Christian Benteke moved from Liverpool to Palace in August 2016.
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Crystal Palace

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.

Palace defender Scott Dann celebrates.

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.

Yohan Cabaye plays for Crystal Palace.

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

Did you know....?

Crystal Palace haven't played at 'The Crystal Palace' since 1915!

Learn about Crystal Palace

The following activities will help you learn about Crystal Palace football club. The first activity looks at the most difficult vocabulary from the article.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match the vocabulary from the text with the descriptions.
Match the words and descriptions

This is Kayla, Crystal Palace's mascot, an American Bald Eagle.

The Eagles

This is Crystal Palace's nickname.

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Eagles?

Activity 3: In this final activity, there are 8 statements about the history of Crystal Palace. You have to drag the statements into the correct order.
Can you put the events into the right order?

Are you a Crystal Palace fan?

Do you love the Eagles? What are your predictions for Palace this season?
If so, this is the place for you to tell us how you feel about your team.

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SajidaXI's picture
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SajidaXI Thu, 03/07/2014 - 19:31

Its a good Club

ME 0
amir90 Wed, 05/11/2014 - 14:43

go palace!

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Rich Wed, 05/11/2014 - 22:45

Welcome to Premier Skills English Amir!

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zaza977 Wed, 15/04/2015 - 16:14


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barbedwire Tue, 21/04/2015 - 10:23

Alan Pardue will improve them even more

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Rich Tue, 21/04/2015 - 15:08

Pardew is doing a great job at Palace.

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neuro11 Thu, 23/04/2015 - 13:27

i dont love eagles

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Nan Fri, 24/07/2015 - 10:24

I didn't know about the history of the club.
I think it's very interesting and nice.

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Nan Fri, 24/07/2015 - 10:31

I'd like that Palace be at the top ten at final season.

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Filip Skill 21
Filip Skill 21 Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:34

It isn't possible.

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admin Mon, 27/07/2015 - 10:42

Hi Filip Skill 21... What isn't possible? Are the questions too hard?

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C21 M34 Sat, 01/08/2015 - 11:19

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace

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C21 M34
C21 M34 Sat, 01/08/2015 - 11:19

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace

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Abdallah Wed, 23/09/2015 - 19:04

They are weak team

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Abdallah Wed, 23/09/2015 - 19:06

I really love their Mascot and enjoy see their eagle flies before the beginning of the match

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Salloum Fri, 02/10/2015 - 19:40

My prediction for the Eagles is to be in the 9th site in the table ,they will play in a fantastic way

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almirpereira Sun, 18/10/2015 - 20:44


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aragorn1986 Fri, 23/10/2015 - 18:36

I was surprised how they played last year. They had a really bad start of the season but they finished 10th. This season they can get 5th or 6th place. That's my prediction.

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Rich Fri, 23/10/2015 - 21:12

I would be surprised if they finished that high, but you never know if Yohan Cabaye stays fit.

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nikosonris Wed, 25/11/2015 - 09:08

I would probably agree with Rich. I don't think they can fly that high.

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MUGEMANYI Fri, 20/11/2015 - 06:01

Interesting history...

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aragorn1986 Mon, 07/12/2015 - 22:18

One of the most difficult host stadiums on the island. The crowd is absolutely amazing..they are chanting and waving with flags. Selhurst Park's stand is a place to see.

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nikosonris Wed, 09/12/2015 - 13:14

Yeap, it's like a fortress. And Alan Pardew is a good commander-in-chief)

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Alex_from_Ukraine Fri, 18/12/2015 - 02:58

Good team. So unpredictable.

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aragorn1986 Sun, 24/01/2016 - 14:35

Not so many teams earned 3 points at Britannia stadium this season and we all know how difficult it is to play there. Chelsea, Man.Utd and Man.City lost while Arsenal and Leicester earned only 1p. Well, Palace did it. They proved they have big potential. Currently they are in a bad form but I'm sure it won't last for too long.

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nika_chelsea25 Sun, 31/01/2016 - 21:33

crystal palace is lowest team inthe london

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nika_chelsea25 Sun, 31/01/2016 - 21:34

16th in 2015-16

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Tigrann Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:57

Cabaye and Bolasie are awesome

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nikosonris Thu, 24/03/2016 - 08:40

They desperately need a good striker to be on the spearhead of their attack.

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assemjuve Wed, 06/04/2016 - 18:41

No i do not.

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assemjuve Wed, 06/04/2016 - 18:42

I think they will be relegated.

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joto Wed, 15/06/2016 - 09:54

go palace!

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kwesimanifest Sat, 18/06/2016 - 05:44

Not a crystal palace fan

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kwesimanifest Sat, 18/06/2016 - 05:46

I like their pace when they play even though they might end up disappointing a fan at the end of a game

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ksa.pardesi Mon, 08/08/2016 - 12:48

Appreciate CP .this club face many problems but now stable...
(first day on this premier skill website) and learn about this club

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Rich Mon, 08/08/2016 - 12:53

Hi Ksa.pardesi

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

We hope you enjoy the website!

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Mehmed92 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 08:00

Crystal Palace ----> The Eagles.

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Mehmed92 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 08:03

I pass quiz about Crystal Palace.

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Caco Sun, 29/01/2017 - 13:58



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