Iconic Irons: Pop Robson raised into the south London sky

Pop Robson celebrates scoring at Crystal Palace on 24 March 1973


West Ham United were three games into a nine-match unbeaten run and on their way to a sixth-place First Division finish when they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on this day in 1973.

Wearing their eye-catching sky blue away shirts with two claret bands, midfielder Trevor Brooking and centre forwards Ted MacDougall and Pop Robson were on target against Malcolm Allison's Eagles at Selhurst Park.

Robson, who scored an outstanding 28 goals that 1972/73 season, celebrated his goal by being raised high into the south London sky by Billy Bonds in this iconic image taken by renowned sports photographer Ed Lacey.


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