With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of our past meetings with the Eagles...
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Chelsea’s second-ever league trip to Selhurst Park, 49 years ago over Christmas 1969, produced the club’s record victory in SE25. Peter Osgood knocked four past John Jackson, a goalkeeper against whom he loved to score, in a 5-1 thrashing.
Prior to last season’s 1-2 loss there, the Blues had notched up three successive victories at the Eagles’ nest with a single goal conceded.
Diego Costa’s goal (pictured above) was the difference between the two sides in December 2016, but more memorable was the success in January the same year, the fourth match of Guus Hiddink’s second spell, and the first victory. It was a performance of verve, purpose and togetherness. You may view the highlights here.
World War Two guest player Corporal Charlie Mitten almost missed Chelsea’s kick-off at Crystal Palace on 30 December 1944. His train was late and he arrived in the dressing room just as the referee’s buzzer sounded. Albert Tennant made way for the Man United star and the Pensioners drew 3-3.
Chelsea have finished second best in just five of our 21 league visits to Crystal Palace, one of which was the corresponding match last season. As a result the west Londoners are aiming to avoid consecutive away league losses to the Glaziers for the first time.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH
Biggest league win at Selhurst Park for each team
Crystal Palace 1-5 Chelsea - 27/12/1969
Crystal Palace 2-0 Chelsea - 31/03/1973