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Crystal Palace
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Full name Crystal Palace Football Club
Nickname(s) The Eagles, The Glaziers
Short name CPFC
Founded 10 September 1905; 116 years ago (1905-09-10)
Ground Selhurst Park
Ground Capacity 25,486
Owners Steve Parish
Joshua Harris
David S. Blitzer
Chairman Steve Parish
Manager Roy Hodgson
League Premier League
2018–19 Premier League, 12th of 20
Third colours

Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club based in Selhurst, South London, England. They currently compete in the Premier League, the highest level of English football. The club play their home matches at Selhurst Park.

The historic origins of the club can be traced as far back as 1854, when the Crystal Palace Exhibition building had been relocated from Hyde Park, London and rebuilt in an area of South London next to Sydenham Hill. This area was renamed Crystal Palace which included the Crystal Palace Park that surrounded the site where various sports facilities were built. It was here that the earliest known Crystal Palace team first played as an amateur outfit in 1861. They competed in the first ever FA Cup competition in 1871–72, reaching the semi-finals where they lost to the Royal Engineers. In 1895, the Crystal Palace Company who owned the Palace building began hosting the FA Cup Final inside its grounds. It was ten years later that the owners decided to form a new professional Palace club to play at the Cup Final venue. They stayed here until 1915, when the club were forced to leave due to the outbreak of the First World War. In 1924, they moved to their current home at Selhurst Park.

Palace joined the Football League in 1920, and have overall spent the majority of their league history competing in the top two tiers of English football. Since 1964, they have only dropped below the second tier once, for three seasons between 1974 and 1977. The club's highest ever league finish to date is third place in the old First Division, now known as the Premier League, achieved in the 1990–91 season. Palace were denied a place in Europe at the end of that season only because of the partial UEFA ban on English clubs at that time following the Heysel Stadium disaster. The club became one of the original founding members of the Premier League. Palace set two unwanted Premier League records for relegation, in 1992–93 they were relegated on 49 points, which is still a record number of points for a relegated Premier League club and are the only club ever to be relegated from the Premier League when finishing fourth from bottom in 1994–95, as it had been decided that the league would be reduced from 22 to 20 clubs for the following season. Palace have also been FA Cup finalists twice, losing to Manchester United on both occasions in 1990 and 2016.

The club's traditional kit colours were originally claret and blue, but in 1973 they decided to change to the red and blue vertical stripes now worn today. Palace have a fierce rivalry with Brighton & Hove Albion, with whom they contest the M23 derby and also share rivalries with fellow South London clubs Millwall and Charlton Athletic.


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