Manchester City v Crystal Palace 1971 to 72

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CITY 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

League Division 1

 18th August 1971

Attendance 27,103

scorers Lee(2 inc 1 pen), Davies, Booth

Ref H New

City Corrigan, Book, Connor, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Young, Heslop, Davies, Lee, Mellor – unused sub Carrodus

Palace Jackson, Payne, Wall, Kember, McCormick, Blyth, Wharton, Tambling, Scott, Queen, Taylor – used sub Hoadley

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TOMMY BOOTH NODS HOME CITY’S 3RD
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City were determined  to do well in this game.  The previous Saturday, they had opened the new League campaign with another home fxture and had gone down 0-1 to Leeds  United. Palace had  defeated Newcastle  United 2-0 at Selhurst  Park. 
For the meeting with the Londoners, the Blues  were without an injured Mike Summerbee, so Neil  Young came into the  side.
During the frst half the home side were simply magnifcent, even without Summerbee and  Colin Bell. It took only  ten minutes to establish a lead with Lee’s  penalty, one of many he  would score that season  when referees launched  a blitz on skulduggery,  some of it real, some  imagined. 
John McCormick was the offender on this occasion and nobody disputed the legality of  the award. Joe Corrigan was  tested by Gerry Queen  and Terry Wharton  before Lee added to his tally after 25 minutes. Goalkeeper John Jackson  failed to intercept  Young’s comer and the  striker scored with a rare header. 
Another Young comer brought a third goal, this time Tommy Booth doing the honours with a header despite being  surrounded by three defenders. 
After the break, City took their foot off the accelerator, maybe because they felt they had done enough. Palace  began to take control of  the midfeld, and  fortunately for City, Corrigan was in excellent  form. 
George Heslop, too, was a tower of strength in the centre of the Blues defence, reminding the older generation of fans of Dave Ewing, who coincidentally was at this time on the Palace coaching staff. 
promising displays from  Davies despite close attention from McCormick and Ian Mellor out on the left. 
The closest the London side came to scoring was on the hour when Queen latched on to a weak back-pass  from Tony Book and steered the ball past  Corrigan. He could scarcely believe it when up popped Booth to clear off the line. 
Towards the end of the game, David Payne was booked for a foul on Lee and then Davies forced the ball past  Jackson to open his City  account. 
FROM AN ARTICLE ‘THAT WAS THE WEEK’ PUBLISHED IN THE CITY PROGRAMME 19TH AUGUST 1998
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