- Crystal Palace F.C.
Crystal Palace Full name Crystal Palace Football Club Nickname(s) The Eagles (former Glaziers) Founded 10 September 1905 Ground Selhurst Park
Co-chairmen Steve Parish
Manager Dougie Freedman League The Championship 2010–11 The Championship, 20thHome coloursAway colours Current season
Crystal Palace Football Club are an English Football league club based in South Norwood, London. The team plays its home matches at Selhurst Park, where they have been based since 1924. The club currently competes in the second tier of English Football, The Championship. Crystal Palace was formed in 1905 by workers at The Crystal Palace. The club reached the top division of English Football in 1969–70, and their first major final was in 1990. They were relegated from the top division in 1973 and once again in the following season. That left the club playing in the third tier of English football for the 1974–75 season, before being promoted back to the top level by 1979–80.
Crystal Palace's most recent successful period began in 1988–89, when the club finished third in the Second Division and was promoted to the First Division. They reached the 1990 FA Cup Final only to lose the replay against Manchester United, and finished 3rd in the First Division in 1990–91. Palace was a founding member of the FA Premier League (1992–93) but was relegated that season. Since then Palace has been relegated from and promoted to the FA Premier League on 4 separate occasions. Their most recent relegation from the top flight was in the 2004–05 season.
Crystal Palace's main rival is Brighton & Hove Albion, though they also share rivalries with fellow South London teams Millwall and Charlton Athletic. The club has twice gone into administration, first in 1998, which ended in 2000 with the purchase by Simon Jordan. His tenure also ended with administration in 2010, leading to a takeover by the CPFC 2010 consortium consisting of Steve Parish, owner of marketing agency Tag: Worldwide, Martin Long, founder of Churchill Insurance, Farr Vintners chairman Stephen Browett and investment fund manager Jeremy Hosking.
- 1 History
- 2 Records
- 3 League history
- 4 Honours
- 5 Players
- 6 Notable former players
- 7 Staff
- 8 Notable former managers
- 9 Grounds
- 10 Rivalry
- 11 Shirt sponsors
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Crystal Palace Football Club was formed on 10 September 1905 by the builders of the The Crystal Palace and initially played its home games at the cup final ground at The Crystal Palace. The club joined the Southern League Second Division in 1905–06 and in their inaugural season was promoted to the First Division, crowned as champions. Crystal Palace also joined the United Counties League, finishing runners-up to Watford. Horace Colclough became the club's first England representative when he played against Wales in Cardiff on 16 March 1914.
The outbreak of World War I led to the Admiralty requisitioning the Crystal Palace and the club was forced to move to the home of West Norwood FC, Herne Hill. Three years later the club moved again to The Nest due to the folding of Croydon Common FC. The club joined the Football League Third Division in the 1920–21 season, finishing as champions and gaining promotion to the Second Division. Palace moved to the purpose-built stadium Selhurst Park in 1924, the ground the club plays at today.
The opening fixture at Selhurst Park was against Sheffield Wednesday and, in front of a crowd of 25,000, Palace lost 0–1. Palace finished 21st that season and was relegated to the Third Division South where the club stayed until 1957–58 when they finished in the bottom half of the table and joined the newly formed Fourth Division. This was alongside the other 11 bottom half clubs of Third Division South and 12 bottom half clubs of Third Division North. In 1960–61 Palace were promoted out of the lowest tier of English League Football and this proved a turning point in the club's history as promotions followed in 1963–64 and 1968–69, taking them back to Division 2 and then Division 1.
Despite surviving in the top flight from 1969 until 1972, the club once again experienced great disappointments when they were relegated in consecutive seasons, and played in the third tier for the 1974–75 season. This proved short-lived as Palace were promoted in 1976–77 and 1978–79 back up to Division 1. The 1980s began with relegation from Division 1 in the first season under new owner Ron Noades and this is where the club stayed until they achieved promotion via the play-offs in 1988–89. The club also reached the 1990 FA Cup Final, drawing 3–3 with Manchester United. It lost the replay 1–0. The club built on the success of the previous season in 1990–91 by achieving their highest league finish of 3rd and returning to Wembley to win the Zenith Data Systems Cup, beating Everton 4–1 in the final, their only cup win to date. The following season started promisingly with Palace lying in third place with two games in hand on the clubs above them. However, following a programme on Channel Four called "Great Britain United", the then Chairman Ron Noades made disparaging comments about the work ethic of the club's black players, although he denies this and insists that his comments were taken out of context. The fall-out soon saw Ian Wright, the club's talismanic striker, leaving to join Arsenal and the season fizzled out into an anti-climax with Palace finishing 10th. However this allowed the club to become a founding member of the first season of the FA Premier League in 1992–93.
The damage from the previous season had been done there were few replacements coming into the squad and Palace went from being a mid-table team to one battling against relegation. Despite an opening day six-goal thriller against Blackburn Rovers which ended in a 3–3 draw, the players who had served the club so well wanted to move on, among them 1989–90 club player of the year Mark Bright. The club battled through the season and, despite having a purple patch in December, looked to have done enough as a 3–1 victory over Ipswich Town left Palace comfortably on 49 points. The only club that could catch them was Oldham Athletic, who had three games remaining and were 8 points adrift. Oldham Athletic then beat Liverpool and Aston Villa to set up a final day showdown with Southampton while Palace went to Highbury to face Arsenal. Former player Ian Wright scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win while Oldham beat Southampton to condemn The Eagles to relegation. The club immediately returned to the FA Premier League in the following season after the resignation of manager Steve Coppell. Alan Smith, Coppell's assistant at the club, took over but he was unable to keep the club up and they were relegated once again. In an interesting turn of events, Coppell returned as manager following the sacking of Smith. Coppell was unable to take the club back to the FA Premier League at the first time of asking, losing in extra time to Leicester City the play-off final.
The following season Coppell was successful in taking the club back to the Premier League. However in true yo-yo club fashion the club was relegated back to the First Division for the 1998–99 season. This began worrying times for the club as it was plunged into administration when owner Mark Goldberg was unable to sustain his financial backing of the club.
The next owner was entrepreneur Simon Jordan, who had made his money as an owner of Pocket Phone Shop. The club spent much of its time in the Championship over the next 10 years with a brief spell in the Premier League during 2004/05, but the club went straight back down on the last day of the season. Jordan was unable to put the club on a sound financial footing after 2008, and the club was subject to transfer embargoes. Palace were placed in administration once again in January 2010, owing Jordan himself around £20m. The Football League's regulations saw the Eagles deducted ten points, and they were forced to sell key players including Victor Moses and José Fonte. Survival in The Championship was only secured on the final day of the season after a memorable 2–2 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
During the close season CPFC 2010, a consortium consisting of several wealthy fans successfully negotiated the purchase of the club stadium. Led by Steve Parish, the vocal representative for a consortium that included Jeremy Hosking, CPFC 2010 eventually secured a deal for the football club itself, with Parish becoming chairman. Crucially, CPFC 2010 also secured the freehold of the ground, the consortium paying tribute to a fans' campaign which helped pressure Lloyds bank into selling the ground back to the club. The consortium swiftly installed George Burley as the Eagles' new manager. However a poor start to the season led to the club hovering around the bottom of the table by December. On 1 January 2011, after a 3–0 defeat to Millwall, Burley was sacked and his assistant Dougie Freedman named caretaker manager. Freedman was appointed manager on a full-time basis on 11 January 2011, with former Charlton boss Lennie Lawrence as his assistant. Soon after, on 10 February, it was announced that former Palace legend Tony Popovic was returning to the club as first team coach. This represented a major re-shuffle to help to push Palace away from the drop. Palace edged up the table and by securing a 1–1 draw at Hull on 30 April, the club was safe from relegation with one game of the season left.
Role Name Highest League finish 3rd in the Old First Division (now Premier League) (1990–91 season) Highest League position 1st in the Old First Division, 29 September 1979 – 6 October 1979 Record League victory 9–0 v Barrow, Fourth Division, 10 October 1959 Record League defeat 0–9 v Liverpool, First Division, 12 September 1989 Record FA Cup victory 7–0 v Luton, FA Cup Third Round replay, 16 January 1929 Record FA Cup defeat 0–9 v Burnley, FA Cup Second Round replay, 10 February 1909 Record League Cup victory 8–0 v Southend United, League Cup Second Round, 25 September 1990 Record League Cup defeat 0–5 v Liverpool, League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg, 24 January 2001 Record attendance 51,801 v Burnley, Second Division, 11 May 1979 Record transfer fee received £8,600,000 from Everton for Andrew Johnson, May 2006 Record transfer fee paid £2,750,000 to Strasbourg for Valerien Ismael, January 1998 Longest Unbeaten 18 Games, 22 February 1969 – 13 August 1969* Longest FA Cup runs Final (replay), 1990, Semi-Finals 1976, 1995 Longest League Cup Run Semi-finals, 1993, 1995, 2001 Longest Zenith Data Systems Cup run Winners, 1991
* the run was split over two seasons where Palace achieved promotion
Role Name Most Appearances Jim Cannon, 660, 1973–1988 Most Goals Peter Simpson, 153, 1930–1936 Most Hat-Tricks Peter Simpson, 19, 1929–1933 Most Capped Player* Aki Riihilahti, 35 (69), Finland Oldest Player Jack Little, 41 years, v Gillingham, 3 April 1926 Highest League Scorer in Season Peter Simpson, 46, Third Division South, 1930/31 Quickest Hat-Trick (League) Dougie Freedman, 11 minutes v Grimsby Town, at Selhurst Park (Football League First Division, 5 March 1996) Quickest Hat-Trick (Cup) Danny Butterfield, 6 minutes, 48 seconds v Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Selhurst Park (FA Cup Fourth Round Replay, 2 February 2010) First player to appear in a World Cup match Gregg Berhalter, 2002, United States
* Most international caps while at club
- As of 1 June 2011
Since being elected to the Football League in 1920 Palace have spent the majority of their history in the second or third levels of English football (34 and 31 seasons)
L1 = Level 1 of the football league system; L2 = Level 2 of the football league system; L3 = Level 3 of the football league system. L4 = Level 4 of the football league system.
- Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 13
- Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 34
- Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 31
- Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 3
Honour Year(s) Old Division Two / Division One Champions 1978–79, 1993–94 Runners-up 1968–69 Play-off Winners 1988–89, 1996–97, 2003–04 Football League Third Division South Champions 1920–21 Runners-up 1928–29, 1930–31, 1938–39 Old Division Three Runners-up 1963–64 Third Promotion Place 1976–77 Old Division Four Runners-up 1960–61 FA Cup Runners-up 1990 Full Members Cup Winners 1991
- As of 10 November 2011
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player 1 GK Julián Speroni 2 DF Nathaniel Clyne 3 DF David Wright 4 DF Jonathan Parr 5 DF Paddy McCarthy (Captain) 6 DF Anthony Gardner 7 MF Darren Ambrose 8 MF Kagisho Dikgacoi 9 FW Steffen Iversen 10 MF Owen Garvan 11 FW Sean Scannell 12 MF Alex Marrow 14 MF Kieron Cadogan 15 MF Mile Jedinak 16 FW Wilfried Zaha 17 FW Glenn Murray No. Position Player 18 DF Lee Hills 19 FW Jermaine Easter 20 MF Jonathan Williams 21 DF Dean Moxey 22 DF Alex Wynter 25 FW Antonio Pedroza 26 DF Matthew Parsons 27 FW Ibra Sekajja 28 MF Stuart O'Keefe 31 FW Calvin Andrew 32 DF Charlie Holness 33 DF Jake Caprice 34 GK Lewis Price 35 FW Chris Martin (on loan from Norwich City) 38 DF Peter Ramage (on loan from Queens Park Rangers) 39 DF Quade Taylor
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player 23 FW Nathaniel Pinney (on loan to Ebbsfleet United) 24 DF Jack Holland (on loan to Farnborough) No. Position Player 29 MF Andy Dorman (on loan to Bristol Rovers)
Notable former players
Crystal Palace "Centenary XI"
To celebrate Crystal Palace's centenary in 2005, the club asked Palace fans to vote for a "Centenary XI". The Centenary XI consists of players whom the Palace supporters have decided were their favourites over the history of the club.
Many felt the Centenary XI only represented the latter years of the clubs history, with the oldest player represented being Jim Cannon, who made his debut in the 1972–73 season.
Player of the Year
Year Winner 1972 John McCormick 1973 Tony Taylor 1974 Peter Taylor 1975 Derek Jeffries 1976 Peter Taylor 1977 Kenny Sansom 1978 Jim Cannon 1979 Kenny Sansom 1980 Paul Hinshelwood 1981 Paul Hinshelwood 1982 Paul Barron 1983 Jerry Murphy 1984 Billy Gilbert 1985 Jim Cannon 1986 George Wood Year Winner 1987 Jim Cannon 1988 Geoff Thomas 1989 Ian Wright 1990 Mark Bright 1991 Geoff Thomas 1992 Eddie McGoldrick 1993 Andy Thorn 1994 Chris Coleman 1995 Richard Shaw 1996 Andy Roberts 1997 David Hopkin 1998 Marc Edworthy 1999 Hayden Mullins 2000 Andy Linighan 2001 Fan Zhiyi Year Winner 2002 Dougie Freedman 2003 Hayden Mullins 2004 Andrew Johnson 2005 Andrew Johnson 2006 Emmerson Boyce 2007 Leon Cort 2008 Julián Speroni 2009 Julián Speroni 2010 Julián Speroni 2011 Nathaniel Clyne
PFA Team of the Year
The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Crystal Palace:
Current members of staff
Position Name Nationality Co-Chairman: Steve Parish English Co-Chairman: Martin Long English Chief Executive: Phil Alexander English Manager: Dougie Freedman Scottish Assistant Manager: Lennie Lawrence English First Team Coach: Tony Popovic Australian Reserve Team Manager: Curtis Fleming Irish Goalkeeping Coach: Lee Turner English Fitness Coach: Scott Guyett Australian Chief Scout: Steve Kember English Doctor: Bill Jasper English Head Physiotherapist: Alex Manos Greek Physiotherapist: John Stannard English Performance Analyst: Ben Stevens English Kit Man: Brian Rogers English Academy Manager/Under 18 Coach: Gary Issott English Assistant Academy Manager: David Muir English Academy Physiotherapist: Vacant Development Centre Head Coach: Bob Wallis English Communications Manager: Terry Byfield English Designer: Robert Deacon English
Notable former managers
The following managers have all at least one honour when in charge of Crystal Palace:
Name Nationality Period Played Win Draw Lose Win ratio Honours From To Edmund Goodman England 1907 1925 613 242 166 205 39.48 Football League Third Division South champions Fred Mavin England 1927 1930 132 63 33 36 47.73 Football League Third Division South runners-up Jack Tresadern England 1930 1935 213 98 44 71 46.01 Football League Third Division South runners-up Tom Bromilow England 1935 1938 162 71 40 51 43.83 Football League Third Division South runners-up Arthur Rowe England 1960 1962 132 52 32 48 39.39 Football League Fourth Division runners-up 1966 1966 7 2 2 3 28.57 Dick Graham England 1963 1964 150 68 41 41 45.33 Football League Third Division runners-up Bert Head England 1966 1973 328 101 96 131 30.79 Football League Second Division runners-up Terry Venables England 1976 1980 189 69 68 52 36.51 Football League Second Division champions,
Football League Third Division third place promotion
1998 1999 31 11 8 12 35.48 Steve Coppell England 1984 1993 442 179 113 150 40.50 Football League First Division play-off winners,
Football League Second Division play-off winners,
FA Cup runners-up,
Full Members Cup winners
1995 1996 32 9 14 9 28.13 1997 1998 51 16 13 22 31.37 1999 2000 40 17 6 17 42.50 Alan Smith England 1993 1995 108 48 25 35 44.44 Football League First Division champions 2000 2001 55 14 18 23 25.45 Iain Dowie Northern Ireland 2003 2006 123 50 29 44 40.65 Football League First Division play-off winners
Selhurst Park Full name Selhurst Park Stadium Location South Norwood, London Coordinates Coordinates: Built 1924 Owner CPFC 2010 Construction cost £30,000 Architect Archibald Leitch Capacity 26,309 Field dimensions 110 x 74 yards
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre was the first home of Crystal Palace. In 1905, the owners wanted a professional club to play at the venue, so a new Crystal Palace FC, was formed. It was previously the home of the original Crystal Palace football club from 1861. It also hosted the FA Cup final from 1895 to 1914 as well as other sports.
They were forced to leave the National Sports Centre by the military in 1914 as it was to be used for World War I purposes. Palace then moved to the Velodrome which was temporarily the home of Crystal Palace F.C. from 1914 until 1918. In 1918, the club moved to The Nest opposite Selhurst Station.
In 1924 the club built a new ground, Selhurst Park, which is still its home today. The record attendance in Selhurst Park was achieved in 1979, when 51,801 people saw Crystal Palace defeat Burnley 2–0 to clinch the Second Division championship.
On 20 January 2011, Palace owners CPFC 2010 unveiled plans for a new stadium in Crystal Palace Park – its original home. If the plans succeed, the club will build an all-seater stadium able to hold between 25,000 and 40,000 spectators, depending on the club's position at the time of building. The stadium would include an aquatic centre and a separate running track and could be ready by 2015.
In an extensive census on FootballFansCensus.com in December 2003, the surveyed fans placed Brighton & Hove Albion as the main rival of Crystal Palace, followed by Millwall and then Charlton Athletic.
Palace and Brighton are over 40 miles apart and their rivalry did not develop until Palace's relegation to the Third Division in 1974. The clubs had two of the division's biggest followings, communications between Croydon and Brighton were good and many fans were keen to travel to an away fixture. The rivalry reached a climax when the two teams were drawn together in the First Round of the FA Cup in 1976. The first game took place on 20 November at the Goldstone Ground, and Rachid Harkouk came off the bench to score a stunning equaliser and take the match to a replay after a 2–2 draw. Back at Selhurst Park the replay ended up 1–1, with Rachid Harkouk scoring the goal. This meant a second replay being held at Stamford Bridge. The second and final replay ended 1–0 to Palace, with Phil Holder grabbing the only goal but only after a disputed Brian Horton penalty miss. Horton had scored with his first attempt, but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken, which he missed. Brighton supporters and Brighton manager Alan Mullery were understandably outraged, with Palace fans not surprisingly jubilant. Alan Mullery disparaged Palace fans, an act never forgotten by fans of that time, and made his appointment as manager a few years later all the more surprising. However, the two did not play in a league encounter between 1988 and 2002, leading to a lull in the rivalry, and Palace fans turning their attentions to neighbours Millwall during the 1990s. However, the return of Brighton to the second tier saw Brighton lose to Palace 5–0 in a memorable game with Andy Johnson scoring a hat-trick. Brighton gained revenge in 2005 with a 1–0 win at Selhurst Park, however, a month later at the Withdean, Palace twice came from behind, with Dougie Freedman scoring his 100th goal and Jobi McAnuff scoring in the last minute to win the game 3–2. On Brighton's return to the championship on 2011-12, Palace again came from behind to win 3-1 with three goals in the final ten minutes.This game took place at the new Amex Stadium near Brighton and represented Brighton's first defeat at their new venue. 
The nearest professional club to Palace (6 miles away), Millwall have also been a long standing rival since the 1950s. Because of the close proximity a lot of players have also moved between the clubs, for example Derek Possee, Anton Otulakowski, Chris Armstrong, Andy Roberts, Phil Barber, Jamie Moralee, Bobby Bowry, Darren Ward, Tony Craig, Carl Veart, David Martin, Lewis Grabban, Ricky Newman and Matthew Lawrence. 
Charlton Athletic rivalry
As the next nearest professional club to Palace (10 miles away), Charlton Athletic have developed a rivalry with Palace due to ground sharing at Selhurst Park in the late 80's and the close proximity of the clubs. This rivalry was then increased when at the end of the 2004/05 season, Palace were relegated from the Premiership after failing to beat Charlton.
Year Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor 1975–77 Umbro None 1977–80 Admiral Sportswear 1980–83 Adidas 1983–84 Red Rose 1984–85 Hummel None 1985–86 Top Score 1986–87 AVR 1987–88 Admiral Sportswear Andrew Copeland 1988–91 Bukta Fly Virgin 1991–92 Tulip Computers 1992–93 Ribero 1993–94 TDK 1994–96 Nutmeg 1996–99 Adidas 1999–00 TFG Sports Various sponsors* 2000–01 Churchill Insurance 2001–03 Le Coq Sportif 2003–04 Admiral Sportswear 2004–06 Diadora 2006–07 GAC Logistics 2007–09 Erreà 2009– Nike
* There was no permanent sponsor due to the club being in administration
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