The Eagles return to SA

The Eagles return to SA
Credit: Crystal Palace FC official website,

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015. 11:53

Crystal Palace will arrive in South Africa on Wednesday, 22 July 2015, ahead of their participation in the inaugural Cape Town Cup.

The highly-anticipated tournament will see Alan Pardew's men in action in a competitive setting, returning to South Africa for the first time since 1992.

Palace embarked on a progressive pre-season tour to the country in the summer of 1992, amid a tense period in the history of South Africa.

The 23-man squad that made the trip was a diverse one, with the lies of Mark Bright, Eric Young and John Salako playing in the matches.

They went to South Africa on the 20th July 1992, exactly 23 years ago on Monday, to play against Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg and Orlando Pirates a day later in Durban.

At the time, the tour was unprecedented, with the Eagles being the first team to visit South Africa since Tottenham Hotspur in the 1960s.

Tensions were still high when Palace arrived for the games, but the tour was seen as a progressive step forward for football and South Africa - with Bafana Bafana having been re-admitted into the international game by FIFA shortly before.

Palace will spend just under a week in Cape Town this month, playing two matches, seeing the sights and experiencing South Africa, almost 23 years to the day after the club's previous visit.