Based in South Norwood, London, Crystal Palace Football Club are a premier league football side with a very rich history since they were founded in 1904. The team has been the subject of many exciting FA cup semi-finals and finals. Arguably the most exciting FA cup final in the last 30 years was the thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester Utd in 1990, which United (the ‘red devils’) eventually won in the replay. Last season, once more, ‘The Eagles’ (as they are now known) went down again in the final losing to Manchester United 2-1 after extra time.
Other than these thrilling encounters, how much do you know about Crystal Palace FC and their famous past? We investigated some of the facts that might surprise you about the team from South East London.
Crystal Palace FC began playing their home games with the crystal palace of London: a structure built in Hyde Park in 1851. It wasn’t until 1924 that the football team moved into their current residence: Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace FC are the only team in the history of the Premier League, to have been relegated after finishing fourth from bottom, in the 1994/95 season. This incredible feat of bad luck came about after the premier league made the decision to reduce the number of places in England’s top division, from 22 to 20.
Crystal Palace FC have been relegated from the Premier League more times than anyone else since the division was founded in 1992. On four occasions (during 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2003) the club have found themselves at the wrong end of the table, testing the loyalty of their supporters! However, they have also provided some amazing days out for their followers, having been promoted four times through the play-offs, not forgetting the sensational FA Cup finals they managed to reach.
Before they became known as ‘The Eagles’ Crystal Palace FC had nicknames which included ‘The Glaziers’ and, less creatively, ‘The Crystals.’ It has been suggested that the current nickname came about as a result of the club’s owner pinching the nickname from the European superpower - Benfica FC
The club used to share their Selhurst Park ground with Wimbledon FC. Of course this all changed when Wimbledon became the Milton Keynes Dons in 2003, and the latter moved into their new home.
Crystal Palace FC’s main rivalry, is, rather surprisingly, with Brighton and Hove Albion. Despite the number of premier league clubs in London, Brighton became the main rivals in the 1940’s.
In the 2013/14 season, Jason Puncheon won the award for ‘goal of the season’ after his incredible volley against Chelsea.