Plenty of Palace fans hold extremely fond memories of our former midfielder Eddie McGoldrick, following a stint with us which saw him score 16 goals in 189 appearances between 1989 and 1993, and now, fans of a new generation have a reason to adore him, thanks to a chance meeting in a pub.
This video of Eddie McGoldrick encouraging the numerous Palace fans around him in an anti-Brighton song is guarunteed to make you smirk. His playing days may be long gone, but the former midfielder certainly hasn’t forgotten where our supporters’ passions lie.
Having played under Steve Coppell in what was an extremely successful era for everyone of a red and blue persuasion, McGoldrick is fully aware of the reasons behind our bitter rivalry with Brighton & Hove Albion, so much so that he felt compelled to lead the Palace faithful standing around him at the bar in a rendition of an anti-Seagulls song recently.
It’s not often that you see players, either past or present, so willingly involving themselves with fans at a basic level, making this clip all the more enjoyable. It may have been more than 20 years since Eddie made his last appearance for the Eagles, but it hasn’t clouded his memory over the best way to get our fans on side.
After leaving us to sign for Arsenal in 1993, McGoldrick went on to play for Manchester City, Stockport County and Corby Town, but it was undoubtedly at Selhurst Park where he enjoyed his best years.
Famed for his cross to set up Ian Wright in our 1989 play-off triumph over Blackburn Rovers, the Londoner has always held a special place in the hearts of the supporters who watched him, with this latest incident only serving to further cement his status as a cult hero in SE25.