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1 June 2013

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. 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 Crystal Palace 2010. 

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 Dougie Freedman was promoted as manager and he secured Palace’s Championship survival as they finished in 20th place. 

The 2011/12 season brought mid-table mediocrity, as Freedman guided his side to 17th in the Championship. But the season would be best remembered for another brilliant League Cup run, as Palace disposed of Premier League giants Manchester United at the quarter final stage, thanks to memorable goals from Darren Ambrose and Glenn Murray at Old Trafford. They suffered semi-final heartache though at the hands of Championship rivals Cardiff, who advanced to the final on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate draw. 

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 establish the Eagles among the front-runners in the division before Freedman left the club for Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers, leaving Ian Holloway to take the hot seat. He managed to guide Palace into the play-offs following a thrilling 3-2 win against Peterborough at Selhurst Park on the final day to set up a two-legged meeting with 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 Steve 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 as they finished runners-up for a second time.

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