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Crystal Palace

Founded: 1905

Address: Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU England

Phone: +44 208 768 6000 -

Official URL: http://www.cpfc.premiumtv.co.uk

Club History
The early history of Crystal Palace is closely linked to the glass and iron palace that was built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and soon after moved to Upper Sydenham in south-east London. A football club called Crystal Palace was formed as early as 1861 by members of the exhibition staff, and they helped to form the Football Association (FA) in 1863. They also reached the semi-final of the first-ever FA Cup in 1871-72, before fading into obscurity. Meanwhile, from 1895 untl 1914, the Crystal Palace ground became the FA Cup Final venue, and effectively England"s national stadium. By 1904 the proposal for a professional football club at Crystal Palace was being mooted by the company that controlled the building. But the FA did not like the idea of the Cup Final hosts running their own club, so a separate company was established. Crystal Palace Football Club was formed in 1905 at the venue of the glass Palace, which stood at the top of Sydenham Hill, the current location of The National Sports Centre. After the club performed well in the Southern League at their original home and quickly earned a reputation as a good FA Cup side, the First World War forced them to leave their Sydenham Hill home. A brief spell at Herne Hill was followed by a move to the Nest (opposite present day Selhurst Station and former home of Croydon Common) in 1918. While playing there they were admitted to the Football League as original memebers of Division Two, from which they immediately won promotion as the first champions in 1921. The club then moved to their present home, Selhurst Park, in time for the 1924/25 season but were relegated after a defeat by Oldham in the last game of the campaign. Palace finished as runners up three times but remained in the Third Division South until 1958 when they became part of the newly formed national Division Four. In 1961 Palace were promoted to Division Three, followed three years later by promotion to Division Two and then, in 1969, to the old First Division. The Eagles flitted between divisions but were inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992-93. The club bounced like a yo-yo between the top flight and Division One until Iain Dowie took them from 19th in the First Division to the Premiership - via the play-offs - in less than six months in 2003-04.
  
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