Barclays Premier League
Saturday 2nd November 2013, 3:00pm
The Hawthorns


The game will be the 47th league and cup meeting between Albion and Crystal Palace. The Baggies currently lead the way in the victory stakes with 20 wins compared to the Eagles' 13.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2002 when they lost 2-1 to Manchester City in what was the club's last ever visit to Maine Road. The Baggies' last win on November 2nd came 78 years ago in 1935 when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 at Hillsborough.

Crystal Palace's last game to take place on this date was a 3-1 win away at Tranmere Rovers in 1996.

Albion have won just one of the last eight meetings of the two clubs.

Palace have lost six successive games - It is their worst run since 2001.

Albion have won only one of their last eight league games at The Hawthorns.

Palace have yet to earn an away point this season and are winless in their last nine league away games.

Albion's last six games: Liverpool (A) 1-4; Stoke City (A) 0-0; Arsenal (H) 1-1; Manchester United (A) 2-1; Arsenal (H, LC) 1-1 (3-4 on pens); Sunderland (H) 3-0

Crystal Palace's last six games: Arsenal (H) 0-2; Fulham (H) 1-4; Liverpool (A) 1-3; Southampton (A) 0-2; Swansea City (H) 0-2; Manchester United (A) 0-2



Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke has doubts over the fitness of midfield duo Morgan Amalfitano and Scott Sinclair ahead of the clash with Palace. Amalfitano suffered a knee injury in last weekend’s defeat at Liverpool whilst Sinclair has missed the last three matches because of a hamstring problem.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster remains sidelined with his foot injury whilst Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are lacking match fitness following their long-term knee injuries.

Squad from: Myhill, Daniels, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe, Dorrans, Morrison, Long, Brunt, Vydra, Dawson, Anelka, Lugano, Popov, Reid, Amalfitano, Sinclair.

Crystal Palace

Norwegian left-back Jonny Parr returns to the Palace squad after completing 90 minutes for the development side in midweek.

Jonny Williams has failed to regain fitness in time due to his knee injury whilst Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray and Paddy McCarthy also remain sidelined.

Squad from: TBC


Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:

“Palace are in a difficult situation just now. But I watched their game last week against Arsenal and they were very competitive. They’ve had a difficult start and they’ll be looking at this as a game where they can pick up points. They’re well motivated and they’re doing their job for Keith.

“There are no easy games in this league and we respect Crystal Palace. They’re a team that’s hungry for points and to prove they belong in the Premier League. It’s not a game we’ll be taking lightly. It’s a game we’ll be taking very, very seriously.

“We always look forward to our home games. The crowd are important for us both at home and away. We’ve sold out for Saturday and we’re looking forward to benefiting from a strong backing. Palace will have good away support, too. It should be a good atmosphere and hopefully a good game.

“The onus will be on us to create chances and have a go and that’s what we’ll try to do. It hasn’t quite worked out for Palace yet and we have to make sure it doesn’t work out for them on Saturday, either. We have to make sure they leave The Hawthorns disappointed.”


Crystal Palace striker and former Baggie Kevin Phillips:

“It is going to be an emotional day because this is it for me.

“It will be the first time I’ve been back there as a player - and the last. This is my last season. I will be hanging up my boots at the end of it.

“I had two great years at Albion and, while I never take anything for granted in this game, I’m hoping for a good reception.

“It will be a good feeling to go back there because the club played such a special part in my career, but the Albion fans will understand that I will be doing everything I can to help Palace get a result.”




Albion Win: 11/20, Crystal Palace Win: 5/1, Draw: 3/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Anelka 9/1, Anichebe 9/2, Long 5/1, Sessegnon 5/1, Berahino 13/2, Vydra 7/1, Rosenberg 15/2, Morrison 9/1, Sinclair 10/1, Brunt 14/1, Amalfitano 14/1, Mulumbu 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 20/1, Dawson 25/1, Jones 25/1, Lugano 25/1.

Crystal Palace: Gayle 9/1, Jerome 10/1, Chamakh 10/1, Phillips 11/1, Puncheon 14/1, Kebe 14/1, Guedioura 16/1, Thomas 16/1, Bolasie 16/1, Bannan 20/1, Campana 25/1, Jedinak 25/1, Dikgacoi 25/1, O'Keefe 25/1.


Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Refereed just one Albion game last season - The 2-1 win away at Wigan Athletic in November.

Swarbrick took charge of one Palace game during 2012/13 - The 0-0 draw in the FA Cup at home to Stoke City in January.

The Lancashire official has handed out 23 yellow cards and one red in the eight games he has refereed so far this season.


The game is now sold out.


Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, 11°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.

Albion’s recent record against Palace isn’t great having won just one of the last eight meetings.


Tuesday 01 February 2005 - Albion 2-2 Crystal Palace - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Sunday 21 April 2002 - Albion 2-0 Crystal Palace - League Division One - The Hawthorns


Albion 0-1 Crystal Palace
Coca-Cola League Championship
Saturday 26th September 2009, 3:00pm

Albion: Carson; Zuiverloon (Reid 60), Martis, Olsson, Mattock; Jara, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Koren (Wood 78); Moore (Cox 60), Bednar. Subs not used: Kiely (gk), Teixeira, Meite, Barnett.

Booked: Bednar 35 (unsporting behaviour), Mulumbu 71 (dissent), Cox 90+1 (dissent).

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Butterfield, McCarthy, Fonte, Hill; N'Diaye, Derry, Danns; Ambrose (Lee 61), Moses, Scannell (Carle 72). Subs not used: Flahavan (gk), Hills, Davis, Ertl, Cadogan.

Goalscorer: N'Diaye 63

Booked: Derry 45 (foul), Carle 89 (kicking ball away).

Attendance: 21,007

Referee: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire)

Crystal Palace striker Alassane N'Diaye's first senior strike ended Championship leaders West Brom's unbeaten start. N'Diaye cashed in on Albion defender Shelton Martis's error to coolly side-foot past Scott Carson. Luke Moore was earlier denied by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. After Palace took the lead Jonas Olsson flashed a header wide and Roman Bednar failed to hit the target from six yards as Albion pushed for an equaliser.

BBC Sport


Baggies' on loan winger Scott Sinclair spent a short spell on loan at Selhurst Park from Chelsea in 2008.

Eagles' striker Kevin Phillips spent just two seasons at The Hawthorns but became a Baggies' legend in the process, hitting 46 goals in just 68 starts for the club. Phillips, who was an integral part of Tony Mowbray's Championship winning side of 2007/08, joined Palace initially on loan in January 2013 and was a key figure in their return to the Premier League.

Jerome Thomas joined Albion on a free transfer in August 2009 after being released by Portsmouth. He spent four fairly successful seasons at The Hawthorns before his contract expired in the summer of 2013. After not being offered a new deal by Albion, the winger joined Palace on a two year contract.

Welsh international defender Danny Gabbidon started his career at The Hawthorns, working his way up through the youth system before making his first team debut in March 1999 against Ipswich Town. He was surprisingly sold in September 2000 to Cardiff City where he would become an established international defender. He left Cardiff in 2005 and went on to spend six years with West Ham United. After leaving Upton Park in 2011 he joined Queens Park Rangers where he spent one season before joining Palace in the summer of 2012.


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, Bill Davies, George Garratt, George Handley, Adam Haywood, Charlie Hewitt, Roy Horobin, George Irwin, George Johnson, Derek Kevan, Jack Lewis, Paul McShane, Tommy Magee, Tony Millington, Pat Mulcahy, Paddy Mulligan, Shaun Murphy, Arthur Parry, Darren Patterson, Ray Potter, Dick Roberts, Alex Ross, Keith Smith, Arthur Swift, 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 23 12 5 6 35 29
 Away 23 8 8 7 27 26
 Total 46 20 13 13 62 55


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
Tue 17 Oct 2006 Championship A 2-0 Gera, Kamara    16,105
Tue 01 Feb 2005 Premier League H 2-2 Campbell, Earnshaw - Johnson, Rihilati    25,092
Sat 23 Oct 2004 Premier League A 0-3 Hall, Johnson 2 (1 pen)    22,922
Sat 27 Mar 2004 League Division 1 H 2-0 Moore, Dyer    24,990
Sat 20 Sep 2003 League Division 1 A 2-2 Hulse, Koumas - Freedman, Johnson    17,477
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