Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club based in Selhurst, south-east London, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.


Nickname(s) The Eagles, The GlaziersNickname(s) The Eagles, The Glaziers

Founded 10 September 1905; 113 years ago

Ground Selhurst Park

They were founded in 1905 at the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition building and played their home games at the FA Cup Final stadium situated inside the historic Palace grounds. The club were forced to leave the Palace in 1915 due to the outbreak of the First World War, and played at Herne Hill Velodrome and the Nest until 1924, when they moved to their current home at Selhurst Park.

Palace have had several periods competing in the top flight of English football. They enjoyed a successful period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during which the club achieved their highest ever league finish of third place in the top flight in the 1990–91 season. Palace were denied a place in Europe at the end of that season because of the partial UEFA ban on English clubs at that time following the Heysel Stadium disaster. The club became founder members of the Premier League. Palace have also been FA Cup finalists twice, in 1990 and 2016, losing to Manchester United on both occasions. As well as winning two second tier titles, the club have also won a record four play-off finals resulting in promotion to the top flight.

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,[4] with whom they contest the M23 derby and also share rivalries with fellow clubs also based in south-east London, Millwall and Charlton Athletic.