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TIMELINE

1905 team photo

1905: Crystal Palace Football Club is formed at the venue of the glass structure that stood at the top of Sydenham Hill – the current location of the National Sports Centre. The club entered the Southern League Division Two, playing their first match against Southampton Reserves at the Crystal Palace on 2nd September 1905.

1906: Despite losing 4-3 in their opening game to Southampton Reserves, ‘The Glaziers’ did not lose another game in the 1905/1906 season and finished as champions.

1907: Palace record one of their most famous victories, as they beat First Division champions-elect Newcastle United at St. James' Park 1-0 in the FA Cup.

1908: Right-winger Bill Davies becomes the first Palace player to represent his country, playing for Wales in their 2-1 defeat to Scotland in Dundee.

1914: Henry Colclough becomes the first Palace player to represent England in a 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

1915: The outbreak of the First World War led to the Admiralty requisitioning the Crystal Palace and the club was forced to move to the home of West Norwood FC. Palace would continue to play at Herne Hill throughout the war in the London Combination League.

1918: As the First World War drew to a close, Palace moved to a new stadium in Selhurst called The Nest, originally the home of Croydon Common who had folded.

1921: Palace win the inaugural Third Division title and secure promotion to the Second Division.

1924: Palace move to a new purpose built stadium named Selhurst Park, playing their first match in their new home against Sheffield Wednesday on 30th August. The land for the new stadium was purchased in 1922 for £2,570 and £30,000 was spent on the stadium's construction.

1931: Peter Simpson (below) sets the Palace record for most league goals in a season, finding the net on 46 occasions in only 42 games. Simpson also scored eight goals in six FA Cup games taking his overall tally for the season to 54 in 48 games. His record haul included nine hat-tricks and he hit six in one game against Exeter City on 4th October 1930 - another Palace record.

Peter Simpson

1939: During the Second World War, Palace played in a number of competitions including the South Regional League, London League and Football League South.

1948: Belgian Marcel Gaillard becomes the first player from outside of the British Isles to represent Crystal Palace.

1958: The club becomes part of the newly formed Fourth Division and Arthur Wait begins a 16-year stint as chairman.

1961: Palace finish second in the Fourth Division and win promotion. Johnny Byrne plays for England against Northern Ireland, joining a select few who have featured for the Three Lions whilst plying their trade in the third tier.

1964: Manager Dick Graham leads Palace to second in the Third Division and promotion.

1969: Under the leadership of Bert Head, Palace finish runners-up in the Second Division and win promotion to the top-flight for the first time.

1973: Soon after Malcolm Allison was installed as Palace manager, the club changed its nickname to the Eagles and introduced a new crest. The club's first period in the top-flight comes to an end as the Eagles slip into the Second Division.

1974: A second successive relegation follows and Palace are demoted to the Third Division.

1976: Palace reached the FA Cup semi-finals but at Stamford Bridge they succumbed to eventual winners Southampton. Peter Taylor became the second Palace player to represent England whilst in the third tier, scoring in a victory over Wales, making him the first Palace player to score for England.

1977: Terry Venables becomes Palace manager and leads the club to promotion from the Third Division.

1979: Palace win the Second Division title and a record crowd of 51,801 turn out to see the Eagles play Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Palace v Burnley in 1979

1988: Jim Cannon plays his last game for the club after 15 years of service. The defender played 660 games for Palace, which remains a club record.

1989: After eight seasons in the Second Division, Steve Coppell leads Palace back into the top-flight after a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the play-offs.

1990: The Eagles survived in the First Division despite a record 9-0 league defeat against Liverpool. The Eagles got their revenge however, beating the Reds 4-3 in the semi-final of the FA Cup. Palace drew 3-3 against Manchester United in the final, before losing the replay 1-0.

1991: Palace finish third in the top-flight, their highest league finish to date, and beat Everton at Wembley to win the Zenith Data Systems Cup.

1992: The Eagles were founder members of the Premier League.

1994: After being relegated the previous year, the Eagles bounce straight back by winning the Division One title.

1995: Palace finished fourth from bottom in the Premier League but are still relegated, as the Premier League was reduced to a 20-team competition. The club had more success in cup competitions, reaching the semi-finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup.

1997: A famous goal by David Hopkin secures a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the Division One play-off final, to take the Eagles back into the Premier League.

1997 Play-off final

1998: Once again the Eagles' top-flight stay was a brief one as they finished bottom of the Premier League. Mark Goldberg takes over the club and becomes chairman.

2000: After two seasons in administration, Simon Jordan completed his takeover of the club.

2001: The club retained their place in the First Division with victory on the final day at Stockport County under the management of caretaker boss Steve Kember.

2004: Neil Shipperley's goal was enough to beat West Ham United in the Division One play-off final and take Palace back into the Premier League.

2005: Palace are relegated after a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic on the final day of the seaosn

2010: After being placed in administration, the club narrowly avoided relegation to the third tier on the final day of the season after a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. The CPFC2010 consortium took control of the club in the summer.

2012: Palace are beaten on penalties by Cardiff City in the League Cup semi-final.

2013: After beating Brighton and Hove Albion in the semi-finals, a Kevin Phillips penalty proves the deciding strike in the Championship play-off final against Watford to reach the Premier League again.

2014: Palace survive in the Premier League for the first time in their history after Tony Pulis' appointment as manager sees an upturn in fortunes.

2015: American investors David Blitzer and Joshua Harris invest in the club and create a new management structure with Steve Parish as chairman

2016: The club raches the FA Cup final for the second time in their history, however they are beaten once again by Manchester United 2-1 after extra-time.