Remembering each of Crystal Palace’s Premier League play-off victories1 min read
The final episode of When Eagles Dare focuses almost entirely on the 2013 Championship play-off final, where Crystal Palace faced Watford.
This wasn’t the first time Palace were in a play-off final and just one step from the Premier League. Take a look at the previous play-off final victories the club have been involved in over the years below!
Please note, there are some major spoilers in the below. If you don’t know Palace’s story fully and haven’t watched When Eagles Dare yet, find out how you can here!
27th May, 2013 v Watford
The final which features in episode five of When Eagles Dare. Palace came into this game after defying the odds to beat Brighton & Hove Albion on their own turf in the semi-finals and after a barren run of one win in 10 games as the season drew to a close.
Watford were the clear favourites overall, but a resilient display from the Eagles, including great goalkeeping from Julian Speroni, dragged the clash into extra-time.
As the London sun beat down, manager Ian Holloway explained that he saw a tactical weakness in the Watford defence in the shape of Marco Cassetti. Thankfully, he had just the man to exploit it.