We all love a trip down memory lane from time to time, particularly when it involves a celebration at the hands of one of our most bitter rivals.
The club was in a vastly different place back in 2012. Under the guidance of club legend Dougie Freedman and without a victory over the team from The Valley in four years, there was distinct desire throughout our fanbase to turn the tables on the Addicks, prompting a huge number of supporters to sell out the away section in a matter of hours.
With the game having been chosen for live TV coverage by Sky Sports, viewers across the country were treated to a tense opening 45 minutes in which the hosts had a goal disallowed for offside, before the deadlock was broken midway through the second half by Palace’s South African international Kagisho Dikgacoi, sparking wild scenes in the stand to the left of the camera.
As the ball fell to him inside the penalty area, the midfielder unleashed a venomous volley into the top of the net, giving Freedman’s players a platform upon which to build. The remainder of the game passed in something of a blur, as we clung on to an extremely welcomed lead and rode our luck on more than a few occasions.
Having started the season in dismal form, our win that night was our first away from home and came as the second game in a 14-match unbeaten run that saw Freedman depart for the supposedly brighter prospect of a job at Bolton Wanderers, only to replaced by Ian Holloway, who took us all the way to the Premier League the following May.
It would be foolish to suggest that the three points that night were pivotal in us eventually securing promotion, but it certainly gave us all a timely boost as a time of transition. KG may never have been viewed as one of our standout players, but he will always be remembered as something of a cult hero for his efforts on that September evening.