Pardew relishes Selhurst Park return with Newcastle

TEAM EFFORT ... Alan Pardew.

TEAM EFFORT ... Alan Pardew.

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ALAN Pardew will be forever associated with scoring the goal that took Crystal Palace to the 1990 FA Cup final.

Pardew spent some of the best years of his playing career at Selhurst Park.

And Newcastle United’s visit to his old stomping ground tomorrow will be a trip down memory lane for the 52-year-old.

But Pardew says he’s already got memories to treasure from three years as manager at St James’s Park – and he’s determined to that there are more to come.

Reflecting on his time at Palace, Pardew said: “We had a great spell there.

“We finished third one year, which would be unheard of now. We got to the final. We had a really good side.

“I loved it there, and still love going back there. It’s a home for me in terms of my memories.

“But I’ve got some great memories here already, some really terrific memories that no one can take away from me.

“I’m looking forward to many more.”

Meanwhile, Palace manager Tony Pulis, a close friend of Pardew, feels sixth-placed Newcastle are in “exceptional” form.

“They are top-six club,” he said. “They have invested very heavily in the French market over the past few years, they have got some top, top players, and (Loic) Remy has brought them what Demba Ba gave them before he left, that cutting edge.

“We’ll be playing a really good team and a top club in Newcastle United.

“They have got a very good manager and some outstanding players, and their record over the past few months has been exceptional.

“Their away performances have been good, so we know how tough it’s going to be. We have to be really on it to get anything out of the game.”