Mourinho and Wenger lift trophies: 10 things that happened the last time Crystal Palace were in the Premier League

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Crystal Palace will return to the Premier League next season; could this be a good omen for Chelsea and Arsenal?

Crystal Palace clinched promotion to the Premier League after a nail-biting extra-time play-off win over Watford on Monday.

So the 2013/14 season will become the first time the Eagles have been in the Premier League since their narrow relegation in 2004/05, a stint which lasted just one campaign.

It has been a long road for Palace, who came within hours of going out of business in 2010, who can now look forward to receiving a slice of the biggest television deal in Premier League history.

2004/05 seems like a long time ago, so we've taken a trip down memory lane to remind you of 10 notable things which happened the last time Palace were in the top flight...

Mourinho led Chelsea to win the Premier League

2004/05 was Jose Mourinho's first season in English football, and it didn't disappoint right from the outset of his very first press conference. He built a formidable Chelsea side which set a record points total on the way to winning the Premier League which still stands. With the Special One set to return to Chelsea this summer, the return of Palace to the top flight may be a positive omen for him.

Arsene Wenger lifts the FA Cup with Arsenal

Another manager perhaps crossing his fingers in the same way, Arsene Wenger has not seen his Arsenal side win a single trophy since the year Palace last graced the Premier League. Arsenal defeated Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup after clinging onto draw 0-0 after extra time, with Patrick Vieira scoring the winning spot-kick.

Wayne Rooney signed for Manchester United

Wayne Rooney's Euro 2004 performances saw his status as England's 'wonderkid' confirmed, and at the end of August Manchester United paid Everton a whopping £30 million to seal his signature. Rooney made an immediate impact, scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbahce on his debut, netting 17 times in all competitions for United.

Kieran Richardson won a call-up to the England squad

If Rooney was a confirmed star, the 'next big thing' appeared to be Kieran Richardson. Manchester United loaned him to West Brom for who his stirring performances helped keep them in the Premier Legaue despite being bottom at Christmas. He was called into the England squad and scored twice against USA on his debut. He has failed to live up to that potential since.

Everton qualified for the Champions League

Perhaps another positive omen for another manager regarding Palace being in the Premier League - David Moyes enjoyed his best ever season as Everton boss leading them to finish fourth. Sadly for the Toffees the very next season they fell at the Champions League qualifying stage to Villareal, failing to make the groups.

Southampton and Norwich joined Palace in relegation

If Arsenal and Chelsea bosses view Crystal Palace as a good luck charm, Southampton and Norwich certainly won't. The two clubs joined the Eagles in being relegated on the final day in 2004/05, with the Canaries conceding six to Fulham. Harry Redknapp was in charge of Southampton back then, and despite solid seasons, both will begin next season with the primary objective of staying safe.

Arsenal's unbeaten run came to an end - in 'Pizzagate'

Arsenal entered 2004/05 as the super-confident Invincibles, who had not lost a Premier League game for over a season. As reigning champions they extended that run to 49 games, when it came to an abrupt end at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney won a controversial penalty with Ruud van Nistelrooy converted past Jens Lehmann, with the English boy wonder hitting a late second in a 2-0 win. Post-match outside the dressing room, Sir Alex Ferguson was reportedly hit by a slice of flying pizza, thrown by a mischievous and never entirely confirmed Arsenal player.

Sir Bobby Robson was sacked by Newcastle

The late Sir Bobby Robson began the season as Newcastle manager, but got off to another bad start as was then customary for the Toon. The club's hierarchy decided to call time on his reign, harshly firing him in late August. It would be Robson's final managerial appointment, with a battle with illness taking the legend's life in July 2009.

Thierry Henry beat Andy Johnson to the Golden Boot

Crystal Palace may have been relegated but they made a real impact on the Premier League, through striker Andy Johnson. The forward was prolific, scoring 21 goals - more than Chelsea new boy Didier Drogba. Eight of these were penalties, seven of which he won himself, having to bat off diving accusations. The only player to score more was the majestic Thierry Henry with 25.

Liverpool won the Champions League

And finally, perhaps the most wondrous and unlikely of any event in the 2004/05 season, Liverpool's sensational comeback in Istanbul. At 3-0 down to AC Milan in the Champions League Final, hope had seemingly gone. That was until a Steven Gerrard inspired fightback saw them bring the game back to 3-3 and Jerzy Dudek's jelly legs helped the Reds to a penalty shootout victory, making boss Rafa Benitez an instant legend. It was their fifth European Cup, a total yet to be bettered by any English club.

What do you predict will happen this time around?

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