Crystal Palace Football Club is an English football club, which was founded in the early twentieth century in London. Currently it is in the Premier League – the professional football league at the highest level of football in England. This football club is nicknamed as the Eagles.
Crystal Palace Football Club has been operating since 1905 in south London. The first meeting of the team took place in the same year with reserves of Southampton in the Southern League Division Two. Since 1924 the team has its headquarters at Selhurst Park stadium. A great success of the team was the second place in Division Two in 1969. It was then that it received the first time in the history the promotion to the First Division – the highest league in England in that time. Crystal Palace was playing in the First Division for four seasons. In 1973 it dropped out of the league. Also during this time a modern crest for the team was created – it is the eagle, which then became one of the most important symbols of the Crystal Palace Football Club. Unfortunately, the subsequent years were not for not too good, because the club had another drop from Division Two to Division Three. Then Terry Venables became the club manager and it quickly improved its results and won promotion, so the team got back to the First Division. In the early eighties it dropped back to Division Two. Steve Coppell introduced the team to the highest level of competition, in 1990 the team was promoted for the first time in the history of the FA Cup final and the match against Manchester United at Wembley ended with the result 3:3. It also won the Zenith Data Systems Cup. The following years brought changes again, Crystal Palace Football Club went in and out of the Premier League. Due to financial problems in 2010 the club was facing liquidation.
Jim Cannon played the most matches for the club. Peter Simpson scored most goals. Since 1972 the club conducts a poll to choose the best player of the season. The first winner was John McCormick.
Selhurst Park is the stadium of Crystal Palace Football Club since 1924, it is also called The Nest, The Palatial Home or La Palace de Crystal. It was opened in 1924 and since then is the stadium of The Eagles. The first match at this stadium was played on 30 August 1924, and the rival was the Sheffield Wednesday team. Its capacity is 26 309 seats. The most ardent fans of Crystal Palace occupy the lower sectors of the Holmesdale Stand. A record of 51 801 persons was recorded in 1979 during a league match between Crystal Palace and Burnley FC Address the stadium is Selhurst Park, London, SE25 6PU.
For greatest rivals supporters of Crystal Palace Football Club take Palace Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall and Charlton Athletic. Matches between Crystal Palace Football Club and Palace Brighton & Hove Albion teams are known as the M23/A23 derby.