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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

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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 2018/19, Crystal Palace finished 12th in the Premier League after a disappointing season under the ex-England manager, Roy Hodgson. Under Hodgson, Palace had a great away record but will need to improve their home record if they want to finish higher up the Premier League table. Palace were not big spenders in the summer but James McCarthy (Everton) and Victor Camarasa (Real Betis) look like good buys. Palace will, once more, rely on star names such as Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha for goals this season. 

Prediction 2020/21: 18th

Key player: Wilfried Zaha

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?

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
15/06/2020
TR
5191
points

Crystal Palace is not a very famous team in London but they play good football and I like their style of playing with the likes of Zaha and Townsend.
My favourite Crystal Palace player is Patrick Van-Aanholt because he plays with spirit and attacks and defends by the same level.
I suppose that Crystal Palace will finish 9th or 10th this season.


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mobeckham
15/06/2020 11:25
Turkey
Manchester United
5191

Crystal Palace is not a very famous team in London but they play good football and I like their style of playing with the likes of Zaha and Townsend.
My favourite Crystal Palace player is Patrick Van-Aanholt because he plays with spirit and attacks and defends by the same level.
I suppose that Crystal Palace will finish 9th or 10th this season.

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wsanta
14/05/2020
AR
4491
points

We had a building inspired by the Crystal Palace and it was quite similar but smaller, it was called "Pabellón Argentino", but unfortunately it was demolished in 1932 to make a park.


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wsanta
14/05/2020 16:56
Argentina
Leeds United
4491

We had a building inspired by the Crystal Palace and it was quite similar but smaller, it was called "Pabellón Argentino", but unfortunately it was demolished in 1932 to make a park.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
14/05/2020
AR
4491
points

The Crystal Palace was built for the Great Exhibition in 1851 says here, we will have our Great Exhibition in 2023 and I would like to share the welcome video so you know my country, it has subtitles in English. At minute 3:02 you can see a tower, it is our "monument to the English people".
Argentina is not only Messi and Maradona.
Argentina is diversity.
Here is the link:
https://youtu.be/hXt0JhMitc0


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wsanta
14/05/2020 16:43
Argentina
Leeds United
4491

The Crystal Palace was built for the Great Exhibition in 1851 says here, we will have our Great Exhibition in 2023 and I would like to share the welcome video so you know my country, it has subtitles in English. At minute 3:02 you can see a tower, it is our "monument to the English people".
Argentina is not only Messi and Maradona.
Argentina is diversity.
Here is the link:
https://youtu.be/hXt0JhMitc0

Rich's picture
Rich
14/05/2020
ES
504
points

Nice video! I would love to visit Patagonia, the Iguazu Falls and, of course, Buenos Aires one day! I think that's Javier Mascherano making a tackle for Argentina. Am I correct?


Rich's picture
Rich
14/05/2020 17:14
Spain
Liverpool
504

Nice video! I would love to visit Patagonia, the Iguazu Falls and, of course, Buenos Aires one day! I think that's Javier Mascherano making a tackle for Argentina. Am I correct?

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wsanta
15/05/2020
AR
4491
points

Hi Rich, I'm happy that you liked the video. It is a beautiful trip that you plan, try not to go to Iguazu Falls in summer because it is too hot. Spring is ideal. My mother had the trip to Iguazu Falls paid but was suspended for the lockdown and doesn't know if they reschedule it or return the money.
Yes, Javier Mascherano is. Do you remember when he played in Liverpool? His first match had been in 2007 against Sheffield United, your two teams :)


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wsanta
15/05/2020 00:17
Argentina
Leeds United
4491

Hi Rich, I'm happy that you liked the video. It is a beautiful trip that you plan, try not to go to Iguazu Falls in summer because it is too hot. Spring is ideal. My mother had the trip to Iguazu Falls paid but was suspended for the lockdown and doesn't know if they reschedule it or return the money.
Yes, Javier Mascherano is. Do you remember when he played in Liverpool? His first match had been in 2007 against Sheffield United, your two teams :)

Rich's picture
Rich
15/05/2020
ES
504
points

I'm sorry to hear about your mum's trip. I hope she gets to go next year and/or gets her money back!

I wish Mascherano had stayed at Liverpool longer but that's football I suppose. 


Rich's picture
Rich
15/05/2020 09:08
Spain
Liverpool
504

I'm sorry to hear about your mum's trip. I hope she gets to go next year and/or gets her money back!

I wish Mascherano had stayed at Liverpool longer but that's football I suppose. 

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Hector Pinzon
02/05/2020
CO
488
points

The team have to fight very hard to stay in the Premier League.


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Hector Pinzon
02/05/2020 20:18
Colombia
Manchester United
488

The team have to fight very hard to stay in the Premier League.

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Sargis from Artsakh
21/04/2019
AM
244
points

This club has a great and difficult history. Also was very interesting to read about new mascot of club.


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Sargis from Artsakh
21/04/2019 23:04
Armenia
Arsenal
244

This club has a great and difficult history. Also was very interesting to read about new mascot of club.

milos
29/05/2018
RS
2663
points

One more club from London.Great history,I think they are in the shadow of other clubs from London.Arsenal and Chelsea are much more successful than Crystal Palace,but that it does not mean much.One season can change a lot in football,like Leicester City.I know that would be hard to achive that success for Crystal Palace but it's never known.


milos
29/05/2018 06:57
Serbia
Manchester United
2663

One more club from London.Great history,I think they are in the shadow of other clubs from London.Arsenal and Chelsea are much more successful than Crystal Palace,but that it does not mean much.One season can change a lot in football,like Leicester City.I know that would be hard to achive that success for Crystal Palace but it's never known.

kirito2001
06/11/2017
VN
180
points

;)


kirito2001
06/11/2017 13:51
Vietnam
Manchester United
180

;)

Italy96
23/08/2017
IT
8
points

Yesterday, I have bought Palace's goalkeeper in my fantasy football team.
I am quite surprised for the bad start in EPL; but...why do they choose Frank De Boer ?
I am a big fan of Inter Milan here in Italy, best wishes guys! :P


Italy96
23/08/2017 17:12
Italy
Chelsea
8

Yesterday, I have bought Palace's goalkeeper in my fantasy football team.
I am quite surprised for the bad start in EPL; but...why do they choose Frank De Boer ?
I am a big fan of Inter Milan here in Italy, best wishes guys! :P

Micardenal
22/07/2017
ES
2
points

Go palace


Micardenal
22/07/2017 11:22
Spain
Crystal Palace
2

Go palace

haydi's picture
haydi
29/04/2017
TN
3189
points

What a stupid mistake, a Crystal Palace is made out of cristal! It seems petty logic at that time. Nowadays, some glasses made of cristal might cost a fortune.


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haydi
29/04/2017 23:53
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

What a stupid mistake, a Crystal Palace is made out of cristal! It seems petty logic at that time. Nowadays, some glasses made of cristal might cost a fortune.

haydi's picture
haydi
30/04/2017
TN
3189
points

It's made OF cristal or made WITH cristal ?


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haydi
30/04/2017 13:06
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

It's made OF cristal or made WITH cristal ?

Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2017
ES
504
points

'Made of' crystal is the right answer here. If something is made 'of' something it means it's made entirely of that material but if it is made 'with' something this is not necessarily the case.


Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2017 09:57
Spain
Liverpool
504

'Made of' crystal is the right answer here. If something is made 'of' something it means it's made entirely of that material but if it is made 'with' something this is not necessarily the case.

haydi's picture
haydi
01/05/2017
TN
3189
points

Thanks Rich, I have asked the question because I have learnt to use the preposition "with" to describe the material/ingredient of something. For example : This cake is made with chocolate.


haydi's picture
haydi
01/05/2017 14:23
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Thanks Rich, I have asked the question because I have learnt to use the preposition "with" to describe the material/ingredient of something. For example : This cake is made with chocolate.

Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2017
ES
504
points

Yes, it's good to know the difference. A cake made of/with/from chocolate - what's the difference there? They all sound delicious to me!!!!


Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2017 14:46
Spain
Liverpool
504

Yes, it's good to know the difference. A cake made of/with/from chocolate - what's the difference there? They all sound delicious to me!!!!

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Phạm Gia Minh
26/03/2017
VN
4
points

verygood


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Phạm Gia Minh
26/03/2017 11:27
Vietnam
Crystal Palace
4

verygood

Caco's picture
Caco
29/01/2017
MK
140
points

:)


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Caco
29/01/2017 13:58
Macedonia
Arsenal
140

:)

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Mehmed92
29/01/2017
BA
113
points

I pass quiz about Crystal Palace.


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Mehmed92
29/01/2017 08:03
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Manchester United
113

I pass quiz about Crystal Palace.

Mehmed92's picture
Mehmed92
29/01/2017
BA
113
points

Crystal Palace ----> The Eagles.


Mehmed92's picture
Mehmed92
29/01/2017 08:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Manchester United
113

Crystal Palace ----> The Eagles.

ksa.pardesi
08/08/2016
PK
6
points

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


ksa.pardesi
08/08/2016 12:48
Pakistan
Crystal Palace
6

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

Rich's picture
Rich
08/08/2016
ES
504
points

Hi Ksa.pardesi

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

We hope you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English website


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Rich
08/08/2016 12:53
Spain
Liverpool
504

Hi Ksa.pardesi

Welcome to Premier Skills English!

We hope you enjoy the website!

Rich - The Premier Skills English website

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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
4754
points

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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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 05:46
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

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

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
4754
points

Not a crystal palace fan


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kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 05:44
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

Not a crystal palace fan

joto
15/06/2016
AT
271
points

go palace!


joto
15/06/2016 09:54
Austria
Stoke City
271

go palace!

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
06/04/2016
PS
3705
points

I think they will be relegated.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
06/04/2016 18:42
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think they will be relegated.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
06/04/2016
PS
3705
points

No i do not.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
06/04/2016 18:41
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No i do not.

nikosonris
24/03/2016
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
24/03/2016 08:40
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

Tigrann
02/02/2016
AM
328
points

Cabaye and Bolasie are awesome


Tigrann
02/02/2016 09:57
Armenia
Southampton
328

Cabaye and Bolasie are awesome

nika_chelsea25
31/01/2016
GE
1667
points

16th in 2015-16


nika_chelsea25
31/01/2016 21:34
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

16th in 2015-16

nika_chelsea25
31/01/2016
GE
1667
points

crystal palace is lowest team inthe london


nika_chelsea25
31/01/2016 21:33
Georgia
Chelsea
1667

crystal palace is lowest team inthe london

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aragorn1986
24/01/2016
ME
3557
points

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.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
24/01/2016 14:35
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

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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Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2015
UA
5200
points

Good team. So unpredictable.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
18/12/2015 02:58
Ukraine
Liverpool
5200

Good team. So unpredictable.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
07/12/2015
ME
3557
points

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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aragorn1986
07/12/2015 22:18
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

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.

nikosonris
09/12/2015
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
09/12/2015 13:14
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Interesting history...


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:01
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Interesting history...

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
23/10/2015
ME
3557
points

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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aragorn1986
23/10/2015 18:36
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

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.

Rich's picture
Rich
23/10/2015
ES
504
points

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


Rich's picture
Rich
23/10/2015 21:12
Spain
Liverpool
504

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

nikosonris
25/11/2015
UA
2453
points

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


nikosonris
25/11/2015 09:08
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

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

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almirpereira
18/10/2015
BR
1315
points

wELL DONE!


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almirpereira
18/10/2015 20:44
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

wELL DONE!

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Salloum
02/10/2015
SY
1308
points

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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Salloum
02/10/2015 19:40
Syria
Manchester United
1308

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

Abdallah
23/09/2015
KW
1814
points

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


Abdallah
23/09/2015 19:06
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

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

Abdallah
23/09/2015
KW
1814
points

They are weak team


Abdallah
23/09/2015 19:04
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

They are weak team

C21 M34
01/08/2015
ES
0
points

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace


C21 M34
01/08/2015 11:19
Spain
Crystal Palace
0

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace

C21 M34
01/08/2015
ES
0
points

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace


C21 M34
01/08/2015 11:19
Spain
Crystal Palace
0

Eagles! Vamos crystal palace

Nan
24/07/2015
ES
4
points

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


Nan
24/07/2015 10:31
Spain
Crystal Palace
4

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

Filip Skill 21
27/07/2015
MK
61
points

It isn't possible.


Filip Skill 21
27/07/2015 10:34
Macedonia
Chelsea
61

It isn't possible.

admin's picture
admin
27/07/2015
GB
344
points

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


admin's picture
admin
27/07/2015 10:42
United Kingdom
Arsenal
344

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

Nan
24/07/2015
ES
4
points

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


Nan
24/07/2015 10:24
Spain
Crystal Palace
4

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

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2mobeckham5191
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7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3381
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