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. He role lasted a mere 77 days after a poor start to the season, and former England manager Roy Hodgson was brought in to help turn the club’s fortunes around. He adapted to the role 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.