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Crystal Palace Football Club have played at their home ground, Selhurst Park, for most of their existence. Their fans are some of the best in the country and they are a popular club in the league, and have been a Premier League side since 2013. The name Crystal Palace came after the glass palace in which the club was formed back in 1905, resulting in the palace being embroiled in the crest. They play a fast pace style of football which when executed is some of the most attractive to watch in the world and are coached by former England manager, Roy Hodgson. They also have a handful of international players in their ranks.
Crystal Palace Football Club have played at their home ground, Selhurst Park, for most of their existence. Their fans are some of the best in the country and they are a popular club in the league and have been a Premier League side since 2013. The name Crystal Palace came after the glass palace in which the club was formed back in 1905, resulting in the palace being embroiled in the crest.
They play a fast pace style of football which when executed is some of the most attractive to watch in the world and are coached by former England manager, Roy Hodgson. They also have a handful of international players in their ranks. Palace played their games at the Exhibition Centre, where they were formed, and did so at this venue until 1915 when they moved to Herne Hill Velodrome, and were initially known as “The Glaziers”.
This became their home for the next nine years when in 1924 they moved to their current home ground Selhurst Park, which offers one of the best atmospheres in the country thanks to their home fans singing constantly no matter what the score is.
Palace were one of the founding members of the Premier League, although to date they have never won the title. Their best place finish was in the 1990-91 season when they were challenging for the title, and eventually came third, however, were sadly unable to play in Europe the following season because of the backlash from the Heysel Stadium disaster
In 1973, Palace changed their nickname to “The Eagles” and introduced the famous red and blue stripes that are now associated so strongly with the club. They were relegated twice in successive seasons, finding themselves in division three at the start of the 1974-75 season under Malcolm Allison. 1976 saw a return to the second division and then became champions in 1979 with Terry Venables, resulting in a top-flight return.
Financial difficulties piled up quickly and saw the club struggle once again and consequently relegated two seasons later. It took ‘the team of the eighties’ another seven seasons before First Division football returned to Selhurst Park, but finally cemented their place and stayed there until the Premier League was formed in 1992.
Unfortunately, the club struggled with replacing key players, such as Ian Wright who had moved onto Arsenal, the following season and found themselves once again relegated, however, with a respectable 49 points which is a record high to this day.
Iain Dowie guided the club back to the top flight in 2003-04, thanks to a Neil Shipperly goal in the play-off final against West Ham. They were unable to stay up the following season however, despite striker Andrew Johnson scoring 21 league goals, a 2-2 draw against local rivals Charlton was not good enough and went down at West Broms expense after a 2-0 victory against Portsmouth.
Palace went into administration in 2010 and were forced to sell promising players such as Victor Moses and Jose Fonte, who became consistent performers in the Premier League whilst veteran manager Neil Warnock also left the Eagles.
They sold for combined fees of £2.5m just to stay afloat. Later, in the year, the club was successfully bought by a group of passionate, wealthy fans, led by current owner Steve Parish, and thanks to fan pressure secured the freehold to Selhurst Park from Lloyds Bank.
Dougie Freedman was in charge and enjoyed a promising start before leaving for Bolton, and Ian Holloway was installed as manager. Crystal Palace were not back in the Premier League until 2012, with a fast pace and lethal front line with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie and Holloway at the helm.
The enthusiastic manager was not back in the big time for long, resigning from the club and was replaced by renowned Premier League boss Tony Pulis, who undertook a stint in the 2013-14 season but resigning after a lack of financial backing from the board, while Neil Warnock returned for a short tenure in 2014.
Since 2015, Palace have gone through several managers in a bid to bring silverware to the club, but the only recent achievement was a narrow 1-0 to Manchester United in the 2015 FA Cup final. Sam Allardyce took over for a brief period in 2016, but the ex-England manager seemingly retired from club football at the end of that year.
Frank de Boer was the first full time foreign manager appointed at the club, joining in June 2017 to try and implement his favoured 3-4-3 system. He opted to bring in youth such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea and Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United, albeit both on loan.
De Boer also made some promising permanent signings. Mamadou Sakho joined from Liverpool for £26m following a successful loan spell, as well as promising Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald and big striker Alexander Sørloth.
A 3-0 opening weekend defeat to newly promoted Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park set the tone for De Boer’s miserable reign, and after starting the Premier League campaign with four defeats and no goals he was sacked.
His role lasted a mere 77 days after such a poor start to the season, and former England manager Roy Hodgson was brought in just a day after the Dutchman’s dismissal to help turn the club’s fortunes around. He adapted to the job much better than many expected and beat league champions, Chelsea, after just a few weeks in control.
With exciting players like Zaha in their ranks, they always pose a threat to the opposition, and with a loud and proud fanbase, bring a great atmosphere and always get behind the team. Using a system more suited to the players available to him, Hodgson dragged Palace out of a relegation battle and helped them to a very respectable 11th-place finish in his first season in charge.
The London club’s EFL Cup run came to a humiliating halt in the fourth round as they were thrashed 4-1 by eventual semi-finalists Bristol City. And their FA Cup run wasn’t any better; former Palace star Glenn Murray scored a late winner as Brighton & Hove Albion knocked The Eagles out of the third round.
The 70-year-old manager has started building his squad for what is expected to be just as difficult a season with veteran Getafe goalkeeper Vincente Guaita; but will have to make do without Fosu-Mensah and Loftus-Cheek, whose form last season earnt him a place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad.
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After a difficult start to the 2017/18 season, the guidance from former England manager Roy Hodgson helped Crystal Palace retain their Premier League status.
As the Eagles prepare for their sixth consecutive season in the top-flight for the first time ever, we at Box Office Events have devised a guide, giving you all the information you need to know when purchasing tickets to watch the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace currently have 18,000 season ticket holders for their 19 Premier League home matches.
Season tickets are currently on sale, which are purchasable via the club’s ticket website, over the phone and in person at the club’s box office.
Fans who renewed their season tickets prior to Sunday 25th March 2018’s deadline will have received a significant Early Bird discount on the price of their season ticket. Adults aged 18-64 using the Early Bird scheme received a discount of either £40, £45 or £50 depending on where they are sat, concessions received a discount of between £25-£35, under-18s were given a reduction of between £20-£40 and under-10s were rewarded with either a £20 or £25 saving.
The club do offer a family pricing scheme on tickets, which allows season ticket holders that are part of a family, which contain at least one under-18-year-old to a maximum of two adults, to purchase season tickets at a discounted rate. This option is available for fans sat in either the Whitehorse Lane or Main stands. Adults on the family pricing scheme will pay between £460 and £500 for their yearly pass, concessions on the scheme will be charged between £310 and £415, for under-18s, the cost varies between £230 and £315 and for fans aged nine and under, yearly passes cost between £115-£315. The scheme works out as costing at £24.21-£26.32 per league game for adults, £16.32-£21.84 per match for concessions, between £12.11-£16.58 a game for under-18s and £6.05-£16.58 for fans aged under 10.
General admission season tickets are priced as follows: adults aged between 18 and 64 will have to pay between £520 and £705 (£27.37-£37.11 a match) for the season, concessions prices range between £350 and £475 (£18.42-£25 a match) and under-18s prices vary from £260 to £325 (£13.68-£17.11 a game).
The club also have three lounges which fans can view matches from, all of which are located in the stadium’s main stand. These are called the Glaziers Lounge, the Wright & Bright Lounge and the Stephenson Lounge. Prices in either these lounges for the season cost between £645 and £770 (£33.95-£40.53 a match) for adults, between £430 and £540 for concessions (£22.63-£28.42 per match) and between £320 to £380 (£16.84-£20 per match) for Junior supporters.
Vice Presidents of the club can also renew their season ticket for between £2,080 and £2,290, which comes with their own executive lounge, a matchday buffet and £100 worth of e-cash to spend at the club’s shop.
Season ticket holders at Palace do not have to pay for their season tickets via one lump sum. A 12-part instalment plan is in place for fans not wishing to pay the entirety of their season ticket fee at once, which works out as costing fractionally cheaper than the price of purchasing season tickets at phase two, and considerably cheaper than the cost of phase three season ticket prices.
All season ticket holders will receive entry to all 19 of the Eagles’ home Premier League matches for the 2018/19 season. Season card holders will also be able to sell tickets for games they cannot attend at face value to other season ticket holders and members via the club’s ticket exchange service, Twickets.
Another benefit of being a season ticket holder is that you will receive 500 loyalty points for purchasing a season ticket, as well as an additional 200 points for fans auto-renewing their yearly pass.
Priority for purchasing domestic cup tickets and away tickets in all competitions are also given to season ticket holders.
Season ticket holders will also receive a card with the date of all the fixtures on, a booklet to receive a programme for every match and a Palace wallet to store your season ticket in.
However, memberships do not come as part of any season ticket package and will need to be purchased in addition to season tickets.
The club offer five different membership schemes; gold, silver, international, gold junior and junior memberships all vary in both their cost and the benefits that come with them.
Silver membership is priced at £25 and comes with access to match tickets, the opportunity to collect loyalty points throughout the season, access to Palace TV where fans can watch match highlights and other video content, a welcome gift and a discount on tours of Selhurst Park.
Gold membership, which costs £55, comes with 48-hour exclusive access to match tickets, 200 loyalty points, 10% discount at the club shop, a digital matchday programme, a gold member’s pack and access to Palace TV.
Unlike most football clubs, Crystal Palace offer a membership scheme for fans living overseas, called the International membership. This option, which costs £40, comes with guaranteed tickets to a home match of the member’s choosing (subject to availability), 15% discount off accommodation at any of the nearby Latitude Luxury Apartments, 10% discount at the club shop, a digital matchday programme for every game, a welcome gift and access to Palace TV.
There are two tiers to the club’s junior membership packages.
Standard Junior Membership costs £15 and comes with access to tickets, the opportunity to attend exclusive events, a Junior Membership pack, 10% discount off at the club shop, greetings cards on the member’s birthday and at Christmas and access to Palace TV.
Despite being priced at £45, Junior Gold Membership is certainly worth the significant price increase. Junior Gold members shall receive a 2018/19 junior home or away shirt, 48-hour exclusive home ticket access, exclusive events and competitions, a Junior Membership pack, 10% discount at the club shop, digital matchday programmes, greetings cards on the member’s birthday and at Christmas and access to Palace TV.
Tickets can be bought directly from Crystal Palace via their website, over the phone or at their box office at Selhurst Park.
Category A and Category B match tickets cost between £27 and £48 for adults aged from 18 to 64, concessions are charged between £19 and £32.50, whilst fans under the age of 18 are charged between £13.50 and £24 for match tickets.
For individual match tickets in either of the three lounges, prices cost between £38 and £50 for adults, between £26 and £35 for concessions and either £19 or £24 for juniors.
Away tickets for certain games are sold via a loyalty points format, which prioritises fans who attend matches regularly.
Twickets, the club’s ticket exchange service is only for the use of season ticket holders and members.
Official tickets can also be purchased via Box Office Events.
You must currently be either a paid member or a season ticket holder to attend Crystal Palace matches.
Should tickets not sell as expected, then members will have the option to purchase multiple tickets.
The club offer several different hospitality packages, all of which are located in the Main Stand, Holmesdale Road Stand and the Whitehorse Lane Stand.
Prices for a seat inside either the Legends Restaurant or the Speroni Restaurant start at £179 + VAT per person per match, which both include a pre-match three course meal and complimentary matchday programmes.
A place in the Legends restaurant comes with canapes on arrival, a variety of modern dining options, inclusive beers, wine and soft drinks, the chance to meet club legends and VIPs, balcony seating which directly overlooks the Whitehorse Lane goal line, an informal and stylish set-up designed for networking, high definition televisions featuring the early kick-off and post-match interviews, and a dedicated team of matchday hostesses.
Meanwhile, pre-match entertainment, half-time refreshments, half a bottle of complimentary house wine, VIP match seating inside the Directors’ Box, post-match light dining, post-match use of the bar, a selection of local real ales and the chance to view the Man of the Match presentation all comes with a place inside Speroni’s restaurant, which is named after the club’s long-standing goalkeeper, Julian Speroni.
The Ultimate Celebration package, which starts at £2,500 + VAT based on a 10-person package for one match, provides the ultimate experience for true Crystal Palace fans. This comes with many benefits, including the chance for two members of the party to stand in the centre-circle of the pitch with the team captains before the match, a signed home shirt, a three-course meal, a full stadium tour, your own private box for the whole party and more.
There is also the opportunity to purchase a matchday sponsorship package, with prices starting at £4,000 per match based on a 10-person sponsorship, although 20-person sponsorships can be purchased for a higher rate. This experience comes with a private executive box, balcony seating, a half-page advert inside the matchday programme, your company logo on the cover of the matchday programme, announcements of your sponsorship on the stadium’s large screen and more.
Seasonal packages can also be purchased inside the 2010 Club and inside the club’s executive boxes. The 2010 Club is priced at £4,750 + VAT for the season per person (£250 + VAT per home league match). On the other hand, executive boxes for either 10 or 20 people can be bought for the whole season, with rates starting at £35,000 per year.
Best places to sit at Selhurst Park
Many Palace fans believe that the best atmosphere at the ground is from the Arthur Wait Stand, whilst the best views of the pitch can be found whilst spectating a match from the main stand.
Selhurst Park information and facts
Selhurst Park is situated in Selhurst, South East London. Postcode: SE25 6PU.
The ground’s capacity is 26,074, making it the sixth smallest football stadium inside the Premier League; only Fulham’s Craven Cottage, Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium, Burnley’s Turf Moor, Watford’s Vicarage Road and Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium are smaller from England’s top-flight.
Crystal Palace have played their matches at Selhurst Park since 1924, 19 years after they were formed in 1905.
However, the Eagles have not been the sole tenants of the stadium. Between 1985 and 1991, Palace ground shared with Charlton Athletic whilst they attempted to fund a return to their home at The Valley. But Palace’s joint tenancy of Selhurst Park didn’t end there, as later that year, they shared the stadium with Wimbledon Football Club until 2003, who have since liquidated.
Palace’s home also holds some of bizarre records.
The stadium still has the record for the highest attended match in the fourth-tier of English football, after 37,774-strong crowd saw them lose 2-0 at home to Milwall in March 1961.
In January 1993, during Wimbledon’s 3-1 defeat against Everton, an attendance of just 3,039 people made it the lowest attended Premier League match in history.
For four years, the stadium had held the record for the highest watched English football match on record, after an estimated crowd of over 100 million people watched Palace’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in September 1998. A significant percentage of the viewing audience were from China, who were watching Palace duo Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai in action. This record was broken four years later after Everton’s match against Manchester City in 2002 featured three Chinese players and gained an even larger audience.
Selhurst Park’s record attendance was set in May 1979, after 51,801 people witnessed the Eagles beat Burnley 2-0 to secure the Second Division title.
There are three London Underground stations located near Selhurst Park. Norwood Junction is just a 10-minute walk away from the stadium and serves the Overground, Southern and Thameslink lines. Selhurst station is also 10 minutes away on foot, whilst Thornton Heath is just a 15-minute walk away from the ground. Fans accessing the Arthur Wait Stand should depart at Norwood Junction, Thornton Heath should be used for the Whitehorse Lane Stand, whilst the Main and Holmesdale Road stands should be accessed from Selhurst station.
The nearest bus stops are located at Park Road Selhurst, Clifton Road and Selhurst Park Stadium, all of which are positioned right next to the ground.
Parking is limited around the area and the use of public transport or walking is recommended. Some parking is available on Auckland Road, sited about 10 minutes away from the ground on foot.
A Sainsbury’s supermarket is also situated right next to the stadium.