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2010-PRESENT: A NEW ERA

At the start of the decade, the future of Crystal Palace Football Club remained in serious doubt. Administrators were all set to liquidate the club if the purchase of Selhurst Park was not agreed by 1st June 2010, and as the news circulated, some fans gathered at the ground to protest the day before, while around 250 supporters made the trip outside the London headquarters of Lloyds Bank, where a do-or-die meeting was taking place between the bank and a consortium, headed by Steve Parish, named CPFC2010.

At the eleventh hour, the club was lifted out of administration and Parish, along with Stephen Browett, Martin Long and Jeremy Hosking, were hailed as heroes. Their first step was to appoint George Burley as manager, with Dougie Freedman continuing in the role of assistant.

Burley’s reign barely lasted six months though, before a 3-0 loss at Millwall on New Year’s Day 2011 proved to be his final game in charge. Club legend Freedman was promoted as manager and he secured Palace’s Championship survival, before the following season taking his side to the League Cup semi-finals, which included a shock win at Old Trafford against Manchester United. However, the run ended cruelly as Cardiff City pipped past Palace on penalties in the final-four.

Although they missed out on Wembley that year, Palace were destined to reach England’s national stadium at the end of a rollercoaster 2012/13 campaign. A scintillating 14-match unbeaten run established the Eagles among the Championship front-runners before Freedman left the club for Bolton Wanderers, leaving Ian Holloway to take the hot seat, but he guided Palace into the play-offs to set up a two-legged meeting with arch rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

The first match finished in a 0-0 stalemate in SE25, but on a memorable night at the Amex Stadium, Palace overcame the odds to triumph 2-0 thanks to a Wilfried Zaha brace to set up a play-off final meeting with Watford. On a dramatic day at Wembley, an extra-time penalty from Kevin Phillips gave Palace a 1-0 victory and ensured Premier League football for the first time in eight seasons.

Having never managed to stay in the division before and been in the relegation zone at Christmas, the Eagles' form in the second half of the campaign saw them finish in 11th place under Tony Pulis and achieve a second successive season in the Premier League for the first time ever. Following Alan Pardew's appointment as manager after Neil Warnock departed, they went one better in 2014/15 and finished the campaign in the top half of the table in 10th spot.

In December 2015 it was announced that Americans David Blitzer and Josh Harris had invested in the club, making up a new ownership structure alongside chairman Parish, and that season ended with the Eagles once again returning to Wembley, this time in the FA Cup. The semi-final brought about a rematch with Watford which Palace won 2-1, and once again they would come across a familiar foe when they took on Manchester United in the final, but they beaten 2-1 after extra-time to finish runners-up for a second time.

The following campaign saw Pardew dismissed just before Christmas with Palace's Premier League status in jeapody, but survival specialist Sam Allardyce came in and managed to beat the drop once again, to seal the Eagles' spot in the top-flight for a record fifth successive season.