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Connections: Three players who have played for both Crystal Palace & AFC Bournemouth

Posted: Tue 02 Feb 2016

AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace's game could feature three players who have played for both sides.

Two of them will be returning to Selhurst Park with the Cherries, while a Palace defender could come up against the side he was loaned to as a teenager.



Formerly a Palace 'Academy Scholar of the year', Grabban started his career with the Eagles, joining the club at the age of 13.

He made his professional debut for the club in 2005 and made 12 further appearances over his three year professional stay.

After loan spells with Oldham Athletic and Motherwell, the striker joined Millwall.

He had a stint with Brentford before joining the Cherries for the first time in 2012.



Having spent four years with Palace helping them to the Premier League, Murray should recieve a warm welcome from the Eagles faithful tonight.

The 32-year old joined Palace in 2011 after a successful spell at Brighton.

He made 125 appearances for the club and netted 45 times, with 30 of those coming in the promotion winning season of 2012/13.

The Scot then became a direct transfer between the clubs as the Cherries snapped up the frontman in the summer.



As an 18-year old, Ward joined the Cherries on a season long loan while at Portsmouth. 

He scored his first and only AFC Bournemouth goal in a 4–0 win over Morecambe in 2009 and he made 21 appearances for the Cherries.

Ward experienced relegation with the Cherries and then was relegated with Pompey the season after, with Palace signing the full-back in 2012.