Manager: – Alan Pardew
Co-Chairman: – Steve Parish & Stephen Browett
Owners: – Jeremy Hosking, Martin Long, Steve Parish and Stephen Browett
Captain: – Mile Jedinak
Club Anthem: – Glad All Over
When you think of Crystal Palace you immediately think of the atmosphere at Selhurst Park, especially when the Palace fans are cheering their team to go at it. The games are always played under a constant drum beat and the Palace supporters never lower their voice even if they are losing the match. An example for this would be the match against Liverpool F.C in the 2013-14 season where Palace was losing 3-0 and the crowd kept cheering on the players and in the end Palace made a remarkable 3-3 comeback scoring 3 in the last ten minutes.
Selhurst Park has a capacity of 26,255 and has been the home of Crystal Palace for 91 years now (Since 1924). They have a fierce rivalry with Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Crystal Palace FC was founded in the year 1905, nicknamed “The Glaziers” they applied to be included in the football league but their application was turned down. Palace instead joined the Southern Football Second Division and managed to win the Division in their first season itself.
Crystal Palace team of 1921
After they were promoted Palace remained in the First Division of Southern Football for a total of 15 seasons. After the First World War the leagues were re-organised and as result the Southern Football First Division became the third Division of English Football League.
In their first season in the third Division Palace managed to win the league and achieve promotion to the Second Division, but there stay wasn’t for long as they got relegated back to the third Division within a few years.
Another League Organisation in 1958 saw Palace as one of the founding members of Division Four. From then on the club enjoyed a period of success and within 11 years Palace had found their way up to the First Division. They enjoyed First Division football for 4 years before getting relegated back to second division and then to third division.
In 1973 the club’s nickname was changed from “The Glaziers” to the “The Eagles”. Palace went back to the second division after getting promoted in 1977 and then got promoted to first division as Second Division champions in 1979. Palace stabilized themselves as a first division team even finishing third in the 1990-1991 season.
Premier League Era
Crystal Palace was one of the founding members of the Premier League in the 1992 season, but they were relegated that first year of the Premier League despite getting a record 49 points (for a relegated club) in the season. Palace got promoted back to the league in 1994, 1997 and 2004 and each of those times they got relegated straight back to Championship.
Palace again gained promotion back to the Premier League for the 2013-2014 season after defeating Watford in the 2012-2013 season Championship play-offs. Palace once again looked set for the drop in 2013-14 after getting just 4 points in the 1st 11 games. As a result,the Palace manager Ian Holloway was sacked and after a month of his sacking Tony Pulis was appointed as manager.
Pulis turned the season around and Crystal Palace ended up finishing 11th in the EPL table with 45 points and for the first time in Premier League history Crystal Palace had avoided the drop to Championship. Tony Pulis was given the Premier League manager of the year for his efforts.
Take a look at the amazing comeback by Crystal Palace against Liverpool in the 2013/14season:
The Season So Far 2014 – 2015
Just two days before the start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Tony Pulis resigned after a dispute with the board over transfer budget. Former Palace manager Neil Warnock was once again appointed the manager. Palace had a modest start to the season but the team looked to be getting worse each week under Warnock and as a result he became the first manager to be sacked in 2014-15 season (27 December, 2014).
Warnock was replaced by former Crystal Palace player and then Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the 2nd of January and has already gotten a couple of wins under his belt since signing. Crystal Palace is currently 15th on the table with 20 points from 21 matches. (As of 11th of January).
If the Pardew era is anything as it promises to be then Palace have a good chance to finish closer to the upper half of the table once again.
Most Appearances: – Jim Cannon (660)
Most Goals: – Peter Simpson (165)
More Updates including the current squad details and other fun facts in February.
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