My favourite game: Crystal Palace make history in the ZDS Cup final | Ed Aarons

Palace’s 4-1 win over Everton in the 1991 Zenith Data Systems Cup was a huge moment for the club and life-changing for me

Let me start with a confession: I haven’t always supported Crystal Palace. Growing up in Croydon at the same time as Ian Wright and Mark Bright were inspiring the club whose stadium I could see from my bedroom window to reach the top flight for the first time in a decade, I probably should have done; it was the obvious choice. But I didn’t.

Instead I was seduced by the skills of John Barnes and Liverpool’s all-red strip and, as such, there was only one team I wanted to win when the two teams met at Villa Park in their 1990 FA Cup semi-final, which happened to take place the day after my ninth birthday.

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