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Viva Video CIV

No its nothing to do with the Ivory Coast, but simply the 104th edition of our weekly media feature. Over the last few weeks we have turned this feature over to our upcoming opponents, delving back through the archives (all right, I mean YouTube) to find suitable vintage footage. The reason for doing so are twofold. Firstly, we’ve run out of original and interesting Rovers footage, and secondly Rovers seem to be faring well against the teams we focus on in this feature. So with that in mind, here’s a great moment in Crystal Palace history.

Its December 1972, a time when men were men and when dugouts were actually dugouts. Palace are hosting Manchester United at a packed Selhurst Park and on a pitch that will inevitably deteriorate as the game wears on. The game is fantastically entertaining, swinging from end to end with such openness it looks as if its 9-a-side. Palace are the more stylish of the two sides, in both play and in their singular red and blue stripe, yellow numbered kit, and its all overseen by the excellent commentary of Brian Moore. Despite Moore’s excellence on the mic, there is one true star in this game; Don Rogers.

The Palace forward Don Rogers looms over this game, like his magnificent mustache looms over his own chin. He’s truly brilliant, setting up two goals and scoring two more with United just unable to cope with him. Both his goals are superbly and incredibly calmly taking, his first succeeding where Pele failed. However, in my view his finest moment comes at 6mins and 55seconds when with all round him throwing everything at the ball in a goalmouth scramble he simply plucks it out of the air, turns and sets off on an 80 yard run toward the United goal. An enjoyable talent, so here it is; The Don Rogers Show

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