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Brief History of Crystal Palace FC

Founded in 1905 in the United Kingdom as a professional club it could be argued that the origins of Crystal Palace FC run deeper than that. An amateur club operated out of Crystal Palace from 1861 and that club was one of the original members of the Football Association. The later iteration of Crystal Palace have played at Selhurst Park since 1924. The ground has a capacity of over 25,000 and has been used in a groundshare arrangement in the past with Charlton Athletic and Wimbledon.

Legendary Players for Crystal Palace FC

Geoff Thomas was the captain of Crystal Palace for most of Steve Coppell’s era in charge of the Eagles. An elegant midfielder with an eye for goal, Thomas scored 35 times for Palace in 249 appearances. Capped for England the national side never saw the Geoff Thomas that Palace fans know and love. Only 12-months after his player career was over Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia. With a bleak diagnosis Thomas defied the doctors and continues to fund for cancer charities to this day, earning him an MBE in 2021.

The Coppell Effect

Not content with managing Crystal Palace once Steve Coppell came back to manage the club on three other occasions (once as director of football). As a player he starred for Manchester United and went straight into management with Palace at the end of his playing career in 1984. One of the youngest managers in the Football League, the club were languishing in the second tier when he was appointed.

During his nine years in charge he steered the Eagles to promotion to the top flight, and two magnificent seasons, 1989/90 and 1990/91.

The 1990 FA Cup produced arguably the best FA Cup semi-finals in history. Oldham Athletic against Manchester United was a thriller and Crystal Palace versus Liverpool would go down in history. Palace had been beaten by the Reds 9-0 earlier in the season and were written off to progress to the final. Coppell’s men would come back twice to take the game to extra-time before Alan Pardew scored the winner.

In a thrilling final Palace drew 3-3 with United after extra-time with Ian Wright bagging a brace, however after a brave challenge they were beaten one-nil in the replay. The following season Coppell guided them to a third place First Division finish. Their best ever league finish.

Crystal Palace Rivalries

Crystal Palace’s biggest rivalry is with Brighton despite the teams being over 40 miles apart. It is named the A23 or the M23 Derby due to the roads that connects the teams. The rivalry began in the 1970’s after friction between Palace manager Terry Venables and his Brighton counterpart Alan Mullery. This riled the fans and the game has been termed a derby ever since. 

They also have rivalries around London including Millwall and Charlton Athletic but with the Eagles being firmly ensconced in the Premier League since 2012 the teams can only now meet each other in cup competitions. 

However, you will find that any team that is based in London or the surrounding areas can increase the stakes a bit. So games with Chelsea, West Ham, Brentford, and even Watford based north of London can be entertaining.  

Current Premier League Stars for Crystal Palace

The Gallic Flair of Patrick Viera has added panache to a Crystal Palace team that have often been thought of as workhorses. The star of the show is Wilfried Zaha. Advancing through the club’s academy, Zaha has sometimes been the lone shining light and creative force at Selhurst Park. The scourge of opposition defenders Zaha is quick and thrives on taking on and getting past defenders.

In 2021/22 Palace fans have seen the emergence of Conor Gallagher. The Chelsea-loanee has starred in the red and blue stripes of CPFC, rewarded with a call-up to the England team. Palace will work hard to try and persuade him to stay for 2022/23.

Crystal Palace's 2021/22 Premier League Season So Far

At the half-way point in the season Crystal Palace are in the middle area of the Premier League table. An impressive away win against Manchester City and a home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers was followed by losses against Aston Villa, Leeds and Manchester United.

Draws against Leicester City and Newcastle United look like points dropped rather than a point gained.

Crystal Palace Quick Facts

  • 2-time Second Division Champions
  • 2-time FA Cup Runners-up
  • Most Appearances: Jim Cannon (663)
  • Most Goals: Peter Simpson (165)

Reasons to Go to Selhurst Park for Crystal Palace Home Games

Crystal Palace is widely thought to have the best atmosphere of the London grounds. The 8,000 capacity Holmesdale Road Stand in south London is awash with flags and red and blue and produces fantastic noise from the season ticket holders. The ground is accessible by a good bus and train links and is a must visit for the casual football fan wishing to combine a weekend at the football with a trip to London - especially vs one of the other London football clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.

Traveling to Crystal Palace from the North of England will mean traversing through or around London which can be a bit of a pain, but public transport if fairly good in the city itself. However, with good connections into King's Cross train station, fans of teams such as Burnley and Leeds United can get into London pretty easily. Same goes for the Midlands, so those travelling from the Villa Park area can find that journey times aren't that bad.

Crystal Palace Tickets

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