Crystal Palace FC

Football (Soccer)
London, England

Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football club based in South Norwood, London, that plays in the Premier League, the highest tier in English football.

About Crystal Palace FC

Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football club based in South Norwood, London, that plays in the Premier League, the highest tier in English football.

The club was founded in 1905 at the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building by the owners of the FA Cup Final stadium, who wanted their own team to play at the historic venue. Palace played their home games at the Cup Final venue until 1915, but then the First World War forced them to move out and play at Herne Hill Velodrome and the Nest. In 1924, they moved to their current home at Selhurst Park.

The club spent their early years playing in the Southern League, before joining the Football League in 1920, and they became inaugural champions of the newly formed Third Division in 1920-21. Since 1964, Palace have mostly played in the top two leagues of English football. Their top flight achievements include a highest ever league finish of third place in the top division in 1990–91, which saw the club denied a place in Europe because of the partial UEFA ban on English clubs caused by the Heysel Stadium disaster and in 1992 the club became founder members of the Premier League. The club have been second tier champions twice and hold the record for the most play-off wins for promotion to the top flight, winning the final four times. Palace have been FA Cup finalists twice in 1990 and 2016, finishing as runners-up to Manchester United on both occasions.

In 1973, the club changed its original nickname from the Glaziers to the Eagles and introduced the red-and-blue vertical stripes now associated with the club. The club had previously played in claret and blue colours. Palace have rivalries with Brighton & Hove Albion, with whom they contest the M23 derby, and fellow South London club Millwall.

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