Crystal Palace FC was founded in 1905 at the Crystal Palace Park in South London. The original Crystal Palace was a huge building made of glass. It was built for the Great Exhibition in 1851. This exhibition was an international show with displays of culture and industry from around the world. After the Great Exhibition, the Crystal Palace was moved to a park in south London which became known as Crystal Palace Park. In 1895, the English Football Association moved the FA Cup final to Crystal Palace Park. The FA Cup was very popular and attracted large crowds. It created an interest in football in the area and in 1905, Crystal Palace FC was born.
In the early years, Crystal Palace’s nickname was the Glaziers. The Crystal Palace was made of glass and glazier is a person who works with glass and windows. If you have a broken window in your house, you can call a glazier. Unfortunately, in 1936, there was a big fire at the Crystal Palace and the building was burnt to the ground. You can still see a bit of the original Crystal Palace on the club badge.
At the beginning of the First World War in 1914, the British Army moved into Crystal Palace Park and the football club had to find another place to play and train. They moved from ground to ground for 5 years before buying some land and building Selhurst Park, where they have played ever since.
In 1973, the club wanted to change its image. They changed their kit and started wearing red and blue vertical stripes, similar to the design that they still wear. They also adopted a new symbol and nickname. The club changed its nickname to the Eagles and designed a new badge with an eagle on it. In 2010, the club got a new mascot; a live bald eagle called Kayla. Kayla goes to every home game and flies around the stadium.
Crystal Palace have had a tough time in the Premier League and hold the record for the most relegations. They were relegated at the end of the first season in 1993 and then promoted the following season. They have been relegated and promoted again another 3 times.
Crystal Palace have lots of famous fans including the actor and comedian Eddie Izzard who joined the club as an associate director in 2012.
"All I really want is for Crystal Palace to win every game from now until the end of time. That's all.” Eddie Izzard Crystal Palace Associate Director
In 2015/16, Crystal Palace finished 15th in the Premier League after a disappointing finish to the season followed a great first half of the campaign. It was Alan Pardew's, the Palace manager, first full season in charge and he will be disappointed that Palace didn't do better than the 10th place where they had finished the previous season. In December 2016, Pardew was replaced as manager by the ex-England manager - Sam Allardyce. The main problem for Palace was scoring goals. The ‘Eagles’ top scorers were Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye, Connor Wickham and Scott Dann, all with 5 goals. Pardew will be trying to change this and he has already bought Andros Townsend from Newcastle Utd to help with this problem. Palace fans will also want to see more from Yohan Cabaye who arrived a year ago from Paris St. Germain as Palace's record signing (£10M).
Prediction 2016/17: 14th
Key player: Christian Benteke
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Crystal Palace haven't played at 'The Crystal Palace' since 1915!
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