Crystal Palace F.C. was an amateur football club, founded circa 1861, thought to have been formed by groundkeepers working at the main exhibition building. Later notable players joined such as Cuthbert Ottaway.
The groundkeepers were one of the 12 founder members of the Football Association. The club was moderately successful in the pre-Football League era and competed in the first FA Cup 1871-72 reaching the FA Cup Semi-finals where they were eliminated by the Royal Engineers in a replay after the first game ended goalless. The team also played in the FA Cup in the next 4 seasons, without any significant impact.
The original amateur club then completely disappeared from historical records after 1876, and was thought to be defunct when the company that owned the FA Cup venue at The Crystal Palace decided to form their own new football club in 1905. This new football club became the professional club which is still in existence today.