The South London side were founded in 1861 by staff working at the Great Exhibition in Paxton's Crystal Palace.  Besides bearing the name of an already famous football end, they became the first team in the history of the game to play in an indoor stadium.  There were no fears for the state of the pitch as the clear glass structure let natural light in to allow the grass to grow well.  The building did have it's problems though and the regular breaking of glass from wayward shots meant the players had to develop skills in repairing them, which in turn earned them the nickname of "the Glaziers".

Palace entered the first ever FA Cup competition in 1871 and got as far as the semi-finals before they regularly appeared in the final, but only as a venue - not as a team.  In 1915, the Army took over the ground and the club moved to Herne Hill and The Den, before finally settling in The Nest.  They were founder members of Division 3 in 1920 and became the (South) champions in 1921, but it was 1924 before they built their new ground on a former brickfield, because they didn't have far to go to get materials.  The two tall chimneys that remained from the former industry were put to good use as flagpoles and floodlight pillars.  The new ground hosted some of the eight FA Cup ties the club played between 1929 and 1931, which contained two 0-0 draws, but 44 goals in other games.  During these two decades they ran up in Div.3 three times and were still in that position in 1961 (Div. 4) and 64 (Div.3).  It was in the latter season that Kevin Smith rammed home a goal in 6 seconds against Derby County.  Around this time, Palace's Vic Rouse also became the first player from the 4th Division to receive an international cap.

It was 1969 before they got to the First Division after finishing second in Div.2.  It brought about a rich era of memories for the club with FA Cup semi-finals in 1976, mind-bending kit design and big hats, hair and moustaches .  It was around this time they became the Eagles, as there was a great following of the American MOR band amongst the officials at the club.  With Terry Venables at the helm, the side were hailed as the "Team of the Eighties", which was great news for the Second Division. After that they became a yo-yo team bouncing between the top two divisions, but recently their string has snapped.  Ron Noades still owns the ground, but left the team to fend for itself and receivership was knocking on the door until the supporters decided to set up a trust fund to try and rescue the club.  It is only ten years since they were in the FA Cup Final and in the top division, but financial mismanagement has hit Palace hard.  Indeed, they were one of the founder members of the Premier League, but that looks a long way off for the club at the moment.

One of the most amazing turnarounds in the club's history came in 1990 when they lost to Liverpool 0-9, but came back eight months later to beat them 4-3 in an FA Cup semi-final.  It was something the fans never expected to see as they used to sing about their captain Cannon 

"When Jim goes up, 
To lift the FA Cup,
We'll be dead,
We'll be dead !!"

They even managed to draw 3-3 with Man. U in the final before going down to a single goal in the replay.

Iain Dowie struggled to keep the team playing with limited resources despite having achieved promotion via the 2004 play-offs, coming from a place near the bottom of the table when he took over earlier in the season.  At the time, having to sell their best players and pick up others from wherever they can may see the club stay afloat but these are scary times, but when you have had players called Skull and Ghost on the books, it is nothing to get spooked about.

And that was something that continued, until, after a couple of changes in management, brought Ian Holloway to the manager's office.  He galvanised a squad full of young talent and a few old heads to get back to the Premier League in 2013 through the play-offs, with a sweet semi-final victory over their local rivals Brighton and Hove Albion on the way.  Struggles at the bottom of the Premier League brought managerial changes and former player Alan Pardew took over at New Year 2015 to try to steer the Eagles to a loftier perch, then Sam Allardyce kept them up and Frank de Boer popped into the Palace but was soon dispatched.  The reins were handed to local lad Roy Hodgson, but they might have as well been ruins, with Palace not getting a point from their first games of 2017-18.

FAMOUS PLAYERS : - Terry Long, Ian Evans, Don Rogers, Jack Johnson, Barry Short, Paddy Mulligan, John "Budgie" Byrne, Dean Austin, Len "Eagle" Beagle, John Jackson.

FAMOUS FANS : - Roy Hudd (Comedian), Roger de Courcey and Nookie Bear (Comedy Ventriloquist), Sean Hughes (Comedian), Jo Brand (Comedienne), Mark Butcher (Cricketer), Kevin Day (Comedian), Eddie Izzard (Comedian), Neil Morrisey (Comic Actor - "Men Behaving Badly"), Suzanna Reid (News presenter - BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain [ITV]), Kevin Day (comedian)


Club Records

Formed 1905
Turned Professional 1905
Became a Limited Company 1905
Previous names -
Previous grounds Crystal Palace  = 1905-15
Herne Hill = 1915-19 
The Nest  =  1919- 24
Nickname "The GLAZIERS" or "The EAGLES"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts -  Red and Blue stripes
Shorts - Red
Socks -  Red with Blue tops

AWAY : Shirts -  White with vertical one blue and one red stripe
Shorts - Blue
Socks - Blue with Red tops.

Record Football League Win 9-0    v  Barrow
Div. 4         10.10.1959
Record Football League Defeat  


Record Cup Win 8 - 0  .v.  Southend United  League Cup R2 1L  25.9.1989
Record Fee Paid 27,000,000 million to Liverpool for Christian BENTEKE (August 2016)
Record Fee Received 25,000,000 from Everton for Yannick BOLASIE (August 2016)
Record Football League Appearances 531 - Jim CANNON  (1973-87)
Record goalscorer in a League season 46  -  Peter SIMPSON 
Div. 3(S)     (1930-31)
Record goalscorer in a Premier League season 15  -  Chris ARMSTRONG 
Record all-time goalscorer 154  -  Peter SIMPSON (1930-36)
Most goals in a match 6  -  Peter SIMPSON  v  Exeter City  Division 3 (South)  4.10.1930
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 51,482  v  Burnley  Division 2  11.5.1979
Record Match Receipts 336,583  v  Chelsea  League Cup R5  6.1.1993  
Record total of goals in a League season 110  -  Division 4  (1960-61)
Record League points total 3 points for a win : - 90 -  Division 1  (1993-94)

2 points for a win : - 64 -  Division 4  (1960-61)

Most Capped player while at the club 19  - Eric YOUNG (Wales)
Youngest Player John BOSTOCK  -  15 years and 287 days  v  Watford  .10.2007


Stadium details 

Address :  Selhurst Park, South Norwood, London SE25 6PU

Telephone :  020 8768 6000
  020 8771 8841  (Ticket Office)
020 8768 6100  (Club Shop)
09068 400 333  (News)
 020 8771 8841 (Ticketline)
Fax : 020 8771 5311

Capacity :  26,400
Away Allocation : 3,000-9,000
Pitch size :  110 yards  x  74 yards

Official website :
Unofficial website : 
Crystal Palace Independent Supporters Association


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From the North:

From M1 or A1, use A406 North Circular Road and Chiswick. Follow the signs South Circular Road A205 to Wandsworth. Use A3 to A214 and watch the signs to Streatham. Join A23. One mile down, turn left on B273. At the end, turn left into High Street and then into Whitehorse Lane.

From the South:

Use A23. The signs Crystal Palace will lead B266 via Thornton Heath into Whitehorse Lane.

From the East:

Use A232 to Shirley then join A215. Two miles down, turn left on B266 into Whitehorse Lane.

From the West:

Use Motorway M4 to Chiswick then route via the north on A232 to Beddington. Follow the signs London A23. Then watch the signs Crystal Palace B266 via Thornton Heath and into Whitehorse Lane.



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