and the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal back in August on the opening day of the season.

Moss has handed out nine yellow cards and two reds in the five games he has refereed so far this season.

A full run-down of Moss' history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Albion have been allocated 1,600 tickets for the game priced at £32 adults, £21 over-65s/students/under-21s and £16 under-18s.


Sunny intervals, 13°C.


The first ever meeting of Albion and Crystal Palace came in a friendly game which took place at Selhurst Park in January 1930. Two goals from Joe Carter saw the Baggies run out 2-1 winners.

The first competitive meeting of the two clubs took place in September 1969 during Palace’s first ever season in the top-flight, Albion running out 3-1 winners at Selhurst Park. Danny Hegan, Bobby Hope and Jeff Astle scored for the Baggies whilst Cliff Jackson hit the hosts’ solitary reply. The return game at The Hawthorns in January saw Albion complete the double over Palace with a 3-2 victory, Jeff Astle hitting a hat-trick for Alan Ashman’s team.

Albion’s biggest win over Crystal Palace came during the 1988 season, the Baggies winning a thrilling game 5-3 at The Hawthorns. Robert Hopkins, John Paskin and a Don Goodman hat-trick helping to overcome a Palace side that featured future Arsenal legend Ian Wright who missed a penalty in the game.

The Londoners’ best win over Albion came in February 1973 at The Hawthorns when two goals each from Alan Whittle and Derek Possee gave the visitors a 4-0 victory.

Probably the most important meeting of the two clubs came in the final game of the 2001/02 season when Albion needed three points to clinch a place in the Premier League for the first time. Goals from Darren Moore and Bob Taylor in front of a full-house at The Hawthorns gave the Baggies a 2-0 win and a place in English football’s elite.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


Tuesday 01 February 2005 - Albion 2-2 Crystal Palace - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 March 2004 - Albion 2-0 Crystal Palace - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 20 September 2003 - Crystal Palace 2-2 Albion - League Division One - Selhurst Park
Sunday 21 April 2002 - Albion 2-0 Crystal Palace - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 26 October 1999 - Crystal Palace 0-2 Albion - League Division One - Selhurst Park
Saturday 26 November 1988 - Albion 5-3 Crystal Palace - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 4 October 1980 - Crystal Palace 0-1 Albion - First Division - Selhurst Park


Crystal Palace 0-2 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 18th April 2015, 3:00pm

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Ledley (Souare 45), Bolasie, Jedinak (Gayle 45), McArthur (Sanogo 80), Zaha, Puncheon, Murray. Subs not used: Hennessey, Hangeland, Kelly, Ameobi.

Booked: Dann 54 (foul), Puncheon 61 (foul), Bolasie 69 (simulation)

Albion: Myhill, Dawson (Wisdom 70), McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner (Olsson 81), Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino (Baird 87), Anichebe.  Subs not used: Rose, McManaman, Sessegnon, Ideye.

Goalscorers: Morrison 2, Gardner 53

Booked: McAuley 14 (foul), Gardner 79 (foul), Brunt 79 (foul)

Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 24,765

West Brom eased any lingering relegation doubts as boss Tony Pulis enjoyed victory over his former club Crystal Palace on Saturday. Pulis left Selhurst Park on the eve of the new season and there was no mention of the Welshman in Palace chairman Steve Parish's programme notes. But any remaining bitterness felt by Pulis over his exit was eased as James Morrison headed home unmarked with 100 seconds on the clock and Craig Gardner thrashed home a trademark effort in the second half to seal a 2-0 win for West Brom - their first on the road since November. In response, Yannick Bolasie almost added to the hat-trick he scored in Palace's 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland last weekend but saw an audacious overhead volley saved - whilst substitute Dwight Gayle hit the crossbar and Yaya Sanogo rightly had a goal chalked-off for offside.

Current Palace boss Alan Pardew had anticipated Pulis would have a 'huge advantage' having worked with the majority of his squad - steering them to an 11th-placed finish last season and earning the Premier League manager of the year award in the process. And so it proved. Even though Pardew's men went into the game on the back of four straight wins they were shackled by a Baggies side who needed to react following three damaging defeats. However, the visitors got the best possible start as Morrison evaded Jason Puncheon and was free to head home Chris Brunt's corner from six yards in the second minute. Palace were not playing in the same free-flowing manner that saw them steamroller Sunderland and their first chance was a tame effort from James McArthur which was easily held by Boaz Myhill. Things could have got worse for the hosts on 15 minutes as Mile Jedinak looked to trip Victor Anichebe in the box - but referee Jonathan Moss was unmoved by Albion's appeals. Pardew's wingers started to impact on the game at the midway point of the first-half, with both Wilfried Zaha and Bolasie seeing much more of the ball as the latter saw a close-range shot pushed away by Myhill. The Welsh goalkeeper was again on hand to deny an acrobatic overhead kick from Bolasie shortly afterwards as the Eagles began to dominate possession.

The hosts still went in behind at the interval, with Pardew making a double change at half-time as he introduced Gayle and Pape Souare in place of Jedinak and Joe Ledley. But it was the Baggies who struck again as Brunt's corner drifted out to Gardner - who collected the ball before rifling an arrowed shot past Julian Speroni's desperate dive to double his side's advantage. Gayle should have reduced the arrears almost immediately but could only head against the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after Bolasie's driven cross. Saido Berahino had been quiet for West Brom but almost added a third as he wriggled free from Damien Delaney and Scott Dann before seeing his effort turned behind by Speroni. Delaney then came close to giving Palace a lifeline but Myhill claimed his downward header, with substitute Sanogo seeing a tap-in ruled out for offside - with Pardew tasting league defeat for just the fourth time as Palace boss. For Pulis, his return was a triumphant one but he will be more comforted by the fact his side now sit eight points above the relegation zone.

Sporting Life


Baggies' boss Tony Pulis spent a short but successful spell in charge of Crystal Palace between November 2013 and August 2014.

Pulis' current backroom team of David Kemp and Gerry Francis also worked for him at Palace. Both men also played for the Eagles during their careers.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Ronnie Allen, Jack Bannister, Paul Barron, Craig Beattie, Trevor Benjamin, Billy Birch, Jeroen Boere, Ally Brown, David Burnside, Peter Burridge, Billy Davies, Ian Edwards, Danny Gabbidon, George Garratt, George Handley, Adam Haywood, Charlie Hewitt, Roy Horobin, George Irwin, George Johnson, Derek Kevan, Jack Lewis, Steve Mackenzie, Tommy Magee, Paul McShane, Tommy Magee, Tony Millington, Pat Mulcahy, Paddy Mulligan, Shaun Murphy, Darren Patterson, Arthur Perry, Kevin Phillips, Ray Potter, Dick Roberts, Alex Ross, Scott Sinclair, Keith Smith, Wilfred Smith, Arthur Swift, Jerome Thomas, John Thomas, Garry Thompson, Jeff Turton, Ben Watson, Brian Whitehouse, Chris Whyte, Brian Wood and George Wood.

Baggies' legend Tommy Magee was a player-coach at Palace for a short spell during the mid-1930s; Dick Graham was trainer at Albion and later manager at Palace; Former Albion scout Arthur Rowe also managed Palace; Albion reserve goalkeeper George Irwin played for, coached, acted as trainer and managed Palace; Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Mike Kelly coached at both clubs.


 Home 26 13 6 7 39 33
 Away 25 9 8 8 30 29
 Total 51 22 14 15 69 62


Sat 18 Apr 2015 Premier League A 2-0 Morrison, Gardner    24,765
Sat 25 Oct 2014 Premier League H 2-2 Anichebe, Berahino (pen) - Hangeland, Jedinak (pen)    24,738
Sat 08 Feb 2014 Premier League A 1-3 Thievy - Ince, Ledley, Chamakh (pen)    24,501
Sat 04 Jan 2014 FA Cup H 0-2 Gayle, Chamakh    12,700
Sat 02 Nov 2013 Premier League H 2-0 Berahino, McAuley    26,397
Mon 26 Apr 2010 Championship A 1-1 Tamas - Reid (og)    17,798
Sat 26 Sep 2009 Championship H 0-1 N'Diaye    21,007
Wed 12 Mar 2008 Championship H 1-1 Phillips - Moses    20,378
Sat 01 Dec 2007 Championship A 1-1 Hudson (og) - Morrison    15,247
Wed 14 Mar 2007 Championship H 2-3 Clement, Phillips - Morrison, Watson (pen), Grabban    17,960


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