Although the rivalry was born in the 70s, the most memorable meeting of the 21st century between the two clubs was the 2012/13 playoff semi-final clash. Gus Poyet's Seagulls and Ian Holloway's Eagles faced off in a tie to eventually face Watford in football's most expensive game at Wembley and it remains to this day one of the most fierce battles between the two.
Crystal Palace scraped into the playoffs with just 1 win in their last 10 league games. In stark contrast, Brighton were 9 games unbeaten in the Championship and went into the tie as heavy favourites. A somewhat subdued stalemate at Selhurst Park finished 0-0, with both sides failing to take an advantage to the Amex stadium. A red-hot atmosphere awaited the teams at Brighton's home, with both sets of supporter’s keen to get one over their rivals.
It was academy lad and now club hero Wilfried Zaha, who stole the headlines though with a brilliant second-half brace. The first saw the Ivorian connect with a Yannick Bolasie cross and head past the helpless Tomasz Kuszczak in the Brighton goal on the 69th minute. The winger later wrapped up the tie in the 88th minute with an excellent turn and finish into the roof of the net to rub their rivals' noses in it.
Palace would go to compound misery on Brighton as they went on to be promoted as a result, with a play-off final victory secured by an extra time Kevin Phillips penalty.
By Harry Charlwood