Crystal Palace:

Nicknames: Eagles, Glaziers.

City: Selhurst Park , London

The original Crystal Palace football club was an amateur team founded circa 1861 and who competed in the first FA Cup, reaching the semi-finals where the team was eliminated by the Royal Engineers. The team disappeared from historical records after a 3–0 defeat to Wanderers in the second round of the 1875–76 FA Cup.

Crystal Palace Football Club was formed at the venue of the glass Palace that stood at the top of Sydenham Hill, the current location of the National Sports Centre.

Crystal Palace entered the Southern League Division Two, against Southampton Reserves at the Crystal Palace on 2nd September 1905. The match ended in a 3-4 defeat for ‘The Glaziers’ but they did not lose another game in the 1905/1906 season and finished as champions.


Crystal Palace’s first strip consisted of a simple two-colour jersey, with plain shorts and socks. The main body colour of the shirt was claret, with sky blue arms and neck. The shorts were plain white, while the socks were plain claret. In 1937, Crystal Palace introduced a striped kit for the first time.

Arch-enemy: Palace fans regard Brighton & Hove Albion to be their main rival, with Millwall placing second and Charlton third

Honors: Palace have quite a disguised collection of honours but have never one the big prizes.


Division Two/One/Championship

Champions: 1978/79, 1993/94

Runners-up: 1968/69

Play-off Winners: 1988/89, 1996/97, 2003/04, 2012/13

Division Three/Three South

Champions: 1920/21

Runners-up: 1928/29, 1930/31, 1938/39, 1963/64 (promoted)

Division Four

Runners-up: 1960/61 (promoted)

FA Cup

Runners-up: 1990

Semi-finalists: 1976, 1995

League Cup

Semi-finalists: 1993, 1995, 2001, 2012

Did You Know? Palace remain the only team ever to be relegated from the Premier League even though they finished 4th from bottom, In the 1994/1995 season, the Premier League was reduced from 22 teams down to the current standard of 20.

Famous Players: Chelsea have provided the English game with so many famous players Nigel Martyn, Chris Coleman, Kenny Sansom, Andy Gray, Attilio Lombardo, Julián Speroni and Ian Wright

Biggest away defeat overall:
Record league win: 9-0 v Barrow, 10 October 1959

Biggest home win overall:
Record league defeat: 0-9 v Liverpool (away), 12 September 1989

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