Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club based in Selhurst in the Borough of Croydon, South London, England, who currently compete in the Premier League, the highest level of English football.
|Full name||Crystal Palace Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Eagles, The Glaziers|
|Founded||10 September 1905; 116 years ago|
David S. Blitzer
The Exhibition Palace and original amateur club (1854–1905)
The Crystal Palace Company who owned the exhibition building founded the Crystal Palace Club in 1857 to play cricket before turning their attention to football. It had been lobbied by existing members of the cricket club to provide a continuation of sporting activities during the winter months. The company formed an amateur Crystal Palace football club in 1861. All of the football club’s management-committee and most of its original players were previously members of the cricket club, and they shared the same pitch within the Crystal Palace Park
Established in the Premier League (2010–present)
The CPFC 2010 consortium swiftly installed George Burley as the new Palace manager. However a poor start to the following season saw the club hovering around the bottom of the table by December. On 1 January 2011, after a 0–3 defeat to Millwall, Burley was sacked and his assistant Dougie Freedman named caretaker manager. Just over a week later Freedman was appointed manager on a full-time basis.
November 2012, Ian Holloway became the new Palace manager. He guided the club back to the Premier League after an eight-year absence by defeating Watford 1–0 in the Championship play-off final at the new Wembley, but resigned in October 2013. Following a brief spell under Tony Pulis, and an unsuccessful second tenure as manager for Neil Warnock, former Palace player Alan Pardew was confirmed as the new manager in January 2015.
On 18 May 2021, the club announced Hodgson would be leaving at the end of the 2020–21 season, upon the expiration of his contract. He achieved a fourteenth place finish in his last season at the club. On 4 July 2021, Palace appointed the former Arsenal player Patrick Vieira as their new manager on a three-year contract.
Colours and Crest
The original amateur club wore blue and white hooped shirts with blue shorts, although there were variations on this, it is thought their first ever kit in 1861 was light blue and white halves. When the professional Crystal Palace club was created in 1905, its choice of colours were originally claret and blue shirts paired with white shorts and socks tending to be claret. This was a result of the important role in the club’s formation played by Edmund Goodman, an Aston Villa employee who later became Palace manager. The club kept to this formula fairly consistently until 1938, when they decided to abandon the claret and blue and adopt white shirts and black shorts with matching socks. They returned to claret and blue from 1949 to 1954, but in 1955 the club reverted to white and black, using claret and blue trim.
In 1905, the Crystal Palace Company who owned the FA Cup Final venue situated inside the grounds of The Crystal Palace, wanted a professional club to play there and tap into the vast crowd potential of the area. They formed a new professional Crystal Palace football club to play at the stadium.
The renowned stadium architect Archibald Leitch was employed to draw up plans, and the construction of Selhurst Park was completed in time for the 1924–25 season. The stadium remained relatively unchanged, with only the introduction of floodlights and some maintenance improvements until 1969, when the Arthur Wait Stand was built.
The Crystal Palace Company formed both the amateur and professional clubs. The first chairman of the professional Crystal Palace club was Sydney Bourne who was found by club secretary Edmund Goodman after he had examined records of FA Cup Final ticket purchasers. Goodman noted his name as one that had bought a number of tickets every year, and so met with Bourne and found him very agreeable to the idea of the new club. Bourne was invited onto the board of directors and elected chairman at the club’s first ever meeting. He remained chairman until his death in 1930.
On 18 December 2015, it was announced that a new deal had been signed with American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer. The club stated that Steve Parish would continue as chairman alongside Harris and Blitzer as general partners in a new structure, and that Browett, Long and Hosking would also retain a substantial investment.
In August 2021 John Textor, another American investor, joined as a fourth partner with an investment of £87.5 million.
Notable former players
- Nigel Martyn (1989–96)
- Paul Hinshelwood (1974–83)
- Chris Coleman (1991–95)
- Jim Cannon (1972–88)
- Kenny Sansom (1975–80)
- John Salako (1986–95)
- Geoff Thomas (1987–93)
- Andy Gray (1984–87,1989–92)
- Attilio Lombardo (1997–99)
- Andrew Johnson (2002–06, 2014)
- Ian Wright (1985–91)
Managers Since 2011
- Dougie Freedman (11 January 2011-23 October 2012)
- Ian Holloway (3 November 2012 23-October 2013)
- Tony Pulis (23 November 2013-14 August 2014)
- Alan Pardew (2 January 2015-22 December 2016)
- Sam Allardyce (23 December 2016-23 May 2017)
- Frank de Boer (26 June 2017-11 September 2017)
- Roy Hodgson (12 September 2017-23 May 2021)
- Patrick Vieira (4 July 20210-Incumbent)
Honours and Achievements
- English first tier (currently the Premier League)
- Highest finish: 3rd place, 1990–91
- English second tier (currently the EFL Championship)
- Champions (2):1978–79, 1993–94
- Runners-up (1): 1968–69
- Play-off winners (4)(record): 1988–89, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2012–13
- Play-off runners-up (1): 1995–96
- English third tier (currently EFL League One)
- Champions (1):1920–21
- Runners-up (4): 1928–29(South), 1930–31 (South), 1938–39 (South), 1963–64
- English fourth tier (currently EFL League Two)
- Runners-up (1): 1960–61
- FA Cup
- Runners-up (2): 1989–90, 2015–16
- Full Members Cup
- Winners (1):1990–91
- FA Youth Cup
- Winners (2):1976–77, 1977–78
- Runners-up (2): 1991–92, 1996–97
- Football League South
- Champions (1):1940–41
- Football League South ‘D’ Division
- Champions (1):1939–40
- Southern Football League Division One
- Runners-up (1): 1913–14
- Southern Football League Division Two
- Champions (1):1905–06
- United League
- Champions (1):1906–07
- Runners-up (1): 1905–06
- Southern Professional Floodlit Cup
- Runners-up (1): 1958–59
- London Challenge Cup
- Winners (3):1912–13, 1913–14, 1920–21
- Runners-up (6): 1919–20, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1931–32, 1937–38, 1946–47
- Surrey Senior Cup
- Winners (3):1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02
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