Crystal Palace F.C.

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Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace's emblem
Full nameCrystal Palace Football Club
Nickname(s)The Eagles
GroundSelhurst Park
Whitehorse Lane
South Norwood
ManagerPaul Hart
LeagueThe Coca-Cola Championship
2008–09The Championship, 15th
Current season

Crystal Palace Football Club (pronounced /ˈkrɪstl ˈpælɪs/ (deprecated template)) is an English professional football club based in South Norwood, London. The team plays its home matches at Selhurst Park, where it has been based since 1924. The club is competing in the second tier of English Football, The Championship for the 2009-2010 season.

Crystal Palace was formed in 1905 by workers at The Crystal Palace. It did not reach the top division of English Football until 1969-70, and did not reach a major final until 1990. It was relegated from the top division in 1973 and once again in the following season. That left the club playing in the third tier of English football for the 1974-75 season, before being promoted back to the top level by 1979-80.

Crystal Palace's most recent successful period began in 1988-89, when the club finished third in the Second Division and was promoted to the First Division. It reached the 1990 FA Cup Final only to lose the replay against Manchester United, and finished 3rd in the First Division in 1990-91. Palace was a founding member of the FA Premier League (1992-93) but was relegated that season. Since then Palace has been relegated from and promoted to the FA Premier League on a number of occasions. Its most recent relegation from the top flight was in the 2004-05 season. All this occurred despite the club almost going bankrupt in July 2000.

In January 2010, the club again went into administration and got deducted 10 points. The current manager is Paul Hart who joined after the departure of Neil Warnock who left to join Hart's previous club, Queens Park Rangers F.C.[1]



Crystal Palace Football Club was formed on 10 September 1905 by workers of the The Crystal Palace and initially played its home games at the cup final ground at The Crystal Palace.[2] The club joined the Southern League Second Division in 1905-06 and in its inaugural season was promoted to the First Division, crowned as champions.[3] It also joined the United Counties League, finishing runners-up to Watford. Henry Colclough became the club's first England representative when he played against Wales in Cardiff on 16 March, 1914[4]

The outbreak of World War I led to the Admiralty requisitioning the Crystal Palace and the club was forced to move to the home of West Norwood FC, Herne Hill.[5] Three years later the club moved again to The Nest due to the folding of Croydon Common FC. The club joined the Football League Third Division in its 1920-21 season, finishing as champions and gaining promotion to Football League Second Division. Palace moved to the purpose-built stadium Selhurst Park in 1924, the ground the club plays at today.[6] The opening fixture at Selhurst Park was against Sheffield Wednesday and, in front of a crowd of 25,000, Palace lost 0-1. Palace finished 21st that season and was relegated to the Third Division South where it would stay until 1957-58 when it finished in the bottom half of the table and then joined the newly formed Fourth Division. This was alongside the other 11 bottom half clubs of Third Division South and 12 bottom half clubs of Third Division North. In 1960-61 Palace was promoted out of the lowest tier of English League Football and this proved a turning point in the club's history as promotions followed in 1963-64 and 1968-69, taking it back to Division 2 and then Division 1.

Despite surviving in the top flight from 1969 until 1972, the club once again experienced great disappointments when it was relegated in consecutive seasons, leaving it playing in the third tier for the 1974-75 season. This proved short-lived as it was promoted in 1976-77 and 1978-79 back up to Division 1. The 1980s began with relegation from Division 1 in the first season under new owner Ron Noades and this is where the club stayed until it achieved promotion via the play-offs in 1988-89. It also reached the 1990 FA Cup Final only to lose in a replay against Manchester United. The club built on the success of the previous season in 1990-91 by achieving its highest league finish of 3rd and returning to Wembley to win the Zenith Data Systems Cup. It beat Everton 4-1 in the final, its only cup win to date.[7] The following season was an anti-climax with Palace finishing 10th. However this allowed it to become a founding member of the first season of the FA Premier League in 1992-93.

The season was overshadowed by controversy when Palace owner Ron Noades made disparaging comments about the work ethic of the club's black players, although he denies this and insists that his comments were taken out of context. The fall-out led to several black players leaving the club such as 1989-90 club player of the year Mark Bright. The club's relegation followed. It immediately returned to the FA Premier League in the following season after the resignation of manager Steve Coppell. Alan Smith, Coppell's assistant at the club, took over but he was unable to keep the club up and it was relegated once again. In a interesting turn of events, Steve Coppell returned as manager following the sacking of Alan Smith. Yet Coppell was unable to take the club back to the FA Premier League at the first time of asking, losing in extra time to Leicester City the play-off final. The following season Coppell was successful in taking the club back to the Premier League. However in true yo-yo club fashion the club was relegated back to the First Division for the 1998-99 season. This began worrying times for the club as it was plunged into administration when owner Mark Goldberg was unable to sustain his financial backing of the club.[8]. The next owner was entrepreneur Simon Jordan, who had made his money as an owner of Pocket Phone Shop. But Jordan was unable to put the club on a sound financial footing and it went into administration again in January 2010, owing Jordan himself around £20m. In mid-February 2010 the club's future remained unresolved.

Neil Warnock left the club on March 1st 2010 to join Queens Park Rangers on a three and a half year contract. Paul Hart Replaced Warnock bringing Dougie Freedman and John Pemberton. The first match in charge, Crystal Palace won 1-0 against Sheffield United with Alan Lee scoring the winning goal.

Club records


Honour Year(s)
Old Division Two / Division One Champions 1978–79, 1993–94
Runners-up 1968–69
Play-off Winners 1988–89, 1996–97, 2003–04
Football League Third Division South Champions 1920–21
Runners-up 1928–29,1930–31,1938–39
Old Division Three Runners-up 1963–64
Third Promotion Place 1976–77
Old Division Four Runners-up 1960–61
FA Cup Runners-up 1990
Semi-Finalists 1976, 1995
Football League Cup Semi Finalists 1993,1995,2001
Full Members Cup Winners 1991


Current squad

As of 25 January 2010.[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Argentina GK Julián Speroni
2 England DF Nathaniel Clyne
3 England DF Clint Hill (vice-captain)
4 England MF Shaun Derry (captain)
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy McCarthy
7 England MF Darren Ambrose
8 England MF Neil Danns
9 Trinidad and Tobago FW Stern John
10 Australia MF Nick Carle
14 Republic of Ireland FW Sean Scannell
15 England DF Lee Hills
17 England DF Matthew Lawrence
No. Position Player
18 England FW Calvin Andrew
19 Republic of Ireland FW Alan Lee
20 England DF Danny Butterfield
21 England MF Kieran Djilali
22 Austria DF Johannes Ertl
24 Jamaica DF Claude Davis
26 England MF Kieron Cadogan
28 England MF James Comley
33 France MF Alassane N'Diaye
34 England DF Alex Wynter
35 England GK Charlie Mann

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 England GK Darryl Flahavan (at Oldham Athletic)
25 England FW Nathaniel Pinney (at Woking)
30 England DF Michael Abnett (at Dover Athletic)
No. Position Player
31 England MF Hakeem Adelakun (at Dover Athletic)
32 England FW Matthew Wright (at Woking)

Reserves and Academy

See Crystal Palace F.C. Reserves and Crystal Palace F.C. Academy

Crystal Palace "Centenary XI"

To celebrate Crystal Palace's centenary in 2005, the club asked Palace fans to vote for a "Centenary XI". The Centenary XI consists of players whom the Palace faithful have decided were their favourites over the history of the club.

Centenary XI Criticisms

When the Centenary XI was revealed to Palace fans, it came under heavy criticism from fans who felt certain players should not have been in the team or that certain players should have been included.

Fans felt that the Centenary XI only represented the latter years of the clubs history, with the oldest player represented being Jim Cannon, who made his debut in the 1972-1973 season.

Fans felt that players such as record goalscorer Peter Simpson, former goalkeeper John Jackson, Don Rogers and Peter Taylor the latter capped by England whilst Palace were in the third division should have been included. Johnny Byrne was another contentious omission having commanded a record transfer fee when he moved to West Ham United in 1963.

Player of the Year (1972–2009)

Year Winner
1972 Scotland John McCormick
1973 Scotland Tony Taylor
1974 England Peter Taylor
1975 England Derek Jeffries
1976 England Peter Taylor
1977 England Kenny Sansom
1978 Scotland Jim Cannon
1979 England Kenny Sansom
1980 England Paul Hinshelwood
1981 England Paul Hinshelwood
1982 England Paul Barron
1983 Republic of Ireland Jerry Murphy
1984 England Billy Gilbert (footballer)
1985 Scotland Jim Cannon
1986 Scotland George Wood (footballer)
Year Winner
1987 Scotland Jim Cannon
1988 England Geoff Thomas
1989 England Ian Wright
1990 England Mark Bright
1991 England Geoff Thomas
1992 Republic of Ireland Eddie McGoldrick
1993 England Andy Thorn
1994 Wales Chris Coleman
1995 England Richard Shaw
1996 England Andy Roberts
1997 Scotland David Hopkin
1998 England Marc Edworthy
1999 England Hayden Mullins
2000 England Andy Linighan
2001 China Fan Zhiyi
Year Winner
2002 Scotland Dougie Freedman
2003 England Hayden Mullins
2004 England Andrew Johnson
2005 England Andrew Johnson
2006 Barbados Emmerson Boyce
2007 England Leon Cort
2008 Argentina Julián Speroni
2009 Argentina Julián Speroni

PFA Team of the Year

The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Crystal Palace:

Notable Crystal Palace players and Internationals


Current Members of Staff

Position Name Nationality
Chairman: Vacant
Vice-Chairman: Vacant
Chief Executive: Phil Alexander England English
Administrator: Brendan Guilfoyle Republic of Ireland Irish
Administrator: Christopher White England English
Administrator: John Russell England English
Manager: Paul Hart England English
Assistant Manager: Dougie Freedman Scotland Scottish
First Team Coach: John Pemberton England English
Reserve Team Manager: Ronnie Jepson England English
Goalkeeping Coach: Jim Stannard England English
Fitness Coach: Chris Short England English
Chief UK Scout Kevin Randall England English
North American Scout Jim Cherneski United States American
Head Physiotherapist: Nigel Cox England English
Physiotherapist: Sangi Patel England English
Doctor: Bill Jasper England English
Academy Manager David Moss England English
Under 18 Coach/Assistant Academy Manager: Gary Issott England English
Academy Physiotherapist: Stuart Wardle England English
Under 13 Coach: John Salako England English
Academy Coach: Mark Bright England English
Communications Manager: Terry Byfield England English

Managerial history

Name Nat From To P W D L %
John 'Jack' Robson England 1905 1907 77 35 18 24 45.45%
Edmund Goodman England 1907 1925 613 242 166 205 39.48%
Alex Maley Scotland 1925 1927 83 36 16 31 43.37%
Fred Mavin England 1927 1930 132 63 33 36 47.73%
Jack Tresadern England 1930 1935 173 98 44 71 56.65%
Tom Bromilow England 1935 1936 44 23 5 16 52.27%
R.S Moyes England 1936 1936 23 6 6 11 26.09%
Tom Bromilow England 1937 1939 118 48 35 35 40.68%
George Irwin England 1939 1947 46 15 11 19 32.61%
Jack Butler England 1947 1949 88 23 24 41 26.14%
Ronnie Rooke England 1949 1950 62 19 15 28 30.65%
Fred Dawes/Charlie Slade England 1950 1951 40 8 10 22 20%
Laurie Scott England 1951 1954 145 43 41 61 29.66%
Cyril Spiers England 1954 1958 181 52 53 76 28.73%
George Smith England 1958 1960 101 42 27 31 41.58%
Arthur Rowe England 1960 1962 132 52 32 48 39.39%
Dick Graham England 1962 1966 150 68 41 41 45.33%
Arthur Rowe England 1966 1966 7 2 2 3 28.57%
Bert Head England 1966 1973 328 101 96 131 30.79%
Malcolm Allison England 1973 1976 146 52 45 49 35.62%
Terry Venables England 1976 1980 189 69 68 52 36.51%
Ernie Walley England 1980 1980 6 1 1 4 16.67%
Malcolm Allison England 1980 1981 9 1 3 5 11.11%
Dario Gradi England 1981 1981 30 7 3 20 23.33%
Steve Kember England 1981 1982 30 8 8 14 26.67%
Alan Mullery England 1982 1984 98 31 27 40 31.63%
Steve Coppell England 1984 1993 442 179 113 150 40.5%
Alan Smith England 1993 1995 108 48 25 35 44.44%
Steve Coppell England 1995 1996 32 9 14 9 28.13%
Dave Bassett England 1996 1997 60 29 15 16 48.33%
Steve Coppell England 1997 1998 51 16 13 22 31.37%
Attilio Lombardo/Tomas Brolin Italy/Sweden 1998 1998 7 2 0 5 28.57%
Ron Noades/Ray Lewington England 1998 1998 2 0 1 1 0%
Terry Venables England 1998 1999 31 11 8 12 35.48%
Steve Coppell England 1999 2000 40 17 6 17 42.5%
Alan Smith England 2000 2001 55 14 18 23 25.45%
Steve Kember England 2001 2001 2 2 0 0 100%
Steve Bruce England 2001 2001 18 11 2 5 61.11%
Steve Kember/Terry Bullivant England 2001 2001 4 1 0 3 25%
Trevor Francis England 2001 2003 78 28 22 28 35.9%
Steve Kember England 2003 2003 23 7 6 10 30.43%
Kit Symons Wales 2003 2003 9 3 3 3 33.33%
Iain Dowie Northern Ireland 2003 2006 123 50 29 44 40.65%
Peter Taylor England 2006 2007 60 21 16 23 35%
Neil Warnock England 2007 2010 129 47 39 43 36.43%
Paul Hart England 2010 Present 2 1 0 1 50%

Statistics are correct as of 22:00, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Bold Indicates the person has managed the team more than once. Below is a table displaying their managerial statistics over their reign as Crystal Palace F.C. manager.

Name Nat From To Record
P W D L %
Tom Bromilow England 1935 1939 162 71 40 51 43.83%
Arthur Rowe England 1960 1966 139 54 34 51 38.85%
Malcolm Allison England 1973 1981 155 53 48 54 34.19%
Terry Venables England 1976 1999 220 80 76 64 36.36%
Steve Kember England 1981 2003 59 18 14 27 30.51%
Steve Coppell England 1984 2000 596 223 166 207 37.42%
Alan Smith England 1993 2001 163 62 43 58 38.04%


Crystal Palace have a number of rivalries. The most prominent rivalries are with Brighton & Hove Albion and Millwall.

Brighton Rivalry

Palace and Brighton are over 40 miles apart and their rivalry did not develop until Palace's relegation to the Third Division in 1974. The clubs had two of the division's biggest followings, communications between Croydon and Brighton were good and many fans were keen to travel to an away fixture. The rivalry reached a climax when the two teams were drawn together in the First Round of the FA Cup in 1976. The first game took place on November 20 at the Goldstone Ground, and Rachid Harkouk came off the bench to score a stunning equaliser and take the match to a replay after a 2-2 draw. Back at Selhurst Park the replay ended up 1-1, with Rachid Harkouk scoring the goal. This meant a second replay being held at Stamford Bridge. The second and final replay ended 1-0 to Palace, with Phil Holder grabbing the only goal but only after a disputed Brian Horton penalty miss. Horton had scored with his first attempt, but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken, which he missed. Brighton supporters and Brighton manager Alan Mullery were understandably outraged, with Palace fans not surprisingly jubilant. Alan Mullery disparaged Palace fans, an act that would never be forgotten by fans of that time, and made his appointment as manager a few years later all the more surprising. However, the two did not play in a league encounter between 1988 and 2002, leading to a lull in the rivalry, and Palace fans turning their attentions to neighbours Millwall during the 1990s. However, the return of Brighton to the second tier saw Brighton lose to Palace 5-0 in a memorable game with club idol Andy Johnson scoring a hat-trick.

Millwall Rivalry

Being the nearest professional club to Palace (6 miles away), Millwall have also been a long standing rival since the 1950s. Being in close proximity a lot of players have also moved between the clubs, for example Derek Possee, Anton Otulakowski, Chris Armstrong, Andy Roberts, Phil Barber, Jamie Moralee, Bobby Bowry, Darren Ward, Ricky Newman and Matthew Lawrence.

There is also some amnimosity between all London based clubs. Charlton Athletic fans generally see Palace as their biggest rival this isn't reciprocated.

Shirt sponsors

  • 1905 - 1983 None
  • 1983 - 1984 Red Rose
  • 1984 - 1985 None
  • 1985 - 1986 Top Score
  • 1986 - 1987 AVR
  • 1987 - 1988 Andrew Copeland
  • 1988 - 1991 Fly Virgin
  • 1991 - 1993 Tulip Computers
  • 1993 - 1999 TDK
  • 1999 - 2000 Various sponsors - There was no permanent sponsor due to the club being in administration.
  • 2000 - 2006 Churchill Insurance
  • 2006 - Present GAC Logistics

Stadium information

See also


  1. ^ "Business: The Company File: Palace on the rocks". BBC News. 1999-03-03. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  2. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  3. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  4. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  5. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  6. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  7. ^ Business: Club History, CPFC, retrieved 2009-08-26
  8. ^ "Business: The Company File: Palace on the rocks". BBC News. 1999-03-03. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  9. ^ "Crystal Palace Current Squad". Crystal Palace F.C. Retrieved 2008-07-29.

External links

Official Website

Match Day Radio Station

Crystal Palace Fan Sites

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