CRYSTAL PALACE LEGENDS
Amassing more 500 appearances between them, two Palace legends are coming to town to talk about their action-packed football careers. . .
Legendary striker Mark Bright and dashing winger John Salako will discuss the games, dressing room/training ground stories, managers, fall outs and everything you wanted to know about playing for a successful football club.
There will be a chance to pose questions to the stars during the evening.
VIP tickets are also available. These afford the opportunity for a meet and greet with the stars with a photo opportunity before the show. Due to limited availability, ticket purchasers should check this out at the box office when booking.
Compere for the evening will be TalkSport’s Perry Groves, a league and cup winner in his own right.
113 goals in 286 appearances
Working his way up from non-league, Mark joined the Eagles in 1986, where he would score 92 league goals over the next six years, playing in the FA Cup final and securing a top-three finish in the top flight.
Brought to the club by manager Steve Coppell, the super striker spent two seasons in the Second Division, earning the Golden Boot in the 1987-88 campaign, before gaining promotion to the top flight via the play-offs – scoring in the semi-finals along the way.
His 12 goals in the First Division the following season were an important part of Palace's creditable third-place showing.
His crashing drive began Palace's recovery against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final which saw them face Manchester United in the final. Palace and Mark narrowly missed out on lifting the trophy after a 3–3 draw resulted in a replay. This saw the plucky Eagles eventually defeated by a single goal.
Mark’s partnership with fellow striker Ian Wright is part of Palace folklore.
However, his great form continued even after Wright left the club, with his 17 First Division goals in 1991-92 setting a record for a Palace striker in the top-flight.
Still closely associated with Selhurst Park, Mark has been charged with running Palace’s under-23s development squad, a role he combines with his work as a TV pundit.
VIP MEET & GREET
Affords purchaser a chance to meet their heroes, photo opportunity, one item of memorabilia signed, reserved seating
215 appearances, 22 goals
A product of Palace’s famed academy, the dashing winger was crowned the team’s Young Player of the Year in 1986-87 and 1987-88.
Fleet footed and highly creative, John was the club’s regular left winger by the time The Eagles won promotion to the First Division in 1989. His on-field trickery saw the club progress all the way to the FA Cup final, memorably helping the team to come from behind to beat Liverpool 4-3 at Villa Park in the semi-final.
John and his teammates took Manchester United all the way to a replay in the final, announcing Crystal Palace as a credible threat to the rest of the top-flight. Indeed, as Palace recorded their highest ever league position the following season, John exacted revenge on the Red Devils at Selhurst with a brace in a memorable 3-0 league victory.
A cruciate ligament injury in 1991 threatened to end John’s blossoming career. However, pioneering surgery in America saw him return to proudly wear the red and blue with Palace as founding members of the Premier League.
Following the departure of the Wright and Bright attacking partnership, John often found himself joining Chris Armstrong up top as the club yo-yoed between the Prem and Division One.
In 2005 John was voted into Palace’s Centenary XI. And, like the evening’s fellow Palace legend Mark Bright, if you were to cut John in half he would bleed red and blue: he has coached the club’s under-16s team and is proud to have served as Crystal Palace first team coach.
Selected to play for England on five occasions, the hero of the Holmesdale terraces recalls that when he received his first call-up from the England gaffer Graham Taylor he needed to be convinced it was not his teammate Richard Shaw playing a prank!