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The History of Selhurst Park

The history of Selhurst Park cannot be written without mentioning Crystal Palace in the same breath. It has also had a hand in writing the history of Charlton Athletic and Wimbledon, but Palace and Selhurst have been inseparable since day one.

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Selhurst Park

The site where Selhurst Park now stands was a disused brickfield and it was bought in 1922 for £2,570. Construction began later that year and was ready by August of 1924. It cost £30,000 to build and only had one stand, but 25,000 fans packed in to see the very first game there.

Like most grounds in the Premier League it has seen its fair share of reconfigurations and capacity numbers, but it took until 1969 for serious construction to happen.

The Arthur Wait Stand was constructed and the Whitehorse Lane End was extended. Financial difficulties in 1981 saw the club sell the land behind and adjacent to the Whitehorse Lane Stand to Sainsbury’s and a supermarket was built, halving the stand’s capacity.

Selhurst Park Stadium

Selhurst Park Stadium would become the first ground-share in England when Charlton Athletic moved in for seven years, a move which was unpopular with both sets of supporters.

1991 was an important year for Selhurst-Park; Charlton Athletic moved out, and Wimbledon FC would move in for twelve years. Also in 1991, two rows of Executive boxes were added to the Whitehorse Lane end, effectively on the roof of the Sainsbury’s supermarket.

By 1993, Selhurst-Park was an all-seater venue. The Holmesdale Stand was demolished in 1994 and replaced a year later. This marks the last major construction work at Selhurst-Park to date.

Attendances have steadily risen since 2010, and Selhurst-Park can now hold 25,456 fans when fully laden. This is more than  the Liberty Stadium capacity.

Why are they called Crystal Palace?

Why are they called Crystal Palace? The Crystal-Palace was a huge glass and iron structure in Hyde Park to house The Great British Empire Exhibition, and the surrounding area was known as this after the famous monolith.

After the exhibition was over, the Palace was moved to Penge Common but the grounds that it originally sat on included a park that became the venue for the FA Cup final between 1895 and 1914.

The owners of the venue wanted it to attract tourists to keep it financially viable, so on the 10th September 1905, the football club was born.

Palace entered the Southern Second League in 1905 and were instantly successful, being promoted to the First Division as champions at the first time of asking.

In 1914, they were forced to move to the Herne Hill Velodrome after the army requisitioned Crystal-Palace for the War effort. They were on the move again in 1917 when the club whose ground they were sharing, folded.

In 1920 they joined the Third Division of the new Football League and as before were instantly promoted as champions. They moved to Selhurst Park in 1924 and have been there ever since.

Crystal Palace FC

Crystal Palace FC won two wartime Leagues but were less successful when the regular league was reinstated. They remained in the Third Division until 1958, when Palace slipped into the newly-formed Fourth Division.

By 1969 they were back in the First Division again and had played Real Madrid in the Spanish club’s first game in London. By 1973, however, fortunes had turned once more and they found themselves back in the Third Division two years later.

1975 saw the arrival of Crystal-Palace’s new nickname, ‘The Eagles’, and they showed a renewed vibrance under Terry Venables’ management. By 1980 they were back in the First Division and dubbed ‘the team of the 80’s’, but financial difficulties saw the squad depleted and relegated that same season.

They were back in the First Division by 1989 but were relegated from the PL in its inaugural season. They would spend the next seven seasons bouncing between the PL and the First Division before spending six seasons in the First Division.

Palace were promoted to the Premier League in 2004 but went straight back down again.

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Crystal Palace Park

Crystal Palace Park were on shaky ground financially by this point and in 2010 were placed into administration and docked ten points. The club was purchased by a consortium of wealthy fans and survived the drop.

After a few years of consolidation and ship-steadying, they were promoted to the PL again in 2013 and have been there since, even reaching the FA Cup Final in 2016.

Crystal Palace News 

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The Eagles/ The Glaziers

The Palace’s first nickname was ‘The Glaziers’ owing to the amount of glass used to construct the original Crystal-Palace that the club and the surrounding area are named after.

This changed in the mid-1970’s when they started to become known as ‘The Eagles’. This was inspired by Portuguese club Benfica, and Palace changed their badge to an eagle holding a football. This has been the case ever since.

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What year did Crystal Palace join the Premier League?

The Premier League was first introduced in 1992 and this football club have been a member of it on no less than five occasions.

What year did Crystal-Palace join the Premier League? They were there for the very first season in 1992-93 and have also been part of it in 1994-95, 1997-98, 2004-2005, and from 2013 to the present day.

Crystal Palace Fixtures and Results

The best place to learn about the Crystal-Palace fixtures and Crystal Palace results is the Official homepage of The BPL.

You can also find match reports, ticket information, and stats on the players and managers. Click the link below to be taken to the official site:

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Crystal Palace Tickets

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Crystal Palace Transfer News

Crystal-Palace transfer news is hotting up, especially with the January transfer window looming. For the most up-to-date information on who’s out and who’s in, try the link below to the TalkSPORT website. If you like to have a bet on the next transfer target, click here.