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Sunday 02 June 2013

Promoted clubs in profile: Crystal Palace

We look at Championship play-off winners Crystal Palace ahead of their Premier League return

  • Crystal Palace were promoted with a 1-0 play-off final win over Watford at Wembley

  • Ian Holloway will be managing for the second time in the Barclays Premier League

  • Glenn Murray was the Eagles' top scorer with 31 Championship goals last term

  • Australian international Mile Jedinak is a key figure in Palace's midfield

  • Republic of Ireland defender Damien Delaney helped to keep Watford's attackers at bay

  • Palace's last top-flight campaign was 2004/05, when Andrew Johnson scored 21 goals

  • Their home ground, Selhurst Park, holds more than 26,000 supporters

After an arduous Championship campaign three clubs earned the right to play in the Barclays Premier League in season 2013/14.

While champions Cardiff City, runners-up Hull City and play-off winners Crystal Palace make their preparations for a season in the English top flight, has been taking a look at the three newly promoted clubs. Here the series concludes with Championship play-off winners, Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace

Founded: 1905

Barclays Premier League history

Crystal Palace have been in the Barclays Premier League on four occasions but were relegated after each season.

Season Pos P W D L F A Pts
2004/05 18 38 7 12 19 41 62 33
1997/98 20 38 8 9 21 37 71 33
1994/95 19 42 11 12 19 34 49 45
1992/93 20 42 11 16 15 48 61 49

The Eagles

Selhurst Park


Form last season (fifth)

An extra-time penalty by striker Kevin Phillips was enough to give Crystal Palace a 1-0 victory against Watford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on 27 May. Ian Holloway's side finished fifth in the Championship thanks to a 3-2 victory over Peterborough United on the final day of the regular season – the club's only win in their previous 10 attempts. In the play-offs, the Eagles beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on aggregate before beating third-placed Watford with Phillips's spot-kick.

After losing their first three matches of the 2012/13 season, Palace had gone on a 14-match unbeaten run, claiming 36 points from a possible 42, to go top in November. Manager Dougie Freedman left the club to join Bolton Wanderers and Holloway came from Blackpool to take over on 3 November and continued the fine run of form. The South Londoners stuttered over Christmas but a run of five wins out of seven during February and March galvanised their promotion charge.

Ian Holloway (manager)

The charismatic manager goes into his second top-flight campaign after leading Blackpool to the Barclays Premier League for the first time with promotion in the 2009/10 season. Despite playing entertaining football, Blackpool were relegated on the final day after losing 4-2  to Manchester United. After starting his managerial career with Bristol Rovers, Holloway led Queens Park Rangers to promotion to the Championship. Spells at Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City followed before he took Blackpool to the top flight in his first season at Bloomfield Road.

Glenn Murray (striker)

Murray's goals were a catalyst for Crystal Palace's promotion push, but the 29-year-old will miss the start of the new campaign with a long-term knee injury. The powerful striker was the Championship's top scorer with 31 goals. Murray joined Palace from Brighton, after firing the Seagulls to promotion from League One with 22 goals in the 2010/11 campaign. He has also played for Rochdale, Stockport and Carlisle in the lower leagues.

Mile Jedinak (midfielder)

Crystal Palace signed Jedinak from Turkish club Genclerbirligi ahead of the 2011/12 season and instantly became a key figure at Selhurst Park. The holding midfielder played 31 times in his first season but shot to prominence in the following campaign, making 44 appearances and scoring three times. The Australia international started out at Sydney FC and then Central Coast Mariners before moving to Turkey in 2009. The 28-year-old is looking to secure qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Damien Delaney (defender)

The Republic of Ireland defender was at the heart of a fine performance by Palace's rearguard to nullify the threat of an attacking Watford side in the Championship play-off final. Delany made 45 league appearances since signing from Ipswich Town after the opening weekend of the season. The 31-year-old had been with Ipswich for three years following spells at Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers and Hull, whom he helped gain promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

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Key Points

  • Crystal Palace will play in the Barclays Premier League in the 2013/14 campaign after beating Watford in the Championship play-off final
  • The Eagles are managed by Ian Holloway, who led Blackpool to the Premier League in 2010
  • Palace return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign