Championship Play-Off Final Snapshot: Super Kev Scores £120m Penalty As Crystal Palace Are Promoted To Premier League!

Chris Wright

27th, May 2013

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By Chris Wright

An extra-time penalty (worth approximately £120 million!) from Super Kevin Phillips – the sly old dog – ensured Crystal Palace nudged Watford aside in the Championship play-off final and secure promotion to the Premier League for next season…

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Play Off - Final - Crystal Palace v Watford - Wembley Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Play Off - Final - Crystal Palace v Watford - Wembley Stadium

Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Play Off - Final - Crystal Palace v Watford - Wembley Stadium

Welcome back Palace!

Veteran poacher Phillips has lost in all three of his previous play-off final appearances, for Sunderland, West Brom and Blackpool, so it’s fourth time lucky for the striker who turns 40 in a month’s time. Will he be back at Palace next season? Doubtful, but he can worry about that later.

Weird that, in facing Watford – a squad brimming over with loanees – Palace have two loanees to thank for getting them back to the big time, with Wilf Zaha (on loan from Man Utd) winning the decisive spot-kick and Super Kev (on loan from Blackpool) tucking the blighter away.

More reaction, photos and highlights to follow…

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  1. JJ says:

    Nice link about the loaness thing near the end! Always had a soft spot for Palace with their great Acadmey. Gwaaaan you Eagles!

  2. Tom the bees fan says:

    I was supporting watford but was very pleased for philips getting his goal – he deserves it for being a proper dedicated footballer. it may have been one of his last ever kicks as a profesional player. what a way to go eh. not quite as good as zidane’s headbutt but still a great way to bow out.

  3. That Terry Lewis says:

    Never been a supporter of any of his clubs, but surely Little Kev deserves a knighthood or an OBE for services to Football. I mean this is the only Englishman to have won the European Golden Boot!

  4. nikhil91@gmail.com' Tito says:

    Why is it worth 120 million?

  5. Nikhil91@gmail.com' Tito says:

    Why is it worth 120million ?

  6. chris00wright@gmail.com' Chris says:

    @Tito: That’s the sum that Championship clubs are estimated to earn on promotion to the Premier League in tv money, extra revenue, parachute payments, etc.

  7. si@si.com' Si says:

    @Tito and Chris – it is also, apparently, the highest value cash “prize” (if you take it as a package) in world football. The mind boggles.

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